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Waiting until Black Friday to have Black Friday is so 2015. At least that’s the way it seems with retailers!! They are increasingly nervous about their results for the year even with growing consumer confidence. So in an effort to win our dollars clothing stores have started undercutting each other, launching sales ever earlier in a cash grab. It’s much like a financial firm trying to get the best recruits from a graduating class! (They now target sophomores instead of the actual senior class because…profits???)
Anyway Madewell is not going to miss out on your Black Friday dollars! No. During their Black Friday event you can take 25% off your Madewell purchase. Use code DEALWITHIT. And you guys, Madewell’s new Holiday 2018 collection is awesome! I’m love with so dang much of it!!! So we’ll take a deeper dive into Madewell’s goodies first and then at the end of this post I have a roundup of Black Friday deals that have already launched.
I’ll be looking at two related questions for each promo: is it worth it? Should you buy now or wait for a better deal? In Madewell’s case the answer is very much yes it’s worth it to shop now! In mid-December we’ll very likely get a tiered promo with the top % being 30% off. However, a lot of Madewell’s best items will sell out before then!
What should you buy at Madewell right now? Oh, everything. I’m hardly exaggerating!! After a lackluster Fall 2018 collection, they’ve unleashed so many goodies on us at once! The Leopard Dot Pullover Sweater (now $66) topping the post is the minimalist’s leopard. It’s so cute on and goes with everything. Wear it over a dress, or with a skirt, or with pants, joggers, leggings, whatever! The sweater is on my must-have list.
Their jean collection is also suddenly chock full of must-haves. The High-Rise Slim Boyjean in Lita Wash: Step-Hem Edition (now $102, above)? Perfection on us talls. The Rivet & Thread Straight Jeans in Buckthorn: Selvedge Edition (now $171), seen in the last photo of this post and normally excluded from promos? Included this go-round, and amazing on!
In fact every category has a lot to love right now. The Madewell 2018 Black Friday promo includes plenty of beautiful bags, from the Holland Binocular Bag in Nubuck Leather (now $96, above, also in yummy black leather) to the very trendy Small Transport Crossbody in Faux Fur (now $104, scroll down in this post to see it). I must have that berry faux furry bag!! 😍
Hanukkah starts early this year (December 2, 2018) and I’m so happy it does! I’m expecting gift cards and I’ve specifically requested Madewell gift cards. In the meantime, I’m apt to dive in for my most-desired pieces now and pieces that are likely to sell out.
Velvet or silk, for instance? With the Velvet Button-Down Cami (now $45) and the Silk Button-Down Cami (now $59) I don’t have to decide. I can get both to satisfy different cravings! These are the kind of no-decision decisions I face currently.
My life as an influencer affords me many extra chances to grow my closet (or my temporary styling closet thanks to brand lend-outs!). Do you think Madewell would mind if I just asked to borrow one of everything in my size? Then again, maybe I’m better off buying to secure a permanent spot in my closet.
I’ve been thinking about investing in a pair of white boots for instance. But I think I like Madewell’s off-white versions even more than a chalky bright white option. The Ramsey Chelsea Boot in Leather (now $158, above) is a great approximation of a much more expensive designer brand’s boot. These are in my cart right now and I think I’m taking the plunge.
In addition to wearing them with the Tulip-Sleeve Maxi Dress in Antique Flora (now $75) as seen above, Madewell has some other really pretty dresses the boots would coordinate with too. I’m hoping to hunt down the Lilyblossom Button-Front Dress in Blooming Oasis (now $104, seen further down in this post) in my size as it’s nearly sold out online. You’ll see the top version on my Instagram tonight! I’m also quite taken by the Skyscraper Sweater-Dress (now $89) which has nearly sold through too.
And so my journey through Madewell today is one of delight and overwhelming desire to buy so much. Luckily, gift-giving mode is also in full swing. That will hold me in abeyance from overspending on myself — a silly thing to do anyway.
Madewell’s Gift Guide is full of curiosities, beauty delights and items sure to make people smile. Today as the Madewell 2018 Black Friday promo kicks off you can find gifts that can be personalized, gifts under $25 (or under $75, or under $100). You can even peruse the gifts everyone is getting for someone.
Maybe like me you’ll find some things to give, and some things to deservedly give yourself! If you need size guidance or advice on what to get a particular friend or family member from Madewell, I’m here to help!
As you’re shopping the Madewell 2018 Black Friday promo (or any promo) if you feel stuck, I find it helpful to ask myself what I’d like to receive. If someone got this item or that item for me would I feel delighted? This is my guidance as I gift shop.
