62 Memorial Day Sales — and Kat’s Favorite 16

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Happy Memorial Day, ladies!  We’ve already mentioned some of the huge sales happening over at the Half-Yearly Sale at Nordstrom, but there are a ton of sales happening all over the place. Below, find 62 sales; Kat’s favorite 16 are in bold. We’ll plan to update the list through Monday as needed.  Ladies, have we missed any favorites? Which sales will you hit first? 

  • 6pm.com – Memorial Day Weekend Sale: Up to 70% off Nine West, $24.99 select dresses, up to 65% off shoes from Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Anne Klein, and more. Up to 60% off sandals from Cole Haan, Bandolino, Nine West, and more. Up to 70% off comfort shoes from Aerosoles, Naturalizer, and more. Up to 65% off heels and flats from Nine West, Sam Edelman, and more. Select dresses $49.99 or less. Up to 70% off specialty sizing 4-16, narrow, and wide.
  • Alexis Bittar – 30% off select spring styles.
  • Amazon – 20% off clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags, watches, luggage, and more with code FUN20SUN (through 5/25).
  • Anthropologie – 20% off sale items with code GONEFISHING
  • Ann Taylor – Memorial Weekend Event: Take 40% off entire purchase with code SHOP40 (through 5/26 at 3am EST).
  • ASOS – 20% off full-priced items with code LONGWKND (through May 26 at 4am EST).
  • Athleta – Save $25 on $150, $50 on $250, and $150 on $500 with code HEATINGUP (through 5/25).
  • Bare Necessities – Up to 30% off swimwear, buy one bra get one 60% off, buy 3 panties get 1 free, Calvin Klein & DKNY intimates 25% off, shoes up to 40% off (through 5/26).
  • Barneys Warehouse – Summer Kick-Off Sale: Extra 50% off clearance, extra 40% off women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories (through 5/26). 
  • Baublebar – 20% off sitewide with code MEMORIAL20, buy 3 take 25% off with code MEMORIAL25, buy 4+ take 30% off with code MEMORIAL30 (through 5/25).
  • BCBG – 30% off everything, including an extra 30% off markdowns.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – 5F Spring Fling: Up to 40% off.
  • Bloomingdale’s – The Big Brown Bag Sale: Save 20-70% on select items. Take extra 20% off select sale and clearance items with code SPRING20 (through 5/25).
  • Bluefly Up to 80% off (through 5/26 at 5:30am EST).
  • Boden – 30% off with code 3M3M.
  • Brooks Brothers – Up to 40% off select styles (through 6/18).
  • Clarks – Up to 25% off select styles.
  • Club Monaco – Extra 30% off sale and clearance with code MEMORIALDAY.
  • Cole Haan – 30% off all bags and wallets with code MEMORIAL (through 5/26).
  • DVF.com – Extra 30% off all sale items with code SUMMER30 (through 5/25).
  • eBags – Extra 15% off entire purchase with code SALUTE (through 5/26 at 11pm PT).
  • Eloquii – Customer Appreciation Sale: $59 dresses, 50% off skirts and tops, and $39 pants with code HEARTS.
  • eShakti – Up to 50% off (minimum order of $35 after deductions) (through 5/24).
  • Express – 40% off everything (through 5/25).
  • Figure 8 Maternity – Up to 60% off.
  • French Connection – 30% off everything plus free shipping with code FC30MS.
  • Inhabit – Memorial Day Flash Sale: Save more than 75% on weekend-ready styles.
  • J.Crew – 30% off your order with code WEEKEND (through 5/26).
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything (through 5/25).
  • Journelle – Friends & Family Sale: Take 20% off with code FNF2015 (through 5/27).
  • Kate Spade New York – 25% off all sale items with code YOURS (ends 5/26).
  • Karen Millen – 30% off selected lines with code MEMORIAL (through 5/25).
  • Lands’ End – 30% off everything with code THRILL and PIN 4110 (through May 25).
  • Last Call by Neiman Marcus – Memorial Day Sale: Extra 30% off everything, extra 50% off clearance (through 5/25).
  • The Limited – 40% off full-priced items, extra 40% off all sale items, 60% off select styles, $15 hats, sunglasses, and scarves.
  • L.K. Bennett – 30% off select shoes and clutches with code MEMORIAL (through 5/25).
  • Loft Memorial Day Event: 40% off entire purchase (through 5/24).
  • Lord & Taylor – May Big Sale: 20% off sale and clearance items with code MEMORIAL (through 5/25). 30% off almost all dresses, up to 40% off spring handbags.
  • Macy’s – Memorial Day Sale: Extra 20% off (extra 10-15% off home and select departments), extra 25% off clearance with code HOORAY. Extra 20% off
    select lingerie with code FIT. Save 30-50% plus extra 10% on fine jewelry.
  • Madewell – Extra 30% off all sale with code SWEET (through 5/26).
  • Modcloth – Summer Sale: Up to 40% off “haute” summer styles.
  • Nasty Gal – Memorial Day Sale: 40% off 1,400 regular- and sale-priced items with code HOTSTUFF.
  • Neiman Marcus – Up to 40% off Modern Mix, Contemporary/CUSP, dresses, and more. 25% off women’s swim and women’s shoes.
  • New York & Company – All shorts, crops, and jeans: buy one get one free (mix & match, higher price prevails, no coupons, excludes clearance). All dresses on sale starting at $20. Deals starting at $6. Everything else: buy one get one 50% off.
  • Nine West – Friends & Family: 30% off your entire purchase.
  • Nordstrom – Half-Yearly Sale: Up to 40% off.  (See Kat’s workwear picks here.) 
  • The Outnet – Up to 65% off summer event wear: formal soirées, galas, and more.
  • Pendleton – Memorial Day Sale: Extra 40% off Pendleton Outlet Online (through 5/25).
  • Rag & Bone – Sale, up to 50% off.
  • Rebecca Minkoff – Hello Summer Event: Up to 50% off.
  • Rebecca Taylor – The Spring Sale: Extra 25% off sale with code SALE25 (through 5/26).
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – Up to 55% off selected women’s apparel
  • Saks Off 5th – Up to 70% off everything with code SUMMER.
  • Shoes.com – Memorial Day Savings Event: 30% off $100 or more with code FORYOU30 (some brands excluded).
  • Shopbop – Up to 70% off, 25% off Calvin Klein underwear.
  • Sierra Trading Post – Extra 30% off $100+ (through 11:59pm MDT 5/22). Memorial Day Clearance Event: Extra 40-80% off.
  • Splendid – 25% off everything with code PACKSPEND25.
  • Soma Intimates – Vanishing Edge panties, 5 for $35.
  • Talbots – All markdowns 40% off; buy 2 or more markdowns, save 50% off (through 5/25).
  • Target – Memorial Day Sale: 30% off summer outfits for all with code MEM30, up to 20% off family swimwear.
  • White House | Black Market – The Summer Kickoff: Up to 60% off markdown styles. Dresses from $49.99, bottoms & denim from $29.99, tops from $19.99. Earn $20 Style Perk (for use 6/8-6/28) when you spend $80.

