The eagerly anticipated sale season is upon us, bringing both the promise of great deals and an overwhelming array of possibilities. Before you start rationalizing the purchase of a neon bandage bikini ‘It’s 80% off!’ read this cheat sheet. Armed with these guidelines—and a firm resolve to preserve your beautifully organized closet—we have faith you will emerge from sale season victorious.
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Seer Pentacle Lace Dress
You've been coveting it since it graced the runway, have tried it on at every department store in a 30 mile radius of your house and have multiple events on your summer calendar for which it would be perfect. Now is the time to snatch it up.
Khan Double-Strap Sandals
We're all for whimsy but when you can buy a beautifully made—not to mention incredibly versatile—shoe at a more affordable price, you should. Always.
A good blazer can take you through years of job interviews, dates, PTA meetings and more. Find a classic style from a label known for great tailoring and add it to your arsenal, pronto.
Finn Ribbed Cashmere and Silk Blend Sweater
The difference between a high quality knit and a high-street knit is apparent by the way it ages. Well-made knits hold their shape, don't pill and reliably elevate every off-duty ensemble you own. Making them worth their weight in gold.
Fedora Small Crossbody Bag
We know this season's It bag is tempting, especially when the price has been slashed. Rather than buying a piece that'll look dated in mere months, opt for a style in a classic shape and timeless color palette. Choose a version in tan, black, navy or cream with minimal hardware.
Stretch Cotton-Blend Poplin Shirt
A beautiful poplin shirt will stand the test of time and look great with everything from distressed denim to a leather pencil skirt. For something you'll return to season after season, there is no better choice than a good button-up shirt.