Deal Alert: Brooks Brothers’ 70% Off Sale

Brooks Brothers is having an “online exclusive clearance event,” with savings up to 70% off and guaranteed holiday delivery. There are deals for men, women, children, and even on the lux “Black Fleece” collection. For the guys in your life: There are lots of dress shirts (non-iron and regular) — sample prices: $148 marked to $59.20. For women, there are a lot of good deals, many of them for spring/summer — linen and cotton dresses that were $200 come down to $59ish, and cotton/silk sweaters that were $118ish come down to $35ish. Tons of women’s dress shirts (regular, non-iron… lots of petites, too); sample price: was $98.50, now $39.40. Wow: a pair of  Loro Piana Wool/Silk trousers (pictured) comes from $398 down to $119.40.

As promised, a few of my favorites:

Cotton Sleeveless Dress (black and purple), was $198 now $59.40 Non-Iron Spago Dress Shirt with XLA (blue and pink) - was $98.50 now $39.40 Cotton Long-Sleeve Stripe Cardigan Sweater - was $118 now $35.40 (navy and purple)
Supima® Cotton Long-Sleeve Rugby Stripe Cardigan (green, blue, and pink) - was $128, now $38.40 Petite Cotton Ruffle Blouse - was $98.50 now $39.40 Black Fleece Sleeveless Multi Texture A-line Dress - was $595 now $238


  1. SF Bay Associate :

    Connecticut. Horrified.

    • momentsofabsurdity :

      I started crying in the car when listening to the news about it on NPR. I hope all ‘R e t t e s and their loved ones are alright.

    • SF Bay Associate :

      And a knife attack at an elementary school in China today. 22 wounded.

  2. Immediate TJ: Someone posted about the news out of CT, I live about an hour away and this is just heartbreaking. It got me thinking…do you think there’s something we can do collectively for these kids in the next week or so? Sort of thinking off of Bluejay’s charity idea from the DC meetup. Maybe a teddy bear or blankey drive or something? I’m sure the kids will be out of school for a while, but returning there is going to be terribly hard for them, maybe there’s a way we can help.

    • It’s a great idea. I’m not sure of the logistics, but I think a teddy bear drive would be nice. I can’t form complete thoughts at the moment, but I love the idea of doing something.

    • momentsofabsurdity :

      I would be a part of something like this. I imagine more details will emerge about what they need in the coming days.

    • Betty White :

      How about gun control?

      • Betty White :

        No snark intended to the OP–I just can’t handle the fact that literally nothing will be done as a result of this.

      • SF Bay Associate :

        I’m in absolutely favor of increased gun control, but that would mainly affect legal sales, wouldn’t it? I’m not sure that gun control would have prevented a psychopath like this one hellbent on destruction and evil from purchasing guns illegally.

        • I haven’t read anything about how the particular shooter(s?) purchased the guns they used to do this, but I did see that body armor was found at the school that is controlled sale in CT (must buy in person and meet requirements, cannot buy online). I think there’s room for all kinds of speculation at this point and wouldn’t read too much into that fact, though.

        • Betty White :

          It would at least make it harder. It’s so easy to get a gun and ammunition in this country. Why do we make it so easy?

          • Yes. Hasn’t anyone seen “Bowling for Columbine”?

            I know I am a Canadian and my views on these things might be a bit different from those of your average American citizen, but really, I don’t understand how any society can justify allowing anyone to walk into a store and buy bullets. Seriously.

        • That’s my problem too. (Not that I think our laws are right the way they are.) I just don’t think it’s as easy as saying “gun control.” It would take the government literally going into people’s houses and confiscating all guns to get them out of crazy people’s hands, and there are lots of constitutional problems with that. As long as there are guns in the US, there will be a black market for them.

          I just don’t know what the answer is. Obviously something needs to be done.

          And you also hear stories about people with concealed handguns stopping this kind of thing (of course, that wouldn’t have helped here because you can’t have legal guns at school). But I think of that church shooting in Colorado (?) that was stopped by an off-duty police officer or security guard. And of course that’s totally different than an automatic weapon.

          There’s just no easy answer.

          • anonanon for this :

            My father was part of a special forces unit in the military. I was raised around guns and learned how to shoot at a young age as a form of protection. When a mass shooting like this occurs, the first thing my Dad always says, “if more people were allowed to carry concealed weapons, far less damage would be done.” For example, in Israel teachers carry weapons.

            There is no easy answer, but I can see both points of view.

          • I haven’t finished it yet, but this article is (so far) an interesting read on these points–

          • Betty White :

            @anonanon for this: The reason your father keeps having to say that is because there are more instances of people using guns for harm than for good. Which proves my point, I think. The idea of teachers (who are just as capable of snapping as the next guy) being armed in a classroom where a child could easily hurt themselves with their gun is horrifying.

            I’m not looking to pick fights, but I really think we are past the point where it’s arguable that we don’t need better, comprehensive gun control in this country.

          • In Israel, everyone is required to serve in the military, so the teachers would most likely already have military training. It’s one thing to give guns to trained military and police, and another to say that civilians should carry them, and to expect teachers to be armed defenders.

      • No snark taken, I agree. I also agree that little will be done on that front for years. If advocacy can’t make a change, at least maybe we can try to make that first day back at school a little easier.

      • I’m as pro-gun control as they come, but truthfully right now that isn’t going to make a bit of difference for the kids that were affected today. Not to say it’s not an important issue, but I think we can all agree these kids are going to have some serious therapy needs to overcome this trauma. And if a teddy bear helps make going to sleep at night a little bit easier, I think that’s something we can all do right now.

