Sale-Time Confessions of a Full-Price Shopper

Now I’ve never been a particularly price-conscious shopper. I know what I like and I don’t have the patience to wait for it to go on sale. I’ve also been trained by having larger-sized feet to snap up my size before it is gone. But there is something about this time of year, when everything is going on sale, that calls out to my shopping-loving soul.

I usually take this time to troll my favourite online shops to see what is on sale that I can transition into the next season (and at a fabulous price, who can resist?). In this case, I’ve been looking to see what I could use to boost my flagging winter wardrobe (seriously, I just get sick of it after a while) and look forward to wearing it into the spring.

Some things to keep in mind when you are deal-hunting this winter:

  1. Fabric:  Look for lighter weight fabrics like jersey, cotton or silk that can be layered for winter but then worn on their own in spring.
  2. Colour:  Neutrals are by far the easiest bet, but don’t be afraid to look for some brights that might also transition seasons (like the ultra-violet satchel below).
  3. Texture:  Stay away from chunky knits or heavy tweeds, they won’t work as well in the warmer weather and seem to scream “winter!”.
  4. Quality:  This is the perfect time to splurge on some great quality pieces (I like to pick up season-less essentials like a silk jersey tank or a designer leather purse).
  5. Follow the love:  Sometimes you just have to go with your gut (or heart) and buy what you’ve been lusting after but just couldn’t justify at the original price (like those leather leggings!).

Here are some pieces that have caught my fancy lately.  Full disclosure – I totally snapped up the Rebecca Minkoff satchel and the Anna Scholz Jersey Dress.  Love them!

What do you like to snap up in a sale?

Plus size sale favourites



  1. Oh my goodness, I’m so glad I’m not alone. I’m a full price shopper, too. Primarily because I hate to shop so the idea of shopping ‘more’ to pay less makes me crazy. My former husband used to say I should have SAP tattooed on my forehead: Sue Ann Pays. (That’s why he’s my former husband.) That said, I’d love to go shopping with YOU!


  2. I must admit: I’m not a shopper — I lack the patience (oh, and any sort of fashion sense!) and would rather do most anything other than visit a mall. But one thing I’ve started doing very recently is using an online service that sends me clothing that they pick out for me ( according to my tastes and I LOVE IT (it’s great not having to shop!). Just like I loved coming here and seeing recommendations — the shirt and leather leggings are totally awesome. Keep the recommendations coming!

  3. Laura

    As a recovering left-brain thinker, I love lists. But as a newly developing right-brain thinker, I love color & pictures. My profession (in the gym) keeps me in simple clothes, so dressing myself for another occasion fills me with dread. From your post, you keep it simple enough, and encouraging enough that I feel like I could venture out. Or just hire you!

  4. Drazana

    Love your blog Laura. We are kindred spirits. I love, love, love to shop!

  5. Heather Hill

    I love your blog! Gorgeous taste in everything!! All the best! xo


  6. Love the website Laura and love your picks in this blog. I would buy every piece you featured! And totally agree with you about shoe shopping with large feet – there is no time to wait for sales…you go in and you go in early or you miss out for the season. Looking forward to more posts!

    • Laura

      Thanks Liis – I love a kindred shoe-spirit!!! Can’t wait to read your blog, I know I’ll get a lot out of it.

  7. Nancy Sergi

    Love the Anna Scholz dress! That’s soooo my style!


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