Friday Sale Alert: 4/3/20

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Brands are having some major sales and you have asked for my picks from my favorite retailers.  I want you to keep in mind that what is going on in the world won't be over in 30 days, no matter what some politicians are saying.  Please shop while keeping that in mind.  Please also continue to let me know which brands are treating their employees well through this time and which ones are not, I want to highlight those that are supportive so they can continue to pay their staff and remain solvent.  Because I don't believe this will end in the next couple of weeks, I am focusing my picks on items that can be worn as we all stay at home to flatten the curve.  If it's chilling on the couch, sitting at your dining table which has become your home office, letting off some steam with a workout app, or staying on your property and planting seeds for a summer crop, the selections below are for you!

Madewell: $75 Jeans and 30% off Sale

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Madewell rarely has sales so this is a fantastic time to stock up or try this brand you've seen others rave about.  Not only does Madewell have jeans on sale for $75 right now, they also have an additional 30% off sale merchandise. Use Madewell promo code SWEETDEAL.

 Soma: Buy Two Get One Free

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Soma has buy two, get one free on sleep, bras, and lounge and I've been in Soma a major part of the past month.  Soma is high quality, from their bras to their joggers.  Washing instructions are simple, most of their loungewear and sleepwear comes with pockets, and they focus on great fabrics.  As I type this I am wearing their joggers, this wrap, and this t-shirt with my silver Birkenstocks and I wore this same exact outfit a few days ago as well. 

  • The jacket-like thing is awesome, it's made of the softest sweatshirt material, you know the kind that feels all cloud-like on the inside.  It has two pockets that are deep and secure and can fit my iPhone Max no problem.  It washes well and is generously sized.
  • The joggers we've raved about a few times in the WO2 Community.  They have zipper pockets, are super soft, thin enough to be comfortable on a warmer spring day but not so thin everything is showing.  The combo stretch and drawstring waistband makes them a perfect fit. 
  • And the slub tee, I own a few of these from Soma with various necklines, sleeve lengths, and colors. They look like the cool well-worn threadbare tees, are soft, but are surprisingly opaque.
  • I also love their Sunday Pants; they are a soft jersey with a stretchy drawstring waist and the elastic at the hem is enough to keep them in place but do not constrict at all (and I have solid ankles and shins). 
  • Their Essential Leggings are a fave, especially for those days where you go from desk to couch to maybe a quick nap in bed and back to desk.  They are thin yet completely opaque, stretchy without stretching out, super soft but don't gather lint and pet hair, and are my favorite leggings when I want to wear a pair under a dress.  I love that they come in three inseams. They are also generously sized; my Large pairs are worn more often these days but my Medium pair is what I wear under dresses for a more streamlined effect.
  • Their Cool Nights sleepwear is my FAVE.  I love how it's silky but you don't slide off the bed and you don't feel hot and sticky.  They wash like a dream, fit great, have pockets, and the prettiest prints! I'm loving this tree print, and I have this black and white print with yellow and it's so cheery. I love their cropped pants and Bermuda shorts for sleeping as I like something to keep my legs separate but I don't always want my legs completely covered.
  • If you're looking for a comfortable way to have some support without having to wear your traditional underwire bras, Soma has the two best I've tried on the market.  For up to maybe a D or perky DD, their Enbliss bralette is amazing.  It looks like a sports bra, it's uber comfy, it molds to your body, and offers a nice amount of comfortable lift and separation.  For those of us with larger busts, I swear by this wireless bra and wear it almost every day.  You can read my initial review of this comfort bra for large busts.

Bare Necessities: 25% off, Free Shipping and Returns

bare necessities sale

Bare Necessities has their Friends & Family promotion going on; with promo code FF2020 you get 25% off your order plus free shipping and returns.  Per my recent review of sports bras for large busts, you know I am a fan of this retailer.  I love their extensive size and color range, and the really detailed customer reviews to help me tailor my purchases.