      • I’m there with you – I’d rather address the bigger picture, either through gun control or easier access to mental health services or whatever the trigger for this incident ends up being, rather than the piecemeal efforts for the victims. And my sympathy goes out to those involved and affected, but I’d rather be able to say to them that we’re working on the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.

        Frankly, I don’t know if there is a way to have guns (hand guns, semi-automatics, or whatever is legally available for sale) without having to deal with incidents like this. I’m even thinking locally where within the last couple of weeks we’ve had a 6 year old shoot his 4 year old brother because the 6 year old found a handgun in a nightstand drawer, and a grandfather shot his granddaughter when she was coming in late because he thought she was an intruder.

        • While I do agree there needs to be a long term solution, I’ve been where these kids are. In the third grade, a classmate’s father shot and killed someone at our bus stop when we were being dropped off one day. When I was in high school, my father was a 1L at Appalachian Law School, where a student went on a shooting rampage. It won’t cure the problem, but giving a little extra support to these kids can help them through the next few months, at least.

          I’m obviously outing myself here, and as I live so close, I’m more than happy to work on the logistics if there’s interest. I’ve reached out to a contact I have in the CT public school systems, will definitely keep anyone who’s interested informed about any ideas!

    • I work in a humanitarian-related field, and donation drives like this directly in response to a tragedy are rarely the most effective way to help the victims. Instead, financial support to established organizations that respond to that type of tragedy are more effective.

      If anyone who lives in the area can find out what established organizations are providing assistance to the victims, that would be great. Most likely there will be mental health service providers working with all of the children and faculty at the school. Families that lost a parent/breadwinner in the shooting may also be receiving charitable donations from social services groups.

      –start politics

      I know some people don’t like to talk politics, and I’m usually one of those people, so stop reading if you don’t want to. I strongly believe that the increase in mass shootings (see is facilitated by the lack of publicly available (i.e. free and/or compulsory in some cases) mental health services for persons who have not previously committed a violent offense combined with the ease with which mentally ill people can obtain handguns and military-style weapons. I personally would suggest supporting organizations in your local area that provide services and treatment for the mentally ill. By doing so, you may be, in a small way, helping to prevent a tragedy in your own area.

      — end politics

      • Glad to have some expert input, I kind of just threw out any ideas that came to mind. I have volunteered in the CT public school systems while in law school, and just signed up for another related pro bono program. I sent out an email to my contact expressing a desire to help, so I will definitely post again when I hear of anything. I’m sure it’ll be a few days before they can even breathe.

  3. momentsofabsurdity :

    Quick Q:

    I think I have the Christmas gift sitch sorted for Dude With No Furniture.

    However, there was a Kickstarter I liked and bookmarked ages ago for a minimalist wallet (the Capsule wallet) for men that would sort of bridge the gap between carrying a heavy wallet and carrying a money clip. I thought it might be a good gift, so I added myself to the mailing list (I missed the Kickstarter). I just received notification that there are limited quantities available for sale again and I have no doubts this would be an excellent gift for him (he currently carries a money clip and sometimes expresses frustration that there aren’t any good minimalist wallets – this one has gotten rave reviews). His birthday (and obviously Valentine’s Day) is in February. Should I go for it and buy it and hold onto it? This feels like I might be jinxing things.

    • I say buy it. It’s rare that you find exactly what you’re looking for and if purchasing a gift 2 months early is a jinx then I would have been royally screwed for quite some time.

    • SF Bay Associate :

      If you can afford it, get it. If things with DWNF don’t work out, it’s a great gift for a brother or cousin or father, too. I don’t know that you have to wait for his birthday though. You could give it to him in January sometime just because. Then again, I am totally against Valentine’s Day on principle so grain of salt etc.

      • Agree. I’m frequently of the “buy things when I see them camp,” though I have little self control when it comes to waiting for holidays, so my BF gets a lot of “Surprise! I saw this and thought of you” gifts. He says he likes those better than traditional gifts.

      • I agree with this, even if it is perfect for him, a wallet is a generic enough gift that you could give it to someone else if you had to.

  4. So in light of everything terrible today and since focusing on work isn’t happening let’s do a TJ.

    What is your favorite charity and why?

    • Susan (edna_mode_nyc) :

      Yeah, I got so teary when I saw the CT new item that I went to the bathroom to let it all out.

      Favorite Charity: Somaly Mam Foundation

      The founder is a courageous woman and survivor, helping people from the evils of s#x trafficking.

      • I spent time researching sex trafficking in India and met with this organization while I was there. They do amazing work and the money goes a long way.

        • Susan (edna_mode_nyc) :

          That research project sounds both fascinating and important (as well as incredibly rage-inducing/depressing.) *shakes fist at cold, cruel world*

          And yet, your post is one of those that reminds me of what an eclectic, capable, and caring bunch of women we are at this site.

    • I’ve always admired Medecins San Frontieres. Also groups like UNHCR and the Red Cross/Crescent. While we need groups to advocate for change, there’s also something about just going in and providing for people’s immediate needs on the ground, especially when the people providing the aid are risking their own lives and safety to do so.

    • The New York Cares Coat Drive For Kanye East’s Bloodriders Because It Gets Colder Than You’d Think On The Dothraki Sea And We Still Need To Find My Dragons.

  5. Thank you very much. And a moment of silence for CT.

  6. Back to the topic of the post… I’ve never tried Brooks Brothers but have heard good things about the non-iron shirts. Do they live up to the non-iron claim? Anything to know about the sizing? Sounds like they would be good for traveling?

    • Long Tall Sally :

      Sorta. You will probably want to do some touch up with an iron. And note that they are quite short, so if you a fan of the tucked-in look and have a long torso (as I do) you might look instead at J.Crew tall shirts.