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Adventures in Online Shopping: Which Flash Sale Sites Are Still Worth Stalking?

flash sale sites I was looking through the archives of this blog a while ago, and found my old post on sample sale sites.  Man! I remember when flash sale sites like Gilt and Ideeli were shiny and new, and things seriously did sell out in minutes. Then, everyone and their sister started a flash sale site — and half of the comments on this site were asking whether people thought X site or Y site was reputable/worthy.  It’s 2017 now, and I thought it might make an interesting discussion: do YOU still use flash sale sites? Which ones do you love the most — and do you look for specific things on them, or do you just generally like to shop on them? Do you have any preferred tricks for shopping the sites (always use the app! search by X! stalk sales with THIS site)?

For my $.02, while I’m no longer setting my alarm to flash sale sites, I’m still vaguely aware of Gilt (ooh, now offering free returns at Saks OFF5TH stores), Rue La La, and Hautelook (now affiliated with Nordstrom Rack, with free returns to any Rack store). I’ve bought something from all of them recentlyish, I think — a painting from Gilt, Spanx tights from Rue La La, and some hot pink Alexis Bittar earrings from Hautelook — but none of them are really on my radar on a daily basis. (OK, fine: I’ve also searched One King’s Lane and Joss & Main lately for a piece of furniture, as well as Zulily for kid clothes.) I have heard of them being particularly good for some categories of shopping, though, so I thought I’d share:

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Deal Alert: ShopBop’s Big Tiered Sale!

ShopBop’s big tiered sale is here (formerly known as their “Big Event sale”). As we’ve noted in the past, this is a great sale to stock up on some of those workwear classics that NEVER go on sale — and the more you spend, the more you save. Some details: use code GOBIG17 for 15% off orders of $200+, 20% off orders of $500+, and 25% off orderes of $800+ — it’s valid on full-price and sale items. This is a great chance to get some pieces from classic accessories brands, including Ferragamo, LK Bennett, Rebecca MinkoffTory Burch, Claire V, and Hunter. (I particularly love their jewelry collection — it’s always hip and interesting.) Note that because ShopBop is owned by Amazon, Prime shipping is available (they have a general 3-day free shipping policy though); returns are free.  The sale ends March 7.

Some of my favorite pieces for work and the weekend are below; a few general brands to look for include TheoryDiane von Furstenberg, Black Halo, Equipment, and Smythe (so many colors of their super popular blazer, pictured at top!).  For the weekend, great selection of denim — some of the most-loved denim we rounded up recently is part of the sale, including jeans from Paige, Frame, AG (high-rise and cigarette), these boyfriend jeans from Citizens of Humanity.

I did a whole roundup of some of my top picks, but it looks like the blogging tool I used is having technical issues at the moment… yay! Hopefully it’ll come up sooner rather than later — in the meantime, the links above should get you started. Lots of great things to buy in the sale, from basic to fun — and VERY easy to get to the 25% off stage and snag the discount on things that never go on sale.

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Deal Alert: The Best Shoes For Work Still Left in the Nordstrom Winter Clearance Sale!

Winter #NSale 2017: Shoes EditionLadies — The Nordstrom Winter Clearance Sale is still on through 2/26! I did our big workwear roundup from the Winter #Nsale last Thursday — but I thought I’d take a look at what’s left in the sale at this point. Click this link to see all of the previous things we’ve featured for Coffee Breaks and Workwear Reports that are now in the sale — TONS of stuff we’ve previously featured is on sale, including a ton of shoes from our Workwear Hall of Fame (the best-selling, top-rated styles that have been around for EONS).

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The Presidents’ Day Sales to Know About for Workwear

Presidents' Day Sales for WorkwearHappy Presidents’ Day Weekend, ladies! Of course the Nordstrom Winter sale is the big sale going on right now, but what else is notable among the many stores having sales this weekend? I started rounding these up today and got a bit carried away — there are some great sales going on. The seven sales that I would check out first are in bold.  Happy shopping!

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Monday updates are in red.  Readers, have you seen any great sales so far?

Pictured: Flickr / pagedooley (colors modified a bit and cropped). 

