Category — Best Things To Buy
We’re the ladies of House of Marbury and we are honored to be guest blogging here on Shop It To Me, one of our favorite shopping resources as of late. When we launched House of Marbury nearly a year ago now, our goal was to give lawyers and other professionals a one-stop source for fashion guidance and inspiration.
Here’s our suggested approach to finding the designers and items your professional closet can’t do without:
1) Consider Your Basics
1. Theory Cardigan 2. J.Crew Loafers 3. J.Crew Necklace 4. J.Crew Sweater
Just like any shopping adventure, getting clear about what you actually need in your closet at the outset is a smart approach. With Shop It To Me, we recommend that you include some of your basic, go-to designers and brands so that, no matter what, your feed will be populated with items that you are definitively missing in your closet.
For this purpose, we love:
J. Crew – J. Crew is your one stop shop for business casual clothes, preppy basics, shoes, and fun costume jewelry.
Theory – No one does women’s suits like Theory, and a professional wardrobe is not complete without 2 to 3 Theory suits (try navy, grey, and pinstripe for variety).
Rachel Roy – RR puts a twist on professional basics. We especially love her jackets and shift/A-line dresses for their young, fresh look and flattering fit.
Kate Spade – This is the perfect finishing brand for a professional woman’s wardrobe. Find the cutest skirts, dresses, and accessories (including scarves and eyewear) at Kate Spade to add color, pattern, and spunk to your professional wardrobe.
2) Find Standout Items
In addition to the things you need, we tend to peruse our closets every once in a while and take inventory of those items we can’t live without. Make a mental note of the size, designer, fit, and anything else about the item that makes it your dream piece. And set your Shop It To Me feed to include those designers (or designers who make similar pieces). That way, when you’re shopping on Shop It To Me, you’re well tuned in to what actually works for you (and not distracted by items that you like but that you’ve tried again and again and just can’t quite figure out how to wear).
For this purpose, we love:
Ralph Lauren – Ralph Lauren is a classic brand with fabulous basics that any professional closet needs. We are always on the look out for this season’s staple Ralph Lauren pieces.
Rebecca Minkoff – Rebecca Minkoff makes everything from great work bags to the famous morning after bag to sweet little handbags and clutches that easily transition from day to night. A few Rebecca Minkoff handbags make a decent start to an extensive purse collection.
Tory Burch – A great Tory skirt, a pair of boots, a blouse – we’ve got those irreplaceable Tory Birch items but we’re always on the lookout for more. This is one of those brands that will make your wardrobe better, and that you can rely on consistently for great pieces to supplement your wardrobe basics.
3) Find Unique Pieces
Forgive us as we contradict ourselves for a moment. While you should know yourself, and know what pieces you are certain to wear, shopping gets fun when you take risks. As part of your Shop It To Me feed, include a few designers you might not have otherwise considered. Go with something wild, adventurous, and unique. Said another way, go with a designer who will add some color and interest to your otherwise professional wardrobe.
For this purpose, we love:
Tibi – Lovely patterns and shapes, Tibi is the perfect way to venture into unique, original looks without overdoing it.
Alice + Olivia – Alice + Olivia have perfected the funky-professional look. Wide-leg trousers, great fitting sweaters and blazers. This is not your traditional business/business casual brand, but you can certainly put together a stellar, work-appropriate outfit that’s guaranteed to be more interesting than the other girls’ get ups down the hall.
Anthropologie – We love everything Anthropologie, and their pieces work equally well for that bohemian-chic weekend look as they do for a business casual day at the office. Pair cozy cardigans with full A-line skirts. Choose an embroidered dress and a structured blazer. There is something for everyone, and the way you combine Anthropologie pieces is what makes it your own.