Should You Say No to Sports at Work?

sports-at-workYour office is planning an athletic event, and you want to stay far, far away. Even if you’re worried about feeling awkward, should you go anyway to take advantage of the networking opportunities? How can you say NO to work-related sporting events, like golf and tennis outings, and what are you missing out on if you do? Reader B wonders…

Your recent post about dressing for summer events led me to an older post about how to dress as a golf newbie… and boy, the comments struck a chord with me. Or maybe a nerve. I’d love to see a post, and more discussion, on how to deal with outings of all types — particularly when they’re for expensive and time-consuming sports that you don’t play and don’t want to pick up.

A lesson (or even a few lessons) are absolutely NOT enough to get me through a golf scramble. Can I swing and miss 18 times while joking gracefully? Can I pull off an outright refusal? Is it a bad idea to drive the beer cart (this always sounds like it should come with a costume), or just show up for drinks/dinner afterwards? And what do I do after 17 miserable holes, when my division manager is standing at the 18th with his arms folded to judge my golf game?

For reference, I’m in engineering, not law, with 15+ years of experience.

Interesting question, Reader B! In the past, Kat has recommended participating in athletic work events, even if you don’t think your skills are so hot, but we thought we’d get another opinion as well. We talked to Women on Course founder Donna Hoffman (who also advised us on our recent post on proper golf wear) to get her take on this situation. “Golf is so much more than getting the ball in the hole,” she says. “There are so many more benefits” — including the camaraderie, and the opportunity to build relationships.

