The Sales

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The spring sales season is in full swing and it’s a good year. I have my eye on all the items here. For most of these, I’m still waiting to see them further reduced before I decide what to buy. I already made my move on the Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses because I have liked them for more than a year now. I’m waiting for those to arrive in the mail from the Net-a-Porter sale. I also bought the 3.1 Phillip Lim navy culottes and plan to wear them until they fall off this summer.

I’m loving all the MSGM prints I have been seeing. I’d love to pick up one of those dresses.

I have written about the 1973 Valentino collection and I have seen a few pieces on sale: these heels are my favorite so far. There are lots of great shoes on sale right now (a feature on shoes is coming soon—stay tuned). I also love the slip-on sneakers by MSGM. Hoping to see a pair further discounted.

I’m thinking of adding another small bag to my closet this year. The mini peach Chloe seems so innocent for summer and I love the black and white stripes on the Dolce & Gabbana. Mulling these over…

How is your shopping going so far? Have you been stalking the sales? I’d love to hear about your finds!

I hear from a lot of people about how they don’t really know where to begin when it comes to buying designer pieces on sale. I hear you! I use to feel the same way and look at me now (ha!). In all seriousness, here are a few tips:

1. Buy investment pieces now. If you’re looking to add a new handbag to your wardrobe or a fabulous pair of shoes, make your moves now. These go quickly and are usually not reduced any further than they are now. (You can always keep watch—be sure to check the store’s policy for returns and adjustments.) I also keep my eye on handbags as the sales progress. Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York will all add more handbags to their sale selections when further reductions kick in (soon now; Moda Operandi has already kicked up their sale to 60 percent off; Barneys New York now has some items at 50 perfect off). These bags go super, super fast. I’ll keep you posted!

2. Wait on staples. I’m still waiting for further reductions to buy dresses for summer. If you see something you really like, do a check to see how widely it’s being offered. I have bought one dress so far, a Suno piece from Saks. I really liked it and I have somewhere to wear it in the next couple of weeks and I didn’t really see it elsewhere. Otherwise, I’m waiting for deeper discounts and more pieces to go on sale before I buy causal items for summer.

3. Check outerwear. No one wants to think about the cold but now is a great time to buy lighter coats for late winter/early spring. I have a need for more casual summer pieces this year because I haven’t really bought a lot the last couple of years, so I probably won’t buy a coat unless it’s something truly fabulous. But I do almost every spring and I am always so glad I did when the next year rolls around. If you haven’t been running as thin on summery pieces as I have, definitely keep watch and go for it. It’s important to take stock of what you have and what you need, which in your case may be that statement outerwear piece that bing-zooms your wardrobe.

Happy sales shopping!