54 Independence Day Sales — and Kat’s 19(!) Favorites

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Happy Fourth, ladies! Below, find 54 sales to get you started; Kat’s favorite 19 are in bold (lots of great sales!).  We’ll plan to update the list through 7/6 as needed. As of Thursday night, note that some sales are already ending, such as the Neiman Marcus sale and the Lord & Taylor clearance sale.

  • 6pm.com – Up to 60% off women’s summer essentials (Nine West, Tahari, and more).
  • Alexis Bittar – Up to 50% off.
  • Anthropologie – Extra 20% off select items.
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off sale styles with code HAPPY50 (through 7/4).
  • ASOS – Up to 50% off.
  • Bare Necessities – Select bras 30% off, shoes up to 70% off, Calvin Klein 25% off, swimwear up to 50% off, everyday bra faves 30% off, panties buy 3 get 1 free, shapewear 30% off. Clearance: Bras starting at $9.99, shoes up to 70% off, panties $4.99 and up,
  • Barneys Warehouse – Extra 60% off all clearance, up to an extra 50% off everything else.
  • BCBG – Extra 30% off all markdowns.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Up to 75% off in the women’s and men’s designer sale.
  • Bloomingdale’s – Save 20-65% on select items.
  • Bluefly Up to 80% off (through 7/5): Dresses up to 80% off, select shoes up to an extra 30% off, Furla extra 40%, Wyatt up to 75% off.
  • Boden – Up to 50% off.
  • Brooks Brothers – Semi-annual sale (through 7/3); women’s shirts and sweaters up to 50% off.
  • Clarks – Select shoes, $99 for two pairs (through 7/8).
  • Club Monaco – Extra 30% off sale + 40% off clearance with code THESALEONSALE.
  • Cole Haan – 30% off Pinch Weekender and Pinch Apparel with code PINCHME (through 7/8).
  • CUSP – Extra 35% off sale (ends 7/4).
  • DVF.com – Extra 25% off all sale items with code JULY25 (through 7/6).
  • eBags – Save up to 65%
  • Eloquii – 40% off original ticket dresses and skirts with code SHOPNOW. Additional 40% off sale.
  • eShakti – 50% off bestsellers, buy 2 get 2 free sitewide, clearance sale 60% off.
  • Express – 40% off select styles. $25 off every $100 you spend with code 1197 (through 7/5).
  • Figure 8 Maternity – 25-70% off select items storewide, $20 off any 2 pajamas.
  • French Connection – 60% off all sale items plus free shipping with code 60SALE.
  • Inhabit – Newest arrivals 50% off.
  • J.Crew  40% off select final sale items with code LONGWEEKEND (through 7/6). 30% off select items with code LONGWEEKEND (through 7/5).
  • J.Crew Factory 50% off everything (through 7/5).
  • Journelle – Semi-annual sale: Up to 70% off sales items.
  • Kate Spade New York – Extra 25% off all sale items with code SETSALE (through 7/7).
  • Karen Millen – Extras 20% off with code JULY2015.
  • Lands’ End – $10 off $50, $30 off $100, $60 off $150, $100 off $250 with promo code SPLENDID and PIN 1300.
  • Last Call by Neiman Marcus – Extra 30-60% off everything (through 7/5).
  • The Limited – 50% off new arrivals, 60% off select styles, extra 50% off sale items.
  • L.K. Bennett – Sale: further reductions. Extra 30% off with code JULY30.
  • Loft – 50% off everything with code GOFOURTH.
  • Lord & Taylor – Online only, today only (7/2), up to 80% off clearance with code FOURTH.
  • Macy’s – Free shipping at $75, and take an extra 20% off with code FOURTH.
  • Madewell – Sale on sale! Extra 20% off all sale styles with code META20.
  • Nasty Gal – Extra 40% off.
  • Neiman Marcus – Final hours, online only, extra 35% off sale styles.
  • New York & Company – Style sweep, 50-70% off summer sale!  Plus, daily deals.
  • Nine West – Sale up to 50% off.
  • Nordstrom – The designer clearance sale is on this weekend, and there are still great deals to be had in the sales section, with prices up to 70% off.  Note that the Anniversary Sale opens next week for cardholders — if you aren’t already one, now’s a great time to consider it. This is the yearly sale where they mark down next season’s merchandise for a limited time…
  • The Outnet – Up to 65% off Issa.
  • Pendleton – Clearance clear-out! 30% off sale and outlet apparel with code SAVEBIG.
  • Rag & Bone – Spring sale, up to 50% off.
  • Rebecca Minkoff – Stars, stripes, and 60% off!
  • Rebecca Taylor Extra 40% off sale with code JULY40.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – Consolidation sale, up to 70% off designer collections
  • Saks Off 5th Up to 70% off everything.
  • Shoes.com – Extra 40% off sale with code FIREWORKS.
  • Shopbop – Ready, set, sale — 100s of new styles added to sale.
  • Splendid – Summer clearance, up to 50% off select styles plus take an extra 10% off entire purchase with code EXTRA10.
  • Soma Intimates – Semi Annual sale, lowest prices of the season; extra 50% off already reduced prices.
  • Talbots – 50% off markdowns when you buy two or more.

