Black Friday: Survival of the Chicest

By Rachel Satell

Sources: H&M, Club Monaco, ASOS, Sephora


Any Black Friday veteran will tell you that when it comes to the biggest shopping day of the year, the key to success is planning. Luckily for you I’m not afraid of a little competition, so here is my guide to scoring the best deals of the season.

For those of you looking to fend off the horrifying toll that a Boston winter takes on skin, head over to The Body Shop where you can nab the limited edition Black Friday tote valued at $125 for only $30 when you spend $30 or more on other products. To get a sneak peak at the Sephora deals that have been kept hush-hush follow them on Snapchat, SephoraSnaps, and on Instagram!

For those hardcore H&M fans, the first 100 shoppers at each store will get scratch-off gift cards up to $300. For those who don’t make the cut, you can still enjoy 30% off all day long! At Club Monaco, the more you spend, the more you save! Score 20% markdowns when you spend $250 or more, 25% off when you spend $300 or more and 30%off when you spend $500 or more.  At sister company, Banana Republic, until 1 p.m. you can nab 50% off one full price item! If the crowds get the best of you fear not you can still enjoy 40% off your entire purchase all day long.

Neimans, Nordstroms, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue have long participated in the Thanksgiving tradition, and I’m not talking about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Be prepared to do whatever it takes when it comes to the department stores on Black Friday ladies and gents. Stay safe out there!

For those of you who can’t quite stomach the thought of wall-to-wall shoppers all looking for the perfect cashmere sweater, you’re in luck.  ASOS will be giving shoppers a 30% discount on any and everything! Not to mention that sale items will be up to 70% off!  Score 25% site-wide on Piperlime when you use promo code IHEARTNYC.  However, the best online deal, the ultimate, the crème de la crème of online shopping this holiday season is the Revolve sale. Shoppers can get up to 80% off new markdowns this friday!

Black Friday is about more than just discounts; there’s also limitless swag. Stuff. We. All. Get. Bliss will be giving shoppers a luxe holiday gift bag worth $150, when you spend $100! That’s not all through—online shoppers get 20%  markdowns on select brands when they shop online.  Anthropologie shoppers will be handed festive poppers as they’ve renamed the holiday of the beau monde “Beloved Friday” this holiday season. The gifting doesn’t stop there as they will be reportedly handing out gift cards up to $500!

If Thanksgiving is a day rich with history, family and food then Black Friday is a day on which samples, discounts and sales are in surplus. That is a holiday I can get on board with.  So shoppers, armed with our guide to Black Friday shopping: go forth, shop, and show no mercy. May the odds be forever in your fashionable favor.

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