SMOOTH SALE-ING INTO SPRING!

If you’re like me, you sign up for all of your favorite clothing brand mailing lists, and you already know it’s SALE SEASON. Yes, it is that glorious time of year to snag everything you’ve had on your wish lists (but resisted) for mad cheap. So I’ve scoured my email blasts and compiled a list of the best sites, sales, and deals around (online, that is). I personally recommend jumping on the sale train before all the new spring stuff floods onto the scene (bringing with it an entirely new wave of temptation) taking over our brains and budgets with high hopes of warmer weather.

One of the greatest things about sale season is the fact that retailers are ready and willing to make you happy if it means: 1. More sales for them and 2. A smaller loss in profit from unsold merchandise. A perfect example of this would be the Deena and Ozzy Tread Boot I found on sale at Urban Outfitters. Urban’s site didn’t have my size, so I called up a store and scored a pair for the online sale price of $30, even though they were still $68 in-store. Lots of stores are willing to do this in order to MOVE that MERCH. Spring is around the corner, and if winter sale items are taking up space–and customers’ attention–by the time V-Day rolls around, stores won’t be selling their new duds in time to keep the fashion hamster wheel turning. Get my drift? The sale scene can be a fun game, but be sure not to go nuts as soon as the sales flags start flying. Patience is key. something that is 20% off today could be 40% off by the end of the week. True, it’s a risk to hold your horses on all those dream purchases but if it means you can save some loot, I’d say it’s worth it.

Check out some of these sites that boast new sales everyday:


1. IDEELI
This is the sweetest site for scoring designer duds at up to 80% off. I AM NOT LYING. Ideeli’s sales can last up to 40 hours, but usually end as soon as everything is sold out (about one day). As of today, the site is listing Nicole Miller Spun Scarves (at over half off, HELLO!). And I hope you are sitting down for this one: MUKS for 57% off, dude! But don’t be sad if a sale ends before you get your credit card ready, the best thing about sites like this is that there are new sales everyday for men, women, kids–even travel goodies.


2. ZARA
Whether you are shopping online or in-store, Zara’s sales are ah-mazing. In my eyes, Zara’s forte lies in its basics, so be sure to stock up on turtlenecks, tees, pants, and cardigans that will last forever but won’t cost you a fortune.


3. PIPERLIME
I know you’ve heard of this one, but Piperlime truly stands alone in its versatile brand selection and generous markdowns. Imagine your favorite Free People tank for less, or that hard-to-find Greylin dress you’ve been eyeing since September–at 60% off! This site is also great for deals on shoes and accessories. I also love the Girl on a Budget section; I learn about tons of new lines just by browsing!

Happy shopping!
–SARAH MUHL
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