It’s that time of year, once again! We’ve spent our last few shopping trips perusing the racks for our loved ones, for once never thinking of what we need (or most importantly, want). Christmas Day has come and gone, and we’ve received plenty of gifts from distant family members, close relatives, friends and plenty of knickknacks from acquaintances. Enter the most genius of Holiday traditions: a Sale period that allows us to gift ourselves with the things we really wanted, at prices we only get to see biannually. Online and in-store, there are plenty of Sales to chose from, it all really depends on what you’re looking for. In an effort to organize your frantic Boxing Day (and beyond) shopping, I give you a review of some current sales and a little bit about what you’ll find…so that you don’t waste your ‘me-time’ on a Sale that’s not worth your energy …in a nutshell.
Looking for: Anything and Everything
Best Bet: Shopbop.com
With over 400 designers ranging from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Jil Sander to Splendid, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Free People, Shopbop’s wide range will have you browsing for hours. Aside from the endless goggling that will take place, you can also righteously spend your virtual time in their Sale section, which includes some great deals for you closet and/or jewelry box. For example, the following items are considerably marked down and each under $100. Browse away!
Looking for: Quality Workwear and Cozy Sweaters
Best Bet: Banana Republic
Contrary to popular belief, Banana Republic offers a great range of prices and the quality is always topnotch. If you’re really looking for a deal, head to the back where Sale racks are divided by size and overflowing with cardis, jeans, blazers and tops. For a limited time, all items are an additional 30% off, so feel free to roam the new collections too. A big majority of my costume jewelry comes from Banana, so be sure to peruse those unappealing plastic bags that are actually filled with little treasures, all on sale.
I visited Banana on Boxing Day and picked up 4 lovely items, two of which are pictured at right (and were an additional 30% off!) See the items here and here.
Shop the Banana Sale here or visit a store near you!
Looking for: (Literally) Piles and Piles of Clothing- different styles & seasons
Best Bet: Zara
If you’re a Zara girl like me, you know what I mean by literal piles. Come Sale season, the (somewhat) orderly scene at Zara becomes complete and utter chaos. Every table in the store is filled with piles of turtlenecks, long sleeves, t-shirts, sweaters, jeans and the like, priced by a large sign found on each table. Be sure to double check the prices before you hand over your credit card, because it’s often the case that things end up where they don’t belong. However, if you’ve got the patience, the time and the will power, you’ll definitely find some great staples at this time of year, with prices that won’t come back ’til summer Sale season rolls around. These three items are cute and versatile, at under $40.
Looking for: Quirky Accessories & Unique Party Dresses
Best Bet: Asos.com
Asos.com offers its own one-of-a-kind brand (which essentially dominates the website) as well as other reasonably priced lines such as Jeffrey Campbell, American Apparel, Cheap Monday and Sam Edelman. This is an online store that offers cute, eccentric, on-trend fashions that surely fit your budget (assuming you have one for impulse purchases). The shoes, dresses and accessories will have you mirroring style mavens like Zooey Deschanel, Alexa Chung and Kelly Framel. These three lust-worthy garments are all $50 and under…can you say “at to shopping bag?”
Looking for: High-End Designer Duds
Best Bet: Net-a-porter.com
A sale at net-a-porter only comes around a few times a year and after that, their Sale section literally disappears, as though no prices had ever been reduced. So, if you’re looking to treat yourself to a designer item in 2012, now is truly the time. With items at up to 70% off, you’re sure to find a piece that you’ll cherish for years to come. Each of these lovely pieces (Pierre Hardy wedges…hiiii) are marked down by 70%, so you’re guaranteed to find a steal of your own.