Weekend Shopping: Impulses & Obsessions

June 28, 2020 by Lila Delilah

Sale season ignited this week with brands ranging from Dior to Celine taking big markdowns. Right now, you can point your cursor at nearly any brand and find something titillating to buy.

During a big first markdown, I like to direct my attention to sale surprises. Those are the items I really like or wanted but didn’t anticipate finding on sale. Those are usually the classic and iconic pieces found in designer collections.

If I considered a full-price purchase, 30% to 40% off savings is amazing. Usually, this merchandise is the first to sell out. These finds usually reveal themselves only at select stores because of an inventory overstock. It’s best not to hesitate because it’s likely lots of other shoppers are vying for the same piece.

Some of the hottest items of the week were select Dior Dway slides that were only reduced at some stores and the available units were very limited. You can click here to read the full Dior post and to browse through a pretty complete sale assortment.

Nearly all the big department stores took price cuts on the big European heritage brands: Balenciaga, YSL, Valentino, Gucci, and more. The best selections can be found at the brand’s online boutiques.

The Saint Laurent’s private sale still has an incredible amount of merchandise discounted 30% to 40% off when used with the code YSLPRIVATESALESS20. This Kate bag with a tassel is still available for $1225 from $1750 and this Angie quilted bag is $1575 from $2250. Tribute flats are still available in some colors for $452 from $645 and Opyum heels are $767 from nearly $1100.  Check back to the original post if you’re having issues viewing the sale price and to see more of our sale highlights.

Dolce & Gabbana fans can access this private boutique link here. Here is a floral print dress for $340 $1400, a tee is $255 from $425, and jeweled shoes are $585 from $975. I anticipate the sale will expand but this selection is a good start.

The Balenciaga private sale link includes an assortment of Spring merchandise that’s discounted 30% to 50% off. There are a variety of Triple S sneakers reduced to $690 from $1000 and Speed sneakers are $550 from $800.  A leopard canvas tote is $700 from $1200 and my all-time favorite graffiti mini City bag is $1160 from $1935.  More favorites can be found here.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Net-A-Porter have a huge selection of designer sale merchandise. Keeping tabs between all the VIP extra discounts and hidden links is nearly impossible.

You can access the Nordstrom Private sale here. You’ll find a selection of Prada shoes mostly discounted 50% off. These thong sandals are $325 from $650 and Cloudburst sneakers are $475 from $890. Saint Laurent bags are 33% off and shoes are discounted 40%. The Balenciaga sale selection has some different sale options than the B boutique. These finge heels are $450 from $750 and a mini tote is $570 from $950.  Most all Givenchy is 40% off.  Valentino clothing is 50% off but shoes and bags are 40% off.

At Saks Fifth Avenue, the discounts are very similar but the assortment is a bit different. This Valentino PVC tote is $1700 from $2845 and Valentino leather slides are $417 from $700. The Prada selection is hidden over here in this link.

The code A19B28C brings the discount to 40% off clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories. The discount for men’s merchandise is even more at 50% and worth the scroll because a lot of the accessories are unisex. This Nylon tote is a great item to have in your fashion arsenal and comes to  $1000 from $1700 and espadrilles are $350 from $580.

The Net-A-Porter sale added some merchandise and extra discounts on existing sale items. Here is a Balmain blazer for 50% off and a Balenciaga mini tote, which is sold out at most places is $665 from $950. There is a large selection from The Row that’s 30% to 40% and most Valentino is 30% to 40% off.

This past week we also found some good deals at Harvey Nichols in the UK. Some items retail for less and there are no duties or taxes, which puts them at a very large price advantage even before discounts. You can read the full post here.

Speaking of Euro shopping, MatchesFashion has discounts up to 80% off. An assortment from Valentino is discounted 50%, which is more than other retailers. A fedora hat is $350 from $700 and rope-like leather sandals are $490 from $975.

Looking forward, there will be a lot of July 4th promotions. There might not be beach fireworks this season but there will be explosive sales.

Stay tuned. Until next time… same time, same place?

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