You should know, I do not love shopping for clothes. I do not like the trying on, the tailoring to fit my (odd) shape, the way I look in clothes. I like none of it. But when your work clothes become threadbare, and your trouser socks and stockings have more holes than a good Emmenthaler, it's time to act. And use The Gift.
I went to Stein Mart on a quiet Friday night at 8:00 p.m. (For The Gift to work it must be unimpeded by screaming children or ornery women.) I didn't think I was the Stein Mart-type of woman (I'm young! I'm hip! Right? RIGHT?!) -- I didn't even know what a Stein Mart was until we "headed south" (south Jersey, that is). And this is what I learned: If you're patient and willing to poke around clearance racks, and you come bearing coupons, there's gold in them thar hills.
Behold, my bounty (bad photo...yikes!). In at just a hair over $100:
Let's take a look at the highlights:
That tissue-thin cotton Calvin Klein ivory-colored sweater in the lower right corner of the photo...$4.04. That's right...I even took a picture of the receipt, because just seeing "Calvin Klein" and "$4.04" together for something that isn't socks...well, rocks my socks.
Then there's the Nine West belted fancy dress for $14.51:
And a Kenneth Cole Unlisted clutch for $8.69. OK, I didn't *need* this. Mea culpa. But so cute with the Nine West dress: