Navigating the post-holiday sales

BEIRUT: It’s that time of year again when stores are eager to sell off their fall-winter stock to make room for spring collections – of course to the ire of all of us who just days ago gifted it at full price.

Assuming you didn’t break the bank to watch Haifa Wehbe on New Year’s Eve, the post-holiday sale season tempts us to gobble up cheap apparel while we can. But beware of binge buying items with little longevity. The winter will soon be gone and anything too trendy might lose its luster come next winter’s chill.

Back in July, The Closet Clause perked our attention when the blogging duo issued lists of Lebanese style cliches they were ready to see gone. A few weeks ago, issued its own list of regional trends better left in 2013, and the two sets of gripes had a lot in common. This sale season, ditch the tired trends and invest in something original.

Isabel Murant’s heeled sneakers offered a fun contrast between luxury and sport chic with an added lift. But now that every university student, and most of their mothers, own a pair of heeled sneakers, it’s time to give it a rest. This sale season, by all means, take advantage of any deals you might nab at Murant’s high-end boutique in Downtown, but leave the Bekket sneakers on the display rack.

If you are looking for a new shoe trend, this holiday season a spattering of young women were spotted in Timberland’s classic yellow boots, which invoked the same dressed-down nonchalance as Murant’s clunky creation – albeit without the height boost. called them form-fitting dresses; The Closet Clause identified them specifically as Herve Leger’s bandage dresses. But whatever the brand, skintight dresses have that tendency to dip right over into the realm of vulgar.

Scout out a drop-waist dress instead. The cut hangs loosely on the body and flatters most shapes because a skirt starting around your hips elongates the torso. A throwback to the ’20s and ’30s, the drop-waist had a huge presence on the spring-summer 2014 runways, so the cut certainly won’t look stale after a few months.

It’s time to take all the neon-colored items out and put them in a box labeled “RIP Creamfields 2013.” Electronic music gave neon colors a practical application, so unless you’re headed to see Deadmau5, lime green and radioactive pink should remain in the depths of your closet. If you’re a sucker for bright colors try cobalt, tangerine or chartreuse instead.

Leather’s intense renaissance on the high street has given rise to a slew of faux leather legging designs. On a recent flight from Dubai to Lebanon, I counted five women wearing them as pants that fit like a second skin. Instead of adding yet another pair black leggings to your wardrobe, this season invest in an actual pair of leather – or pleather – pants.

While on the topic of leather, this is also a great time of year to invest in a discounted leather jacket. Wool and cotton blazers are also fantastic buys during sale season. A tailored blazer will add class to any look granted you buy it a little loose.

Quality denim is also a staple best bought on sale, but there is no use in wasting money on the wrong size. Your body is one consistent entity, not a set of legs with a torso on top. If pants fit your bottom but suffocate your midsection into love handles, they do not fit.

This year, follow the store’s size chart and buy the jeans created for your measurements. Or buy a size slightly too big and take them to one of the thousands of tailors around Lebanon, who will adjust them for less than $10.

A favorite piece of advice from Ayah Ajam, a Lebanese-American stylist, is to invest in quality lingerie.

It feels good to know you look good from the base layer to the top, her rationale goes. What better time of year to do that than sale season – it’s not like lacey underwear is in danger of becoming passé.

For guys, this is a great time of year to buy a suit for the slew of weddings coming this summer. They are marked down as much at 70 percent. Menswear, fortunately for guys, has a staying power women’s fashion does not. Slim cut with a bow tie is the way to go.





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