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Get Ready for Start-of-Summer Shopping!

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.

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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.

Annie's Summer Picks

From left: Tory Burch poncho ($278) | Nanette Lepore bikini top ($64.50) | Diane von Furstenberg cover up ($171.50) | Gap espadrilles ($39.99) | Citizens of Humanity floral shorts ($137.60)

Memorial Day Pop-Up Shops:

Pop-Up Shop for BBQ

Pop-Up Shop for White

Pop-Up Shop for Swim

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May 18, 2012   No Comments

What Mom Really Wants this Mother’s Day!

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:

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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.

For more ideas, head over to our latest pop-up shops: picks for moms of any age, or gifts under $50.

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

TODAY ONLY! Get a gift card for shopping at Neiman Marcus

If you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on buying any full-price items, then today is definitely the day to do so. At Neiman Marcus, if you spend $200, you’ll get a $50 gift card. Looking to invest more? Spend $500, get a $125 gift card; spend $1,000, get a $250 gift card; spend $2,000, get a $500 gift card. Use code APRILGC at checkout. Snag some of our full-price faves and reap the rewards for your next shopping trip at Neiman Marcus!

Neiman Marcus gift card promo

 

From left: Theory Neon Blouse, Pink $225 | Herve Leger V-Neck Bandage Dress $790 | Burberry London Marystow Coat, Trench $1,095 | Balenciaga Giant 12 Rose Golden Work Bag $2,045

April 10, 2012   No Comments

Presidents Day sales, we salute you!

Last week Shop It To Me caused a stir when we posted that Presidents Day sales would dwarf clothing discounts seen on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And now that we’ve returned from our wonderful long weekend, we’ve gone back to the data to see if this year’s sales were as stellar as we predicted.

They were! All four Presidents Weekend days (Friday through Monday) offered discounts exceeding the average for the year so far by 2.0 to 3.5 percentage points!  So far for 2012, the average discount on online clothing markdowns has been 45.3% off.  But all four Presidents Weekend days exceeded the average: February 17 (48.9% off), February 19 (48.3% off), February 20 (48.0% off) and February 18 (47.7% off).

And when it comes to who has been faring the best: women’s clothing discounts are better on average (50.4% off) than those for men (44.4% off) and kids (39.1% off for girls and 37.5% off for boys).

So dear reader, we hope you snapped up swoon-worthy items over the weekend since we’re not likely to see sales of these presidential proportions for some time.

Methodology: Shop It To Me has analyzed more than 84,000 sale items to date in 2012 (womens, mens, and childrens).

 

February 21, 2012   No Comments

Presidents’ Day Weekend Sales: Shop It To Me Special Editions

Fun fact…did you know that Presidents’ Day Weekend is the 2nd best holiday of the year to snag discounts (even better than Black Friday/Cyber Monday, believe it or not)?

We’ve scoured the web for the best discounts around and will be sending special personalized Presidents’ Day Sales editions today (Friday 2/17) and Monday 2/20.  We’re talking sweet savings and discount codes from 150+ retailers, filtered to your brands and sizes. Keep an eye on your inbox or log on to Shop It To Me Search to get in on the action.  Heads up — Bloomingdales, Tory Burch, Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren and more are all offering special Presidents’ Weekend sales that you won’t want to miss.  Here’s a rundown by retailer.

 

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February 17, 2012   No Comments

The Best Presidents’ Weekend Sales: Round-up

What better way to celebrate our presidents (and the day off) than with an abundance of fantastic sales from our top retailers? No better way than this! Shop It To Me has scoured the web, and here’s your exclusive roundup of the best Presidents’ Weekend sales around.  Or, log on to see your personal matches (your brands/your sizes).

Presidents' Day Sales!

Tory Burch

Take 20% off $250, 25% off $500, and 30% off orders of $750 or more. Use code PRESDAY at checkout. See site for exclusions.

Bloomingdale’s

It’s Bloomingdales.com Big Brown Bag Sale! Get 20-40% off select merchandise. See site for exclusions.

Nordstrom

Shoe Clearance – up to 40% off select styles!

Last Call by Neiman Marcus

25% off your entire order! Discount applied at checkout. See site for exclusions.

French Connection

Take an additional 30% off sale with code FCPRES at checkout

J. Crew

20% off your order of $150+ with code FABFEB 

Ralph Lauren

Save up to 65% on already-reduced items, plus take an extra 20% off select styles! Discount applied at checkout. See site for exclusions.

YOOX.COM

Save up to 70% off sale items + an extra 10% off for Shop It To Me Members. Use code SHOPITTOME@YOOX. Exclusions may apply.

