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Last week, the inevitable happened: Elizabeth Tamkin became the next gen answer to Bergdorf Goodman’s legendary personal shopper, Betty Halbreich, when she offered to give custom shopping advice to anyone who asked in our comments section. Today, she reprises her role, sharing her top picks for the categories that came up most frequently last week. Even better: It’s all on sale.
Memorial Day sales come with even more consumerist baggage than usual, in this financially tumultuous time when some of us are shopping and others are abstaining. Elizabeth sought to shop smarter, not harder: In addition to her top picks, she’s also included a list of all of the long weekend sales on her radar, including lots of small brands worth supporting.
I would keep writing this introduction but I’m already chomping at the bit, ogling those cherry red, tie-dye Opening Ceremony board shorts Eliz found, so I’ll let her take it from here.
1. Summer Dresses, Comin’ Right Up
Alyssa’s request for a summery graduation dress was a joy for me to answer. I looked for dresses that, while appropriate for graduation, would also be easy to repurpose for future events. Cue the florals! The frills! The airy whites! The nautical stripes!
2. *The* Perfect Shorts for Literally Anything
(Ed. note: I extended the below selection beyond black and kept near but not to exact budget for a wider assortment!)
Jess wants everyday shorts in two categories: a couple pairs of athletic shorts (which Team MR knows a thing or two about), and a second pair that are a bit more sophisticated. For the athletic category, I looked for shorts I know are good (like these Nike ones) and ones that had good shape and cut (nothing worse than a see-through or flimsy pair of shorts). For the “smarter” pair, I looked for versatility, length, and quality, ranging from a modest length denim pair, a satin bermuda and this exceptionally cool flap skort.
The “sporty” pair:
The “smart” pair:
3. The Perfect Button-Down Shirt Does Exist
This is a staple I truly believe we all must have. Button-down shirts are timeless, season-less and so very versatile. Wear them buttoned to the collar, wear them buttoned on the top and left open on the bottom, leave it completely open (over a swimsuit perhaps!?), or tie it in a knot around your waist. I found classic white shirts with a perfect length for leaving untucked or tucked, shirts with flare like this one with corset ties (oOoOoh!), ones with pattern like this red or blue striped one from Solid & Striped (I have it in another color and the material is lovely), or a denim one which, in my opinion, is a closet must.
4. For a Future Casual Day at L’Office
We aren’t quite there yet, Allison. But when the time comes, I agree, a workwear capsule wardrobe is a very, very helpful thing to have. And even more helpful? Items you can wear from work-to-date like this painfully adorable red scallop collared cardigan or this sheer blouse you can dress up with silk trousers or dress down with jeans. I leaned into comfortable but sophisticated pants with a pair of belted khakis by one of my favorite brands—Officine Générale—at 40% off, a great pair of dark jeans with a finished hem, some checked trousers, these perfect black everyday pants and a pair of quite excellent wide-leg white pants to kick off MDW!
5. Wear-All-Day Summer Jackets
I’ve collected many a jacket in my days of living in the city. A jacket can instantly dress up something as simple as a pair of running shorts or leggings. It can sophisticate a work lewk or simply shield you from that sneaky evening breeze. I recommend going linen, cotton, or lightweight tweed to keep it airy, and a fun cut—like this one with the cinched waist—is always a welcome bonus.
6. Not-Another-Old-Tee Pajamas
Pajamas have been the unsung hero of my quarantine. I find myself still wearing them hours after waking up, barely leaving time to change before the day’s first video call. I’ll always appreciate a good cotton set. Or! Perhaps a lightweight, pretty tank that could double as a blouse (no need to change for that video call!). This statement set will let me feel cute even with the covers up to my chin, or what about this tie-dye top and these shorts that you could actually wear out and about? Love a multipurpose pajama.
And now for a breakdown of sales that will be updated all weekend!
Apparel and Accessories:
MATCHESFASHION – Up to 50% off.
Farfetch – Up to 50% off the Best Of The Season.
The RealReal – Up to 80% off Summer Kick-Off Sale and 20% regular priced items with code ‘REAL.’
Need Supply – Up to 50% off sale.
Ssense – Up to 50% off.
Verishop – Up to 70% off.
Shopbop – Up to $150 off your order of items labeled ‘Key Style’ with code ‘JUST4U.’
Nordstrom – Up to 60% off in The Clearance Sale.
Luisaviaroma – Additional 30% off already-discounted styles at checkout.
Opening Ceremony – Additional 50% off sale with code ‘TORCHPASS50.’
Bloomingdales – Up to 50% off regular priced items plus an extra 50% off items marked ‘EXTRA 50% OFF’ until 5/25.
Outdoor Voices – Up to 50% off select styles.
Madewell – 30% off all dresses and sandals with code ‘HAPPYTOGETHER’ through 5/26.
W Concept – Up to 65% off select items. Buy 1 and get 1 for 20% off through 2/25 with code ‘MEMORIAL20.’
Solid & Striped – 25% off site-wide with code ‘MDW25.’
Lisa Says Gah – 20% off Final Sale with code ‘SALE20’ through 5/25.
Ralph Lauren – Up to 40% off.
x Karla – 30% off everything automatically applied at checkout through 5/25.
Splendid – 40% off site-wide with code ‘THISISBIG’ until 5/25.
