Category — Best Things To Buy
Our August 10 post comparing online Labor Day sales with discounts on other well-known sale holidays has generated quite a bit of interest. We’ve received comments and questions from a variety of sources who just couldn’t believe that Labor Day trumped Black Friday for discount value of clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories.
Honestly, we were surprised when we first saw the data from 2011. But what we saw was pretty compelling:
· For the Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend last year, our 150+ retail partners offered sales on more than 56,000 items online. However, only 8,000 (or 15%) of those items were offered at deep discounts of 60% or more.
· On Labor Day weekend, there were fewer items on sale – about 41,000. But, we found that over 13,000 (or 30 percent) were offered at 60% off or more, many more than Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
So, the bottom line is that it depends what you want: Shop the Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend if you want the largest selection of clothing, shoes and accessories on sale online and don’t mind if the discounts aren’t the best. Shop Labor Day weekend if you want the steepest discounts for the items you buy. Or, shop both weekends and reap the best of both worlds!
If you want a easy way to stay up to date on all the upcoming sales, keep an eye on our blog, facebook page and twitter feed for the latest news from all your favorite stores. And remember–the best way to outsource your sale searching and enjoy the last three-day weekend of the summer is by quickly checking your Salemail or logging onto your personalized search page at any time. Relax! We’ve got you covered.
August 28, 2012 No Comments
If you were watching KLG & Hoda this AM (our favorite guilty pleasure, natch), you might have spied The North Face Kids Resolve Jacket lifestyle expert Amy Goodman featured in her adorable back to school fashion show. And aren’t you lucky if you want this piece for your little ones too, because she found it for 25% off via Shop It To Me.
You may know that The North Face rarely goes on sale for super-big discounts, so getting 25% off (plus free shipping!) is a really good deal. The Resolve Jacket is still available in four fun colors on Zappos. Here are a few more recent markdowns to snag for the school year:
And, if you’re still in the midst of your back to school shop, log onto your Shop It To Me profile page and update your brand preferences and sizes to include items for your kids (from Crocs to The Children’s Place). That way, you can enjoy the last weeks of summer while having your sales come to you.
August 22, 2012 No Comments
Swimsuit shopping is an undertaking, to say the least. With swimwear deals flooding our Shop It To Me emails recently, it’s the perfect time to score big, and get late-summer use out of some new pieces.
Luckily one of our fabulous Trendsetters, Susan, Director of Social Media Marketing for InStyleSwimwear.com and contributor to their blog Beauty and the Beach, was excited to answer some of our questions surrounding the must-knows of swimwear! See what this sun-loving gal spilled to us in a recent interview.
Shop It To Me: Swimsuit shopping can be a bit daunting. What are some tips you can give to fit and flatter your body type?
Susan: The first step to finding your perfect swimsuit is knowing your body and its overall shape. For example, if you’re pear-shaped (narrow shoulders, smaller bust, fuller hips and bigger bottom), you want to choose swimsuits that help balance you out. Choosing an embellished top (think fringe bandeau tops or tops with ruffle detail) paired with a dark solid-colored bottom will help emphasize your top half and minimize your bottom half. Also don’t get too caught up on the size tag, as all brands and styles run differently. You may be an extra-small in one brand or style and a medium in another. Next time you’re shopping for a swimsuit, refer to this simple swimsuit style guide for every body shape.
SITM: You were just in Miami for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, what does the future hold for swimwear trends?
S: For 2013, fringe is literally EVERYWHERE, so hopefully you’re not tired of seeing it already! Also we noticed a ton of bustier-style tops with sweetheart necklines which will be perfect for the beach or paired with your favorite pair of denim cutoffs. We also spotted a ton of nautical-inspired pieces; although the nautical look is a classic trend in swim and resortwear, we saw some pretty cool updated versions. In terms of color, pastels were definitely having a major moment, especially soft shades of mint, yellow and peach. See some sneak peek photos from the week below:
SITM: What are some classic swimwear styles to invest in that won’t go out of style?
S: Every woman must have at least one LBB, a.k.a little black bikini, in her swimdrobe. Like the LBD, a LBB is sleek, sexy and 100% timeless; furthermore, they come in a wide variety of styles and silhouettes! You should also have at least one bikini that features a classic print, such as polka dots, stripes or animal prints. You never have to worry about them going out of style and they’re perfect for mixing and matching throughout the years! Finally, even the most diehard bikini-wearers should invest in a cute one-piece—trust me, you’ll thank me later!
SITM: What’s the most expensive or crazy swimsuit you’ve ever seen?
S: I’m pretty sure I once saw an itty bitty diamond bikini in an old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. I think it was worth $30 million or something… and I think Molly Sims was modeling it!
SITM: What’s your favorite affordable swimwear brand?
