Sucker for a sale, especially a J Crew one

Darn you J Crew Factory for your emails! You should know I can't pass up a sale, especially a J Crew one. I have come to really love this store. Many of my go-to pieces for layering are J Crew Factory. Don't even get me started on their amazing jewelery. Here are my picks:

  Factory Tissue Cardigan $9.09 (w/ 30% off code GETMORE)

 Factory Shoulder-pleat Blouse $20.99 (w/ 30% off code GETMORE) 

 Factory Charley Sweater $24.50

The damage with tax was $175. I had a $40 return credit so the out of pocket cost was $135. Not bad considering I'm adding 7 new (and highly versatile) pieces to my wardrobe.

My best budget shopping tip is to constantly think about how you can mix and match a particular item. You want to get the most mileage out of a piece. I mentally mix and match with clothes I already have at home in my closet and with other clothes I'm considering buying. If you do this enough it becomes second nature and I promise it actually makes shopping easier! No more impulse buys that you take home and realize you have nothing that matches.

For example, just off the top of my head I'm thinking the mint jeans and coral top would be great together and the purple cardigan would be great with the turquoise blouse and the floral sweater. The sweater vest is for layering between a button-up and a cardigan. Since it's black it will work with nearly every button-up and cardigan I have. I also have plans for the navy striped shirt. I just custom tailored a pair of navy skinny pants that I got for a steal at Burlington Coat Factory. For spring, how cute would the striped shirt, navy skinnies, and a chunky red necklace be?

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