Memorial Day Sales (and Kat’s Top 10 Picks)

memorial day sales workwear roundupHappy Memorial Day — may everyone have a great, long weekend. We’re already starting to see some sales, so we thought we’d round them up — stay tuned, though, as we’ll update this thread as we go — Kat’s top picks are in bold! Pictured at top: white heel / red heel / blue wedge, all on sale at the excellent Nordstrom sale (see our workwear picks and our weekend picks here). 5/30 Updates in red. 

  • –  Up to 60% off athletic sneakers, comfort footwear, and best of clothing. Take an extra 10% off your order with code PRESUMMER. Plus, up to 70% off office dresses, Frye shoes on sale, as well as Minkoff bags and more.
  • Amazon – Memorial Day savings, up to 60% off!
  • Ann Taylor – 50% off all full-price styles with code SUMMER50 — plus, extra 40% off sale styles.
  • Anthropologie – Limited time only, extra 30% off all sale styles!
  • ASOS – 20% off with code HISUMMER.
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40.
  • Barneys – 40% off select styles.
  • Barneys Warehouse – Take up to an extra 60% off select women’s styles and home.
  • Boden30% off plus free shipping and returns on orders over $49 – ends Monday! Use code 2Z7C at checkout.Up to 70% off Winter Clearance! (Lots of lucky sizes!)
  • Brooks Brothers – Up to 60% off women’s styles.
  • Club Monaco – Take an extra 30% off sale + clearance in stores and online with code WARMER.
  • DvF – 30% off select styles and all sale with code SUMMER30
  • Eddie Bauer – Everything up to 50% off.
  • Express – Hello summer sale, 40% off.
  • Forever 21 – Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30 (plus free shipping on all orders).
  • J.Crew – 30% off your purchase with code WEEKEND.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off, in stores and online — plus an extra 40% off clearance styles, online only, with code EXTRA40.
  • Kate Spade – Extra 25% off sale with code SPEECHLESS.
  • Lands’ End – 50% off regularly priced swim and 30% off everything else with code STARS and PIN 9900.
  • Last Call – Extra 50-65% off all clearance. Extra 30% off everything. 
  • The Limited60% off full price items with code TODAY. 50% off almost everything! Plus, $19 shorts and $10 tees, plus 60% off select styles.
  • L.K. Bennett – 30% off all sale styles with code MD2016.
  • Loft – 60% off summer faves + all sale styles, and 40% off new arrivals.
  • Lord & Taylor – 25% off $200+, 20% off up to $199.99, 10% off fragrances; use code GIVE. (Plus 1% of net sales will benefit the USO.)
  • Macy’s – Extra 20% off with code MEMDAY. Extra 25% off clearance.
  • Neiman Marcus – Online clearance, extra savings, limited time only — plus, 40% off women’s designer prices!
  • New York & Company – Everything is 50% off, no exclusions! $5 tees, $12 dresses! Plus, all clearance 70% off — many new styles added.
  • Nordstrom – The Half-Yearly sale is on (as is the designer clearance!) — check out picks for workwear, plus sizes, and beyond.
  • Nordstrom Rack – Clear the Rack Sale: Save up to 75% (with extra 25% off clearance).
  • The Outnet – Extra 30% off select styles. Isabel Marant and Fendi up to 65% off, Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou, and Oscar de la Renta up to 60% off, Acne Studios up to 55% off,
  • Rebecca Taylor – 25% off sale with code EXTRA25.
  • Reiss – Memorial Day sale, 30% off selected lines.
  • Saks – Up to 40% off “vast designer selections.”
  • Saks Off 5th – Up to 85% off select styles with code FROMSAKS. Handbags up to 60% off.
  • Talbots – Extra discounts on all markdowns, now through May 30 – take extra 40% off one item, and an extra 50% off two or more.
  • Theory – Memorial Day Sale! Take an extra 25% off with code SUMMER.
  • White House | Black Market – 25% off markdowns (prices as marked).