Bluefly

President’s Day Sale! Get an extra 30% off select items as marked on site.

Moosejaw

Get an extra 10% off select sale items with code SITM10.

Calvin Klein

40% off sitewide sale (excludes underwear).

Rugby Ralph Lauren

Get an extra 25% off on select sale items! Discount applied at checkout. Not valid on all items, see site for details.

7 For All Mankind

Shop It To Me EXCLUSIVE: Extra 40% off All mens/women’s sale jackets, sweaters, and tops with code EXCLUSIVEX40 at checkout! All sales final.

The OutNet

Take an extra 20% off the labels you love with code 20SHARELOVE at checkout.

CUSP

Take 20% off all regular-priced jewelry (no code needed, prices as marked).

Jones New York

Take up to 65% off clearance, plus an additional 25% off sale and free shipping over $99 (no code needed, extra discount applies at checkout).

Anne Klein

Take an additional 25% off sale items, plus free shipping over $99 (no code needed, extra discount applies at checkout).

Guess

Take an additional 40% off sale items (no code needed, prices as marked).

C&C California

Take an extra 35% off already-reduced prices with code CCPRES35.

Nine West

Power pump promo – up to 30% off pumps (no code needed, prices as marked).

The Children’s Place

Take 15% off orders with code T2G2012 plus free shipping over $75.

Chico’s

Take 15% off your entire purchase with code 19525 at checkout.

Delia’s

Take $20 off $75 with code DDA75D and free shipping over $25 with code DDAAFF.

Athleta

Save money and get fit at Athleta.com – shop select items on sale now.

Shoebuy

Take 30% off any sale center item, when you purchase any regularly priced item + free shipping on all orders no min. Enter code SBFEBBOGO at checkout.

Piperlime

Take 20% off kids shoes with code CUTE at checkout.

Bare Necessities

Take $20 off a $99 purchase, plus free shipping.

Banana Republic

Take 25% off already-reduced styles with code BRPRES25.

Gap

Take up to 40% off select styles.

Intermix

Take an extra 60% off select styles plus free shipping over $150 (no code needed).

Old Navy

Take 20% off $100 or more with code ONSAVEBIG at checkout (online only).

Juicy Couture

Take 30% off full-priced handbags and small goods (no code needed).

Max Studio

Take $50 Off $200 with code 50MAX200 at checkout.

Nautica

Take 20% off all orders, plus free shipping over $50 with code FSWINTER.

Timberland

Take 20% off your entire purchase of $175 or more  with code PRESDAY12 (online in US only).

REI

Save up to 50% on winter clothing and gear, plus free Shipping no minimum (no code needed).

Trina Turk

Take up to 60% off new markdowns (prices as marked, all sales are final).

Victoria’s Secret

Take an extra 30% off winter clearance styles with code SNOWDAY (see site for details).

Madewell

Sale on now! New styles added to sale, plus free shipping on all orders! 

February 17, 2012   3 Comments

Presidents Day promotions–sales pitch or real deal?

If you’re wondering whether Presidents’ Day promotions are purely a sales pitch–when it comes to shopping for clothing online, price reductions are the real deal.

President's Day Sales: The Best Days of the Year to Shop

According to Shop It To Me’s data, Presidents’ Day ranks second just behind Labor Day as the best holiday to grab the steepest online sales on apparel. Here’s how the holiday discounts stacked up in 2011:

Labor Day–48.4% off

Presidents Day–46.7% off

Columbus Day–45.2% off

New Year’s Day–44.2% off

Independence Day–43.5% off

Memorial Day — 42% off

In fact, Presidents’ Day deals even outpaced Black Friday (42.1% off) and Cyber Monday (41.1% off).

February overall is one of the best months of the year to find great deals online (particularly for certain categories), and the average online discount for the month was 45.6% (compared to an average of 44% for the full year).

Six of the top 24 sale days of 2011 fell in February. The deepest markdowns were available in the days leading up to Presidents’ Day.

47.2% off on the Saturday before Presidents’ Day;

46.9% off on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before;

46.8% off on the day before (Sunday)

So, although February is short and sweet, it may be the top month to shop, particularly Presidents Day weekend!

Methodology: Shop It To Me, the free online personal shopper, analyzed over 693,000 markdowns throughout 2011 available from over 150+ online retailers.

February 13, 2012   1 Comment

A Valentine’s Day style guide for any relationship status

Whether you’re off in couples land, dating around or enjoying the single life, Valentine’s Day is just days away. Like it or hate it, it’s an excuse to go on extravagant dates or binge on sweets ’til you can’t move. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up perfect items and sales to match your plans, whatever they may be.