Anthropologie – 25% off all clothing, shoes and accessories plus an extra 50% off sale from 5/22-5/25.
Khaite – Further reductions to sale.
Tibi – Up to 50% off Resort 2020 collection.
Vince – 25% off site-wide with code ‘MAY25.’
MOTHER – Up to 50% off select styles.
7 For All Mankind – 40% off site-wide.
Universal Standard – All jeans are $65 from 5/21-524, 12 Summer Outfits (four released daily) at a discount from 5/22-5/24, and 25% off site-wide one day only on Memorial Day, Monday, 5/25.
Naadam – 25% off by with code ‘SUNNY25’ through 5/25.
Lou & Grey – 30% off select full-price items.
Donni – 30% off of sale with code ‘thankyou30’ from 5/23-5/25.
Uniqlo – Essentials on sale through 5/20.
COS – 25% off orders of $200 or more until 5/25.
& Other Stories – Up to 50% off Spring/Summer styles from 5/22-5/25.
Mango – 30% off site-wide until 5/31.
Spanx – 50% off select styles.
Goldie – Extra 50% off all markdowns.
The Kooples – Archive Sale up to 80% off through 5/25.
Sandy Liang – Up to 50% off.
Bonobos – 50% off sale and final sale items with code ‘GOODTIMES.’
Marks & Spencer – 20% off any $150+ purchase through 5/25.
Teva – Up to 30% off women’s and men’s styles through 5/26.
L.L. Bean – 15% off site-wide at with code ‘SUNNY15’ through 5/25.
Manduka – Up to 50% off women’s and men’s apparel through 5/27.
Alice & Olivia – Online sample sale with up items up to 80% off until 5/25.
Abacaxi – 20% off site-wide until 5/25 with code ‘SUNSHINE.’
Batu – 20% off summer flats until 5/25 with code ‘MEMORIAL20.’
Nomasei – 15% off select styles until 5/25 with code ‘Memorial Nomasei.’
Havva – 20% off site-wide with code ‘THANKYOU.’
Giovanna – 10% off site-wide with code ‘TenforTen’ and 10% of each sale will go to Project PPE.
Sleepy Jones – 20% off site-wide, with three special one-day only events with surprise deals on some best-sellers until 5/25.
Marysia – Up to 70% off Resort and Spring 2019 styles.
Tory Sport – Up to 40% off.
Dolce Vita – 50% off site-wide with code ‘FIFTY.’
Aritzia – Up to 50% off starting 5/22.
Blundstone – Select styles 25% off through 5/31.
Zappos – Deals on apparel, footwear and swim.
Coclico – Up to 30% off select styles through 5/24.
For the Ages – 20% off through 5/25 with code ‘summer2020.’
Intentionally Blank – All shoes up to 60% off (no code necessary) plus all sale shoes an additional 60% off with code ‘EXTRA60SALE’ through 5/25.
IMAGO-A – Archive Sale up to 65% off previous collections through 5/25.
Loup – 25% off site-wide (excluding tie-dyed classics) with code ‘SUN!’ through 5/25.
Wol Hide – 20% off spring collection sweaters through 5/25.
Mr. Larkin – Extra 20% off online stock and sample sale with code ‘LASTCHANCE20’ until 5/25.
Still Here – 20% off sale with code ‘HAPPYDAYS’ from 5/22-5/25.
8vo Ático – 20% off for Collection 02 and an extra 25% off final sale items from Collection 01. Use code ‘MAYFLASHSALE’ through 5/25.
Ansea – 10% off plus free shipping on select items with code ‘INHONOROF’ through 5/25.
Jade Swim – 40% off site-wide with code ‘MEMORIAL.’
SAME Los Angeles – 10% off the Memorial Day edit.
Marc Jacobs Beauty – Up to 60% off select items with code ‘SALE10.’
Sephora – 50% off select items until 5/20.
Ulta – 50% off haircare essentials with new deals daily until 5/30.
Dermstore – Up to 20% off Summer Event.
Violet Grey – Automatic discounts to your purchase applied at checkout.
Nordstrom – Up to 60% off in The Clearance Sale.
La Roche-Posay – 20% off site-wide with code ‘MDW2020’ from 5/19-5/21 plus one day extended only on 2/25.
eos – 20% off site-wide + free shipping on all orders $30+ through 5/25.
Lavido – Get up to 30% off.
Boscia – 30% off your entire purchase.
Bed Bath & Beyond – Up to 40% off.
Parachute – 25% off site-wide until 5/25.
Floyd – Up to $125 off with code ‘SUNSHINE.’
Brooklinen – 15% off site-wide with code ‘WKND15.’
Sur La Table – 20% off outdoor dinnerware until 5/25.
Wayfair – Up to 70% off.
Brooklyn Bedding – 25% off site-wide with code ‘ANNIVERSARY25.’
West Elm – Up to 60% off.
The Company Store – 20% off with code MDWKD2020 until 5/25.
Serena & Lily – 20% off with code ‘LIVEWELL’ through 5/25.
Overstock – Up to 70% off.
Casper – 10% off full-priced items until 6/1.
Article – Up to 25% off until 5/25.
Macy’s – Up to 60% off.
Home Depot – Up to 40% off on appliances until 6/4.
Target – Up to 25% off on furniture.
Ralph Lauren – Up to 40% off.
Feature image via Marley Rizzuti.