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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

W.I.W.W.~ Shopping Off Season

Do you shop out of season? I do. Shorts in December at 90% off~ YES! A coat when it is 85 degrees out? Yes!

Way back in January I told you that I had tired of my 10 year old black wool coat and was on the hunt for a new one. Alas it seemed as if Phoenix was swimming only in a sea of black coats.


I adore Tulle coats. Stores such as Anthropologie and Nordstrom seem to agree with me. The coat designs have a retro feel and they offer colors beyond basic black. The price point is generally in the $100 to $150 range.


After I had basically given up my search I spied one lone coat in a sea of clearance items. (Isn’t that always how it happens?)  The price? $29.97.

Miraculously it was also my size. So of course I bought it. Even though it has already been in the 80’s here in Phoenix.

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My favorite part is the peek a boo cute lining.

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The silk blouse was bought on clearance at Anthro a few seasons ago. For modesty I wear a Target cotton tank underneath. The too long Ralph Lauren jeans were a steal at Marshall’s for $10. I just rolled the straight legs up. Forever 21 provided the $7 purple flats last spring. The cameo necklace is my own creation.

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Do you shop off season?


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openid said...


Yes! It's all in the hunt...for clothes and household treasures. You look like royalty in your purple Tulle coat. I especially like your beautiful floral silk blouse. (I wish my daughter worked at Anthropologie!)
The woman does indeed make the outfit.

Your Friend,

jeanette from everton terrace said...

LOVE the coat, love it.
You bet I shop off season. I haven't paid retail, or even close, for anything in years. I bought my wedding dress for $20 and at the reception, every time someone came up to tell me how beautiful it was, I proudly told them what I paid.
My mother was appalled. I was so proud.

Maria Elena said...

Oh, yes! I do the same thing! LOL
Your coat is gorgeous and the price is amazing! What a great find! This is the time of the year to buy the clothes for next winter. So many good sales!

Perfectly Printed said...

Off season is the way to go! I love Forever 21 and the purple shoes!
You look terrific!!


ImagiMeri said...

Stunning as usual pretty lady. Purple/eggplant/violet/lavender/ whatever the color, you make it look good. Have a beautiful day sweet friend.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Nice coat, Laura! I always seem to have black coats, too, but this year I picked out a red flirty coat from Victoria's Secret for Christmas. It's nice to have a color other than black to wear! I do shop off season ~ I'm always looking through the clearance racks, but 9 times out of 10 when I find something I like it is not my size. : (

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Getting great things for good prices is such a rush! LOVE the purple... the coat looks fabulous on you. You certainly know your style and colors!
So nice to see you... literally!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Oh Laura! What a gorgeous color! You look very nice and I love all of it! Hope you are doing well as a family. We are doing pretty good too. I am enjoying my birthday today! I love spring and that is what your outfit reminds me of!

Jen@ADropintheBucket said...

I love shopping off season, definitely the best way to find deals! And that necklace that you made is great!

Bloggymom said...

Beautiful coat. Love the color. Very pretty outfit as well.

I used to shop off season... now I don't do much shopping unless its at the fabric store or the antique store.

Jill Elaine said...

Cute cute coat! It is darling on you :)

Jill Elaine said...

Cute cute coat! It is darling on you :)

Naturally Carly said...

Love the purple coat. I too love Tulle brand. They are such a great value and price.
Purple is my favorite color.

Vicki said...

Love the color of your coat. It looks terrific on you! I always shop off season, that way I can have more clothes because they cost less. Hope everything's going well for you and your family.

Kelly @ Live Laugh Rowe said...

Hi Laura!

Thank you so much for visiting with me at Live Laugh Rowe. I {love} your purple coat and shoes. DARLING :)


p.s. New GFC Follower said...

I LOVE your coat. Love. What a great bargain. I always buy things off season too. Sometimes I think I'm silly, but it's really the only way I can afford to shop. Great blouse. Have you heard of half-tees? So much better than a tank. Check it out at I totally have nothing to do with this co. and don't get paid if you buy anything. I just only recently discovered them for myself and I am sold. I have 3 and adore them, wear them constantly.


blackbelt said...

Way to go on that purple coat! Love how it looks, love how you found it and love the price!

My husband and I were just recalling our honeymoon at the Arizona Biltmore!

houseblendfamily said...

I DEFINITELY shop off-season. A few weeks ago I picked up two pairs of corduroys at Ann Taylor Loft for $12.88 each. I didn't even take the tags off - I just stored them with my winter stuff. I think of it as an advance surprise gift for next winter.

Also, I love-love-love Tulle coats. I have the one you showed, but in green.

Your coat is an amazing find! I also love the purple flats.

The Working Home Keeper said...

Beautiful! Love the coat! And yes, I do shop off season.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Mary Ellen
The Working Home Keeper

Bettyann said...

yes I try to do the look fab in your roayl puple your choice of accessories...

Kristina said...

You're very classy and pretty...both in looks, and writing/blogging.

Jodi said...

I love out of season deals! And I love your new coat - perfect color and looks great on you! Way to get a bargain... that's the best part of shopping for me :)

smk053078 said...

I shop out of season too...some of my most fave finds have been out of season, but I am still wearing them to this day! You look amazing!!
Because Shanna Said So

Kristen Duke Photography said...

I am so bad at shopping off season....I would get too frustrated to find something as beautiful as that coat, only to have it in the wrong size. SO SO beautiful, that coat is!

TRay said...

Well, first off, I have to say that I LOVE the coat & that color is stunning on you!

Second, I know I probably don't shop off-season enough & I probably won't mention THIS particular blog post to your dear cousin, as HE would probably then make sure that I DID do much more off-season shopping!! You have the knack for amazing finds!

Looking good, gal, looking good!


Your PEA

Tiffany said...

I am most definitely an off season shopper! In fact, I don't think I've purchased soemthing full price in YEARS. lol At least, not since I became a responsible adult and actually had to pay my own bills. =) That purple coat is simply gorgeous and I love the lighter colors in your floral top!

Cassidy said...

Fabulous purple coat!! Love the detail on the inside too. shopping on the off season is the way to go.

knockedupfabulous said...

Always a great idea to shop off season! I try to, then I pack whatever I purchased away...makes for a great surprise in the wintertime!

Auntie Em said...

You are so cute in your sweet outfit! I love your new coat. Black is alright for funerals or tax audits but the rest of the time everyone needs colour! (Mine is fire engine red!) Love the length and it looks great with your jeans and pretty top.
Great shopping! :)

Tamera Beardsley said...

I still get happy thinking about Anthropologies clearance sale last December...boy did I get lucky and bring home some new best friends! You and your blog are lovely...thank you for your visit to mine!

Mary Ellen said...

You look adorable in your new clearance jacket and clothes. That is the only way I can buy clothes and enjoy the hunt for sure! I too, have a black coat and would like to find a different one as it attracts so much dirt and lint. I can never seem to keep it clean and I wear it alot here in cool Colorado!

Hope life is settling some for you friend or at least that your nestling nicely in His Arms!

bee blessed

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

I love the clearance racks, and I am loooooving that purple jacket on you, I especially love that lining!

Danielle said...

You know how to shop, girl! Love your outfit - especially the coat. So pretty and what a bargin. I love shopping at the end of a season because of all the great sales and markdowns. It's hard to pay full price when you know that if you are patient you can get a bargin ; )

Danielle xo

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Heck yes I shop off season!! :) You gotta dig though, cuz sometimes sizes are scarce, but that fab deal is so worth it. That jacket is gorgeous on you, love it!

Paulette Adams said...

And the price fabulous, well done!

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

You look gorgeous! And yes, I always do!