Gilt Weekend - Extra 50% Off Final Sale with Code FINAL
I used to hate buying anything at Gilt. Their return policy used to be garbage (store credit only), which ensured that they were going to end up with your money one way or another, and their shipping has always been annoying. A little while ago they changed that to be able to refund purchases to your credit card as well as return items to Saks Off 5th Stores, though returns mailed back would still be subject to a $9.50 restocking fee. The obnoxious tiered shipping system ($7.95 for one time, or $9.95 for unlimited shipping for one month) remains, but in the end the process is much better than it used to be.
Beginning yesterday, they started running a revolving clearance on much of their stock, but almost all categories are fair game today; suiting, tees, henleys, polos, sports shirts, casual pants, denim, shorts, swimsuits, and dress shoes - and not a BS "up to 70% off" type of deal. Gilt is well-known for sending targeted codes out for an ~ extra 30% off your order, which happens every few weeks, but the extra 50% off they are offering this weekend is abnormally high for them, dropping many items to season lows. The catch, though, is that items are final sale, so you have to be sure of your order or be ready to try and flip them on the secondhand market, and savings are capped at $75 total discount. When prices are this low, however, it's usually worth a gamble. Fair warning, Gilt has never been famous for having great size charts or product descriptions (they misspell product names from time to time, even), so cross referencing with other resources is recommended. You also inexplicably find different products by searching the brand name in the search bar than in the 50% off sections, though the code still works. My promotion code also stopped working while I was futzing around with my cart (which they said has been a problem), but their customer service was actually really helpful on the phone and both people I talked with had soothing British accents.
There is an ocean of "meh" to sift through on Gilt, as always, but there are some good finds if you're patient, don't mind searching, or have some great guy posting highlights from the sale.
...Hey, here are some highlights from the sale, which expires this weekend.
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Billy Reid's brand is self-described as "low-fi Southern-bred luxury," focusing on classic styles with an emphasis on quality textiles and materials like horn and MOP buttons. I got a chance to stop in at their DC store a little while ago, and my impressions were pretty good. The problem is that there's not that much information on their standard fit vs. their trim fit and Billy Reid's site only offers up a generic size chart that notes "fits may vary by style." Super helpful. I've experienced size fluctuations in the pants myself as well in the past.
All I can tell for sure is that the Rosedale is a slim cut shirt, and most of the others seem to be in their standard cut. Measurements are listed for a size medium on Gilt's product pages, so that can help you extrapolate sizing, which seems consistent with Nordstrom's sample measurements for Billy Reid as well. So there is some risk you could choose wrong, but the very low prices here are very tempting.
The more of Wings + Horns I encounter, the more I like them. They often manage to pull off an attractive blend of modern and traditional aesthetics, and there are several items on final sale that are pretty interesting. In particular, that ripstop melange sportshirt looks fantastic, and the field pants have some great detailing and subtle interest in their designs (I'm buying these myself). I'm not interested in the whole camo thing, but if you are, all the better because there is plenty of that around as well.
Apolis is best known for their indigo chore coat, but their entire line is generally quality-made using craftsmen at selected sites around the world. For $22.49, these chambray shorts look to be an easy bet if you're on the slimmer side.
Other things to look out for: Naked and Famous in scattered styles and sizes, Brooks Brothers shirting, GANT/GANT Rugger, and some really cheap Soludos if you need a pair of summer espadrilles. I'm interested in some of the Martin Greenfield stuff given his history, though I couldn't risk a final sale purchase myself, which also goes for Corneliani.