Monday, July 6, 2015

Retail vs. Factory

To follow up from yesterday's post about wearing things that I have not worn due to my weight gain, this top is another one that I purchase and never worn.  

The fabric of this top is polyester and probably not the best thing to wear in the summer heat but it works for the office when air conditioning keeps me cool all day.   

Many stores that have retail and factory stores will carry similar items drawn from successful prints from the retail stores and make it with more inexpensive fabric for the factory version.  Some stores may tweak the design/cut a bit also for the factory version.  J Crew is notorious for doing popular prints from their retail stores to the factory stores.  This is good for me when I miss out on a print that I like and still be able to buy it later if I wanted to.  

I have finally come to the realization that if the fabric is silk or another higher quality material, it pays to buy the retail version when there are sales.  I have no idea why I pay a higher price polyester when I know I can wait a few months and may be able to pick it up in the factory versions.  I am also holding out on buying cotton tees from retail stores since they are mostly likely reproduce in factory with little change that I can see.  

I know some will shop the factory version because of the price point but if you are patient  (or a stalker like me), you can buy retail versions at factory pricing.  

How do you decide to shop retail or factory items?

J Crew Top, Loft Gingham Pants, Pattern Mixing, Fashion over 40, OC Blogger

Pattern Mixing, Loft Gingham Pants, Over 40 Fashion, OC Blogger
Outfit Details:
J Crew Top Cute Option
Loft Gingham Pants (worn herehere, & hereCurrent Version
Banana Republic Wedges Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Similar
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
J Crew Medallion Tassel Pendant Necklace Similar
WHBM Bracelets Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
J Crew Medallion Tassel Pendant Necklace, BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring, layered necklace

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