Sifting Through The Sales: Beat The Heat Edition

Breezy summer outfit from Madewell July 4th sale. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

While I’m still pulling on a light sweater most mornings, many of you have mentioned that it’s ☀️ HOT HOT HOT ☀️ where you live. So I’ve been perusing the July 4th sales with an eye toward cool and breezy pieces.

Madewell has an extra 30% off sale items with code GIANT.

Above, both the top and skirt are included in the sale, and offered in sizes XX-Small to 3X. Accessorized here with Mother-of-Pearl bead earrings, a packable straw hat, and leopard print espadrille sandals.

Items from Chicos July 4th Sale. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

For a limited time, Chico’s has 50% off your purchase (!!!) with code 65843. There’s nothing cooler in the heat than linen. (Other than a dip in the pool, of course.) Here’s a breezy tie-dyed linen dress, a fun medallion print tunic, and linen drawstring pants. (Most sizes still available in all three.) Add earrings and a bangle, your favorite sandals, and you’re ready to go!

Clothing and face masks from Amour Vert July 4th sale. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Amour Vert was one of the first sustainable brands I was aware of. They’re having a Staff Favorites sale. Some items have limited size availability but there’s still a good selection.

Above: yes, they also do masks. I’ve had my eye on that dot print blouse for some time, and finally ordered it. The split back on this organic poplin top is a fun detail that provides a little extra ventilation. And these wide leg pants in a linen blend fabric would work with both tops!

(Note: some items are returnable for credit only, so be sure to check return policies.)

Items from J.Crew July 4th sale. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Of course J.Crew is having a big splashy sale too, 50% off your purchase, and additional savings on sale items with code GOFOURTH.

Above: I started with a linen tee and linen drawstring pants. (Both top and pants available in sizes XX-Small to 3X.) Accessorized with a pair of bright earrings, cat-eye sunglasses, a printed tote, and floral espadrille sandals.

There are some exclusions, but still lots of great summer items to choose from.

Linen dresses included in J.Jill sale. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve shown you quite a few pants, so I thought I’d finish up with a few easy linen dresses. These are from J.Jill, where you can get 30% off all full-priced styles with code SUMMER30, and up to an extra 50% off sale styles.

I’m really tempted to try that midi dress. It’s also available in stripes and a solid royal blue. If you prefer a short sleeve, this linen shirtdress is available in royal blue and a maize yellow. And in case you had missed it before, I think this lemon print a-line shift (with pockets!) is really cute. All three styles offered in Misses, Petite, Plus and Tall sizes. Lemon tote bag.

Happy Fourth, if you’re celebrating!

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14 Comments

  1. M
    July 3, 2020 / 4:38 am

    I just want to say thank you for the thought, time, and effort you put into your posts. I look forward to them. Happy July 4th!

  2. J
    July 3, 2020 / 5:46 am

    Please what was the facial sunscreen you recommended. Began w a “V”? Thank you.

  3. Stephanie J
    July 3, 2020 / 7:07 am

    Thanks so much for these Ideas Susan! I got most of the J Crew outfit (earrings, sunnies, shirt and shoes) for $80!!! That’s a crazy good sale!

  4. Lily
    July 3, 2020 / 9:02 am

    I am ISO the perfect linen tank/tee. The J Crew Rolled Cuff Tee you feature comes in a lot of great colors and at a good price point. If you zoom in on the photo the grain of the fabric appears to run diagonally. It’s especially obvious in the grey heather. Are these tees junk? Do I need to just get over my aversion to mis-cut garments? I see this at all price points.

    • Susan
      July 3, 2020 / 9:59 am

      Yes, I noticed the same thing when I looked at the t-shirt photos on the JCrew website. They appear to be cut off-grain which would create issues with stretching out of shape after washing. However, most negative comments focused on the unacceptable amount of shrinkage and the poor quality of the fabric ( holes appearing after one wash). The t-shirt looked cute, pity about the quality concerns.

  5. Julia
    July 3, 2020 / 9:38 am

    Can Susan (or somebody else) please explain to me the mysteries of American sizing? What are misses and women’s? We don’t have those distinctions in Canada, UK or Europe.
    I understand petites and pluses.

    • Jill Ann
      July 3, 2020 / 9:59 am

      Misses sizes are the default size, meaning basically average women who are NOT petite, tall, or plus! I’m not sure what is meant by “women’s sizes” here. That implies “plus” to me, but I don’t think it’s a commonly used term.

    • Anon
      July 3, 2020 / 10:32 am

      It might help to look at a pattern company’s website to understand the sizing differences. Try McCall’s. Juniors’ sizing is slimmer than womens’ sizes, and usually shorter in the torso;and leg. Home sewers are familiar with the different silhouettes.

      Canada has these differences, too, but not as overtly. You just find certain stores and labels catering to juniors’ sizing (think stores popular with teens, and a lot of fast fashion clothing), others to womens’ sizes, with a fuller figure, but not plus size. If you don’t consider yourself tall, take note that womens’ sizing in patterns is generally for women 5’6″ and under. If you have long arms or a long torso, you may need to buy the tall size in certain items. Yes, 5’7″ is tall in some cases.

      Check website sizing even if you’re shopping in store, because sizing varies a lot between brands. Measurements matter more than the size label. BTW, some fast fashion brands have updated their size charts to reflect North American sizing. Sizing charts do change. Checking sizing can save a lot of bother in fitting rooms. Some stores and brands just don’t work for certain bodies, except for accessories.

      Fit is just so tricky!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      July 3, 2020 / 10:40 am

      “Misses” usually means standard sizing, and Women’s usually corresponds to “Plus.”

    • Lauren
      July 3, 2020 / 12:36 pm

      And…remember that there is NO STANDARD SIZING. The size sewn into the garment is only a guideline because most companies have their own size chart….they sew a size tag in the garment that matches their chart. As far as I know a garment must have a size tag to sell it. I read the size charts and the reviews and hope for the best when ordering because bringing something into Canada means it costs more due to the dollar difference…and there is shipping….and it is a pain in the A$$ to return things. Just remember that people who write reviews are giving their opinion and they may not give you enough information to go on….one person may say fits big because they like their clothes tight so you have to look for clues about their frame of referrence. Some companies will give you more fit information if you call them. And you can always write questions here on the blog and Susan or someone else will answer…..just like this time 🙂

  6. July 3, 2020 / 11:28 am

    So many pretty things! I love the lemon shift dress and I shamelessly admit that four boxes from J.Crew may have turned up on my doorstep!!

  7. Jannie
    July 3, 2020 / 11:59 am

    Wow, thanks for addressing our very hot weather! Live just outside of Pittsburgh, PA and it is 93 today which is very unusual! Just received the parrot blouse from Chicos and just love it and so does my husband. The linen is soft and comfortable…a tank top underneath works well! Of course, no going out to dinner for us as restrictions are tighter than ever. Yet does feel good to “dress” nicely!! Have a great 4th of July!!

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