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Welcome to the Style Suite withÂ KÃ©la Walker, your source for fashion and style trends for power plays in the workplace. Every Tuesday and Thursday, she’ll share tips and suggestions to help maximize your style on a budget. Whether you’re the style devil in Prada or the apprentice with limited apparel, you’ll find something in the Style Suite to suit your needs.
I love this time of the year. Everyone is fresh and rejuvenated after the holiday break andÂ optimistic about theÂ new year ahead. But more than that, it’s also the time when retailers are slashing prices in half and trying to getÂ rid of their leftover fall and winter stock. Now is when I canÂ finally afford to get those pieces I’ve been (sale) stalking all season long.
JanuaryÂ is the best timeÂ to get the most bang for your buck and score amazing deals on fashion and apparel forÂ now and next year.Â Those boots you had your eyes on, thatÂ coat you have been wanting butÂ couldn’tÂ afford—they’re all marked down and they’re moreÂ budget-friendly than ever before. With many retailers slashing prices by 40%, 50% and 60%, it’s a great time to invest in designer pieces you normallyÂ couldn’tÂ afford.
(Side bar:Â It’s always amazing to me that just asÂ we head into the thick of the season, retailers start slashing pricesÂ to make room for the upcoming season. I’ll cross that season’s bridge when I get there, but right now, it’s a great time to stock up.)
When indulging inÂ the season of sales, practice some restraint. It’s OK to pickÂ up a few trendy items, but try to cash in on pieces that you know will last for seasons to come. These long-lasting buys will give you a a better price per wear (divide the price by the number of times you wear it) and stretch yourÂ wardrobeÂ budget further.
What have you been watching and waiting to be marked down?
KÃ©la Walker is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer and TV host, who has contributed lifestyle and entertainment content for outlets including NBC’s LXTV, Getty Images, YRB Magazine, Madame Noire, and RTL Germany. She also has a passion for fashion and offers the latest in fab fashion trends and consumer deals withKelasKloset.com. Her chic style and trendsetting blog has been lauded by sites including Essence.com and Huffington Post Black Voices.