There are two schools of holiday shoppers: Cynics who avoid sale crowds at all costs (there's ample reason to believe that Black Friday is a mere marketing ploy) and consumers who recognize (or pray) that there are real deals to be had online or in stores. For the optimists, we've rounded up a smattering of the most stylish sales to hit this year.
Sale: Give thanks for an exclusive Details.com reader discount. Use the code inthedetails to shop the entire site at 20 percent off two days ahead of the online crowd. (The official sale runs Friday and next Monday only.)
Where: Online at billyreid.com.
When: Wednesday, November 27, through Monday, December 3.
Sale: Get in early (as in way early, at an actual store) if you want to save big on virtually every major designer and style trend under the sun. Deals on clothing, home goods, and more will range from 30 to 50 percent off.
Where: Bloomingdale's stores nationwide.
When: Friday, November 29, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sale: Sharp savings in cool neutral hues? Check. Enjoy 30 percent off already reduced merchandise.
Where: Online and at stores nationwide.
When: In stores on Friday, November 29; online Saturday, November 30, through Monday, December 2.
Sale: Use the code automatic for 25 percent off online. Buy one pair of footwear and get the second 50 percent off; take an additional 50 percent off clothing at all outlet stores; and shop $5 tees, $20 watches, and $15 and $25 sneakers at regular stores.
Where: Online and at stores and outlets nationwide.
When: Shop regular stores Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29. Shop outlets Thursday, November 28, through Tuesday, December 3; shop online Thursday, November 28, through Sunday, December 1.
Sale: The heritage-brand trio is offering up its latest at a virtual steal. Shop the entire Gant, Gant Rugger, and Gant by Michael Bastian pre-fall and fall 2013 collections at up to 50 percent off.
Where: Online and in stores nationwide.
When: Friday, November 29, through the holiday season.
Sale: Click to save on new-classic brands from Filson and Billy Kirk to Baldwin and Grenson. Save 15 percent off of $250 purchases, 20 percent off of $500 purchases, and 25 percent off of purchases of $1,000 or more.
Where: Online. Shopping tip: Sister site Shopbop.com is offering the same awesome deals on its site too.
When: Tuesday, November 26, through Monday, December 2.
Frank & Oak
Sale: The recently launched (and cult-loved) fast-casual site is discounting its usual mix of incredibly priced, stylish basics even deeper. Stock up on $35 cords and terrycloth hoodies and zip-ups, and merino-wool sweaters from $35 to $40.
When: Become a member to shop from Friday, November 22; new products will be added through Friday, November 29.
Sale: From tailored camel and tweed blazers to trim attaché cases and eye-catching tech accessories, the new-classic label's entire full-priced spread is 25 percent off.
Where: Online and at Jack Spade stores nationwide.
When: Thursday, November 28, through Saturday, November 30.
Sale: Shop 40 percent off everything online all day, 40 percent off in-store purchases until noon, and 30 percent off purchases through early next week.
Where: Online and stores nationwide, excluding Meatpacking, Malibu, and Newbury locations.
When: Online Friday, November 29, only; in stores Thursday, November 28, through Tuesday, December 3.
Sale: Be one of the first in-store Friday customers to grab an early-bird gift card valued from $20 to $500. Receive $25 grooming kits with any purchase of $75 or more, and save up to 50 percent off all merchandise. One more reason to shop? The DJs playing in every store.
Where: At Topman locations nationwide.
When: Friday, November 29, through Monday, December 2. Early-bird gift cards available Friday, November 29, only.
—Tiffany J. Davis is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. Say hi at tiffanyjdavis.com.
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