How to Shop Black Friday Sales Like a Stylist

Real Simple’s fashion editor rounded up the top picks from some of the best Black Friday sales—so you can put your most fashionable foot forward this season.


Banana Republic

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Avid sale-spotters—and those getting a jump on their holiday wish lists—may have noticed that Banana Republic is already running a great deal (50% off of any one full-priced item), but to celebrate the shopping season, they’re extending this promotion to any five full-priced items. The best way to take advantage? Load up on the brand’s covetable—not to mention, highly giftable—accessories, like this luxe faux-rabbit scarf, which will instantly update your outerwear (or you mother-in-law’s, or your sister’s…). Shop the discount in-stores from November 24th through the 28th, or online through the 26th with the code “BRFIVE.

To buy: $39 (regularly $78),


Ann Taylor

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With 50% off of everything (including what’s already on sale), Black Friday is the perfect time to scoop up Ann Taylor’s best-kept secret—their wide array of fantastically soft cashmere sweaters in on-point silhouettes and colors. This one (which is also available in three other hues), has a classic—not to mention flattering—shape, that will suit you well for years to come, and with the discount, clocks in at under $100. Their sale starts in stores on Black Friday, and online beginning Wednesday at 5 PM with the code “CELEBRATE.”

To buy: $99 (regularly $198),



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If you’ve got a calendar packed with parties for the next month and a half, Shopbop has your back. Their “buy more, save more” approach to Black Friday makes it an opportune time to treat yourself to a new evening ensemble (purchases of $200 or more save 15%) or splurge for the season (spend over $500 and you’ll get 20% off, and over $800 to receive 25% off). Use the code “GOBIG16” to save on everything from accessories to denim to NYE-ready dresses, like this metallic number from Rebecca Taylor.

To buy: $476 (regularly $595),


Wanderlust + Co

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The go-to for on-trend, delicate jewelry that looks like you scooped up a one-of-a-kind piece from a little-known boutique, the entire website (which is normally under $100 to begin with) will be 40% off from November 25-29, with no exclusions (so, if you shop what’s already on sale, it’s basically free!). Use the code “Cyber40” and check all of your friends off your list. 

To buy: $27 (regularly $45),


Sweaty Betty

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Looking to get a jump on that impending New Year’s Eve resolution? (You know it’s coming.) Do it in style—and on the cheap. Cult favorite British athletic brand Sweaty Betty is gaining a serious following stateside as well, and for good reason—the brand practically invented the athleisure trend. They’re offering 25% off in-store and online (no code needed), beginning November 24th to November 28th. Stock up on pieces for your favorite sport, from swimming to snowboarding, or cozy up to finds you don’t actually have to be active in, like these cool quilted joggers from their “Sports Luxe” line.

To buy: $124 (regularly $165),


Nine West

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This one is almost too good to be true: All boots and booties (and nearly everything else) from Nine West will be 50% off on Black Friday, in-store and online with no code needed. As if scoring that perfect pair of over-the-knee boots at a fraction of their normal cost isn’t enough, if you spend $125 or more, you’ll knock an extra 20% off of your entire order.

To buy: $115 (regularly $229),


Club Monaco

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Elevate your everyday wardrobe with Club Monaco’s sophisticated take on better-than-basics, coupled with their Black Friday savings. Take 25% off of purchases over $150 (like this gorgeously feminine, winter-white blouse), 30% off of $250+, and 35% off of orders over $400, in stores or online with the code “THANKS.

To buy: $142 (regularly $190),