4) Decide When To Splurge
As much as we love to save, we recognize that from time to time certain items are well-worth the splurge. (In fact, we’ve devoted an entire page of House of Marbury to this concept.) As you browse your Shop It To Me feed, you are inevitably going to come across items that are technically on sale, but not necessarily part of your contemplated budget. If you’re tempted, but not certain you’re ready to pull the trigger, mark the item as a favorite and hold off for a few days. There is a chance the item may no longer be available (that’s our “it wasn’t meant to be,” Zen approach to shopping) or, preferably, it has been marked down even more, which is great!
The splurge-worthy brands we love include:
Stella McCartney – Almost everything Stella is amazing, but her blouses in particular are a fabulous addition to any wardrobe- investment pieces you can showcase for years.
Victoria Beckham – VB is not only an incredible style icon, her clothes are gorgeous. Every piece has so much subtle detail – they are edgy, unique, and striking, while simplistic at the same time. The off-beat hemlines and funky jackets can be worn in business and social settings.
DVF – At House of Marbury, we are dedicated DVF fans. No professional closet is complete without one of her signature wrap dresses, and DVF is making amazing work bags at the moment, too.
Burberry – A great Burberry bag, scarf, trench, watch or dress is irreplaceable. While you don’t need a closet-full of Burberry, one or two nice pieces are guaranteed to fit like a glove and enhance any outfit.
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April 16, 2014 No Comments
Even though the gym isn’t a fashion show, we admit, we still like to get excited about what we’re going to wear. Something about a bright new pair of running shoes or brand new pair of leggings makes hitting the gym much more desirable. With that in mind, we’re making it easy for you to shop the hottest workout brands this month. Whether you’re thing is barre, Pilates, gym or spin, we’ll make sure you’re going to look great while sweating this spring.
To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands”, or just click here. Below are the brands we suggest you add to your workout regime. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!
Here is a preview of what you can find:
1. Salomon workout shirt $40 (50% off)
2. Lucy racerback tank $47.20 (20% off)
3. The North Face vest $111.75 (25% off)
4. Athleta shorts $24.99 (50% off)
5. Athleta leggings $49.99 (20% off)
6. O’neill sports bra $43.95 (25% off)
7. Athleta headband $7.99 (20% off)
8. Nike Shoes $119.97 (30% off)
March 14, 2014 No Comments
As the week with the steepest discounts of the year rolls on, we are continuing to find markdowns of 60% off and higher on some amazing stuff.
What surprisingly steep sales have you found this week?
1. Alexander Wang dress now $198 (60% off)
2. L’Agence top now $105 (70% off)
3. Proenza Schouler shoes now $282 (60% off)
4. Christopher Kane dress now $408 (70% off)
5. Suno dress now $115.01 (60% off)
6. Opening Ceremony tote now $320 (60% off)
7. Christopher Kane dress now $400.03 (79% off)
January 30, 2014 No Comments
We told you last week how to score the best deals in 2014, but this week happens to be the week with the steepest discounts. That’s right, the top 5 days for sales fell between Januray 27 and February 3 according to our data from 2013.
The average discount for women’s clothing at this time of year is a whopping 48% off! So here are some of our favorite items on sale this week at 48% off or higher:
1. Kate Spade New York bag now $179 (55% off)
2. Vince jacket now $243 (65% off)
3. Lanvin booties now $459 (60% off)
4. Tory Burch dress now $138 (65% off)
5. Dannijo necklace now $166.19 (58% off)
6. DVF skirt now $79 (71% off)
January 29, 2014 No Comments
January 23, 2014 No Comments
We’ve just completed our annual State of the Sales address for 2013 and found some interesting tips and trends that should serve you well in the year to come.
What You Really Need to Know
We’re happy to report that the average discounts on clothes increased across the board – here’s hoping this trend is here to stay.
- Men’s and girls’ clothing saw the biggest increase in markdowns. The average discount on men’s and girls’ apparel items in 2013 was 40 percent off – up 4 percentage points from 2012.
- Discounts on boys’ clothing increased by 3.5 percent to 38 percent off.