Holiday Weekend Open Thread

London Sole Liberty Print Ballet FlatSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Liberty of London prints are classics, and while they can be a bit girly/twee for me in a lot of their iterations, these ballet flats with just a few colorful details look perfect, either for the weekend or the workweek. They’re part of a big “pop-in” shop at Nordstrom, and are $200. London Sole Liberty Print Ballet Flat

P.S. Happy Fourth! We’ll try to have the list of sales posted asap. In the meantime, here are some major ones happening right now…

  • Nordstrom – The designer clearance sale is on this weekend, and there are still great deals to be had in the sales section, with prices up to 70% off.  Note that the Anniversary Sale opens next week for cardholders — if you aren’t already one, now’s a great time to consider it. This is the yearly sale where they mark down next season’s merchandise for a limited time…
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off sale styles with code HAPPY50.
  • Loft – 50% off everything with code GOFOURTH.
  • J.Crew – Extra 40-60% off sale styles with code LONGWEEKEND.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything, plus get an extra 25% off with code HOTSALE.
  • Kate Spade – Enjoy an extra 25% off sale styles with code SETSALE.
  • Last Call – 30-60% off all weekend.

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Stylish, Comfortable Shoes That Are Made to Last

Salvatore Ferragamo Carla Pump | CorporetteFor some women it makes more sense to splurge on “investment” shoes for work that (hopefully) you can wear for years, rather than choose cheaper ones that you’ll keep having to replace. Reader M wonders:

I am struggling with my shoe game! I would like to invest in shoes that are stylish, comfortable, and long lasting. I notice that guys purchase one expensive pair of work shoes but they last their entire careers. I work in the finance area in a young company. Have you seen any gems lately you would like to share?

I’m curious to hear what readers think here, because I have mixed opinions about this. First, the “classic” black pump does change — right now toes are pointy; in recent years they were almond-shaped instead. Second, beware of pregnancy, aging, and feet — many women find that their shoe size will change throughout their lives. Personally I gained about a half size with each pregnancy, which — after having to donate the vast majority of my shoe collection — makes me happy I never committed and spent the money on that pair of Manolos or Choos. Even just with aging, your arches may fall and your feet may widen. So: I kind of don’t believe in “lifetime” shoes for women.

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The Next Step: Upgrading Weekend Clothes

How to Upgrade Your Weekend Clothes | CorporetteWelcome to what is probably our final “next step” feature, where we explore how to take the next step up in work clothesoffice heels, stylish work bags, and professional jewelry; we also explored the middle upgrades for services (e.g., you can cook for yourself or get a professional chef — but what’s in between?). Today: how to step up your weekend clothes game. (Pictured: Vince Gathered Shirtdress, on sale from $385 to $230 at Nordstrom.)

