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Big Spender

March 24th, 2008 at 01:51 pm

I am about to send out resumes looking for a summer internship, and in the fall will start hunting for a job in the business world (accounting). After a lifetime in academia, where my standard Lands End/LL Bean wardrobe has been sufficient, I decided that I needed at least a few more upscale pieces. So I bought 3 blazers, a pair of pants, and a skirt (mostly Jones New York brand) in preparation for the transitition. I also bought a bit of makeup since I almost never wear any. All in all, I spent about $500, although if I'd paid full price, the price tag would have been about $720, so I saved about 30% by virtue of sales and (eek) opening a Macy's charge to take advantage of the 20% discount (I'll close it shortly after paying the bill).

I feel queasy spending so much on clothes, but then, working at a college, I sometimes see students dressed up in their job interview clothes and realized I had nothing so high quality in my wardrobe, so I figured it was time to bite the bullet.

I suppose I should also have something a wee bit more corporate than my embroidered basset hound handbag to carry papers in, too!

3 Responses to “Big Spender”

  1. KellyB Says:

    You made some smart purchases. Sometimes in life we have to spend some money, and you did it the right way. These clothes will last you a while and be a good wardrobe to transition into the working world. Good luck finding the internship and FT job!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I wish all work places were as laid back about clothing as the academic world.

  3. tiki Says:

    Good for you to resolve to close that Macy's card. The interest is simply awful. I only have $120 or so oustanding on mine, but it's really unnecessary to be paying all that interest on small purchases. Bad me!

    I imagine I'll have to stay out of their stores altogether. They really put the pressure on at checkout to use their cards...I get tired of fighting with them over it.

    Anyway, good luck!

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