S: One of my favorite brands, Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens, makes a really great younger, more affordable “Silver” line. The styles still feature that amazing Vitamin A fit but they have a much lower price point. Furthermore, many of the styles are reversible so you can get multiple bikini looks for the prices of one. Check out the line here.
SITM: What are some swim-worthy items you’ve come across recently in your Shop It To Me email?
SITM: What are some of your favorite of-the-moment items from InStyleSwimwear.com?
S: Here are some great products that we have available now:
Ula La Ruffle by PilyQ (great LBB example) | Periwinkle by Vitamin A Silver (great example of classic polka dot print AND it’s by Vitamin A Silver—the brand I mentioned as my favorite affordable brand) |Trancoso by ViX (another great animal print example)
August 15, 2012 1 Comment
While it may have been founded as a day to celebrate work and workers, Labor Day is, in fact, the perfect day to celebrate shopping!
According to Shop It To Me’s data, Labor Day weekend 2011 offered discounts averaging more than 48% off on clothing, shoes and accessories on sale online. That was significantly better than the average discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (for clothing, shoes and accessories on sale online), when we tracked discounts averaging 41-42% off.
And it’s not just Labor Day weekend! The deals are expected to start Saturday, September 1 and continue through the following week. Last year, shoppers found great discounts for the first two weeks of September, and although those discounts tapered off slightly after the 10th, September 2011 was one of the best months of the entire year for shopping online sales.
Can’t wait for Labor Day because the kids are heading back to school this month? You’ll find deals almost as good during August. In 2011, discounts averaged 47%-off or better almost every day of August from the 19th through the end of the month.
What to buy? August and September are the right time to shop online for women’s jeans, bags, shoes, outerwear, sweaters, jewelry, accessories, swimwear and sunglasses. They also are a great time to find discounts on boy’s, girl’s and men’s clothing.
No matter what you’re buying this month, keep in mind 46%-off as a barometer — that’s the average discount on men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing, shoes and accessories sales online in September. You can break the 46% rule if you’re buying items from Tod’s, Prada, Ray-Ban, Patagonia, Tumi and Oakley. If you see these brands offered at a discount of 30% or higher, snap them up because they rarely go on sale.
And don’t forget that, when it comes to shopping holiday weekends, the early bird gets the worm: shop early in the morning at the beginning of the weekend for the best assortment. Those great deals will make your morning cup o’ Joe even more satisfying.
Methodology: Shop It To Me, the free online personal shopper, analyzed nearly 700,000 markdowns throughout 2011 available from over 150+ online retailers.
August 10, 2012 1 Comment
As fast as summer is flying by (August, really?), we’re attempting to slow things down a bit by making a summer essentials bucket list. We’ve asked some of our Trendsetters to help us out and share what items they simply cannot live without during the hottest months of the year.
Jaclyn of Sharing My Sole says, “Maxi Dresses! I really can’t get enough of my airy, light and flowing maxi dresses for the summer months. They are perfect for all occassions – Summer cookouts, outdoor concerts, the beach and bridal showers.”
Ria of RiaMichelle.com says, “Most definitely jean shorts/cut offs. They’re the perfect thing to throw on. I’m currently loving a pair from Mink Pink but also have a Wildfox favorite as well. I’m trying to force myself to switch things up on my blog but shorts are just so easy to throw on when it’s over 90 degrees here in Miami on some days.”
Meggy of Chasing Davies says, “A panama hat, cat-eye sunnies and sunscreen are a must these days. I’m all about staying protected from the sun, white skin and all. My 16-year old self would not approve of this. In addition, a flowy dress and Lime-a-Rita (over crushed ice for a slushy version to really cool me down) are staples.”
August 6, 2012 No Comments
Maybe she’s just dreaming of a few days off, but our chief stylist Annie Ladino got all red, white and blue on us when we asked her for patriotic picks we could play around in this July 4. Baby, you’re a firework!
1. J.Crew Silk Bow Cami, was $98, NOW $78
2. Anthropologie Starlighting Scarf, was $288, NOW $149.95
3. Versace Starfish Gold-tone Ring, was $325, NOW $195
4. Brian Atwood Espadrille Wedge Sandals, was $710, NOW $213
5. Nanette Lepore Rebel Shorts, was $228, NOW $159.60
6. Lauren Ralph Lauren Flat Espadrille Sandals, was $69, NOW $49.99
7. Lacoste Pique Flag Bag, $125
8. Paul & Joe Star-print Triangle Bikini, was $285, NOW $199.50
June 29, 2012 No Comments
Taking a fashionable route when it comes to patriotism is always chic. Our editors have curated their favorite picks for the 4th to keep you stylin’ in true red, white, and blue fashion. Snag a piece from the essential color trio shop, then get your denim fix with hot styles under $150, and pick a frock from our summer dress picks under $100. Happy 4th of July, shoppers!