  • The Freya “Sonic” sports bra is the one I've been wearing the most lately and right now select colors are on sale for less than $30 at Bare Necessities.  This is a great bra if you desire lift and separation with your sports bra; I like to clip in the back as a racerback for extra support.  This bra is so comfortable it would also be a great work from home bra.
  • Another sports bra I like is this one from Wacoal.  It looks like a standard sports bra yet has the support for larger busts. I've had this bra for a while and it has held up beautifully.
  • If you want a bra to really contain a large bust during high impact activities yet want separation and shape definition, this sports bra from Glamorise is a great choice; you can read my review in this post.
  • The Fantasie Smoothing T-Shirt bra has been my standard bra go-to for over a decade. I've changed sizes over the years, but I still find this bra gives me great lift, support, separation, and is virtually invisible even under thin light-colored knits.  I always have at least one beige and one black one in my drawer at all times. I like that the straps are relatively simple so I don't feel as exposed if I wear my black one with a black thin-strapped top or dress and like the front is low enough that it won't pop out of a scoop neck or a drapey cami.
  • If you're looking for swimwear for a bust, Fantasie is a great brand and I have suits from the brand that are years old and still look and fit great.  I have this bikini top and high-waist bottom in a similar print from a different year and love it.  If a tankini top is more your thing, they have one in the same print. And look, they have a matching coverup
  • If you're looking for a new robe, this one is just like the luxe ones they have at fancy spas and hotels. It comes in five colors and if in doubt, size down. 
  • When I did a survey of the best plus size intimates, one of the top choices for plus size underwear was the Jockey Elance brief.  These are available in sizes 5-10 (M-4X) and I'm thinking of getting a pack during this sale! 
  • For those looking for high-quality yet comfy leggings, ponte pants, and jeggings I think Lysee is a great choice. Some have control features, some are made for working out, many would work just fine in the office as well as your home office. I think these kick flare ponte pants are great for now at home, and will look smart in the future with a pair of flats or low-profile sneakers. If you're looking for a pair of ponte bootcut pants, these are a nice option

Talbots: 30% Off PLUS 20% Off

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Yep, you get 30% off everything and then Talbots is giving you an extra 20% off that! This is for Classic Rewards members but it's free to join and it's not like one of those store programs where they text and email you so much they drive you bonkers.  I am a Classic Rewards member and Talbots is one of the few retailers I haven't been annoyed with during this time with email overkill. 

Other Great Sales Happening Now

Many other retailers also have great sales going down this weekend and into next week:

As always, share any sales you've found and any purchase wins in the comments to help others!

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  1. Thanks for doing this on Friday’s! I read it as soon as it arrived in my in-box & have taken some time to think about what I might need or want. Your advice about being cautious as we shop right now is good. The sales & free shipping are SO tempting, but I’ve gotten several orders in that were made before Covid-19 had gotten to this point. I realize that there are things that need to go back. All this to say, I found a packable straw hat in the J Crew sale. This is something I’ve been looking for for 2 years, so now was the time to get it. Even if there are no vacations coming up soon, it’s something I know I’ll use in the future. A week or so ago, I ordered myself new everyday dishes from the sale at Williams Sonoma. Now is a great time to replace my extremely old set that was full of chips, & the free shipping made that an easy decision. As we stay at home so much, my new dishes are already being used to their fullest!

  2. I have been interested in the wrap from Soma that you mentioned. I like the short sleeves and flowy style which looks like it can add warmth without being too much. I am tempted to buy especially if it’s on sale but I get so tongue-tied when the sizing is S/M and L/XL. I am probably a M/L depending on styles…since you have it – any insight for me who is stuck in the middle?

    1. If I was a 10/12 I’d go with the s/m. It fits me now but if I were a size smaller I’d likely want less fabric.

  3. Alison: On Cabi — On a previous post you mentioned that there was a way to order without going through the “assigned representative.” (Did I get that wrong?) It takes me several ignored emails and phone messages — finally in frustration I have to contact the company, who then contacts the representative – who then sends an apologetic email — then I can get my order in. I have to FIGHT to spend money and get a product? Cabi insists that I have to go through this representative. Is there another way?

    1. There is an app called cabi Tap. It does go through a stylist, but it won’t necessarily be that one. I recommend if you use the app do it with a different email to be sure. Also, if you want a different stylist and that doesn’t work contact me, I know several stylists across the country who are actively working and can help you instead. I’m sorry that happened, I wonder if it’s because of what’s going on right now in the world.

  4. Alison, after months of consideration, I finally pulled the trigger on your favorite wireless bra at Soma and got them this week — the catalyst being asked to work from home — who knows, for how long now. Anyway, I got a nude and a black (it was Buy 1 Get 1 1/2 off 3-4 weeks ago), and liking them so far. It’s a bit tight around the band, esp. on the black one, but I expect it’ll stretch out a bit and be just right. The cups seemed just a tad too big, but not a deal breaker. I bought true to size, so maybe next round I’ll go down a cup size. Did you get yours true to size?
    But totally loving the minimal and smooth seams, etc. The fabric is comfortable and not itchy. I’ve worn on a walk too today and it was completely supportive. Wore mine all day yesterday and I didn’t take it off till before bedtime.
    Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. It fits me well, but I’m pretty regular with Soma sizing. I know others have said they fit a bit differently from other brands. I’m so glad you like it otherwise!

  5. I’m on a waitlist for the foundation buy one/give one. I checked most every item (except body suits) and all were out in my size-very shortly after the sale began. (They may have restocked-I’ll need to check today again) I was so moved that US customers moved fast to honor health workers!!!!!

  6. The Talbots striped dress is cute. Normally I don’t go for horizontal stripes, but I think the contrasting material in the top would make the whole thing flattering.

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