Below, more Black Friday promotions that have started early, and then, shop all my Madewell picks for the Madewell 2018 Black Friday promo!! Happy Early Black Friday hunting!!! This post will be updated as more promos are unveiled, and there will be a fresh Black Friday post on Friday too.
AERIE | Aerie is 40% off! Get Free Shipping on your order too. No code required; discount reflects in checkout. | Is it worth it? Possibly not, prices very well may improve before Christmas. | Picks: Aerie has the prettiest bralettes around, in a diverse set of sizes. Check out my favorites in this post.
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS | Take 40% off your AE purchase. Flannels are $25. Aerie is also 40% off! Get Free Shipping on your order too. No code required; discount reflects in checkout. | Is it worth it? Yes, prices won’t get better til after Christmas. | Picks: AE’s selection can be overwhelming. I help you narrow down the choices here.
ANTHROPOLOGIE ADDED 11/22 | Take 30% off everything. | Is it worth it? Yes. We won’t see a deeper full-price promo. | Picks: The Bias Satin Skirt (now $83) is so surprisingly flattering on! I have it in pink and will probably get the grey too. If you want to splurge this cami gets my vote. So many more picks in this post!
BANANA REPUBLIC UPDATED 11/22 | Beat the holiday rush with 50% off your purchase. Cardholders get an extra 10% off. | Is it worth it? This is a much better promo than the week started with, and there are no exclusions!! Hooray!! But off course now things are flying off the website. | Picks: I own and love the Aire Turtleneck Sweater ($90) and the Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt (see it on me on my Shoppable outfits page). To see more picks, check this post out.
BHLDN ADDED 11/22 | There are new markdowns in BHLDN sale! | IS IT WORTH IT? It’s very likely that there will be an extra % off sale in the near future, so you may want to hold off unless something you want is about to sell out. | Picks: Even if you’re not planning a wedding right now as I am, there are still beautiful jewelry, shoes and party dresses to choose from. I tried on the Lure of Lace Gown (now $1,200) and it’s one of the only BHLDN gowns I liked on. It’s lovely, but not my wedding dress. I can tell you that I did get jewelry for myself and my bridesmaids at BHLDN! (One peek: these earrings, not on sale.) How gorgeous are these sale heels? (Tempted, I haven’t picked my wedding shoes yet.) And OMG, this dress! Or this one. Or this one. OK, I need to stop before I blow my whole 2018 gift budget, lol.
BODEN | Boden misses us! (They tell me by email all the time.) Take 30% off your Boden order and get free shipping/returns on orders of $49+. | Is it worth it? Yes, prices won’t get better til this stuff hits sale. | Picks: I adore this skirt; 30% off makes me want to splurge on this dress; how cute are these heels? Are these heels maybe even a bit cuter??
DSW ADDED 11/22 | Get 20% off with code MADHOUSE. | IS IT WORTH IT? Honestly this is pretty meh, I was expecting 30% off! So perhaps not. I have a feeling a buy more/save more promo is coming soon. | Picks: I find Jessica Simpson’s pumps to be ultra comfy! They are all-day wearable for me. I just bought the Carpena (now $56) in leopard a few weeks ago and they’re great; I also have the Levin (now $48) in white. DSW is also my main source of Adidas shoes; their Courtset (on me 1, 2) is one step down from the Gazelle but actually fits me better.
EXPRESS | Take 50% off (nearly) everything. Plus, get Free Shipping on every order. No code required; discount reflects in checkout. | Is it worth it? Yes, prices won’t get better til this stuff hits sale. | Picks: Express is a great place to consider buying your New Year’s Eve outfit!! This dress is very likely my NYE dress, unless the night is freezing. I’ve got plenty of picks in this recent post.
FREE PEOPLE UPDATED 11/22 | Take 50% off 50 luxe essentials in the Black Friday pre-sale. FP Movement items are 20% off. I’m also noticing select bags are showing up as 50% off in my cart. No code required; discount reflects in checkout. | Is it worth it? If you want one of these items yes! | Picks: I own and love both the Ela 2 Layer Necklace and the Rae Necklace; either of these would make lovely gifts! The Temecula Maxi Dress is also included in this promo in one color. It’s worth noting that this dress is poorly-rated by the community because of a tight lining; it may be worth a shot at 50% off? Else, there’s lots of crazy expensive stuff in the promo. Just for fun, below are some more picks.
