1. Double Cloth Symphony Coat ($139 + 30% off) // 2. Tissue V-Neck Tee ($14.99 + 30% off) // 3. Lia Mid-heel Sandal ($119 + 30% off) // 4. Dodo Case for iPad ($59 + 30% off) // 5. Biennial Satchel ($238 + 30% off)
Today, we’re having a bit of J.CREW overkill, but it’s one of the few mid-price retailers that sells stylish, professional pieces. And having made a few regrettable mistakes over the years while shopping their famous 30%-off Final Sale, I wanted to share my strategy for getting the most bang for your buck because no one wants to feel the sharp sting of final sale regret.
One. In my opinion, coats and outerwear are the best buy. Well-made coats that are usually priced at over-$300 can be had for just over $100 in some cases. And since it’s January, you can still get a few weeks of wear before you pack it away for next season.
The coat above is lovely, but if you are in need of a warm, basic winter coat, I own this Lady Coat with Thinsulate and it can be yours for around $160. A great deal.
If you need a short coat, this Majesty Peacoat is around $150. And if your basics are already covered, this bright pink coat with a bow and this belted wool coat in mint, lavender, red and black is also fabulous.
Two. I sleep in cotton t-shirts. I wear them to work out, and just lounging around on the weekend. So if I can pick up a few in neutral colors for around $10 per shirt, I stock up.
Three. If you know your size in J.CREW shoes, you can pick up some lovely things on sale. The strappy sandals above would be great for the springtime. These printed flats would be adorable with jeans, and these double strap Mary Janes would be fantastic for work.
Four. I have a Dodo Case for my iPad, and I love it. It provides a bit of electronic camouflage and makes your device look like any other old notebook, so you can carry it in public without drawing unwanted attention. And whether you like bright colors or neutrals there is a case for you.
Five. Handbags are great because you don’t have to worry about them fitting properly. I own this satchel in red and it is fantastic. The pockets are perfect for organizing all of the things you need to carry to work, and it has a simple, clean look to it. The sale also includes a to.die.for handbag with a leopard flap.
Shopping the J.CREW final sale is an art form, but if I could leave you with one final piece of advice: Don’t buy anything that you are not 90-percent sure will fit. If you need to, go to the store and try it on. Otherwise, you might get stuck with a lemon.