This is post #2 (as well as your second opportunity to enter to win!) sponsored by American Express and their Savvy Shopper program. I have been compensated for this post, but all ideas and thoughts are all my own.
I firmly believe that every woman should have a few basics in her wardrobe. Some of those basics may differ slightly, depending upon the geographical area in which she lives, but the basic premise is still the same.
Coat, shoes, dress, skirt, fun.
I was provided with the opportunity to pick my five Fall Must Have's, and I'd love to share them with you, along with my personal top savvy online shopping tips. This is your last chance to enter to win $250 of merchandise or gift cards through Membership Rewards. You may select a combination of gift cards/merchandise if you prefer, and here are some of the items you might choose from:
Saks Fifth Avenue: (denominations: $50, $100, $250)
Zappos.com: (denominations: $50, $100, $250)
Neiman Marcus: (denominations: $50, $100, $250)
North Face Denali Jacket (Retail $165)
Michael Kors Hamilton Medium Messenger Bag (Retail $248.00)
Dooney and Bourke Dillen II Satchel (Retail $248.00)
TUMI Ducati Tank Medium Backpack (Retail $245.00)
Now, back to my Five Fall Must Have's. Where I live is pretty temperate this time of year, but I need a raincoat. Sure, I have a hoodie, but waiting outside for my kids to depart school means that I get DRENCHED. There are some ugly raincoats out there, but I chose this one from Boden:
Now. Savvy Shopping tip #1 - check the measurements. And if you are ordering from a company that sells clothes in EUROPEAN sizes, make sure you don't order your American number size - because when said coat arrives, it will be too snug and although it's the most beautiful and well constructed coat you've ever seen and you want to sleep in it - it'll need to go back and return to you in a new, slightly larger size.
Next, let's look at a dress. Every woman needs at least one multi purpose dress - classy, a little flirty, but not overly sexy. You need a dress you can accessorize for a night out on the town, calm down for a church event, or spiff up when you go out with the girls. I chose this dress from Anthropologie:
Savvy Shopping tip #2 - read the feedback on the site. There's always going to be a few comments that RAVE about the dress, and a few that HATE it - but see what the general tone is - 95% of the comments on this dress were positive and I have to say, I love it just as much as they do. The other comments assured me that the dress ran true to size and I was confident that I could order my typical size.
Now, a skirt. A basic black skirt is indispensible for women. You can dress it up or down, it works for the office or church or out with the hubby. This was my choice, from Ann Taylor Loft:
Made of a stretchy material referred to as Scuba, this skirt is a dream come true. Savvy tip #3 - measure yourself, even if you think you know what size you need. Often, online stores have different sizing parameters and there's nothing more frustrating than waiting patiently for a skirt to arrive and finding that it has to go straight back.
Want to be able to fit into those pencil skirts? You are going to have to get some exercise, and so I chose sneakers for running from Amazon:
Savvy Tip #4 - Choose a store that has a good reputation. I shop an awful lot from Amazon - just ask my hubby. I chose to shop there because the prices are good, they price match and I get the items I've ordered quickly and well packed.
Now, my last item. I chose this apron from Etsy -
Simply because it was cute and functional, and I love retro - and who doesn't want to look GREAT while serving Thanksgiving dinner? Savvy Tip #5 - don't discount Etsy and similar sites. Check the feedback of the seller, but often I can find items on Etsy that I can't locate anywhere else. Bonus - you are often helping support an at home business.
To be entered to win the $250 shopping spree, leave me a comment telling me your Savvy Online Shopping Tip. I'll take the entries here and combine them with the entries on the first post and use Random.org to pick a winner. (Psst - this means that if you didn't enter on the other post, you can get an extra chance!)
This giveaway will close on Nov 5 at 11:59 p.m. and is open to US residents over the age of 18 only, please.