Fashion Deals for the Discerning Gift-Giver

Janet Lanman, Style Reporter


Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but the deals aren’t! Here are a few of my favorite websites for getting the best prices online.


Flash Sales:

Although Gilt Groupe, Hautelook, and Ruelala are my favorite flash sale websites, I recently discovered Ideeli and MyHabit. Overall, flash sales can be great for deals, but the items are never from the current fashion season. Here are a few pros and cons I have found in my experiences with these websites.

Gilt Groupe

Pros: High profile designers in heavy rotation, $25 credit for referrals

Cons: Overwhelming number of sales each days



Pros: Limited number of excellent sales, $10 credit for referrals

Cons: Obscure brands



Pros: Limited number of great sales, $10 credit for referrals

Cons: Complex 30-day return policy



Pros: Slightly lower prices than Gilt, $25 credit for referrals

Cons: They don’t bill until it ships,  14-day return policy for store credit



Pros: High profile designers, $20 credit for referrals

Cons: Items sell out extremely quickly


Luxury Brands:

To get items earlier than the one or two year delay with flash sales, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fashion Fix offer a huge variety of designer pieces on sale straight from these two department store powerhouses. Think Nicole Miller, BCBG Max Azria, Alice + Olivia, Michael Kors, and Badgley Mischka at a dramatic price cut. The selection is enormous and a bit overwhelming, so I try to have something specific in mind before entering these websites.


Promo Codes:

Before making any online purchase, I always check,,, and for promotion codes that may apply. I can almost always find a free shipping coupon, if not a percentage off my purchase. Sometimes it is worth the wait to keep an eye out for a larger coupon on a high ticket item. I also subscribe to the websites’ email lists, as they often send out a promo code for your first purchase. Luckily, we have more than one CWRU email, so I take advantage for savings and unsubscribe later.