June 28, 2012 No Comments
Last month, we gave you some helpful hints on what Mom really wanted for Mother’s Day. Well, turnabout is fair play … so now it’s Dad’s turn!
To help with your Father’s Day shopping, we asked our data geeks to research the brands that our male members want most. We’ve even sorted them by age group so you can find just the right gift for grandpa, dad or hubby.
To start, we want to share some brand choices that will be winners, regardless of age:
- Calvin Klein, Levi’s and Ralph Lauren were in the top 10 across all age groups,
- Armani placed in the top 10 for all age groups except those 31-40,
- Nike was #1 for every age group except for men over age 60, where it came in fourth place (still a great showing!) and
- Adidas made the top 10 for all age groups except men over 60.
Not what you’re looking for? If you’d prefer something more specific to age group, consider the following:
For older dads and grandpas, choose from the following:
- Both Nordstrom and Brooks Brothers ranked in the top 10 only for the over-60 group;
- Dockers captured the top spot for men over 60, and scored in the top 10 for men 51-60; and
- Tommy Hilfiger made the top 10 for men ages 51 and up.
For dads (husbands) in the middle:
- The sophisticated style of Hugo Boss ranked in the top 10 among men age 31 to 60, while
- Both Banana Republic and Gap scored well with men under 50; and
- Kenneth Cole made the top 10 for ages 31 and up.
For the youngest dads, consider:
- Armani Exchange, which only appeared in the top 10 for men ages 20 and younger,
- Lacoste, which is popular with guys under 20 up to age 40, and
- Diesel, which scored in the top 10 for ages 21 to 40.
For more ideas, shop our pop-up shops below with tons of great items from all of the top men’s brands, including fun picks from some of the Shop It To Me dads:
June 6, 2012 No Comments
Our team is eagerly anticipating Memorial Day: the three days off, the BBQs and outdoor dining, and the inaugural wearing of new summer attire.
Since we want to get the best deals possible for those trendy summer outfits, we nagged our data team here at Shop It To Me for guidance on just when to shop those Memorial Day weekend sales.
Memorial Day came in sixth among major holidays last year for discounting. And if 2011 was any indicator, here’s what to expect:
- Shop early! There was two to three times more newly marked down inventory Friday and Saturday than on Monday last year.
- What’s more, discounts on “new markdowns” were better early in the weekend, with Friday coming in at 41% off, Saturday at 35% off, and Sunday-Monday at just 29%.
- Overall, online clothing/accessories discounts last year averaged 41-42% off over the weekend, pretty much in line with May as a whole, at 42% off.
That said, our inside sources tell us that select retailers will be serving up some phenomenal sales. Starting Wed., May 23, we’ll tip you off on private sales, site-wide discounts, and markdowns on select categories like denim.
In the meantime, we’ve put together a few pop-up shops to help you quickly and easily find warm-weather styles for Outdoor/barbecue, All white and Swim/caftan/coverups. Check out the top picks by Annie Ladino (our Chief Stylist) below, or click through to shop each of the pop-ups.
Memorial Day Pop-Up Shops:
May 18, 2012 No Comments
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, Shop It To Me wanted to provide you a little extra personal shopping assistance–not just by directing you to great prices, but with spot-on gift ideas for all the moms in your lives.
We asked our data scientists to reveal the most-coveted brands –by age group– among our members. They uncovered some helpful hints so you can hone in on a gift your mom, wife or grandmother is sure to love. Here’s what we know that women really want:
Nine West made it into the top five most requested brand for every age group (except the under 20s). In fact, it was the #1 most selected among 30-, 40- and 50-something women…so, a nice pair of summer sandals or a colorful bag (or both!) are great options that will please any mom in your life.
Note to husbands and boyfriends: stereotype or not, lingerie really is an appreciated gift! Victoria’s Secret came in second overall – scoring in the top five for every age group except 60-plus. (So, maybe skip this one for Grandma or Mother-in-Law!)
If you’re shopping for a wife or mom in her 50s or 60s and up, you can’t go wrong with something from Jones New York, Liz Claiborne or Ralph Lauren. They made the top four for our members of both decades. If you are shopping for a younger mom (especially in her 20s or 30s), think Banana Republic, J. Crew or BCBG, all of which fell in the top 10 for women 40 and under.
And while they didn’t make the top-five list of the brands women are buying for themselves, a little something from J. Crew, LOFT, Ann Taylor, Michael Kors, Anne Klein, Ellen Tracy, DKNY, Calvin Klein, are also safe bets.
Methodology: Shop It To Me, a free personal assistant for shopping, looked at the style preferences of female members in six different age groups, and compared the top 50 most popularly-selected brands for each age group (see the top 10 here). Note: The brands most members select are from the Shop It To Me “featured brands” list, which is part of the sign-up process. Even though members have 800+ brands to choose from, most users choose from this limited list of 60 brands.
May 8, 2012 No Comments