Although it is still the heat of the summer in most places, fall clothes are available in stores and warmer weather ones are being marked down to jaw-dropping prices. Whenever there is a change of season sale and the prices are low, it becomes easy to get carried away and purchase pieces that you otherwise would pass by. However, there is also the opportunity to find great pieces and invest in your clothing collection. With an eye to the season ahead, here are the types of pieces I suggest looking for on the sale rack:
Dresses are great pieces to pick up on sale because, with the exception of strapless and halter dresses, they can generally be worn all year round. Neon colors and white may be a bit harder to pull off during the colder months, but cardigans and blazers can transition a short sleeve or sleeveless dress into fall and winter.
Layering pieces like jackets and cardigans are also worth scouring the sale rack for, although there are a few more caveats here. The first is to be very aware of sleeve length. Many summer cardigans have sleeves that only reach the top of the elbow which is only really helpful when it is warm outside. Look for sleeves that reach past the elbow.
The second thing to look out for is the fabric. Linens and cotton sateens make great warm weather blazers, but those fabrics scream summertime. (A matte cotton blend is a great option; the issue with the cotton sateen is that it is very shiny.)
Last, white blazers and cardigans look best in the peak of the summer and the peak of winter. Navy is a popular color during the summer and is the perfect color to add to your wardrobe. If you are exceptionally lucky, you may even be able to find a suit that is appropriate for cooler weather, so if you find a great blazer make sure to check and see whether it comes with pants or a skirt.
Speaking of suiting, the sleeveless blouses that you wear under your blazers don't really change that much from season to season. The summer options might be a bit brighter in color, but they can be worn year round.
The same goes for jewelry and accessories. Unless you are buying starfish necklaces or scarves with a palm tree pattern, you can likely style it during the cooler months. Plus, you don't have to worry about accessories fitting next summer, so they are perfect piece to buy ten months in advance.
Remember, a low price is only a good deal if you can actually get some use out of it! Good luck and happy hunting!