Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fashion for Less ((Guest Post from The Life of Bon))

I have such a fun guest post for y'all today, courtesy of one of my January sponsors, The Life of Bon. Enjoy!

Let's get this intro out of the way quick!  My name is Bonnie and I like bowls of cereal with overflowing milk, ridiculously long eye lashes and freshly dried sheets.  No matter how hard I try I can't keep the dishes out of the sink but life's too short to worry about that!  I teach high school English for a living and I like to laugh and listen to my music too loud and wave at people I don't know on the street.  We friends now?

Oh, I should probably tell you I blog at The Life of Bon where topics vary from visits to the gyno to why being engaged is a terrible experience to parking in handicapped stalls.  Yep.  We cover it all.

Now, hold on to your seats, girls because today we are talking about SKIRTS!

Skirts skirts skirts.  Can life get any more exciting than this?  I submit that it cannot!

This Christmas I really wanted a brightly colored skirt.  I'm getting real sick of my drab black and gray skirts at school.  I needed something to liven up the next three months of drear I'm looking at!  (January, February and March, I will always hate you.) I really wanted this skirt to be from J. Crew. I have never owned anything from that store and I recently became obsessed with it after I started following this blog.  Everything she wears is from J. Crew and she looks fabulous all the time.  Basically I see Crew to the J. as the beautiful, rich store that I can not afford.  But I was determined this Christmas.  Even if it meant I only got one thing for Christmas- it would be from J. Crew!

Lucky for me, J. Crew opened up an outlet store close to where I live.  So I skipped on down one Saturday with mi madre in tow and found immediately what I was looking for.  Bright coral skirt,  pencil, absolutely gorg!  So I said, "Hey mom!  I want this $50 skirt!  Even if it's my only gift for Christmas- I want this skirt!"

And she said okay but I think it's over priced and get ready to spend money on a dry cleaner.

And that was it.  My Christmas from my mom would be one fabulous dry clean only coral skirt.


A week or so later I was casually strolling the aisles of my favorite cheap clothes go to, Forever 21, when what did appear? Didst my eyes deceive me?!?  It was an almost identical skirt as the J. Crew skirt only this one was only $17.50!  I tried it on.  Fit perfectly.  Coral.  Pencil.  Fabulous.  And this one WASN'T dry clean only.

Win.  Win.

I spent a bit more time at Forever 21 and found for the same $50 spent at J. Crew the following:
-the practically identical skirt ($17)
-a bright yellow sweater ($10)
-a pair of jeans ($10)
- a turquoise skirt ($7)
- a long gold necklace ($5)

Who's the smartest shopper in the world now?!?

I admit I was sad to have to give up my one and only J. Crew purchase, but I just decided I will never be a J. Crew kind of girl.  Why spend $50 when you can spend $17 and that's just the way the cookie crumbles in my book. Or something like that.

Now.  Let's play a little game.

Here are the two skirts.  Can you guess which one is from J. Crew and which one is from Forever 21?

Please disregard my pasty white legs.  It's winter.  You understand.

And the answer is....

SKIRT A is the $17.50 skirt.
SKIRT B is the $50 skirt (FYI:  That was $50 on sale at the outlet... original was $89)

Who would have thought my love affair with J. Crew would end before it ever began?  But I guess when it comes down to it there are only two types of girls in the world- those who can stand to spend $50 on skirts and those who can't.

Looks like I'm sticking in the can't category!

(But let the records show that if I am ever filthy rich 
I will buy myself $50 skirts, dang it!)


WOW! It just goes to show that if you really want an item, you can usually find an identical one for way less moolah! Thanks for sharing your sweet steal with us today, Bon! :)

What's been your most recent bargain shopping find?


  1. i def thought skirt A was the cuter skirt. guess i'm not a jcrew girl either. ;)
    as much as i love forever 21, they do fall apart rather easily after awhile, but i guess sometimes it's worth it.

  2. They look almost the same! Awesome find. I love the idea of j crew but never have the money to spend! You're super cute too:)

  3. i feel ya, sista! all about the bargain :)

  4. Love Bonnie! This post is the perfect combination of style, logic, and hilarity. I'm your newest follower, Kim! Super cute blog. :)

  5. I love this post. I would love to spend lots of dough at J.Crew but I can't rationalize the $ for one item, even though I know the quality is probably better. To each their own though, a cute outfit is a cute outfit! Also I love how Kim's pieces are so versatile and she can turn one thing into several different looks. I wish I could be better at that.

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