A few sales of note: from now through 4/22, take 50% off women’s & men’s apparel at J.Crew Factory (prices as marked) and 25% off full-priced items at J.Crew regular. Thank you to several ladies who let me know J.Crew Factory now carries petites sizing! My pick is this classic-looking cotton trench for $99.
Ending Tuesday 4/22, Neiman Marcus has extra 25% off sale items (prices as marked) plus a $50 off $200 regular price coupon with APRIL50. These two are stackable on a number of items, at least in the home department where I was browsing. Saks is having their 25% off F&F; sale from now until Monday 4/28. Unfortunately most designers brands are excluded, but Ferragamo, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch appear to be included. My favorite classic suiting brand, Theory, is also having 25% off sitewide. All of these stores now offer free everyday shipping, with NM & Theory also offering free return shipping.
Ann Taylor is having their best sale I’ve seen from them this season – 50% off site wide plus free shipping at any price with WOW50 *sale ended.* My quick picks are the Kenzie pumps (looks like an office staple) and the Horizon skirt, and the mitered stripe full skirt (see factory versions on me below). Also see this post for a few reviews from this season (note: bags are unfortunately excluded from sale). I’ve been in need of a basic white skirt for work and ordered this stretch twill one to try.
I passed by an AT outlet this weekend and was lured in by the pretty colors and prints. There was extra 60% off sale items there, plus ad hoc extra discounts on top of other pieces. I was in a rush so I took note of the retail prices, but am not 100% sure about the additional discounts for the items below. I do have to say some prices at the regular store are surprisingly better, even before the current promo mentioned above!
First up, I tried on this floral skirt to show it as an alternative to the WHBM one I love, which is now sold out. The knit quality felt good and I believe it was fully lined with an invisible zip. Please note in the photo above I have about 2″ pinched back with a hair clip to show where it should sit. This blouse came in several versatile patterns and colors, but the fit was just too boxy all around (excess material balooning in the back).
This dress fit the best by far out of all pieces I tried on. It’s made of a thick stretchy material which felt better than a number of fabrics they use in their regular store line. I found the cut plus the angling of the stripes at the waist to be very flattering. My nitpick would be the little metal bar at the waist – I’d prefer that to be nixed so a regular belt can be worn.
Please excuse this unflattering stripe monster pairing on the right…skirt would look much better with a fitted top. The skirt reminds me of this chevron maxi they had last year which I loved and regret not getting. The hips fit great for me, but then the wide elastic concealed waistband stuck out with a sizeable 3-4″ waist gap. The knit was on the thin side so I’d be wary of underwear lines showing through.
The skirt on the left is the factory version of the mitered stripe full skirt pick from today’s sale (and I wouldn’t be surprised if the factory version retailed for more!). It slightly reminded me of my chevron navy one from last year, however is made of a thinner, unlined material and has a lot of stretch. The waist was do-able off the rack with a 1-2″ gap. The skirt on the right is the one piece I purchased from all the sales. It looks better quality in person – the material is a nice weight (almost like jacquard but not shiny) with small embroidered dots, fully lined, and the fit was close. I picked it up as a multi-season work piece and dropped it off at my tailor for slimming.
This skirt was my favorite item looking around the store, but it was a clear customer favorite as I couldn’t find my size. It’s reminiscent in design to the Horizon stripe skirt which is my pick from today’s sale – somehow both outlet and regular versions retail for the same price, and the regular version is 50% off today). I’m trying on a 2P with the back pinched by a hair clip just to show the length and how it’d look. The stretch material was of medium weight and felt sturdy. I love the coloring with the hint of chartreuse. This peplum shell in the same color has a slight texture, and also comes in white. It was slightly baggy all around and th
e straps would need to be raised at the shoulder straps for me.
Here are two items that I saw in the regular sizing section but not petites – chartreuse tweed sheath, anyone? I can’t get enough of this color. Please excuse the horrible lighting here, though. The color is not this neon lime in real life.
Last but not least, AT Factory carries shoes down to size 5.5 in-store while the regular store only has 6+ (sz 5 available online only). The shoes are lower priced at the factory however are all synthetic leather material. In all the fitting room photos I’m wearing their factory pumps in faux leather, and here is a cute sandal that was only $34.99. I love strappy shoes, and the placement of a neutral color at the ankle area of this one (versus the more jarring black) is more flattering on shorter legs.