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10 Spring Items You Shouldn't Wait to Buy

I'm a decently smart shopper, but you know, not always. I definitely bought my cocktail dress for last Friday's party online on Wednesday, and paid a very silly premium for rush shipping. Oops. Still, I know a few things about getting more good stuff for less money, and out of all of them, off-season shopping is probably my favorite. It's so effective.

It's sort of boring, sure—I don't think I'm alone in considering the instant gratification factor part of the fun of shopping. (You know, the "I just bought this and will wear it for the next four days" thing, which is kind of hard to do with bright bathing suits and open-toed shoes in January.) But sometimes, when the sale's good enough, the momentary buzzkill of having to shelve things instead of slip them on is totally outweighed by the thrill of a really, really great deal. Like these things in the slideshow below—I was probably going to buy at least a few of them this spring, but why should I wait for them to get more expensive?

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White Jeans

They're becoming year-round staples, but you'll get the most mileage out of them between April and August. Might as well invest in another pair while there are still steep discounts.
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Gingham Fabrics

Let gingham pieces be your go-to for those "it's finally warm enough to stroll through parks and have drinks outside" March and April evenings. Adorably occasion-appropriate, like wearing velvet in December.
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Neon Pieces

They're currently less expensive than black, white, grey and neutral items, but that will change. Buy this first.


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Jean Jackets

The ultimate transition jacket. You'll wear it day-to-night and all season long.


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Loafers and Sandals

Everyone wants boots right now, so you'll get a great deal. Even on extra-adorable pairs like these C. Wonder ones. (That piping. So good.)


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Lacy Dresses

Full disclosure: I have this dress in both white and navy, and I wear each one weirdly often in the nice weather months. While it's so versatile that I was willing to pay full price, you should capitalize on this sale instead.


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Bathing Suits

January is the best time to buy them. Stock up.


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Bright Blazers

They'll be ideal for those sunny 60-degree days when you just can't bear the thought of wearing something dark and gloomy.


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Floral Dresses

Collect a dozen of them. They're so cheap right now!
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Shorts

Make out like a bandit and stock up on the cutest, classic options from Madewell and J.Crew.

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