- Discounts on women’s apparel continue to be the highest at an average of almost 46 percent off, an increase of 1.5 percent.
Late January/Early February Is Still the Best Time for Sales
One thing that didn’t change in 2013 is the timing of the deepest discounts. The annual “Super Bowl of Sales” continues to be in late January and early February:
- The top 10 days with deepest discounts in 2013 all fell in the four-weeks from Jan. 17 to Feb. 18. Though the volume of what’s on sale is smaller than what you see on Black Friday or Cyber Monday—the average percentage-off discounts are greater in January and February.
- The top five days for sales on women’s clothing were between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, with Presidents’ weekend sales coming in a close second.
- The top days to shop for men’s clothing fell slightly earlier: Jan. 24 to Jan. 29.
February offered the best discounts of the year, with an average of more than 46 percent off (and an amazing 48 percent off on women’s clothing). January was close behind with more than 45.5 percent off. So with two months of cold weather still ahead in what has been the coldest winter since 1962, this is a great time to buy a winter coat or boots!
As for deals on summer clothes, wait until August (which tied with January for second place for the deepest discounts) or July, when shoppers score an average of more than 45 percent off.
But buyer beware if you’re shopping June: that particular month had the lowest average percentage-off discounts in 2013–especially the first two weeks. May, April, November and December followed with the lowest percentages off on sale merchandise.
Don’t Believe the Media Hype: Retailers ARE still discounting
One happy fact we discovered is that stores were discounting online offerings throughout the year.
Although most retailers say they’ve gotten better at controlling inventories to avoid discounting, we saw lots of online sales from across the industry: from big department stores (Saks, Nordstrom and Macy’s) to online retailers (Amazon, Zappos and Shopbop) to specialty stores (J. Crew and Ralph Lauren).
We asked our friend Mark Ellwood, an authority on all things sale, the reason behind this trend.
“I hope every retailer that claims it’s cutting down on promotions has his or her fingers crossed behind their backs, because numbers don’t lie,” said discount expert Mark Ellwood, author of Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World.
“Shoppers can always find what they’re craving on sale somehow, if they operate on the basis of smarts and sweaty palms,” Mark says. “In other words, do some research (comparison shop online, for example) and don’t be afraid to challenge a store. Befriending a sales assistant, for instance, means you can often negotiate on prices or be offered access to secret, VIP-aimed promotions known as pre-sale.”
More Shopping Tips
If you want to be sure you get first dibs when merchandise first becomes marked down, follow these rules:
- Thursday is the best day to find new merchandise on sale. Wednesday comes in second, followed by Friday.
- Monday is the worst day for new sale items, followed by Tuesday.
- Check on items you’re coveting every day via Shop It To Me. You never know when an item might be returned and suddenly available in your size at a fantastic price.
January 23, 2014 No Comments
Are your Salemail and Threads bursting with amazing sales right now? Join the club!
You might recall our recent post about February 2012 being the best month of the year for clothing discounts online. While it’s too soon to say if this year will be the same, it does seem that retailers are giving us some stellar markdowns.
To make it easy for you to find the really great sales, we put together a list of our favorite Shop It To Me Threads to follow for each clothing category that’s more marked down in February than at any other time. Simply click to “follow” the Threads you like, then check back in for the best item matches.
Dresses: Dresses for Spring
We’ve compiled spring dress must-haves. Frocks from Zimmerman, Alice + Olivia and more.
Shoes: Party Perfect Pumps
Amp up your party attire with some fantastic footwear.
Belts: Belts: Finishing Touches
Tie in some color with this classic accessory.
Skirts: Leather Skirts
We only have eyes for this season’s hottest new trend. Leather minis by Marc Jacobs, Susan Monaco and more!
T Shirts: Your Go-To Tee
We’ve made it easy to find your next perfect tee.
Sweaters: Oversized Sweaters
Cozy-chic picks for cold spring mornings.
Accessories: Gifts Worth Stealing
One for them, one for you! Finds like affordable Hunter boots, Ray-Bans and more.