Holiday Weekend Open Thread (and a closer look at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale)

nordstrom saleI keep seeing more great things in the Nordstrom sale, so I thought I’d do another little round-up of some favorite accessories, denim, weekend stuff, and more. (For example, pictured at top — this great sheath dress comes in teal and black and is down to $58, in regular and petite sizes.) Ladies, what have you bought thus far at the big sale? (Also, not on sale at all, but these two affordable, casual tops look great and are selling out kind of quickly: a cold shoulder top and an off the shoulder top.)

accessories for work

Above: Beige heels / gray bag / navy heel gorgeous station necklace! 

casual dresses on sale

Casual/going out dresses, above, $20-$99:  High neck dress / Faux wrap dress / Zip pocket dress (comes in black and plus sizes too) / Sleeveless sheath / floral dress

denim nordstrom sale

Denim, $40-$150: denim Tencel shirt / denim shirtdress / flares / distressed skinnies

casual tops on sale

Casual tops, $23-$150: striped knot top / cold shoulder top / chiffon top / off the shoulder top

workout clothes nordstrom sale

Workout, $28-$82: leggings (reader favorite!) / convertible tee / leggings / waterproof coat


Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Colorblock V-Neck Cardigan

Work Cardigan: Halogen Colorblock V-Neck CardiganOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Readers love these cotton cardigans generally (they come in a zillion colors!), but I particularly like this colorblocked sweater. Not only is it on sale, but the colorblocking is such a flattering effect. I’m featuring the purple/navy version because it showcases the details the best, but I think I personally like (gasp) the white and gray one the best. (I know, you didn’t see that one coming, did you?) Even though I wear tons of black most of the time, a white sweater can be really versatile (and, cough, a great way to summer-ize a mostly black/gray/navy wardrobe.) The sweater also comes in a gray-blue version — all three color combos are marked to $40.80 in regular and petite sizes; they were originally $68. Halogen Colorblock V-Neck Cardigan

The cardigan is usually available in plus sizes, but it seems to be almost entirely sold out — tons of this highly-rated Sejour cardigan on sale though.

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Coffee Break: Bryn Hobo Bag

minkoff bryn hoboThis bag looks white, but is actually a pale lavender, which only makes me like it more. You’d be surprised by how versatile a lavender bag can be — it will look gorgeous with neutrals like navy, black, white, as well as other colors like greens (especially olive!), blues, and reds. The bag is part of the big Nordstrom sale — it was $345 but is now marked to $206. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Bryn’ Hobo Bag


Thursday’s Workwear Report: Stella Silk Shirt

Button-Down Shirt: Thomas Pink Stella Silk Shirt Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

The last time I was at the Time Warner Center I popped into the Thomas Pink store for, ah, some market research, and must say: the Stella silk shirt is but-ter-y soft. And, lucky you, it’s now on sale — it was $250 but is now marked to $95 (lucky sizes only, alas). If your size isn’t in stock but you’re on a hunt, the Darcy or the Honey shirts are both Pink silk blouses as well that look great for work. Pictured: Thomas Pink Stella Silk Shirt

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Suit of the Week: Boss

Stretch Wool Suit: Boss SuitFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Wow, a beautiful navy suit from Boss — on sale for 40% off. Yes please! That’s a dress beneath it, made of mixed materials for a “blouse and skirt” type look. Now, that high neckline is exactly the kind of thing I usually avoid (see my top style tips for busty women), but I would make an exception here because this is such a gorgeous outfit. I’d probably be sure to wear my 18″ set of pearls, or even a simple gold necklace (I just got this one and like it) to visually lower the neckline a little bit to the more flattering mid-clavicle region. The jacket (Boss ‘Julea1’ Stretch Wool Suit Jacket) is $357 (was $595), and the dress (Boss ‘Darlana’ Mixed Media Sheath Dress) is $345 (was $575).

Here’s a more affordable option — a dark navy jacket + dress (with detail at the waist) in seasonless wool, available in misses, petite, woman, and woman petite sizes.