Black Friday Sales Roundup & Reviews

thanksgiving snowmen

Coat: (no brand borrowed from cousin), Hunter Tour boots (25% off today)
Scarves: 40% off my reversible one & turkey’s plaid one (see on me – who wore it better?). Snowman’s scarf is sold out but F21 restocked their $12 version w/ free ship today!

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine consisted of a morning of rolling snowmen and snowturkeys (followed by a rather intense snowball fight that I wasn’t prepared for) and an afternoon in the kitchen with my family. We always have fusion T-giving and this year it was my mom’s incredible “hong shao rou” (braised pork belly) with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and the American works…an unusual combo but nevertheless delish. I’m tucked away in my PJs now with no intention to brave the mad Black Friday crowds, but did want to share some great deals happening online! Some of the sites like TB are slow, likely due to the throngs of sale visitors so it may take a few minutes.

Saks off 5th – ~50% off + free ship on these Stuart Weitzman boots (sizes 6.5+ left in black leather) with small wedge that look super similar (if not the same style) as the ones I have. The low wedge makes them super comfortable and gives a little height, so I wish they weren’t discontinued! See my old review here. Use code BLACKOUT to get an extra 40-50% off items on the site, however these boots are excluded from further sale.

Ends 12/1 – Tory Burch – buy more save more sale up to 30% off your order with code LUCKY & free ship on all orders. I love the Robinson tote (pictured right below) or other bags from that classic line which would make amazing gifts. It’s one of my favorite fall purchases and has been with me through work, weekends and travel this month. If you are interested in this bag and don’t already have a caramel brown tote, the Tigers Eye shade would be my other pick. I will say it is not a lightweight bag due to the sturdy pebbled leather. Their saffiano coated leather bags are lighter (love this grey taupe which I recently saw on a friend), and if you’re looking for very light then AT’s gallery tote (50% off today) or Longchamp are still my go-tos.

Old Navy – up to 50% off plus extra 15% off with code GRAVY; petites are online only. I had tried on this wool-blend peacoat (starts at under $30 post-discounts) since several of you have asked for shorter coat recommendations. The color options for this coat are extensive, and the fit of an XS petite feels comparable to a 00 to 0 petite in most American brands. This was the fit over a flannel shirt + thick sweater:

old navy coat

Old Navy coat in XSP, Loft jeans in 24p (40% off), Tory Burch bag (up to 30% off)

The material looks a bit one-dimensional in person, but I wasn’t expecting high quality given the price. I also thought it looked better open than buttoned-up for the more “swingy” look. In short, I’d recommend this as a light to medium weight jacket (not suited for frigid winters) for someone needing outerwear on a budget. I tend to splurge more on ourterwear, plus prefer either longer or more cropped lengths so this coat was not for me personally.
old navy camel coat
My top recommendation from the ON sale is this soft striped sweater dress which is now ~$14, but please read my review on the off the rack fit, which I had to DIY slim at the waist (posted some photos in response to commenters). I also ordered this dot sweater dress which is in a lightweight 100% cotton that I thought was good quality for the price. The fit is also boxy at the waist again (why, ON?!) but actually a little slimmer than my striped one. I didn’t love the pattern as its less suitable for a professional office, but it ended up being perfect for my cousin. Here was the fit as-is on me:

old navy polka dot sweater dress

Old Navy dot sweater dress in XSP (50% + 15% off), BP ankle boots (runs small)

Gap: 50% off everything today with code BLKFRIDAY. Petite sizing is online only and there’s sweater options galore. If you’re looking for a thin, lightweight option – this 100% merino wool sweater is $25 after discounts and runs pretty small, both short and slim (lots of complaints about this online which can be positive for smaller-framed women). For thick, I’ve mentioned this Cable Knit Sweater after spotting it on my friend, and finally snagged it from her to show the fit. In contrast to the merino, this is a toasty and thick sweater that is tightly knit.

gap cable sweater

Anthropologie – 25% off everything today with HOLIDAY25. They have a big petites section featuring less mainstream brands, with sizing that usually fits without alterations. Here are a few unique-looking pieces that are beautiful for work and/or the holidays.

anthropologie dresses

anthropologie gold mugs

From the home section, I picked up a few of these holiday edition gold mugs which are also great little gifts (love the design and generous size, as trite as these might be!). FYI these are not microwaveable due to the metallic paint, unlike the regular black monogram ones which I have as well and are microwave-safe. I use them around the place also for storing pens and lipsticks/eyeliners.

asos wool coat and full skirt

30% off: ASOS petites coat (more pics on me here) Right: True Decadence petites skirt

Ends 11/30 – ASOS – take 30% off everything with code TGIBF. This is pretty generous for ASOS plus they have free shipping over $40 and free returns. ASOS’ in-house brand runs at least a size smaller than US brands and is usually very petite-friendly. I’d recommend this slim-fitting long coat that I have for those with milder winters, or spring/fall. The material is medium quality but the fit was great off the rack and the style is classic. I also ordered this cobalt True Decadence petites skirt last month in my regular US size 00 petite but it was much too small (for reference it measured 11.5″ across the waist). The material was thin for the price but not bad with the 30% off promo. The color was beautiful and I did like how the material held the skirt’s shape without being too full.

asos floral dress

If you have trouble finding skirts that fit narrow enough at the waist and prefer not to do alterations, definitely try ASOS. They also have an extensive selection of dresses in petite sizing which run small in my experience – love the look of this dress on the above left for a winter formal event or wedding!

boden raincoat

30%+ off: Boden Rainy Day mac (more colors here). I’m wearing an older pattern.

