Fashion & Beauty

Talking Turkey About Holiday Sales

November 20, 2018

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On sale, clockwise from left: J. Crew vintage pajamas in hydrangea, Theory leather pants, Emilio Pucci cosmetic bag and cashmere travel wrap from White + Warren.

FORGET BLACK FRIDAY and Cyber Monday, too. Stores and/or websites started their sales at the beginning of this week. The not-so-good news about that is many if not most of the discounted items you’re coveting, say on Net a Porter or Moda Operandi, are already out of stock. And the coats, boots, hats and gloves you’d like to buy right now—well, not so much of that is on sale. There are some good deals on out-of-season clothing and accessories. Although I consider sunglasses an all-year thing, there are more than 200 at various discounts on the Neiman Marcus site. If you happen to be in the market for super-trendy, the metallic gold snakeskin-effect stiletto boots with a red dragon print could be yours. They’re reduced from $1,400 to $700 on Farfetch. And, if you’re okay with Joseph’s camel gabardine leggings instead of the black ones, you can score a pair for $148 instead of $295, also on Farfetch.

Often the best discounts on clothing come in January when stores need to get rid of winter merchandise to make room for spring. Alas, by then those skinny leather pants I’ve been eying for several weeks may already be sold out.

All that considered, here are some things we plucked from among the sales we’ve been browsing.

—Janet Kelly

Dermstore Deals

LEFT: Everyone raves about Bioderma, a skin cleanser for removing makeup from face and eyes. Get it for $11.17 for 16.7 ounces when you rack up a $100 order purchase from Dermstore. Use DSTHANKS promo code. The offer is good through Thursday, Nov. 22. CENTER: I’m very tempted by the Slip Queen Pillowcase, even though it seems insanely pricey ($63.75 with discount) for a pillowcase. Anyway, if it can stop me from getting more wrinkles and bad hair days, I’m in. RIGHT: By Terry’s Terrybly Densiliss Concealer is pricey ($69), but does the job and is easy to apply to camouflage dark circles and hide dark spots.  It’s $51.75 on a $100 order purchase.

Warm and Cuddly

LEFT: I like the borrowed-from-the-boys look of  this J. Crew’Vintage Pajama Set, but most of all the crisp cotton feels both deliciously cool and soft on my skin. It’s 40 percent off its full $95 price with code TOGETHER. RIGHT: Ganni’s Callahan Mohair Sweater is just the kind of cozy knit you can duck into when the world is too much with you. And, it’s now $229.99, instead of $270 at Need Supply.

LEFT: The sporty bomber jacket goes luxe with faux fur, as in Elizabeth and James’s Faux Fur Jacket on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue.  Now $345, it’s reduced from $575.  Available, as shown above, in a teal blue, or brandy color. RIGHT: Whether you’re going to Bologna or staying put in Boston, White + Warren’s Cashmere Travel Wrap will surround you in warmth. Available in the carnelian heather (shown), as well as in sunny lemon drop, emerald and teal blue. It’s $219, reduced from $298.

LEFT: Stay trendy and toasty in this plush, padded Shelter Faux Leopard Jacket with standing, keep-the-neck-warm collar. Lined in satin, it’s reduced from $812 to $608.99 at Need Supply.  Availability in small and extra small sizes. RIGHT: Offered at half of its original $995, Co‘s wool midi-dress with attached capelet is sold out (sigh) at Moda Operandi.




LEFT: Warm up a gray, chilly day in the city with Missoni’s Wool-blend Crochet-knit Gloves with ribbed cuffs to keep in the warmth. They’re 30 percent off $220, $154 at Net A PorterRIGHT: Indulge your wannabe-a-French-girl with striped cuff gloves from Sonia Rykiel. On sale for $102 at Farfetch.

Leather Weather

You can’t go wrong with a pair of Theory pants. And these Five Pocket Skinny Bristol Leather Cropped Pants in forest green, now $597 (originally $995), are a good buy at Neiman Marcus. Now, if only the black or navy ones were this price ..

The Color Purple–and Pink

LEFT: I’d love to have a Pucci dress, but I’d settle for a little Pucci in the label’s bold signature print on this Quilted Silk Twill Cosmetics Case. It’s now $180, originally $360 at Moda Operandi. And instead of leaving it at home, carry it as a colorful clutch and pretend you’re on a vacation in the Mediterranean. RIGHT: Thanks to Well-Being Editor Mary Carpenter’s recent post, I’m all over the idea of having some lavender scent to calm my overactive senses. AyaZen‘s Lavender Eye Pillow ($13.95 from $19.95) also contains flax seed, and you can heat it (in the microwave), chill it (in the freezer) or just use it at room temperature.



An end-of-season sale at Tibi is slashing prices by up to 50 percent. This Merino Wool Polo Neck Pullover updates the polo silhouette in a less fitted direction with bell sleeves and rib cuffs. $225, originally $450. And the color (also available in ivory) is so darn cheery, you can stash your light box whenever you wear it.


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2 thoughts on “Talking Turkey About Holiday Sales

  1. Nancy G says:

    Love the pink sweater, with the leather pants. Interesting that all the sales really seem geared to buying stuff for ourselves, dontcha think?

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      I do think. Don’t seem to be many discounts in stores’ gift guides!

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