HUNTER ADDED 11/22 | Take 30% off select items and 20% off other select items. Prices as marked. | Is it worth it? If the color/style you want is only available on Hunter’s site, then yes. Otherwise no, you can likely find better deals on Hunter boots elsewhere. (I check Nordstrom Rack often.) | Picks: I did end up taking the plunge on the Original Short Boot (now $112) from Hunter’s site to secure my top color/size preference. These just barely make it over my calves. I also love the beautiful Dark Slate Tall Boot (now $120), alas these do not fit over my calves. If you’re looking for a good gift idea from Hunter, their boot socks are amazing.
J. CREW | Take 40% off your purchase with code TOGETHER. | Is it worth it? Debatable. I like a lot of J. Crew’s newest pieces, but I have a feeling a better promo is coming. | Picks: I’m wearing this dress in black to our office Christmas party (with a cardi over it); I think this tartan dress is adorable; you see these d’orsay heels on me all the time, this bag is a fantastic way to try a trend without dipping in too deeply.
LOFT UPDATED 11/22| Take 50% off your purchase. Use code THANKS. | Is it worth it? I was sure this 50% off was coming! And yes, now it’s worth it. | Picks: I’m wearing this necklace constantly; more LOFT picks in this recent post.
LUCKYBRAND ADDED 11/22 | Take 50% off everything. Sale is an extra 60% off. | Is it worth it? If you like Lucky Brand, totally! | Picks: I do love so much at Lucky Brand! I recommend heading to the coats & jacket section, where items like the Teddy Coat (now $99), Suede Moto Jacket (now $175, stunning in teal), Buffalo Check Coat (now $99), Velvet Blazer (now $70), Sherpa Denim Trucker Jacket (now $75) and more await you. The Puff Sleeve Leather Jacket (now $150) is a great, feminine take on the leather jacket.
MADEWELL | You did read the post, right? 😊 If not, scroll back up and read it!!! Or scroll down for picks.
NORDSTROM UPDATED 11/21 | Take up to 60% off in the Black Friday weekend markdown sale. | Is it worth it? For designer deals? Yes. On Monday a Notes perk will be back, but that’s the only kicker to an otherwise already-good promo. | Picks: Three Chloé bags that I love are on sale! Firstly, two I own, the Mini Faye Backpack (now $998 in select colors, on me 1 | 2 | 3) and the Faye Mini Bracelet Bag (now $597, on me). Finally, the Mini Drew Bijoux Leather Shoulder Bag (now $1,307) is on sale and ummm, I think I want it! This cardigan is also really cute. You can check out my recent Nordstrom sale picks here.
NORDSTROM RACK ADDED 11/22 | Take an extra 30% off clearance items, for total savings of up to 75% off. | Is it worth it? Oh my goodness yes! If you have the patience to dig through. | Picks: Sizes are extremely limited and go fast in this sale. I recommend heading straight for the boots & booties, where you’ll find goodies like these Kork Ease Mid-Calf booties and short booties, this Klub Nico Chelsea-style boot, and these faux-fur Muk Luks, which are right on-trend.
OLD NAVY UPDATED 11/21 | Get 50% off your purchase and a different extra deal each day. No code required; discount reflects in checkout. | Is it worth it? Yup! | Picks: These velvet jeans. Get them! I’ve been quite delighted with this activewear jacket (great for chilly morning runs!) I absolutely love this faux suede skirt — it runs really small if you’re curvy, I take a 14 in it!
SHOPBOP | Take up to 25% off your order in the Black Friday Buy More, Save More promo. | Is it worth it? If you’ve had your eye on something and want it before the holidays, yes! No more markdowns til after Christmas. | Picks: Alice + Olivia just so happens to be killing it this season — I love this dress for example! This sequin skirt, OMG. If you don’t own a Pashli satchel yet and want one, this one is already on sale before the promo is applied for less than the classic brown version.
TUCKERNUCK | I haven’t had a post devoted to this preppy brand yet but I adore them! Right now they’re having their VIP sale. Take 20% off everything, or get 25% off $500+ or 30% off $1000+. Use code GOWILD. | Is it worth it? Absolutely, if you love preppy clothing! | Picks: Hello, Rebecca Taylor dress of my Winter dreams! Perhaps you’re in the market for a faux leopard coat, or a faux leather jacket? I also adore this chunky sweater.
WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET UPDATED 11/21 | Take 40% off your purchase with code 38515. | Is it worth it? For pricier items yes; I think there will be a 50% off sale closer to Christmas but their pricier items (like leather jackets) may be gone by then. | Picks: I own and love this shell with its very subtle leopard jacquard; if you’re looking for an upscale leather jacket at a great deal this is it; this tweed moto jacket fits like a dream and can be worn as part of a suit.