Happy 2018 my friends! I know it’s been a little while since my last post, but I hope you can forgive my holiday hiatus. I can’t remember the last time I took more than a day or two off from blogging and I have to admit, the break was really nice. After months of feeling like I’ve been glued to Instagram and my email, taking a week away from the my laptop just to relax with Nick and my family between Christmas and New Year’s Eve was incredibly needed. Alright 2018, let’s do this!
First up on my new year’s agenda? The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! Yes. it’s back. I swear it feels like the August sale just happened, but it goes to show just how fast time flies and that there’s always another sale to conquer.
My longtime Lilly Pulitzer veterans, you guys know the drill so I’ve included all the important dates and times for you below. If you’re a Lilly Pulitzer newbie: listen up and keep on reading!
LILLY PULITZER AFTER PARTY SALE JANUARY 2018 DATES
Wednesday January 3, 2018 – Thursday January 4, 2018
Sale Begins: 8AM ET Wednesday
Shoppers can also visit stores on January 2 for a sale preview
WHY IS THE LILLY PULITZER AFTER PARTY SALE A BIG DEAL?
This is the only time Lilly Pulitzer ever goes on sale and the discounts are crazy good. Get ready to see dresses, tops, bottoms, accessories and home goods marked down over 50% off. Here’s an example: the $228+ price tag on this maxi dress would probably be knocked down to under $100 and a blouse like this would probably be $35 or less. Remember to keep in mind that everything is final sale (so no returns) but shipping is free!
WHAT’S DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?
2 Days To Shop. As expected, the January sale is just two days long. This is typical for the After Party Sale, however sometimes in August and depending on inventory Lilly will up the ante to three days of fun. This time around it looks like we’ll have just 48 hours to hustle! PS there are only two sales per year– one in January and another in August.
HOW IT WORKS
The Virtual Line. If you’re new to the sale here’s how to shop. At 8AM ET on Wednesday the sale will begin and online shoppers will be placed in a ‘virtual line’ to access the website. So make sure you have a Lilly Pulitzer account and you’re all logged in. I’m not joking when I say that thousands of people will be heading to LillyPulitzer.com. Don’t let this freak you out though because normally the line moves at a good pace. I’ve never had to wait more than 45 minutes.
SHOP LILLY PULITZER NEW ARRIVALS
Once it’s your turn, the website is yours to shop at your leisure. You can take your time but don’t be too slow because sizes of hot items will sell out quickly. Also once you checkout you’ll be logged out of the site so that means if you want to shop again, you’ll have to get back in line. It’s pretty simple if you just go into it knowing how the sale works with a budget + a list of items in mind. I’ve been shopping the After Party Sale for a few years now so I’ve included all my advice and tips for conquering the sale like a pro below!
MY TIPS FOR SHOPPING THE LILLY PULITZER AFTER PARTY SALE
BOOKMARK THIS LINK. It will take you directly to the sale section of the website on Wednesday morning.
Set up a LillyPulitzer.com account. You’ll need an account to shop the sale and you can get a headstart by making sure all your shipping and payment information is up-to-date. Also sign in the night before!
Use multiple devices. Just in case the site crashes have your phone or iPad ready as a backup plan.
Set your alarm & clear your morning schedule! Get yours reminders set so you’re up and ready at 8AM ET on Wednesday. No judgements if you need to reschedule a meeting or doctor appointment. If God forbid there’s something you can’t get out of, recruit a friend or family member to place an order on your behalf. If you know someone else planning to shop the sale, it could be smart to link up together in case one of you gets access to the site earlier than the other. #TEAMWORK
Know your sizing. Since I wear Lilly so much I never worry about sizing when I order online. But personally the brand does run big on me! I’m typically a XS in tops and a size 2 in pants/dresses, but with Lilly I always go for a 0 or XXS. If you’re unsure you can review the size chart here!
Shop smart and fast. Everything is fair game until you’ve finished checkout so shop smart. Even if you’ve added something to your cart, it doesn’t mean it’s yours. I’d encourage you to write a list of what items you’re interested in and your sizing so you are prepared to click fast!
Don’t buy just to buy. Think about what your closet was lacking this summer or if you need to replace something. Need a little white dress? Has your pool tote seen better days? Remember everything is final sale so returns aren’t an option.
Set a budget. I know it’s tough not to go crazy when these sales happen. You just have to remember it’s only clothes and not even Lilly Pulitzer is worth a cringeworthy credit card bill.
Understand the ordering process. Keep in mind that Lilly only has this sale twice a year and there are A LOT of Lilly Lovers just as excited as you about shopping. Everyone receives free standard shipping when they place their After Party Sale order so be prepared to wait two weeks or more for your goodies. Lilly Pulitzer isn’t a big box retailer like Nordstrom– cut the warehouse team some slack as I’m sure they will be working night and day putting together everyone’s orders.
Just remember: it’s only a sale. It’s not that deep and there’s always another one. Being prepared will make things so much easier and getting that head start on your spring and summer shopping will make the cold temps outside *maybe* feel a little less bitter. Good luck and godspeed ladies– I’ll be back with an update Wednesday morning with a roundup of all my top sale picks! Exciting stuff! xo