Shopping Snapshots: J.Crew & Designer Shoe Sales

**Get extra 40% off all J.Crew final sale items, both in-stores and online w/ OURTREAT. If you shop online through ebates (referral), they are currently offering increased 6% cash back.** 

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.julyreviews9
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.
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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).julyreviews2
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).
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Left: Fabiola dress   Right: J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Neon Tweed, $24.50 from $128

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.
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Left: Attache Linen Canvas dress, $35 from $158 Right: sz 6P skirt compared over sz 0 reg dress

I 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.
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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.
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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!

49 comments:

  1. I love the nude pumps and mint H&M dress!
    For some reason, Canadian H&H never have cute things like this.
    Love your blog! <3

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    1. agreed and yup on the mint dress!!

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  2. The H&M Dress is also available in black this season! Just thought you guys might be interested =P

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    1. I thought it was navy! I also saw a woman wearing the black/navy version at brunch today and she looked lovely. The cut and color make it timeless.

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  3. I'm actually not too surprised by the 6P skirt vs. 0 dress comparison... I took a 6P in the high-waisted wool buttoned skirt from last winter, and I'm normally a 2P in the double-serge pencils and 0 in dresses. Still petite, but very thick-waisted.

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    1. Ditto. I wear size 0 or 2p dresses easily but the size 2 in that pencil skirt you show was too tight on me! I take 2 regular or 4p in J Crew pencil skirts.

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  4. I saw that H&M mint dress w/ cognac colored belt recently, also in black. I walked away, but it has been on my mind ever since. I think it would go great with a pair of brown wedges I just recently acquired. Now that you've featured them in this post, I don't think I can resist any more.

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  5. Love those white shorts! They are perfect for summer and walks on the beach

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  6. Love those H&M shorts! Have you ever made any final sale mistakes?

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  7. I love those Miu Miu pumps! I am not surprised by the J.crew sizing - I am a normal 8 but when I had to get a bridesmaid dress, I was a size 12P!!!! I was very bummed to say the least!

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  9. I really like the H&M mint dress and J crew blouse. Thanks for sharing all the sales that are going on right now! I've been so busy with work, I've been so out of loop with the sales that are going on. So was the striped blazer the only thing that you picked up in the end?

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  10. i love the miu mius!! i got the neon pink tweed skirt at the last extra markdown - and maybe a few more other things.. :) the skirt was also made small, and i had to size up. it's really pretty and i know you could have made a remarkable fix of it. xox P

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  11. Which jcrew did you go to? The one I went at northshor mall did not have as many of a selection.

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  12. I love the J. Crew striped blouse, but I agree on the price tag. Maybe it will go on sale later, hopefully :)

    I recently stopped by H&M and found a pair of 'treggings' (leggings+trousers) in black, navy, khaki, maroon, and forest green for $12.95. The 'treggings' are made of cotton. I love the pants, the only thing is the waist line is very high so I had to switch from a size 2 to a size 4 but it was still tight and a size 6 was too baggy in the bum area. So my advice it to try a size up when purchasing these pants. Did you see these in the store during your visit?

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  13. Cute shoes

    Your outfits are cute

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  14. Neiman's also does a pretty fabulous clothing sale toward end of season too. Loved Bloomie's sale selection this week. Got Sam Edelman sandals for like 60% off! Saks is also doing their consolidation sale too.

    Vivian
    js-go.blogspot.com

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  15. Nordstrom Rack had a really good clearance sale this past weekend. I only looked at the jeans section and got a nice pair of J Brand jeans for $32! Lots of small sizes left.

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  16. Wow, that polyester blouse is muy expensive. Would have priced that at $78 for that material (even factoring in an added buffer to account for J. Crew pricing). Did you spy the Silk Bow Cami? I got mine a little over a week ago for $21 after all the discounts.

    Though expensive, I like the poly blouse the best. The colors really pop and pair so nicely with your AT necklace and crochet shorts!

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  17. the fabiola leo dress is amazing! and the price!

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  18. I love that J.Crew striped top, but I agree poly is saved for H&M or Forever21 price points. I'm actually surprised they have a full poly top...they usually have nice silks or natural fabrics. Darn.

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  19. OMG...those cork heeled chanel beauties are TO DIE FOR! love!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  20. love those miu miu shoes! i can't believe they are on sale! i bought the same pair at nordie's a month ago for full price but had to return them cause my heel kept slipping out, but otherwise they were super comfortable!

