Sifting Through The Memorial Day Sales

Classic shoulder bags on sale at Net-a-Porter. Details and more from Memorial Day Sales at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve learned to shop sales the same way I shop at any other time: look for quality pieces that will earn their keep over several seasons (or years). It can be tempting to pick up a “one hit wonder” just because it’s deeply discounted, but I encourage keeping sustainability in mind when making purchases.

Above: timeless shoulder bags on sale, left | right

Memorial Day Sales: My Top Picks…

Here are a few items that caught my eye from the Memorial Day sales. I’ve tried to clear through the seasonal fluff, and show you pieces that I think will have staying power. (Though I’ve attempted to choose items which are available in a range of sizes, some things may have limited availability. My apologies in advance if your size or color choice is sold out.)


Halogen long linen-blend cardigan in cobalt blue. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I purchased this lightweight linen-blend cardigan last year in the “Bossa Nova” color (see how I wore it HERE) and recently bought the “Tan Cobblestone” color, a great summer neutral. Many colors are currently 40% off during the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale. I’m not the only one who likes this cardigan…it’s very well-reviewed! Many colors in Plus sizes on sale too!

AG Caden twill trousers in "New Spruce" on sale. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The AG “Caden” trousers that I like are on sale in this color. They call it “New Spruce,” but to me it’s more of a bright olive. Nice color though, and could work as a neutral or a color accent. Currently 45% off.

Eileen Fisher crewneck cardigan, sheer white. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s another option to wear over a sleeveless dress or top for arm coverage, or as a lightweight layer for cool evenings. It’s 50% off, too.

Blue paisley dress with sheer sleeves from Halsbrook. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Or if you prefer dresses with sleeves? This pretty blue paisley print dress is 30% off.

Etro fringe trim tweed jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

A total splurge even at 40% off, but it’s an absolutely stunning jacket and I didn’t want you to miss out, in case you had your eye on it…

IRO Shavani tweed jacket in Ivory. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s an option that’s a bit more down-to-earth, especially at 40% off. I’ve had this one in black for a few years, and still wear it.

Nic + Zoe blue tweed jacket in plus size. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This pretty blue tweed jacket in Plus is marked down 25% here.


AGL leopard print pointed toe loafers. Details and more of my picks from Memorial Day Sales at une femme d'un certain age.

Leopard print footwear adds oomph to a simple outfit. These are well-cushioned and 33% off.

Taryn Rose block heel sandals in red. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And speaking of “oomph,” how about a pair of red sandals? These are 40% off.


Lo and Sons O.M.G. carry-on bag in navy. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve tried several “Personal Item” carry-ons, but this one is still my favorite. The O.G. has plenty of room for my laptop, camera, tech accessories, small purse, toiletries bag, a change of clothes, and more. Lightweight and beautifully organized inside, it also has a zippered compartment on the back that can either be used to slide over your suitcase handle or as an additional pocket. And it’s 30% off this weekend.

Pearl crossbody travel bag in black nappa leather. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And my favorite travel purse (see it in action HERE) is also included in the sale, in this black nappa leather. This little bag is not only lightweight, functional and secure, but very chic. 30% off through this weekend.

Bloomingdales metallic cashmere travel wrap in Ivory. Details and more picks from Memorial Day Sales at une femme d'un certain age.

If you need a wrap for the plane, this one in cashmere with metallic threads is 40% off.

More Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Ann Taylor40% off your purchase with code SUMMERTIME

Anthropologieextra 40% off sale items.

Banana Republic40% off purchase

Eileen Fisherextra 20% off sale items

Halsbrook – Spring Sale, up to 50% off

J.Crew40% off purchase, code SHOP40

Lands’ End50% off swimwear, 40% off everything else. Code STRIPES, pin 6423

Lo & Sons – Memorial Day Sale – up to 30% off select styles.

Neiman MarcusDesigner Sale, up to 40% off

Net-a-Porterup to 50% off

NordstromHalf-Yearly Sale. Includes lots of Eileen Fisher items.

Saks Fifth AvenueDesigner Sale

Talbot’s40% off one item, 50% off two or more. Code SUMMER

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  1. Like other smart dressers, you look for pieces that transcend temporary fads and add years of style to your wardrobe. I respect that.

  2. I love the videos they include with those Lo & Sons bags. More retailers should do this. I never would have imagined how much that bag could hold until I saw it for myself. I also appreciate how they show the two models (O.G. and O.M.G.) on various height women. Simple, yet so extraordinarily helpful.

    1. I am currently in Norway on a 5 week tour of Scandinavia. This trip I tucked my well-worn L&S bag into my Longchamp tote to carry on the plane. It worked out brilliantly; – lots of room and very organized.

  3. AG Khakis ordered! I am hoping they can replace a beloved pair of similar Vince boyfriend chinos that I literally wore till they fell apart. AG jeans fit me well so fingers crossed!

    1. Mary, I love these khakis. They’re very soft. They do run a bit big so I ordered a size down. They’re a great 4 season pant. I plan on wearing mine in the fall with a twin set and in the winter with a cashmere turtleneck and some boots.
      Lisa B

  4. So glad I saw this post. I had ordered the Caden pants in the same color as the ones you pictured. They haven’t been delivered and just got a major PRICE ADJUSTMENT!! Thank you so much!
    Agree about the OG bag. I ordered one ( the OMG) and it’s perfect as a carry on or a weekender. Love the shoe compartment and how it has that built in sleeve that allows you to slide it over your luggage handle.

  5. Love the linen blend cardigan… do you buy the petite? It seems unusually long, since I am only 5’4”.

  6. I ordered the long cardigan in the green color on Monday and wore it today and have received several compliments. I called Nordstrom and they gave me the price adjustment which is another reaso why I love them so much!!

  7. There is a wonderful sale going on at Eileen Fisher dot com. Many items were marked down substantially and today there was another 20% knocked off AND you can stack a $25 off coupon. Some amazing deals to be had.

  8. That black IRO jacket is now sold out because of me because of you. I had my eye on it previously and am so looking forward to getting it. Merci!