I’ve said it before: I’m definitely the type of person whose clothing philosophy is to buy fewer, higher quality items that I love and will last me a long time rather than having a closet full of cheap stuff I only sort of like. I’m a big fan of J.Crew, but I’m also a fan of a bargain. I’m so excited to have my sweet friend Chelsea share how she affords shopping at J.Crew on a budget–she has an incredible sense of style and an eye for a good deal!
Hello! I’m so excited to be guest posting today for Life Could Be A Dream. A quick introduction before I dive into one of my favorite topics. My name is Chelsea, and I blog at Arrows & Apricots with my friend Shawna. We both have a love for fashion, decorating, and crafting. Our blog is a little space on the internet where we can share our outfits and a good deal, which now brings me to the topic of today’s post: how I afford J.Crew on a budget. My family and friends can all vouch for me when I say that I LOVE J.Crew. A good chunk of my wardrobe is made up of pieces from J.Crew from the past few years, and you would never be able to tell when I purchased them because they are still in great condition. So how do I afford it exactly? Let me tell you my secrets!
1. Sign up for e-mails.
Now, before you roll your eyes and skip this step-there is a reason that I’ve put it as my number 1 secret. J.Crew does flash sales. Especially around holidays. They will also have private sales for email subscribers only. So make sure you sign up and watch your inbox for them.
2. J.Crew Factory.
Basically it speaks for itself. J.Crew Factory has the best sales, and the clothing and accessories are still classics.
3. Purchase in store if you can.
Stores have to meet a certain sale quota, so they will offer free shipping on your purchase if you can’t find your size in stores. Stores will also typically price match as well.
4. Use a student ID.
Students and teachers receive 15% in stores, so always make sure to have your student ID handy! Don’t have a student ID? Find a friend or family member that does and shamelessly use them for the 15% discount and pay them back.
5. Never purchase anything full price.
J.Crew is always running sales. I am 99% confident that I can say I have never bought anything full price from J.Crew. Ever. And typically the items are 30-60% off PLUS I use the 15% student discount.
6. Purchase at the end of seasons.
Items like solid colored sweaters or button down shirts are classics. Make sure to purchase items like these at the end of the season because they will be put on the clearance section. I live for the clearance section. Especially when it’s 60% off plus an additional 40-50% off. Can I get a hallelujah?! About 3 years ago, I went into J.Crew Factory and saw there was a huge sale going on (it was the end of summer). There on the big long table was a line up of all of their pixie jeans! The store was 50% off, and then I used my student ID to get an additional 15% off. I ended up paying around $75 for 3 pairs of jeans. They still look brand new. **fist pump**
7. Build a relationship with a personal stylist.
I left this tip for last because sometimes that can be difficult. I had a friend that worked at J.Crew for awhile, and always knew when the good sales were about to happen. When you build a relationship with one of the J.Crew personal stylists, they will sometimes save your size on a newly marked down item so it doesn’t sell out. Bless their well dressed heart
I hope these 7 tips helped you out! Want more of me? You can follow me over at Arrows & Apricots! xox