Ladies night in.

Your perfect saleCUSP by Neiman Marcus 40% off Ready-To-Wear items plus free shipping thru Thursday 2/16.

If it’s rom-coms and wine with the ladies on your agenda, here are some necessities to round out your evening.

Ladies nightFrom left: Patterson J. Kincaid Chunky Cocoon Cardigan, was $198, NOW $78.97 | Free People Cashmere Legging, was $168, NOW $49.95 | Enzo Angiolini Zayra Boot, was $169.95, NOW $109.90

Casual date night. 

Your perfect sale: Tory Burch jewelry sale up to 65% off plus free shipping over $250 with code VDAYSHIP thru Friday 2/10.

If a no-frills, but fun date is what you’re planning then you can go a bit less extravagant and trade the dress in for a cute ensemble like the one below.

Casual Date NightFrom Left: Theory Ruched Top, was $235, NOW $163.99 | Joe’s Jeans Wax Coated Jeans, was $198, NOW $138.99 | Sam Edelman Lyla Pump, was $174.95, NOW $129.90 | Tory Burch Embroidered Skyline Collar Necklace, was $265, NOW $182.50

Sassy date night.

Your perfect sale: Rachel Rachel Roy 30% off all full-price dresses plus free shipping over $99 thru Sunday 2/12.

If you plan to go all-out with an evening of fancy fun, we’ve picked some stunning dresses to fit the sassy occasion.

Sassy Date Night DressesFrom left: Rachel Pally Dove Dress, was $207, NOW $144.90 | BCBGeneration One Shoulder Ruffle Dress, was $138, NOW $54.97 | Rachel Rachel Roy Eve Dress, was $119, NOW $83.30 | Reiss Grace Silk Drape Dress, was $340, NOW $150

Moping with chocolate night.

Your perfect sale: BareNecessities.com get 10% off orders with code SAVE10BN plus free shipping over $70 thru Saturday 2/11.

Not your year? We’ve all been there. Pull up that blanket, grab the Ben & Jerrys and go to town with some of these adorable pj picks.

PajamasFrom left: Honeydew Lace Trim Pajamas, was $48, NOW $31.90 | Betsey Johnson Flannel PJ, was $65, NOW $32.50 | PJ Salvage White Kiss Fleece Robe, was $92, NOW $29.39

February 7, 2012   No Comments

The Best Styles to Buy in Feburary

Everyone knows that February is the shortest and sweetest month of the year, but it’s also a super one for clothing sales too!  Perhaps because of Presidents’ Day promotions, February is one of the top four months of the year (along with January, July, and August) to find the steepest clothing discounts online.

And if you want to know this month’s must buys, it’s casual shirts (52% off vs. annual average of 50%), casual pants (55% off vs. annual average of 50%), skirts (55% off vs. annual average of 53%), and suits (58% off vs. annual average of 50%). Within those categories, here’s what our chief stylist Annie Ladino has her eye on.

Best Items to Buy in Feburary

7 For All Mankind Corinne shirt, J Crew Selvege shirt, Madewell Sunset shirt

Calvin Klein animal print pants, DVF leaves silk pants, AG snake print leggings

Best Items to Buy in February

Wren Tennessee skirt, Joie belted skirt, Free People crochet skirt

Tahari pinstripe pants suit, Tahari three button suit, Tahari skirt suit

February 6, 2012   1 Comment

The Best Styles to Buy in January

Our data scientists did us a solid and analyzed over 11 million women’s sale items found online throughout last year to tell us the best things to buy in January. Here’s our guide to how much you can save now vs. any other month along with some of our favorite picks in each category.

The Best Styles to Buy in January

Pencey black lace dress, BCBGeneration ruffle dress, Kenneth Jay Lane enamel bangle

Trina Turk blouse, Madewell striped tee, Halston Heritage pleated skirt

If you’re resolving to be more stylish or money-saving in 2012, shop now in January for:

  • Dresses (54% off vs. yearly average of 51% off)
  • Jewelry (48% off vs. 46%)
  • Skirts (55% off vs. 53%)
  • Dressier tops (53% off vs. 48% off)

And, for all you sporty spices out there, athletic pants will average 50% off vs. the yearly average of 45% off, shorts will average 55% off vs. the yearly average of 52% off and t-shirts will average 52% off vs. the yearly average of 47% off.

Methodology: Our data team looked at more than 11 million total women’s markdowns from over 100 online retailers, available between April 1, 2010-March 31, 2011.  We analyzed the discounts available each month, and called out which categories were more on sale in January 2011 than any other month during that time period.

 

January 12, 2012   No Comments