Here’s what Hoffman recommends for Reader B:

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Deal Alert: The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

nordstrom-workwear-half-yearly-sale-2015Happy almost-Memorial Day, you guys: Nordstrom’s Half Yearly sale has started. There are a ton of great workwear pieces in there, including brands like:

Some particular pieces that caught my eye…

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  • Veronica Beard Print A-Line Skirt – I’m still drooling over the dress from Monday, so I was intrigued to see a bunch of Veronica Beard pieces in the sale. This is my favorite — a black and white midi skirt. It was $450, but is now on sale for $270 (limited sizes, alas).
  • L’AGENCE Contrast Panel Pleated Crepe Dress – This crepe dress looks lovely, and — to me at least — walks that delicate line between feminine and floaty, and professional. It was $525, but is now marked to $315.
  • Max Mara ‘Ottavo’ Jersey Sheath Dress – Max Mara continues to blow me away with their simple, classic sheath dresses. This gorgeous one, with an almost stripey print, is marked 40% off — was $765, now $458.
  • Armani Collezioni Fitted Piqué Jersey Jacket – This fitted pique jersey looks perfect for summer — classic, wear it with everything. It was $1,345, but is now marked to $575.


I’ll round up bags and shoes later (probably tomorrow) — but I will quickly note that there are a lot of Stuart Weitzman and SJP heels in the sale. Which favorites will you be looking for, ladies?

Giveaway: Win a $250 Giftcard to Tuxe Bodywear!

tuxe giveawayI’m super excited for today’s giveaway because readers have been singing the praises of Tuxe Bodywear (formerly Bradamant Bodysuits) since we first talked about how to tuck blouses neatly. The idea: no more fidgeting, no more loss of concentration or confidence. Tuck once, and it stays put! — TUXE Bodywear is a thoughtfully designed line of cotton and silk blouses with bodysuit bottoms.  Their traceless technology means the smoothest look under skirts and pants, and a flattering, comfortable fit always.  They have a lot of nice pieces, but I’m loving this silk crepe de chine blouse, available in both white and black (sizes XS-XL, as well as tall sizes XS-XL) — it’s called the CEO.  (It’s $104.)
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“Made in U.S.A.,” Ethical Shopping, and Slow Fashion

Pleione Pleat Back Woven Print Top | CorporetteJohn Oliver’s recent segment on Last Week Tonight, his HBO show, has brought “fast fashion” back into the news — two years after the horrifying Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people. (The factory was linked to several well known U.S. and European clothing brands.) If you want to make ethical shopping choices, avoid contributing to sweatshop labor, and buy “Made in U.S.A.,” where do you start? Reader M wonders…

I am curious if you have written a post about domestic made corporate wear, shoes, handbags etc. I tried to search the blog but I didn’t find anything. I am very interested in having quality non-China made items. I love your blog and the helpful suggestions you offer.

It can be tough to find clothing and accessories that are made domestically — in other words, under U.S. labor and environmental laws. Of the clothing and shoes sold in this country, more than 97% is made overseas. In 1991, the figure was 44%.

We haven’t really covered this topic before (although commenters have been discussing it). This is the first in a series of posts about ethical shopping choices — we also plan to cover:

  • well-known brands that are (mostly) made in the U.S.
  • fair trade retailers
  • “natural” beauty products and cruelty-free products
  • ethically and sustainably sourced jewelry
  • “buy one, give one” programs

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The Hunt: Lightweight Blazers

Nina Ricci Printed Stretch-Linen BlazerSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Linen! Seersucker! Cotton pique! Eyelet! There are a million varieties on the lightweight summer blazers — we thought we’d round up some of the best. (Here’s our 2014 roundup of linen blazers, our 2013 roundup of white blazers, and our 2012 roundup of summer blazers.) Ladies, what do you look for when buying a blazer for a hot summer? (For my $.02, these kinds of blazers are perfect for casual days at the office, as well as summer associate outdoor events where you know not to wear a suit but aren’t too sure what else to wear — use a lightweight blazer to top a basic sheath dress and look professional at an outdoor cocktail party; bring it along to an event where you’re only 90% sure jeans and a t-shirt are ok.)

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