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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Alter your vacation: Splurge on fun, save on fashion



No matter how restorative getting out of dodge can be, there's the other side of vacation that we ignore to our peril. I'm talking about the money pit of hotels, transportation, activities, food and drinks (preferably of the frozen island variety), plus the suitcase packed with what you'll wear to take it all in.

You want to look good without sacrificing a good time. Sure, you'd feel great in a full-priced Anthropologie dress, until you're sitting on the corner waving goodbye to your friends as they sail away on a sunset snorkeling cruise.

This year, I tried a cost-shaving tactic that was new to me but not at all earth-shattering. ALTERATIONS, yo.

A few weeks ago, I found a solid indigo dress with cute back detail at The Trunk Stylists on St. Petersburg's Central Avenue that cost about $50. The zipper was broken, so the price was already reduced. I asked if it could come down even lower. The dress was mine for $20. 

The Trunk employee recommended I take the dress to Monograms by Barbara, located two blocks from my desk at the Times. I dropped it off at noon and picked it up on my way to lunch the very next day. The cost of replacing the zipper was $15. 

Thirty percent savings on a dress with high vacation payoff? I think I'll be trying this technique again. 

My boss at PolitiFact, Angie Holan, had a similar alterations success story. She snagged a pretty floral Ralph Lauren dress for $17 (originally priced $145) at Ross. It didn't fit quite right, so she got it altered for just $12. Crazy cash savings of 80 percent.

Any other happy tailor tales out there? Comment away.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 6:00pm]


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