I am a sucker for sample sales. My inbox gets flooded this time of year with a slew of invites from designer showrooms and I have to edit which ones will make the cut. For me and countless others, the designer sample sale is a time to snag the trend you might have missed out on, and get that special piece. At retail, faced with high price tags, I have the urge to buy everything, but I hold back that urge, and just window shop. The fine act of leaving the store to think about what I want, allows me more time, which inevitably allows the contents of my bank account to enter my mind. A total buzz-kill. But one of my favorite habits is to walk into a store, check out what is still floating on the racks, and then snag it at a fraction of the cost. Coined fiscal responsibility, a game I haven’t quite mastered, it is slowly creeping into my vocabulary.

On the hunt for the latest, newest, coolest, least unknown labels out there, I find myself with a case of fashion fatigue. I don’t want what I saw in the stores in August, but I want to add a punch to my wardrobe. I achieve this by gravitating towards basics with a twist–a new shiny metallic blazer, rather than basic black. A lurex sheath that will go over a denim shirt  just posted yesterday on Instagram, and create a wow outfit. A pair of black booties that translate well with cropped jeans, a skirt, or a dress. A patent leather clutch with red lips. You see where I’m heading? Add a punch of Parisian cool into your everyday style. The basics that look good on me and probably most of you–will always find a reason to be in my closet, and now is the perfect time to invest in those pieces. Here are ten fine examples pictured below.

Veda Julian Leather Biker Jacket because biker jackets are always in. Find less expensive ones here.

Tibi Lurex Jacquard Top. I just snagged this at the Tibi sale for about the same price as listed in Shopbop.The sale lasts until Friday.. Run!

Rag and Bone metallic brocade tuxedo jacket. This is a must blazer for the holiday season. Just spotted it yesterday at Scoop, buy it here.

Isabel Marant Chunky Knit Sweater. I love a grey cozy sweater, especially if it’s oversized.

Rebecca Taylor full leather mini skirt. Sale coming to a location near you soon.

Lulu Guinness red lips envelope clutch. I want to wear this evening bag all the time. It just makes me smile.

R13 relaxed skinny jeans. I have been living in denim this past month. So versatile and perfect for day into evening.

J. Crew gold ring. Why not throw in a heart-shaped gold ring?

Elizabeth and James black leather Saucy heels

Laurence Dacade black haircalf ankle boots. Obsessed with these!

For the game -changers in the wardrobe department and solutions that won’t break the bank.

Happy Shopping!


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