despite what you may think, i haven’t bought something at madewell for full sticker price in a very long time. and that’s because i shop strategically, waiting until the store has one of its generous sales before i click “purchase” on the items in my online shopping cart.
case in point –madewell’s current end of season sale happening now through thursday. sale items are a whopping 40% off (which, in my eyes, is basically half) with the code BIGSALE. better still, some of the items i’ve worn non-stop (and featured on the blog) are included in the sale haul, so if you saw something you liked, now is the time to snag it! here are some of the must-have pieces:
caldwell pull-on trousers (you’ve seen these pants twice already –here & here) || you know by now that these are my new favorite pant silhouette for the sheer fact that they make my legs look about 1235910 miles long. not only that but they are the type of trousers that can be dressed up or down and remixed for a dozen different occasions. i’ve already worn them a dozen times to the office paired with heels and a ruffled blouse and next week, i’ll sport them with another of the sale items –this metallic cami -for our wedding rehearsal dinner.
metallic striped cami top || truth be told, i haven’t worn this yet as i’ve been saving it to wear to our rehearsal dinner. while most brides would probably opt for a little white cocktail dress, i wanted to do something a bit more unconventional, so i’ll be sporting this metallic cami with the above wide-leg trousers, black heels, and a natalie borton necklace. in my mind, this is the perfect date night top. it would look great bloused over a pair of high-waisted jeans or even tucked into a little black skirt and tights. speaking of blousy -it is a tad on the roomy side so if you wanted a tighter-fit, i would recommend sizing down (i did).
zip-front dress in buffalo check || i call this my “not meant to be dress.” i had seen it on a couple of girlfriends and loved how effortlessly they pulled it off -paired with booties or d’orsay flats. unfortunately that cuteness didn’t translate when i tried it on in the store a few months ago. if you’ve been reading for a while, you know i have a tough time finding dresses -especially at madewell since they tend to be on the more billowy side and often a tad bit short for me to wear comfortably in public (i.e. at work). BUT that doesn’t mean you should miss out on this versatile frock! it’s the perfect dress for all seasons. wear it now with tights and booties and even a patterned scarf and then transition it for warmer weather with lace-up sandals and a panama hat.
wide-leg cropped jeans in true black || obviously from this post, you know i’m a big fan of the wide-leg cropped jean. while i will never give up my skinny jeans, i think my gams appreciate having some room to breath for a change. to me, lack denim is one of the most versatile colors you can have in your wardrobe. there’s an extra level of sophistication that blue denim just can’t beat -plus it looks great with every single neutral piece in your wardrobe (we all know how much i love a good black and cognac combo). crops can be styled seasonally appropriate when paired with tights and booties and the shorter hemline ensures that they don’t get dragged in the rain and/or snow.
psst… my blue pair is also on major sale if you want to be twinnies!
madewell x biltmore® leather-band felt fedora || once upon a time i was not a hat person. i found them to be extremely intimidating and only suited for the elite crowd who were “cool enough” to pull them off. fast forward a decade and if i had it my way, i’d wear hats exclusively and you’d never see the top of my head again. so for all of those ten-years-ago versions of me out there, this hat is the perfect gateway into the wonderful world of head wear. first of all, biltmore is a fabulous high-quality brand. secondly, this felt fedora comes in three different colors to compliment your style and wardrobe, and thirdly, it also comes in two different sizes to accommodate your dome. felt fedoras are perfect nearly all year round -they can add a little pizzazz to a simple sweater and jeans, make your summer dress feel a little more bohemian if a music festival is in your near future, and most importantly, they are a lifesaver on the worst of hair days.
southfield mockneck sweater || end of season sales are a great time to stock up on seasonal staples -in this case, cozy sweaters that will serve you now through winter and again come next fall. if properly cared for, sweaters can last you years and years so why not try to score them at a fraction of the price? i love this one particularly because of its unique neckline and the fact that it comes in half a dozen gorgeous colors. it is on the cropped side so i’d probably wear it exclusively with high-waisted bottoms or layer it over a chambray or patterned button-down.
denim step-hem dress || second to a chambray, a denim dress is the second most versatile denim item in my closet (jeans excluded of course). it is truly a blank canvas. i love wearing mine in the summer with open-toe flats and a straw hat and most recently, i styled it for cold weather with a pair of tights, booties, and a floppy felt hat. i love the raw hemline on this specific version. the small detail gives the dress a more casual vibe perfect for the girl on the go that is looking for an all-purpose piece that can be worn a zillion different ways throughout the year. for an easy valentine’s day look, pair it with these pink lace-up flats and this red lip.
softest ribbed beanie || in my quest to find a beanie that doesn’t make me look like a mushroom cap, i have realized that the key is finding one that is slightly slouchy and this ribbed version offers the perfect amount of slouch. much like a felt fedora, a beanie is the perfect accessory to disguise a less than stellar hair day. it’s also extremely helpful for staying warm in the cold (case in point, i wore one every day during our trip to chicago). and if you’re looking for inspiration on how to style it, here’s how i wore mine over the holidays.
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