The fundamental problem with a post-Memorial Day sale (at least across the more lavish verticals that are, for example, Net-a-Porter, Moda Operandi and from the U.K., Matches Fashion) is quite frankly that “sale” is just a digestible code word for “expensive clothes that are still expensive but not as expensive as they were before.”
I’ve said this at least three or four times in the past but it seems worth reiterating every time the holy grail of shopping seasons comes back around, and like a true victim of consumerist society, I load up and down every digital shopping cart in town.
What seems to be the issue with these not-as-expensive-but-still-expensive sales is that even in the event that we are to give in and bite the gold-plated bullet, we are (or at least I am) so frequently blinded by the slashes. This blindness tend to leave me with cardboard boxes full of flights of fancy that I wouldn’t wear even in the event that I were to vow to dress like the best, as opposed to most authentic, version of myself.
So here are five questions I’d recommend you ask should you find yourself approaching the intersection of luxury sale and impaired judgement:
1. Can you wear the garment in question at least three ways with the pre-existing contents of your closet? (I had to veto this for inability to answer yes.)
1a. From the same family is the question of whether you already have a garment that serves the same exact function, which is why I can’t go through with the purchase of effectively any pair of jeans.
2. Would you have bought the garment in question if you could have afforded it before the sale? (These shoes are out for that reason.)
3. Are you trying to dress a body that is not yours? Often times, I forget that I am not Emanuelle Alt. I mean, I don’t forget, but I do remember that low rise drop crotch pants just don’t do for me what they’ve done for her. High waist shapes are better for my torso and my ass.
4. Are you sure this isn’t the FOMO spending? Fashion FOMO is a very real thing. I occasionally find that I’ve spent so much time on a given website that I don’t want to leave said site without feeling like I’ve satisfied a duty. This ‘duty’ typically manifests as a purchase and leads to my buying something. Often, my laziness lashes out and I never return it, thus leaving me at a deficit + feckless garment. Sometimes, not always, it’s better to just walk away.
5. Are you trying to convince yourself you need something? You know, when you really, really love something and can obtain it, convincing is rarely necessary.
Alright! Now that that’s out of the way, here’s a round up of today’s deals:
From ASOS: 20% of everything with the code: WEBEGRILLIN
From Neiman Marcus: An extra 30% off sale + 30% off select regular prices
From Shopbop: Up to 70% if you’re here to get lucky!
From J.Crew: An extra 30% off sale
From Piperlime: An extra 25% off sale
And from our friends in London at Matches Fashion: Up to 50% off with free shipping and returns to the U.S. and pick-up service in the U.K.