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Katrina Dick: Lesser-known brands offer affordable options

November 28, 2018 GMT

Hello all, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I sure did. It just seems to come faster and faster every year. It seems like just yesterday it was Halloween and now it’s almost Christmas.

While I didn’t hit up the Black Friday sales for clothes, I did do some pre-Thanksgiving shopping. Honestly, if you look in the right places you don’t have to wait for Black Friday to get a great deal.

You can save money on Purple Tuesday or Yellow Thursday if you’re so inclined. One of the main reasons the major stores have such great sales on their fall and winter clothing is that they are making way for new inventory, and advertising 75 percent off a cashmere sweater is a perfect way to bring you in and get you to buy other things, that aren’t as deeply discounted. But that’s neither here nor there, the truth is great deals can be found in unlikely places.

A few weeks ago I told you about a cardigan I had purchased from Amazon for around $10. I know most of us use Amazon for almost everything, but it surprises a lot of folks when I tell them Amazon is a pretty great place to buy clothes, too.

Of course you can buy all the name brands there, and often times they are much cheaper than buying them in stores, but they also sell clothing by brands none of us have ever heard of - and these brands are ridiculously cheap.

One brand Amazon sells is Allegra K., which is the brand name of the skirt pictured below. This skirt was around $11, and worth every penny. It is so versatile and while it might be a bit on the short side, it works well with opaque tights.

One thing to keep in mind is Allegra K. is a Korean brand, so the sizing of the clothes is much different than American sizes, as Asian brands tend to run smaller. A quick check of the size chart helped me to find my size and after about a week and a half, I had my skirt. It is suede, so it will probably be a fall/winter item, and it looks amazing with the black boots and turtleneck that came from Forever 21.

The turtleneck was around $10 and you can typically get basics such as this one for roughly the same price. The boots, however, were a little expensive in my opinion, coming in at about $40.

As I mentioned once before, I love turtle necks and miniskirts, and this outfit proves it. However, when you are only 5 feet tall, miniskirts usually end up looking just like regular skirts. It would be a great outfit to wear to a play or Christmas party, and could be glammed up with a sparkly necklace and earrings.

I know the boots are a bit tall, but they were advertised as being “knee high” boots, not “butt high” boots, but once again, those are the perils of being short.

If miniskirts aren’t your thing, these boots would go great with leggings, or you could even pair a turtleneck like this one or sweater with dark jeans and these boots, and it would look great.

Whatever your tastes, never forget you have options for all of your Holiday events. Have a great week and happy shopping!

Katrina Dick is a lifelong Wayne County resident who is looking to inspire others in Wayne how to not only be frugal when shopping, but be stylish while saving.