Here is my theory on weekend clothes: there are very few classics. At the rate that fashion moves these days, the quickest way to look and feel frumpy is to have an outdated off-duty style. I speak from experience here: I refused to buy in to the skinny jean trend for <cough> way too long, arguing that bootcuts were classics and fit right in to the style for weekend me. So what if I’m still in bootcuts when everyone else in skinny jeans, you may say — it’s just denim, and I’m in suits or sheath dresses five days a week. But I’ve noticed that a lot of elements of your workwear wardrobe can flow from weekend choices.

For example: a fitted t-shirt looks great with bootcuts, but you need a drapey, tunic-y, asymmetrical top for skinny jeans. The slouchy, more boxy tees and sweaters (or, gah, the crop tops) look better with boyfriend jeans. Once you get used to doing the half-tuck with your jeans on the weekend, your office style changes as well — to more drapey blouses with slimmer-cut pants. Similarly, once you get used to rolling your jeans to wear with your booties, wearing knee-high boots with skinny jeans feels almost antiquated — which means you buy fewer knee-high boots or don’t replace the ones you have, and then it’s less of an issue whether it’s appropriate to wear knee-high boots to work with dresses, and instead we start talking about whether booties with skirts are work-appropriate. It’s very interesting to me how all of the pieces interact.

This is all just a theory, and I’m curious to hear what you guys think about it. I’m still perfecting my own weekend game, but I think this is where the capsule collection really comes in — you buy a few of-the-moment pieces that all work together in terms of color, silhouette, and vibe, and try to keep your new purchases to a minimum. I also think that if dresses work for you in your off-duty life, they’re one of the best ways to stay as close to “classic” as you can get.

Anyway, here are my tiers for weekend wear — readers, where do you shop for weekend clothes? Do you also feel like casual fashion is moving far more quickly than it has in the past — and how do you address it? Or, is all of this less of an issue because you’re either in a suit, workout clothes/sweatpants, or a date night slinky dress, with very little in between time?  

Tier 1 — These stores are easily accessible, and you probably shopped at them in your teens. The pros: they’re affordable and always on trend. The cons: a lot of their cuts and trends may skew a bit younger than you prefer; the clothes are not made to last (generally speaking); and you may want to consider the ethics of buying a ton of “disposable” clothes.

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Black Suits and Summer Job Interviews

interview suit - hot weatherCan you still interview in a black suit in the summertime? When you have to attend a job interview in hot weather, is there a better, lighter alternative to the standard black or blue suit? Reader D wonders…

I had a sudden job interview this week and had to wear a suit. Although they had air conditioning, it was very hot. My suit was black and it seemed too heavy. Aren’t there better alternatives to the black/blue suit when it’s over 80 degrees? Thanks!

Interesting question. We’ve talked about whether seasonless suiting is truly seasonless, as well as discussed lightweight blazers, dressing professionally for summer, and maintaining a professional look when it’s blisteringly hot — but we haven’t talked about this exact question.

I’m curious to hear what the readers say — my gut reaction here, possibly tempered by spending pretty much every summer since reaching adulthood in New York City is this: Not wear black? What’re you talkin’ about? So: with everything else, know your region (much like with colorful suits). Still, some notes:

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The Hunt: Fit and Flare Dresses

tailored fit and flare dressesSure, 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.

We haven’t rounded up fit and flare dresses in almost a year, so I thought we’d take another look.  It’s such a popular silhouette that I’m going to focus this Hunt on not only work-appropriate ones but on solid, conservative ones that will be workhorses in a wardrobe.  Ladies, which are your favorite fit and flare dresses — and do you have any favorite accessories to wear with them (blazers, cardigans, shrugs, etc)?  

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