I live to catch trends after the fact. Especially when they are on the sale rack.
My new obsession that has transformed into a retail deal compulsion? Trolling the sale rack at the Gap for odd pieces no one else wants. I often grab tops for $3.99 and jeans for $9.99.
Sure, these aren't exactly your "basics" I find tucked away ... like white T-shirts or your everyday "blue" jean. These are Gap's more experimental, more editorial pieces. Dare I say, it's Gap's version of prêt a porter couture?
The pieces are never arranged in particular size or style order, so a Recessionista Fashionista must have time on her hands and be motivated to pick through each piece.
You must use a discerning eye to discover the potential in that sheer metallic button-down a size too large for you, or to find a creative, inventive way for that piece to fit in to your wardrobe.
This is not about practicality.
This is about power shopping for fashion potential.
My latest victory is a pair of rayon-polyester blend, plain black "Hammer pants," labeled "The Non-Jean" by the marketing wizards at Gap corporate.
Yes, I am referring to the king of '90s party rap, the soundtrack to my middle school dance circles, MC Hammer – and the pants that gained his namesake. I bet his were rayon-poly blend too! Gap is so historically accurate.
True, they are bit more tailored and in a much quieter pattern than the original version, but a stylista scouting bargain-fab knows "You can't touch this" when she sees it.
Imagine my delight when I snagged the only pair of these trousers that hung nimbly on the Gap sale rack.
The rush I felt just pulling them off the silver pole, liberating them from being smashed in with purple striped cotton t-shirts and beige cardigans was almost better than – well, do I even have to say it?
I examined the label. For real? $17.99 down from $59.99??
A bit of disappointment hit me as I normally draw the line at $9.99 for pants, but these were too good and too bizarre to …Read more...