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  21. I have been eyeing that exact same Maritime blazer for awhile now. Like you, I've been waiting for it to go on sale! And now that it's on sale, I don't see the white one! :( I'll have to check the store out tomorrow...

    kat
    aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

    P.S. Thank you for sharing as always :)

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  22. OH...I wanted to buy the Maritime Blazer is the red & blue stripes but its $137 AUD !!! what a big price difference :( !!!! and thanks for the review....if it doesnt fit you, then its definetly not going to fit me !! :(

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  23. It's too bad those Chanel shoes didn't work out, they look gorgeous. Love the cork heel!

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  24. It's outrageous that those Chanel pumps, with that label and price range, are so badly made!

    My only purchases were 2 Benetton tank tops, 2 pairs of Clarks shoes (do you like them? I find their uk size 3 perfect and they look and feel great) and this top from ASOS http://images.asos.com/inv/media/6/0/3/7/2287306/black/image1xxl.jpg Isn't it lovely? I think the detailed waist should look great on us petites :-)

    Ciao
    Raffaella

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  25. How do you get that size 2 mint H&M dress to lay so straight?! i have the exact one in black size 2 and the skirt portion puffs out and makes my hips look HUGE. i love the dress but i think i need to bring it to a tailor to maybe remove some of the 'flowyness' of the skirt portion!

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    1. i have the same issue too :(

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  26. I bought that H&M mint dress and am soooo happy with it, if only for the belt! Honestly, the belt might be the best thing about the dress; it's endlessly adjustable (no holes, great for petites) and goes with so many things! Ok, and the dress is cute too. :)

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  27. Great finds!!!
    I just purchased the mint Zara dress today...unfortunately for me, it was not on sale where I bought it.
    Thanks for the JCREW heads up...I'm going to head there now online...
    XOXO

    http://www.princessmartha.com

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  28. Thanks for sharing your finds. I just ordered the scalloped shorts in honey and the neon rose petite Blythe blouse from J Crew using Ebates and extra 40% off - great deals as I've been eyeing them for awhile. I really enjoy your shopping posts, keep them coming!
    silkspicegirl.com

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  29. The merino v-neck cardigan (58919, previously called the "Jenna cardigan") is on sale for $39.99-49.99 in various small sizes and colors. The body of the sweater is cropped a close-fitting, make it good for petites.

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  30. I HAVE to have the H&M Dress, I'm thinking in Black over the Mint for easier wearability. But I ADORE the belt and just have to have one!

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  31. wow. what a temptation!

    xoxo,

    trendsection.blogspot.com

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  32. Hi Jean,

    I really like the apple bobbing pants, would you tell me what size you wear for regular pants? I usually wear 24, but not sure if girl's sz 12 can fit me. Thanks :)

    Catherine

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  33. Ever since you tweeted the H&M mint dress, I have been the hunt for them. Lucky I was able to find them in store. It seems that the H&M store here received items two weeks after the store in the east coast. I'm glad you went back for the crochet shorts. They looks great on you.

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  34. Love the leopard dress and the orange color as well. Amazing shoe sale!!!! How come we don't have that kind here.:(

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  35. I certainly enjoyed the way you explore your experience and knowledge of the subject! Keep up on it. Thanks for sharing the information

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  36. Thank you for sharing your finds! I actually just used the J. Crew promo to pull the trigger on my own pair of apple-print kids' pants. Here's hoping they work on me, too...

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  37. i actually purchased the 00 dress at jcrew and the tweed skirt in 00 as well. they actually both fit great. i feel like the seat of the dress is a bit bigger than the skirt is because the fabric has less give, but the 00 looks generous on the rack but fits pretty slim.

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  38. I bought the neon tweed pencil skirt from Jcrew in the last sale (30% off after the sale price). It arrived today and I love it. I was scared because I haven't tried before and it was final sale, but it fits perfect on me (

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  39. I know the shoe sales are amazing if you can find your size. I bought my first pair of manolo's from barney's last week at 50% off.I'm moving to SOCAL so I can't wait to be able to always catch sales in store!

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  40. love your picks, especially the last dress, looks amazing on you! love your reviews!

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

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  41. Cool I really like your blog. Its rare to find another blogger who also posts prices. Love getting great deals too =P

    <3 Kelly
    SavvySelections.blogspot.com

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  42. Darling!!

    xoxo
    Cassidy

    http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/

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  43. Love that last outfit with the striped shirt and lace shorts.
    Creamy

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  44. Bought the apple bobbing pants on final sale in kids size 12. They fit perfectly!! Thanks so much for this tip! What a great blog!

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