Cheers to Black Friday, friends! Or rather, Black Friday Eve! The overwhelming consensus was to share this post early, so I hope your bellies are full of pie, and your hearts full of love after a day spent with family. We had a fun, busy day, and now I’m ready for a little quiet time…and of course, tackling my gift list!
There are so many amazing sales, it’s hard to know where to start. But stay calm and take deep breaths, you don’t want your clicking-finger to lock up on you….I’ll be your tour guide. Instead of overwhelming you with every last retailer, I’m just sharing the ones I’ll be shopping, along with favorite finds from each.
If you’re new around here, Dressing Room Diaries is where I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. The shots aren’t good, the lighting is bad (especially now with the time change!), my hair is usually past it’s expiration…but it’s real life, real girl, real clothes…and hopefully helpful for you to see them this way, instead of perfectly styled on a model.
Fit Note: I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-isa (depending on the week’s pie count), with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. Mama Sugarplum is 5’1″, with an hourglass figure. We typically wear the same size, but she sometimes goes with petite.
Nordstrom | 60% off Fall Clearance
This is the biggest surprise sale…up to 60% off 100s of Fall and Winter items!! And it’s really good stuff, too, like Tory Burch Miller Sandals, Barefoot Dreams cozy socks (only $10!), cashmere sweater tunics, Kendra Scott, and my favorite bra.
Along with many of the pieces I’ve shared and worn in the last month!
Convertible Tunic (Under $40!)
Floral Midi Dress (60% off!)
Crepe Shirtdress (only $27!)
Slimline Wedge Uggs (25% off)
And as if that’s enough, here are more amazing pieces on sale (I own virtually every single one!!).
Old Navy | 50% off everything!
This amazing sale isn’t much of a surprise, but I was totally blown away by the darling pieces I found! Some of them are straight-up J.Crew styles, and so crazy cute!
Starting with this funnel neck pullover sweater…super soft and stretchy, with the best colors and stripe options. It’s legit comfy enough to wear around the house!
Fit Tip: It’s a relaxed fit, I’m in XS
The same sweater in a darling navy and winter white combo. It’s impossible to choose between the two, so good thing they’re 50% off!
This fair isle sweater is a fun combo of pinks, blues and purples. It would be fun layered over a gingham, don’t you think! It’s fairly thick and heavy, so a warmer option for Winter months.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but would prefer a size up.
Every girl’s closet needs a good black and white striped sweater…layer it over plaids, solids, chambray, or under vests and jackets…it’s incredibly versatile and a great base layer. I’m totally smitten with this soft and stretchy option!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in both the sweater and shirt.
How cute is the combo with a vest!? This vest is thick and warm with a hood and fleece-lined pockets. I love the stripe-on-stripe action with the hat, too.
Fit Tip: The vest is true, I’m in an XS
Another cute layered look…this one a lightweight knit pullover (comes in tons of colors/patterns), and quilted vest. These vests are a great top layer without bulk.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS in both
I shared this pullover a few weeks ago in red and black buffalo check, and had to have it in this blush pink, too. It’s lined in a deep plum, and crazy-soft inside and out. I never met a fair isle beanie I didn’t love, either.
Fit Tip: I sized up to a small
J.Crew Factory | 50% off everything with code ADD2CART
I pretty much want all the things from J.Crew Factory new arrivals! This leopard and pink faux-fur combo is my favorite outfit of late, and I’m already dreaming up all the outfit options with this vest. It’s crazy soft, and a perfect dark pink.
Fit Tip: The sweater is fitted, so size up if you’re in-between or busty. The vest is true-to-size and roomy, I’m wearing an XS
We took some family pics last week, and I wore this perfect holiday combo. The sweater is a soft mid-weight, and skirt a crisp cotton. The sash can be tied in the front or back. The classic tartan plaid pairs beautifully with lots of colors, too. Little Miss wore this girl’s version and looked adorable!
Fit Tip: The sweater is true to size, I’m in XS, but size down in the skirt if you have a small waist. I’m wearing 00.