Ends 11/30 – Boden – 30% off everything and free shipping & returns with code N9H6. I so wish Boden made more extended petite sizing (they start at 2P) because their styles are great quality (in my limited experience, anyways), and classic but with bright colors and playful prints. Their Rainy Day Mac pictured above has been my favorite functional raincoat given the quality materials & construction and oh-so-cozy fleece lining that’s also inside the pockets. I admit I reach for it more than my Burberry rain jacket these days. See my old review on it – I received a 2P and altered the sleeves, but the shoulders fit decently and felt more like a 0P, especially if you plan on layering.

Modcloth – take 50% off a large selection of new arrivals, today only (prices as marked) with everyday free shipping over $50. A lot of cute dresses with more retro-inspired prints and silhouettes.

J.Crew: 30% off most items at the regular store and 50% off at the factory outlet (both have petites). I don’t know if they made less of petite coats this year or people are just in a craze to buy before winter, but their inventory doesn’t look like it’ll survive past this level of a discount. The lady day coat which I own and love is nearly gone in several sizes and colors. I have a small but growing collection of J.Crew’s shoes, which are beautifully crafted and run about half a size small for pointy styles. Now that Ann Taylor’s perfect pumps (originally with leather soles, lining, and outers) are a thing of the past, J.Crew makes some of the best classic pumps in my opinion below the “designer” price range. They are not inexpensive by any means but look nice and sleek like higher end shoes.

jcrew elsie

Item Details

30% off: J.Crew Elsie pumps, Stella pumps, and Collection Leopard pumps
AT stores: take 50% off sitewide at Ann Taylor & 40% at LOFT today – see my most recent fitting room reviews here: AT and LOFT.

Laura Mercier: take 25% off purchases of $100+ and free ship, great for restocking on your favorite foundations or eye shadow sticks. See my recent LM post here.

Lastly, for those who need professional or interview wear, Theory is having 40% off a large selection of items, and they have free shipping and returns. I haven’t blogged about them in some time but my Theory dresses and blazers (sleeve were shortened on sz 00 regular) are in regular rotation. I noticed their classic Gabe blazers are 40% off in all colors, but please note they are unfortunately marked final sale.

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  1. miaomiao wrote:

    Hi Jean! I purchased the wool blend peacoat from Old Navy before reading your comments about the material being one-dimensional. Do you have any other suggestions for affordable but maybe better quality peacoats? (price about 100). Thank you!

    Posted 11.28.15 Reply
  2. Vickie wrote:

    Hi Jean! I love your blog and your style! Can you tell me where you got that multi strand pearl necklace I've seen you wear in multiple outfits? I really like it! Thanks so much!

    Posted 12.2.14 Reply
  3. Stacey wrote:

    I actually just purchased the green Anthropologie skirt you recommended and received it today. I am so torn about whether it's a keeper or not! I was expecting it to be more of a suiting material pencil skirt rather than spandex-y. I wish I could post pictures on here so you guys would see what I mean. I love the interesting pattern though!

    Posted 12.1.14 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Thank you so much for your kind words! I do use Hunter boots all season long, however I have a short commute. For safety and warmth reasons, I don't want to recommend others who live in snowy conditions to do the same because Hunter boots are designed for rain and snow in particular. My colleagues who have a longer walk use Sorel boots and they speak highly of them. Good luck in your search!

    Posted 12.1.14 Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean!

    Just want to say how thankful I am for all the great work you do on your blog – I'd be lost for petite style without you! You have incredible taste and always pick items that are so flattering.

    Just wondering if you use your Hunters as winter boots all season long or do you have a different pair for when the snow gets really bad. I'm in Canada and need to purchase a new winter pair of boots to commute in…are Hunters my best bet?


    Posted 12.1.14 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hello – I wear my J.Crew and Burberry wool coats (and have reviewed both) through the Boston winters and just layer underneath if needed. I know those coats might not be substantial for others who have a longer commute or spend longer times outdoors – other petite ladies have suggested J.Crew puffer jackets, Marc New York puffers from Lord & Taylor, Soia & Kyo jackets, and Canada Goose down jackets.

