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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Winter Clearance: 5 Things To Buy Right Now

Forget Boxing Day, I'd rather celebrate winter clearance season. Sure, it's a real scavenger hunt being thrice picked over but if you've got the patience and are working with a limited budget, this is the best time of the year to score a few pieces that could otherwise break the bank. 

Here are 5 things you should shop for RIGHT now:

1. Cashmere Cardi. Cashmere is a luxe and cozy treat, especially at half price. Choose a cute cardigan or wrap that you can snuggle up in year round. My pick: Vreni  Cashmere Cardigan, select colours $175 USD (reg. $350) online at Tory Burch

2. Neutral Pumps. Fall and winter footwear of all kinds will be on their way out, but a pair of classic black pumps never go out of style. My Pick: Franco Sarto Baroq Pumps, $68 CAD (reg. $130) online at Capezio

3. A Designer Coat. If you've been eyeing a big ticket winter coat, chances are the price has been drastically reduced.  My Pick: Coco Wool Coat, $330 CAD (reg. $550) online at Mackage. 

4. Coloured Denim. It seems coloured denim is here to stay for a little while longer. If you haven't picked up a pair...or are currently obsessed and want a little fix, so many styles are reduced. If you can find cropped or ankle length, all the better for transitional dressing. My Pick: Blank Ankle Skinny with Faux Leather Detail, $65 CAD (reg. $130) online at eLUXE

5. A Trend Piece. If there's a trend that's been on your list to try, now's your chance to scoop it up really inexpensively. I'd hedge my bets on a dramatic accessory. My Pick: Pretty Lady Fedora Hat, $29.99 CAD (reg. $88) online at French Connection

Not sure where to start? Online stores are running amazing promotions as you can see but so are malls and boutiques that literally have to clear merchandise out to make room for spring styles.  I'd also scour blogs and local dailies for pop-ups (I'm hosting one at The Spoke Club and I'm also a fan of Guilty Pleasures at The Drake Hotel). Local designers will definitely be looking clear out at great prices. 

Happy bargain hunting!

-- Tamika Auwai is our resident Style Editor, shopping enthusiast and Wardrobe Expert.

Image credits: Tory Burch, Capezio, Mackage, eLUXE, French Connection

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