This merino wool turtleneck is lightweight and soft, and a great Winter staple for skirts, trousers and jeans.
Fit Tip: It’s true to size, I’m wearing XS
Plaid popover of my Fall dreams! The classic black watch plaid (this always reminds me of the old Ralph Lauren print!), with sweet pleats across the chest, and soft cotton. It is thinner than I would expect for this time of year, but not so sheer you need a cami.
Fit Tip: I sized up to a 2 for more room across the shoulders.
I can’t get enough of the tartan plaids this season! This blouse is drapey and light, with a tie in the back. Of course I love the flattering halter neck style…I’d wear it with jeans, pencil skirt, trousers, or under a blazer. Dress it up for a holiday party, or down for the office. Also, I can’t stop with these jeans! I wore them four days in a row and they help their shape perfectly. I like the ankle length for booties and heels, too.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0 top, and 26 jeans.
The perfect solution when you need a jacket, but don’t want to cover your outfit completely with a big Winter coat. This faux-fur sherpa bomber is cute and warm, and adds a little extra chic to your outfit, too.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS
Gap | 50% off with code BLKFRIDAY
Of course I beelined for this fun stripe sweater! And it didn’t disappoint! Soft, stretchy, great length…and perfect worn alone or layered over chambray or gingham.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but would size up if you’re in-between.
White is such a pretty and fresh color for a Winter coat, and this puffer was extra warm. I love it with bright colored hats and mittens.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS and there’s room for layering under.
This funnel neck pullover is made of the softest teddy bear fleece. Plus, it’s thick and warm. I’m crazy for the entire line of fun stripes, these sweater pajamas included.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS top and S bottoms. The bottoms are very fitted, so size up 2 if you want a jogger-style fit.
JCPenney | Every item marked down
Another fun holiday top, this plaid has a subtle metallic thread woven in the stripe. It buttons up the back and has a peplum hem and bell sleeve. And there’s the black jeans again. #sorrynotsorry
Fit Tip: The top is generous size, I’m in an XS
This soft sweater-knit tunic is perfect for leggings, with a soft fabric and drapey cowlneck. It’s lightweight, too.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS
Remember these looks from a few weeks ago? My plaid puffer is on major sale for $20!
Loft | 50% off with code BESTWEEK
Maybe the cutest sweatshirt I’ll find this season…this one with a plaid flounce hem! It’s a soft sweatshirt body, with gauzy light peplum.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS
These faves from recent posts are 40% off, too.
J.Crew | 50% off everything with code TGIF
Probably where I’ll do my most damage…I mean, did you see this sweater and these Winter boots? And I’ve really wanted this black fur-lined coat, too. And 40% off is as good as it gets for J.Crew, so I usually add new colors in my staple pieces like this crewneck sweater! All my recent finds are included in the sale, and such amazing prices!
Colleen Rothschild | 30% off with code BF2018
This is their biggest sale of the entire year…we only see this large of a discount for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so now is the time to stock up on your skincare faves. Or if you’ve wanted to try it for yourself (you know Mama Sugarplum and I swear by the line!), then start with this 7-piece Discovery Set, which includes all the best sellers.
Marks & Spencer | 25% off site wide
Remember all these cute sweaters from earlier this week? Now they’re all on sale! Be sure to check out the fun gift ideas in the post, too.
Backcountry | Huge 50% off section & Take 20% off any item with code TAKE20NOVEMBER
These coats never go on sale, so it’s worth repeating…30% off my packable coat! Crazy warm and so compact!
Bauble Bar | 35% off everything, $10 doorbusters & 65% off gift sets
Too many good deals to mention, but practically the entire site is on sale. This is my go-to spot for fun statement and everyday earrings. These tortoise hoops have been on repeat and are compliment magnets!
World Market | 40% off furniture with code FURNDEAL
Console Table (40% off)
Pottery Barn | 30% off + free shipping with code FREESHIP
Holiday Pillow (30% off)
And for those of you coming to the blog for a traditional Dressing Room Diaries, and looking for cute new arrivals…here are some of the pieces I loved most this month.