    Posted 12.1.14 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I think everyone has a natural weight that is healthy for them so I can only really speak to what works for me…I admit I eat a mix of healthy as well as unhealthy items but everything in moderation. I eat about 4 to 5 smaller meals a day instead of 3 larger ones, and I think the key to toning the belly and thighs is exercise. Try Blogilates (look her up on YouTube) as she has some great abdominal, arm, and leg exercises that you can jut do at home every day and they are fantastic. Also try running maybe once a week at least, as cardio exercise.

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I haven't tried on Aritzia items in a long time…but allegedly they are coming to Boston soon so I hope to more often! Unfortunately i can't speak to the fit of the one you showed in the link. What size do you wear? If you can wear 2petite or up, Talbots has petite coats which are fair quality, and on sale this weekend. Gap has one that is double breasted like the one I'm wearing in the snow picture, but only in grey that starts in XS/0 petite. Banana Republic also has one right now, for 40% off – check their website. Unfortunately no brown or camel color in that option either.

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    In my opinion they look gorgeous like a much higher end shoe – I hope they work out for you!

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – it is totally personal preference and what's better suited for your everyday life! I own both but I personally prefer Prada. I think their designs are really timeless and elegant, and the saffiano leather is fairly durable. I've done a detailed review on the Prada saffiano tote and have shown lots of photos of it, which you can search on my sidebar to the right of this webpage.

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – all of Burberry's coats are supposed to be coated with water-repelling material, the last I checked. When I wear mine in light rain, the drops roll off but I have not taken it out in heavier rain without an umbrella. However I dont think any of their items are completely water resistant – which means something a little different. I don't want to misinform you since I haven't been into a store in a while to learn about their materials and coating process, but that's something you should ask a Burberry sales associate (one from the actual brand, not just from a department store that sells Burberry) since they should be much more knowledgeable!

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply
  12. lovely photos! that first one is just sooo cute and fun! 🙂

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Love the pics of you and fiancé with the snow turkey/men! Great smiles! Thanks for the cyber shopping reviews!

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Can you do a review on winter coats? Like REAL (ie.chicago) winter coat which are flatter for petites

    Posted 11.29.14 Reply
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, would you please talk about what your diet is? You look great in almost any cloth because you have a lovely, slender frame. I am 5'1'' and weigh 110 pounds. I know I am not fat at all but there are some extra pounds sitting on my belly and thigh which I am trying to get rid of.

    I am very interested to see what you eat on daily base and follow your diet. Thank you!!!!

    Posted 11.29.14 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean – Thanks for all your detailed reviews and recommendations. I've scoured your blog for your reviews on wool coats since I've been looking for a good long one myself. I don't think I saw anything on Aritzia coats so I was wondering if you've tried them and what your thoughts are? for example:;=bcceaiaagXWdwaaadhApdik9sl or;=bcdCsiaagXrGYaaadhRrxik9sl. or if you know of other long coats similar to the one you're wearing in the snow picture, that would be great! The Jcrew wool trench is always sold out 🙁

    Posted 11.29.14 Reply
  17. Jean, thanks for the reviews!! I have been drooling over these J.Crew pumps (Collection Elsie calf hair in leopard) for months so after reading your review (and others' online) I just pulled the trigger and saved $115. Hopefully they fit perfectly for me ^_^

    Posted 11.28.14 Reply
  18. Hi Jean, I am thinking to buy a high-end handbag. Should I get prada or Burberry? Any recommendations? Thanks!

    Posted 11.28.14 Reply
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jeans, Thanks for the sale summary. Regarding the Boden coat, I think a 2P would be to big for me overall. I want to ask you about the Reymore Burberry Trench that you reviewed in earlier post. Do you think it is water resistant /repellent? I wonder how it can hold up under the rain. Thanks Jean.

    Posted 11.28.14 Reply
  20. happy thanksgiving!!!! the assume the snowman is happy now with the snow turkey..thanks for the summary sale

    Posted 11.28.14 Reply
  21. Great black friday sales breakdown!

    Posted 11.28.14 Reply
  22. Thanks for a summary of a lot of great Black Friday deals! P.S. I love your snow turkey.

    Posted 11.28.14 Reply
  23. Van wrote:

    I knew I could count on you for Black Friday deals! Thanks, Jean!

    Posted 11.28.14 Reply
  24. EVA. wrote:

    the first picture is soo cute, love your Hunter boots! Soo cool you already have snow..enjoy it! 🙂


    Posted 11.28.14 Reply
  25. Julia wrote:

    I like the tan color coats borrowed from your cousin and the Old Navy one. Jack Wills also have some nice tan coats if you are looking for something thicker for the winter. Happy thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing your style tips through the years!

    Julia || Closet de Jules
    Recent Post: J.Crew Winter Peacoat

    Posted 11.28.14 Reply
  26. Lucky you that you have already snow! Happy holiday and thank you for sharing your tips!

    Posted 11.28.14 Reply
  27. Hahaha I love that snow turkey! Wishing you a happy holiday!

    Posted 11.28.14 Reply

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