staples vs. splurges

staples vs. splurges


Guess what, nerds? ModCloth is having a sale! The friends & family sale gets you 25% off sitewide on orders over $100 (and free shipping) with the code F13m64G.

I thought this would be a good time to talk about my own strategy for shopping sales like this, specifically the notion of staples vs. splurges. Let me elaborate.


As I mentioned in my pinup fashion on a budget post, shopping the sales is a great way to build your wardrobe. But during a limited sale, sometimes the pieces just don’t speak to you (and if you don’t really want it, it’s not a deal. That’s something I still have to remind myself every time I prowl through the sale section on a site!). A sitewide sale means you have free rein, but that can also be overwhelming! Don’t let anyone tell you that being fabulous doesn’t require strategizing.


The splurge is that thing that you just can’t justify purchasing at full price. You stare and daydream, maybe even put it in and out of your cart, just to imagine buying it. Usually, these are sought-after pieces that rarely if ever go on sale themselves. You could stalk them until they hit the final sale clearance…but who knows if your size will still be in stock by that point, and you risk missing it altogether. Instead, take advantage of the power of choice to bring a splurge item closer to your acceptable price range.


The staple is not that exciting. It’s the thing that you always wish you had in your wardrobe, but that never seems to make it to the top of your “to-buy” list. There’s always something a little flashier bumping it down. I love to stock up on staples during deals like this, picking up several cardigans or relatively plain skirts; these are things that help you build a comprehensive wardrobe and allow your “splurge” pieces to shine. You gotta have the staples, so it’s always great to get them for a great deal!

I like getting my staples on sale, because it gives me more leeway to splurge when I really want to (like, for example, when a bunch of a super limited edition Halloween pieces get released…). At least, that’s what I tell myself! We’ve had an especially warm fall this year, so I’m definitely still in the transitional period between sundresses and sweaters. It’s the perfect time to pick up the pieces that are going to make my fall fashion extra fabulous.

The friends & family sale runs through October 17 – is there anything you have your eye on?

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2 thoughts on “staples vs. splurges

  1. I actually just bought a new pair of oxfords from Modcloth with this sale code tonight! 🙂 I needed a new pair – mine from last year are looking reeeeeeally worn out.


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