THIS WEEK: Update With Summer Bargains

June 22, 2020, 3:06 pm by MSP


"Buy the best quality you can afford"...this is the mantra every MSP SYSter knows quite well. As a style-savvy woman, you know the best way to build a quality wardrobe is slowly, and over time. A good core wardrobe is key to stylish outfits. But, what if you could purchase top-quality items...for really low prices? Well then, that would be even better!

The time is now. The summer months of June and July are the best sales months. This IS when you want to score quality essentials at bargain prices! June, starts the beginning of mark-downs. Retailers want to clear out (online and in brick-and-mortar stores) a lot of the summer merchandise. Soon, early fall clothing will replace summery clothes. Mid-season (June and July) gives you deep discounts-yet you'll still wear these summer basics all the way into early fall. This is the time to score big on essentials for the whole family! (FYI: Fall clothing arrives online and in stores mid-August...yeah I know, it is crazy because it's still sooo hot).


It's sale season! Can you say up to 70 percent off?!

The stores are beginning to mark down in-season merchandise!

Similar: Caslon Drape Collar Knit Blazer (petite, misses)

Stock up. It is essential to know what to buy so you can take full advantage of real bargains at the summer sales. If you don’t have a basic wardrobe plan or a list of needs you might buy something impulsively because it is at a “bargain” price. If you don't really need it, is it really a bargain when you are still missing key wardrobe essentials? Bottom line: Know what your wardrobe needs before you purchase at the summer sales.

Keep these savvy-shopping strategies in mind:

1. Know what a bargain really is. A bargain is only a true bargain if it has value to you. A bargain must equal value (not necessarily the price paid). So, if an item is something you would purchase at full price, if it is something you need, then it's a bargain at a discounted price because it holds VALUE to you.

2. Take a deep breath. Just like putting down your fork when you are getting full, if you take a moment and pause you might make the decision to not purchase an item because you don’t really need it. Pause when you find yourself getting caught up in “saving money”. Before going to the check-out counter ask yourself: Do I love it, am I really going to have it altered, and do I have at least three things I can wear it with?

3. Shop it now. Timing is everything when it comes to hitting the sale racks. It is best to shop mid-week (that’s when they start marking down merchandise) and become friendly with the sales staff because they know when the blouse you love will be marked down. Right now is the time for summer markdowns for the entire family. Stock up now on summer basics because most kids want to wear new shorts back-to-school—not wool pants!

4. Read the fine print. Sometimes you just need to try it on at home to decide if it is really a good bargain for you. Be aware of the store’s sale policy prior to purchasing. At some stores, SALES ARE FINAL!


This Thursday, I’ll share the complete article "Update With Summer Bargains" in all 5 Personal Profiles. IT CONTAINS THE LIST OF SUMMER BASICS TO BUY NOW

These purchases you buy now (at deep discount) and wear all the way into fall (mean you won't make too many purchases come fall). Buy smart now, and save more.


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission

Summer heat is full-on! This is the perfect time to turn off the oven, squash the use of your hot clothes dryer, and find a cool place in the shade to feel the breeze.

This week is my favorite Style Mission. This week: Take a "green" approach to your laundry. Hang your laundry outside to dry (or use an indoor drying rack to air dry your clothes). Give your dryer a break all week long. Can you do it for even 5 days?

Being green shrinks your energy footprint. By not using your energy-zapping (and heat producing) clothes dryer, you will save $ while getting a fresh outdoor scent to your clothes. (The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that an electric clothes dryer accounts for almost six percent of a household’s annual electricity consumption.That may not sound like a lot, but consider how many items in your household uses electricity. If you average $100 a month for your electric bill, your clothes dryer accounts for $72 per year. That’s almost another month of electricity for your home.)

 Less dryer exposure also means your clothes will last longer!

Clothes STIFF from air drying? If so, it means you are using too much laundry detergent (detergent is so concentrated nowadays)! *TIP: Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to wash before the rinse cycle begins. This will keep your towels and jeans from becoming stiff from line-drying. Don't worry...the vinegar smell will disappear before the clothes dry!

Use these 3 tips to hang your clothes out correctly: 

1. Shake and smooth out the wrinkles, shirts should be buttoned up and hung UPSIDE DOWN by the hemline (prevents hanger marks at the shoulders). 

2. Turn dark clothes inside out so the sunlight does not bleach them (or again, hang them indoors). 

3. Use very little, or even better NO fabric softener because its what builds up in the fibers and makes your clothing and towels SMELL over time!

Love, Leslie MSP


What SYSters are Saying


"My tummy sticks out!"


Dear Leslie Mrs. Smarty,

I've been a SYS for about a month now and I love your program. I must say my style has improved just by paying attention to what I'm wearing and not wearing any more. I no longer wear styles not right for my body type because I used your shopping guides to help me remove them from my closet. The truth is most of it I was no longer wearing because its dated (been in there for many years and dusty) and lots of it no longer was my size either. I have grown in size (unfortunately).

Perhaps you will or have addressed this problem but I need help. I need to dress for my tummy. It protrudes quite a bit and I would love your style help trying to hide it. I realize you can't simply hide something sticking out so much, lol! But perhaps make it look smaller? In the meantime I'm back to eating healthier and my nightly walks since the weather is warmer. Whatever you can do to help me is gratefully appreciated!

With love, Joelle


MSP HERE: Dear Joelle, 

You are not alone. Dressing issues when you have a tummy or undefined waistline is a common concern. It is one that I certainly address often for my style SYSters. However, let me share a quick tip with you right now. 

For minimizing an undefined waist...dress in monochromes (all one color). Monochromatic dressing (typically but not exclusively in a darker color) is quite slimming. By adding a jacket, light sweater, bolero, vest, etc. as a top piece and leaving it un-buttoned you create one long vertical column of color. The all-one-color 'hides' your waistline issues along with the over-piece you've added that create a nice vertical on your upper body.


Notice how (on the left) a different colored top and bottom visually breaks up the body 

vs. (on the right) ONE LONG VERTICAL LINE of color slims and minimizes a tummy...

NO                                                    YES



I love this summery  vest because its light-weight, yet adds a certain amount of sass to everything you wear! You could also wear it with a short-sleeved shirt. 

Remember, adding a third piece always makes you look more stylish. It's summer, so make it a super light one, or make it a statement accessory (straw hat, colorful sandals, etc).

Love, Leslie MSP