The start of a new year sparks all kinds of inspiration in our lives. You only need to glance at your Insta feed for proof. Everyone is hopeful about leaving last year’s negative energy behind and embracing a fresh outlook.
A fresh start can take many forms. You could get a fresh hairdo, a new lip color, or — my favorite strategy — do some January sales shopping for a wardrobe refresh.
January sales generally deliver fabulous discounts on winter pieces, like tall boots, wool coats, and chunky sweaters. Your favorite retailers are clearing out the fall/winter collections to make room for spring and summer. As such, it’s almost foolish to wait if you have a chic sweater or cozy coat on your wish list. They’re marked down, people! Now is the time.
Plus, a good, post-holiday sale is as good an excuse as any to delve into new looks and styles you may not have considered before. Here are a few pieces we adore for starting your year off on the right foot.
January Sales Shopping: What to Buy
1. A wear-everywhere blazer
For those in-between days when the snow and ice still hasn’t quite made an appearance, you need something like this Lioness Bad Romance Blazer Jacket to see you through. It’s classy and comfortable. And, it looks just as appropriate over a white tee and jeans as it does with tailored pants and a blouse.
2. A fun piece of loungewear
You may be leaving a few things behind, but your penchant for wearing cozy winter loungewear is not going anywhere. While you might be in full sweats-and-joggers mode on weekends, you can easily dress up even the most low-key off-duty looks by swapping your basic top for this Mango Crystal Detail Sweatshirt. A hint of sparkle at the shoulders adds crystallized glamour to your everyday ensembles and makes even leggings and yoga pants look polished.
3. A pair of boots
Boot styles come and go with the seasons. Maybe the sock boot was everything a year ago, but now it’s looking a bit dated. Let that be a warning: If you invest in boots while you’re shopping January sales, choose a classic riding boot style. You can wear them for the remaining winter months and still feel good about slipping them on next fall.
These brown riding boots from Unisa have that classic styling, plus a chunky buckle and interesting stitch work at the heel. Oh, and how about that price? Get them at DSW now before they’re gone.
4. A top that shines
Why limit your sparkly self to the holiday season? Unleash your love of all things shiny and spangly at any time of the year. It’s your time to shine, remember?
That means that any opportunity is the right opportunity to wear the LUSH Sparkle In Your Eye Top, which is eye-popping with all those sequins. Tuck it into a pair of sleek jeans, slip it on beneath a blazer, or wear it in lieu of your usual white tee. You’ll love how it gives every outfit a more fashionable twist.
5. A fashion-forward sweater
If your usual sweaters are more practical and straightforward, January is a perfect time to try something bolder. Look for bold textures in lieu of bright colors (which can make a sweater feel unapproachable).
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.