Every summer, I do a massive outlet haul! By going to the outlet malls, you can save a lot of money and if you go on a holiday weekend, the prices are usually marked down even more! This past long weekend tends to be the sale weekend of the summer, as most stores are prepping for the “Back to School”/Fall season. I looove to take advantage of this because that means I get all of the clothing that I have been eyeing the whole summer, for about 50%+ cheaper.
Unlike most people, I like to plan every minute of my outlet haul. I like to know the prices online in comparison to the prices in store. I like to know what I am going to buy before I even buy it. Lastly, I like to know the things I buy are going to coordinate with the pieces in my closet! I am no expert on “couponing”, but I can find some pretty great deals! Which is what I am going to detail in this post today. Along the way, I am also going to give you some tips on how I found the great deal that I did!
J.Crew Haul of the Summer
To maximize my dollar, I went straight to the factory outlet. Many people don’t realize that J.Crew and J.Crew Factory – in most cases – have different product. However, although different product is carried, the factory outlet carries the same styles. Make sure you head over to the J.Crew Factory website and pre-plan what you are going to spend!
Tip: Head to the clearance section first. Then, head to the other full-price areas so you can see what is current!
What exactly did I find? Well, when I got to the store, I employed the same tip that I employ when shopping online – head to the clearance section first. I do this because that will be the first place you will find marked down clothing. Here, I found two sweaters, a blazer, a pair of flats, and a super cute clutch. All marked down significantly!!
Tip: Next, head to the deal signs that pop up around the store (look for tables of clothing). Often there are full-price clothing that have special marked down signs. This won’t necessarily be reflected online, which is why you need to take advantage when you see them in-store.
There were a number of ongoing sales that included a lot of the key classics of J.Crew. Looking for those deal signs are key if you want to get a good discount. They may last for a weekend, or they may only last for one day. When you see them, grab them! Thanks to these little tables of deals, I picked up four of the classic “Clare Cardigans” , three cotton novelty sweaters and some pull-on shorts that are perfect for the last month of summer, transitioning into the fall.
Banana Republic Haul of the Summer
Although J.Crew was my ultimate focus of the outlet haul, Banana Republic had some amazing deals as well. Which is why I snatched up some great finds to take home to my closet!
Tip: Head to the clearance section before looking anywhere else. This is a repeat tip from above, but when it comes to Banana Republic, the best place to find the deals are on the rack at the back. In my experience, the clothing throughout the rest of the store don’t compare to the discounts that you find there.
I snagged a petite anchor tank, as well as a cute “You made me blush” tee in blush pink. Surprisingly, I was able to find some discount items along the line to the cash. I don’t usually grab things at the cash (because they are marked up, if anything), but these were a deal. Reflective aviators in two different colours (not pictured) for over 60% off.
Tommy Hilfiger Haul of the Summer
Tommy makes beautiful clothing, and I, for one, love to buy it. However, it is much better to get it 50% off than pay full price, so that’s why Tommy Hilfiger was one of the stops on my outlet excursion.
Tip: The sales are better in-store than online. I get the emails, but nothing is too intriguing about 10% or 20% off when your desired item is upwards of $100. That is why visiting the outlet is a lot more rewarding.
I only picked up a couple of things, but they were perfectly pink! A pair of striped sailor shorts and a pink argyle sweater makes for the perfect purchase! Although the shorts are a summer staple, the sweater can be transitioned into fall and even worn throughout winter!
Garage Haul of the Summer
For all of you Canadians, you will know what Garage clothing is. It is like Forever 21, and not overly expensive. However, when you mark down the already-marked-down clothing, it makes for a steal of a deal! Garage is the perfect place to pick up patterned crop tops, jogger pants, or a cool felt hat.
Tip: Wait for the sale season. The great thing about Garage, is that they mark their clothing down pretty quickly. With J.Crew or Tommy Hilfiger, you need to wait a couple of months (at the maximum) for your favourite item to go on sale. However, with Garage, items go on sale almost every week.
I love myself a good pair of jogger pants, and this faux jean pair of joggers is the perfect transition item into fall. I cannot wait to style these. In addition to these amazing pants, I picked up a poncho scarf (which I will be detailing later) and a few too many crop tops in some summery patterns.
Well there you go…
It only comes once a year, and it truly is my Christmas. So when the time comes for an outlet haul…I am ready and waiting to shop.