Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Clothing Update

Finally, some success. I actually managed to not only shop for clothes, but buy things that were on super sale at the Gap (and a less spectacular, non-super level of discounting at Eddie Bauer.com.) Of course, some of the stuff I ordered online didn't work out, so I'll be returning it. Someday I'll do an analysis of how much of my clothing budget actually goes to return postage!
Now, since I have bought items that I like and that fit me well, I have to go back and see if I can get more of the same in different colors. I always tend to shop this way-- when I find something that works, I stock up, especially in the case of basic office clothes like linen pants!
I think I'll still be well under budget for clothing year to date.

12 comments:

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Anonymous said...

For me, the time saved by ordering clothes on the web is lost in having to return stuff that doesn't fit or look like I thought it would. Although Eddie Bauer t-shirts are probably a safe bet. Suits and tops to wear under the suits, not so much.

Madame X said...

So true-- I once tried to order a suit from Eddie Bauer and it was awful. Never again. But some of their pants are ok.

Single Ma said...

Oh gawd, I'm so short I could never trust myself to shop for clothes online. Shoes, accessories, and handbags - Yes. Clothes - Never! I even tried creating one of those online models to match my body style. Still didn't work. A detour to the dressing room before checkout is a must.

D said...

The problem I have found with all clothing is that, even if the item is the same size as the 1st one you bought, they aren't really the same size.

I have ordered jeans and the pair I ordered fit perfect. So of course finding a good pair of jeans that fit is hard so I quickly ordered more. Sadly when they arrived, none fit. All the tags were the same. Go Figure?

Anyway, I would suggest saving the return postage and if they have a store front, take it there. I have done this, its less hassle and no cost, if I am already going past.

udandi said...

D, I don't know what brand but Gap's jeans can vary within the same size.
If I find two pairs that fit, I get them and people probably think I wear the same jeans over and over!

mapgirl said...

I don't think of Eddie Bauer as carrying tailored clothes. But I have had great success with Lands' End Overstocks. I got a full suit from them this past year, and some suit separates and all of them fit great. Try doing their virtual fit model on the website. It will help you select the right sizes out of their catalog (but it doesn't work for the Overstock stuff). Once you know your size though, you can safely pick your size from anything and it's pretty consistent.

randomosity said...

In response to mapgirl's comment that Eddie Bauer not seen as carrying tailored clothes...a few years ago Eddie Bauer had an "AKA" line that tailored clothes/suits, etc. I don't know if it still exists, but I bought my interview suit (for Finance and consulting jobs) from that line. I even bought it online, since I needed Tall. Eight-and-a-half years later, I still use that suit for interviews (and nothing else). That was the best $200 I've ever spent!

Justine Kaley said...

Why dont' you try digging around in your local consignment,resale,thirft stores because a lot of rich people live in certain areas they then to give them to this store Paris Hilton donates hers to a certain store in New York. You can get what the famous people bought and wore once or not at all for maybe at least half of what they spent.

mapgirl said...

Justine,

Paris Hilton is an anorexic stick and is about 6 inches taller than I am. Personally, I suppose with the money I could save, I could have the sleeves shortened, but when you say consignment, does that mean I'm still paying $800 for a $2000 suit? I'd still rather shop the overstocks at Lands' End and get a nice new, unsweated in suit for $200. Call me crazy but who cares if it's designer wear? That kind of excess leads people in the office to think that you get paid too much, and pettiness and office politics are not my thing.

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