Shopping The Sales

shopping “les soldes”


During recent email exchanges, Tish of A Femme d’un Certain Âge and I were discussing les soldes (the sales) and what if anything we’d be looking for among the discounted merchandise. We thought this might be a fun topic for one of our Transatlantic Exchange posts, so do go see Tish’s sales picks here. “Sales” in France are limited to certain periods by law (though I’ve seen some retailers use the term “special promotion” to mark items down outside of those dates) so they’re a big deal there. Here, it seems more than ever that something’s always on sale, and the end-of-season clearances can sometimes feel a bit lackluster. Still it can be a good time to replenish basic items if chosen carefully, and with weeks (or even months) of winter still ahead of us items like coats, sweaters and scarves are ripe for the (discounted) picking.

If I lived in a colder climate, I would be all over this coat. Camel is always “in” but this winter it’s IN, and this walking length coat is such a nice option that will take you into Spring. More sale coats and jackets here.

Is your wardrobe leather-jacket-deficient? This collarless version from 7 For All Mankind has sleek, simple styling, but there are many to choose from on sale now.

I snapped up this sweater in black when it first went on sale, and am seriously considering going back for the “plume” color, which is gorgeous. More Eileen Fisher on sale here, here and here.

Are your kids or grandkids growing out of their winter clothes faster than the seasons change?  Lands End has some great deals right now on kids clothes and outerwear. (We stocked up on some pants for Jeune Homme.)



Le Monsieur found a couple of very nice shirts at J.Crew, deeply discounted. (Use code SHOPNOW for an additional 40-50% off sale items.)

Have you found anything good during this post-holiday sale season?
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  1. January 16, 2015 / 5:53 am

    Love, love the leather jacket and the EF sweater! I always lust after coats, and need none. xo

  2. January 16, 2015 / 6:07 am

    These are all great pieces.

    I picked up some items at the recent Anthro 40% off sale which was more like 70% off as the pieces were already discounted.


  3. January 16, 2015 / 6:58 am

    Buying something new for winter this time of year (on sale hopefully) is always cheering, isn’t it? Love all your choices. Wish Elieen Fisher loved me back. There is just something about the neckline on her sweaters that looks droopy on me.

  4. January 16, 2015 / 7:22 am

    Oh what a delicious question and yes indeed! I found an incredible And Re Walker grey wool tunic at the Dover Street Market sale at 70% off (yes CDG included) and a great pair of black suede Sigerson Morrison booties with just the right heel. Can’t wait to wear them soon and show you!

  5. January 16, 2015 / 7:42 am

    OK, Pseu, I should have gone shopping with you. I agree about the coat, this would have been the one for me. It’s been years since I’ve had a camel coat and I would love one. Your scarf/shawl is a gorgeous color and would be beautiful on you (I’m assuming you bought it, or maybe you were just thinking about it).

    I absolutely love our Transatlantic Exchanges and hope our readers do as well. Let’s discuss the next one. . .


  6. Shari
    January 16, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I have that cashmere scarf & dearly love it – and since it’s on sale now, I just might have to get another. 😉

  7. Duchesse
    January 17, 2015 / 10:09 am

    I have indeed found several things (reveal coming), but also have resisted some serious bargains. You are right, the nonstop sale culture of North America makes me weary, wary and quite suspicious. When I am offered 30% or more off any old time, what is the thing really worth?

  8. Leslie in Oregon
    January 17, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    It seems that more and more retailers are offering, in at least some of their sales, (inferior) merchandise that has been purchased just for sales. This makes it difficult for me to purchase anything online, as I cannot inspect it closely. Suggestions on how to avoid such merchandise while shopping online?

    • une femme
      January 17, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Hi Leslie, I have no particular insights other than sticking with brands you trust, avoiding “final sale” items, and purchasing from retailers with a good return policy in case you are not satisfied.

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