When I run in the winter I wear a sweatshirt and leggings, which is TOTALLY unsuitable for hiking in 90 degree (F) weather. In the summer, I wear dresses/skirts while running, which is just as unsuitable for climbing over pretty much anything.
So...I bought my first pair of official running/jogging/loose-enough-that-I'll-be-comfortable-but-won't-chafe pants. In that spirit, here are TEN TIPS on how to get the best deal when you're shopping for clothes.
1. Go to the sales rack first
2. Try everything on
Try. Everything. On. It doesn't matter how it looks on the hanger; an ugly thing can become beautiful and a beautiful thing can lay all wrong. I've quite a few absolutely hideous photos of random things that looked good on the rack that I've tried on and have turned out awfully. (This is one of the lesser awful pictures). HOWEVER, many things that looked awful on the rack and were a last desperation try on have turned out wonderfully.
3. Semi-Annual or Routine sales
4. Online Sales
5. Make a List
7. Is it on a true sale?
Excuse the cropped picture, but I've realized I very rarely take full shots of myself. I have quite a few head shots, but maybe I should work on documenting my outfits a bit more...
This dress cost me $15. For a sturdy cotton dress that has lasted me for over two years now, can be washed in the regular wash and air dried, it was totally worth the price.
However, even though it was on sale, I wouldn't have paid more than $20 for a simple T-shirt dress.