  • 6pmPresidents’ Day Clearance, starting at 60% off MSRP! Plus, Clearance Closet!
  • Amazon – Dresses for under $100, handbags and wallets for under $50.
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off all full-price styles plus 50% off all sale styles!
  • Anthropologie – Extra 40% off all sale items!
  • ASOS – Get 20% off with code PREZ20.
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase.
  • Bare Necessities – Super sale, bras $17.99 and up.
  • Barney’s Warehouse – President’s Day Sale, plus clearance!
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Prices up to 75% off, including Akris Punto, The Row, Vince, and more!
  • Bloomingdale’s – Take 20% off sitewide.
  • Boden – Up to 70% off clearance! Final sale only.
  • Brooks Brothers – Women’s Clearance! Plus, 3 for $159 shirts, and fall accessories 60% off.
  • Club Monaco – 25% off all women’s trenches, plus tons of items added to sale section.
  • Dressbarn – Now up to 70% off. $9.99 tops and sweaters, $12.99 pants and skirts, and $14.99 dresses.
  • Diane von Furstenberg – Tons of dresses 50% off.
  • Express – 40% off everything.
  • EverEve – Semi-annual clearance sale, up to 70% off + free shipping on all orders over $50.
  • Henri Bendel – Up to 40% off, this weekend only. Plus, $100 off every $400 spent on FPM, and $50 off every $200 spent.
  • JC Penney – Presidents’ Day Event, extra 30% off $100 or more, or extra 25% off under 100.
  • J.Crew – 30% off your purchase.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything! Prices as marked. Plus, free shipping with code HALFSIES. 
  • Lands’ End – Friends & Family sale; 30% off your order.
  • Last CallPresidents’ Day sale, one day only: save up to 85% off clearance. Plus, huge savings on premier designers from Neiman Marcus, including Giorgio Armani, The Row, Burberry, Tom Ford, Chloe, Saint Laurent, Michael Kors, and more!
  • LoftFlash sale: sale on sale, extra 60% off! Also, 40% off all current styles.
  • Lord & Taylor – 5 day specials, now through Monday. Plus, up to 80% off clearance.
  • Macy’sExtra 25% off + free shipping at $49, or $10 off your purchase of $10 or more. 
  • Madewell – Extra 30% off all sale styles.
  • Naturalizer – Extra 25% off sale; prices already reduced up to 70%.
  • New York & Company – Today, pants & jeans doorbusters, with winter clearance 60-80% off.  Dresses $25+.
  • Nordstrom – The big winter sale has started — see our roundup here.
  • Nordstrom Rack – Now until Feb. 20: Clear the rack! Take an extra 25% off clearance.
  • Neiman Marcus –  Clearance items as much as 90% off!
  • Off5TH – Presidents’ Day Weekend Extra Cut; take an extra 25% off select clearance.
  • Rebecca Taylor – Enjoy an extra 25% off sale online and in stores with code Feb 25.
  • Reiss – Final reductions, up to 60% off.
  • Shopbop – Prices up to 70%  off!
  • TalbotsEnd of season clearance! Extra 70% off markdowns; up to 80% off original prices.
  • Target – Presidents’ Day sale! 25% off clothes, shoes and accessories!
  • Trina Turk – Spring savings, save $75 off your full price purchase of $350.
  • Uniqlo – Shop the lowest prices of the season. Cashmere sweaters down to $9-$39, merino sweaters down to $9-$20.
  • White House | Black Market – Take an additional 40% off most sale styles with code 50458.
  • Zappos – Tons of new markdowns in their clearance section!

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Deal Alert: The Nordstrom Winter Sale

The Winter #Nsale - Workwear Picks!The Nordstrom Winter sale is on! As promised earlier, I thought I’d poke through the sale to pick out some fo the best workwear in the big winter #nsale. Some general notes at the outset:

  • Great selection of Classiques Entier — you can get an entire suit for $300! Lots of cute blazers and blouses too.
  • Lingerie-wise: so many cute Hanky Panky things are 40% off; Natori is well-represented in the sale (they have a lot of top-rated bras, including this one), as is Cosabella
  • Note that while we’ve included a few plus-size options here, you can check more out on our page full of plus-size workwear picks

One other note — each row of clothing goes from least expensive to most expensive — almost everything on the page is really affordable. (This suit is the real outlier, but it was too pretty not to include!) Pretty much everything else ranges in price from $9-$150.

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Happy MLK Day! A few good sales for workwear…

Happy MLK Day, everyone! Here are some of the best sales going on today… my favorites are in bold!

  • Aerie –  All clearance $20 and under. $2.99 undies.
  • Ann Taylor Ends Monday night, online only, extra 70% off all sale styles. (All sales final.)
  • Anthropologie – New sale styles added + extra 40% off with code TAGTIME.
  • Boden – Up to 70% off final clearance (all final sales).
  • Brooks Brothers Up to 50% off select fall and winter styles, and up to 70% off select clearance sales — PLUS an additional 15% off.
  • Club Monaco – New styles added, up to 65% off sale when you take an additional 40% off already marked-down styles.
  • Express – 40% off everything, plus hundreds of new styles added to clearance.
  • J.Crew Extra 50% off all final sale styles with code MONDAY.
  • J.Crew Factory 40% off everything in stores and online, PLUS free shipping with code BRRRSALE.
  • Last Call Extra 60 5o 90% clearance!
  • Limited – 50% off entire site; all sales final.
  • LK Bennett – Take an additional 40% off sale with code HURRAY.
  • Loft – 50% off everything, plus an extra 60% off all sale styles.
  • Neiman Marcus – Extra 20% off last call sale prices, online only.
  • New York & Co. – $100 off orders of $200+, and combine with all of our new arrivals 30% off. PLUS doorbusters of $20 pants and jeans till 2PM. 70% off clearance.
  • Nordstrom – TONS of new markdowns, especially on workout clothes — tons of great leggings and more.
  • Reiss – Winter styles added to sale, up to 50% off.
  • Talbots – Extra 50% off markdowns (up to 70% off original prices), PLUS $20 off every $100 you spend.
  • Victoria’s Secret – Semi-Annual sale, bras start at $9.99, panties at $3.99, sleep at $19.99, and sport at $12.99.
  • Zappos – Sale! Up to 50% off thousands of markdowns, including classics like this beloved Sam Edelman bootie or this TOMS wedge bootie.

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