Bags: The Perfect Black Bag
Find the perfect designer bag in this Thread. Think Alexander Wang, Chloe and Kate Spade!
Last Chance: Last Chance: Winter Steals
Last call for that winter wear. Find heavily discounted cozy items up to 60% off!
If you haven’t already signed up for Shop It To Me Threads, do it now to stay updated on sales on your favorite brands and trends. And if you see something you love, we suggest moving quickly — you won’t see discounts like these until the end-of-summer.
February 15, 2013 No Comments
February may be a short, cold month, but its sales are as hot and sweet as a piping mug of Jacques Torres drinking chocolate.
Our experts scoured last year’s markdowns for more than half a million items from 150-plus online retailers so we can advise you on the best times to shop for the things you love.
They discovered that markdowns in February 2012 averaged 47% — compared with an average of 43% for the full year. For women, February 2012 markdowns averaged 49%. For men, markdowns were not quite as steep — averaging 43%, but were still the best of the year.
Presidents’ Day 2012 offered average markdowns of 48%, making it the top holiday for online sales. (In 2011, it came in second after Labor Day, with average discounts of 46%.)
But it’s not just that one weekend; you can find great discounts all month long: 15 of the 20 best sale days of the entire year fell in February 2012 (and the other five followed closely in early March). On those 20 days, markdowns averaged 47% or higher!
While February markdowns are deep, there aren’t as many items on sale as at other times of year (you’ll see lots more items on sale during holiday season, for example). So don’t delay if something you love is discounted. You won’t see better-than-average markdowns again until the end of summer sales in August-September.
What’s behind the sweetness of February sales? According to our founder and CEO Charlie Graham, “Retailers are eager to clear out winter merchandise so they can start selling spring items. That’s why there are so many clearance events during February and why Presidents’ Day ushers in a host of great sales.”
In 2012, the winter was particularly mild, so online retailers were aggressive with their markdowns. Nordstrom had a big shoe clearance, and several other retailers (Banana Republic, French Connection and Victoria’s Secret, among others) put “sale on sale” (take an additional percentage-off already reduced styles, for example). It’s perhaps why Presidents’ Day and Labor Day switched spots as the top sale holidays in terms of percentage off discounts.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you shop ‘til you drop…
While we can’t be certain that our stats mirror what happens at bricks and mortar stores, mass-discounters, or in other categories like housewares or electronics, we are confident you will find great clothing, shoes and accessories sales at hundreds of online retailers this month.
And with such great bargains coming up, the stuff you love may not last. Create Threads on Shop It To Me for all the clothing, shoes and accessories you care about or follow a few of our suggested ones Desk To Dinner, Night On The Town, Gifts Worth Stealing, On-a-Budget Picks Under $100 and The Perfect Black Bag. We’ll keep track of your individual preferences, and check 150 online stores each day — from Shopbop and Nordstrom to J. Crew and The Outnet — and make sure you get all the latest sale updates on the items you want.
For details on what to buy in February, check out the infographic below.
Methodology: Shop It To Me, a free personal assistant for online shopping that updates you when things you love are on sale in your size, analyzed nearly 585,000 clothing, accessories, and shoe markdowns throughout 2012 available from over 150 online retailers.
January 31, 2013 No Comments
If you were up early this AM, perhaps you spied online shopping fanatic Jenn Falik talking CyberMonday deals on TODAY. If you missed our favorite style scout’s advice, we’re rereunning it here, since there are still a few hours left to take advantage. And Jenn’s #1 tip for taming the madness? Signing up for Shop It To Me’s new service, Shop It To Me Threads–and getting us to do the legwork for you.
November 26, 2012 No Comments
This coming weekend is notoriously one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. We asked our Founder/CEO, Charlie Graham for his advice/sale intel leading up to the big Black Friday/Cyber Monday mania. Here are his tips:
November 19, 2012 No Comments