Darling tweed dress with puff sleeves and front pockets…too cute with black tights, don’t you think?! I love the subtle weave of bright colors in the fabric, too.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2, but need a 0.
We’re attending two weddings next month, and this tweed fit-and-flare is at the top of my list for both (thank goodness it’s two separate friend-groups!). It’s so cute and flirty, and seasonally appropriate. You could wear it with tights and heels, or knee boots for two different styles.
Fit Tip: I’m in-between sizes, so I went up one for a looser fit. This is a 2.
If you prefer longer sleeves, this satin dress is a stunning option. It’s double-lined in satin, making it thick and structured. The box pleats are beautiful, as is the rich holiday red.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0.
This red sheath dress is all kinds of sass…just check out those fun sleeves! I love the pop of pink! (Dress comes in black and white, too.) It’s a thick, scuba material, so the dress has a lot of structure.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2 for a less body-con fit.
If you’re looking for a touch of sparkle and holiday, this sequin sweater is a gorgeous option. The bracelet sleeves make it extra feminine.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS
This funnel-neck pullover is a cozy winner for sure! So soft and slouchy, with a great weight and length for casual styles.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS
I mean really, I just love sweater season!! And they just keep getting better as the temperatures drop! I love these mix of Burgundy, blush and red of this color block, and the wide neckline. It’s not quite boatneck, so a regular bra works fine. It’s also soft and perfectly relaxed.
Fit Tip:I’m wearing an XS
One of Mama Sugarplum’s faves…this gorgeous cashmere feels like heaven and fits like a dream. It comes in tons of color options, too. And at under $100, it makes a great gift.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS
I’m so smitten with this lace and ruffle top, I’ve worn it two weekends in a row! It’s so cute layered under a Moto jacket, but also with these fun gingham pants. The pants are thick and lined, and fit really well through the waist and hips. This makes a fun holiday outfit, or swap in a red sweater for more pizazz.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS top, but size up if you’re busty or between sizes. Pants are true, I’m wearing a reg 0, but would prefer a petite.
Same top in this pretty cranberry…so fun with black jeans and boots for an easy night out style. I told you I’m obsessed with these black jeans!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS top and 26 jeans.
Another great holiday-ready top…this satin cami has contrasting lace and ties in the back. It’s thick enough to wear alone, but so pretty peeking out of a jacket or blazer.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS
Here I’ve layered it under this gorgeous tweed moto jacket. It’s a blend of black, pink and blue, with subtle metallic thread…perfect for holiday and beyond!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0
And last up…flannel pajamas in a cutie-pie plaid of red and green! So soft and comfy, and have Christmas morning written all over them!
Fit Tip: They’re true to size, but I’d size up for a more relaxed fit.
[The Best Black Friday Sales]
Amazon // New deals posting every hour!
Ann Taylor // 40% off + free shipping with code: SHOPEARLY
Backcountry | Take 20% off any item with code TAKE20NOVEMBER
Banana Republic // 40% off entire purchase
Barrington // Up to 30% off monogrammed bags with code THANKFUL
Bauble Bar // 35% off, $10 deal busters & 65% off gift sets
Colleen Rothschild // 30% off site wide with code BF2018
Gap // 50% off with code: BLKFRIDAY
Hunter Boots // 20% off certain brands
JCPenney // Sitewide sales
J.Crew // 40% off everything, code: TOGETHER
J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything, code: ADD2CART
Loft // 40% with code: BESTWEEK
Madewell // Take 25% off everything, code: DEALWITHIT
Marks & Spencer // 25% off site wide
Nike // Extra 20% off with code THANKS
Nordstrom // Up to 60% off plus free shipping
Old Navy // 50% off everything
Pottery Barn // 30% off and free shipping with code: FREESHIP
Serena and Lily // 25% off using code: GATHER
VineOh! // $10 off + free throw, code CASSIE
West Elm // 30% off everything, code: SAVEMORE
World Market // 40% off furniture, code FURNDEAL