My picks: Silk colorblock striped blouse in 00P-12P, now $24, Crewcuts chambray polka dot skirt (on me in sz 10) with cute pockets, now $18 w/ free ship, and Apple bobbing pants (on me in sz 12) now $24 w/ free ship.
Miu Miu nude platform pumps, extra 40% off at Bloomies = $288
from $645. Full price at NM.
All the higher-end department stores (Saks, NM, Barneys, etc) have been having their designer clearances this month. Discounts are steep as we're nearing the end of the sale, but pickings are getting slim. After popping into all of these stores, the only item I fell in love with were these platform Miu Miu pumps. I've been looking for a sleek, sexier neutral platform shoe for special occasions, and these fit the bill. The leather is soft, the almond toe is perfectly shaped, and the platform was comfortable and super leg-lengthening. Unfortunately, only sz 6+ are available - call Bloomingdales in Chestnut, MA if interested and they can look up other sizes and ship to you.
Bloomies also has two styles of Ferragamo bow flats on sale for 50% off retail in-stores - the tortoise/lizard cap toe version, as well as the bright pink smooth patent version. These aren't the most classic color combos, but just wanted to share.
These Chanel open-toe pumps were at both Saks and NM for this price. I slipped my foot into them and realized why they were still unsold...the front opening was so high that the entire lengths of my toes poked out (not delicate-looking).
J.Crew Fabiola dress in abstract leopard, size 00 regular, $42
from $178, Target sandals (old)
Extra 30% off is still going on at J.Crew, but everything is final sale. Pricing is much lower in-stores and online, and there's some inconsistencies from store to store, depending on location. The prices listed in this post are from a suburban location. I believe stores ship to homes for a fee of $7 or $8...
There were about 5 of these Fabiola dresses hanging on the sale rack, and every single one was size 00 reg. The waist of the 00 reg is pretty small and fit me almost perfectly, which explains why it may have been unpopular with regular-sized clientele. The dress was of lovely quality - textured heavier cotton, fully lined, pockets - and could be altered to work for someone my size (take up shoulder straps, hem length, maybe slightly slim hips).
Next, there was a huge rack full of these No. 2 tweed pencil skirts. I even found a sz 6 Petite (return from online) which was about an inch shorter than the regular. I am naturally drawn to girly tweed and feminine colors, and was so tempted to purchase the P6 and slim the sides at the "bargain" price. I must've debated for over 10 minutes, but decided to leave it behind and regain focus on things from my shopping want list.
Left: Attache Linen Canvas dress, $35I was also enticed by the low sale price of this dress, but the sizing looked very generous. I didn't even try it on, but I compared the tweed skirt in Petite 6 to a attache dress in 0 Regular. Shockingly (see upper right photo), the petite 6 skirt measured the same in the waist as the dress and actually slimmer in the hips.
from $158 Right: sz 6P skirt compared over sz 0 reg dress
Maritime Striped Blazer, sz XXS, $56 from $118, avail. in 2 colors
My favorite thing that I tried on was this knit striped blazer. The shoulders were slightly big on me, the sleeves were slightly long, and there was some room in the torso. The jacket is unlined. I didn't see myself wearing it too much and didn't want to bank on it shrinking in the dryer, thus left without it. PS - these are the H&M kids crochet shorts from this post in sz 12/13. I returned them to cut down on H&M acquisitions, but eventually went back for them. They're very short, but a nice textured piece to have around for casual wear.
Left: H&M mint dress, $34.95 sz 2 Right: J.Crew poly striped blouse sz 00 regular
Also wanted to show this blouse which I really loved on a display. I saw the price tag of $128 and thought for sure that it'd be silk, but it was actually all polyester. I don't mind poly (esp if it feels like silk!) as it's machine-washable and easy to maintain, but I definitely expected a lower price tag for such. There's a similar striped blouse at J.Crew online that's only $24 after discounts, and it's 100% silk and available in petites.
The photo on the left is the current, mint version of this old H&M dress. If you missed out on the previous colors, I think the mint is a very pretty option. I did notice however, that they may have upped the price $5 from before.
Readers - Did you purchase any of the above? Please recommend any good sale finds this month!