Remember that time I went to the beach? Yeah, me too. Sadly, this is the last of my vacation looks. Perhaps I need to go back on vacation so I can have some more!
If you go to the beach and don’t wear Lilly Pulitzer, did you even go to the beach? The answer is of course yes you did. But Lilly at the beach is just a little bit better.
This is the Lilly Pulitzer Essie dress, and it is my favorite Lilly dress! It is a t-shirt dress, so it is really comfortable, but also looks really cute so it is a win-win. I got it last year during the After Party sale. Technically… sort of. I did purchase it during the after party sale, but I didn’t realize this print wasn’t on sale (a different print, same cut was on sale). I didn’t realize it until after I had placed my order. I kept it anyway because I loved it so much!
Let’s take a moment to discuss the After Party Sale – it will be coming up later this month(UPDATE: The sale starts Monday, August 28th at 8AM EST). The August sale is my favorite because it is still warm enough to wear everything you purchased for a while. With the January sale, you have to wait to wear most of your purchases until it gets warm. Of course, they don’t announce the sale until a couple of days before, but it usually happens around the 20th or so of August. So get ready! If you like Lilly, you won’t want to miss this. I’ll probably be mentioning it on social media, but I won’t be doing a post about it. So I thought I would go ahead and share my tips for shopping the sale.
1. Be Prepared
When the sale starts, you will be put in a virtual waiting line. Only so many people can shop the sale at one time. A friend of mine shopped the sale for the first time in January (I coached her through the whole thing), and she was a little freaked out about the insanity. Go ahead and make an account if you don’t have one. Load your payment option, so you can check out quickly. I have already warned my husband the sale is coming up, and we may just have to eat beans for a while 🙂
2. Shop early and often
Things will sell out FAST, like sometimes minutes fast. Just because you put it in your cart doesn’t mean it is yours. If it sells out before you make a purchase, it will be gone. Get the things you really want, check out, and then get back in line. Also, shop often because they add new stuff throughout the sale.
3. Don’t get mad
The site will go down. Things will get insane. People will become irate on social media. If you know these things beforehand, it makes it a little easier to handle. But it is a little fun reading the insanity on Twitter. It is like crazy Black Friday, but luckily it is online so no one will die in a stampede. The first 8 hours or so are the most intense. Just be patient, wait in the line, and you will get through. In January, I waited in the virtual line for I think like 2 hours. I just left it up while I worked. But DO NOT HIT REFRESH. It will send you to the back of the line. I repeat – DO NOT HIT REFRESH.
4. When in doubt, buy it
If you aren’t sure, but you think you might want it, BUY IT. Lilly goes on sale 2 times a year – January and August After Parties. And that is it. Plus whatever it is probably won’t be there in 20 minutes while you think about it, so just pull the trigger.
My last tip is – pay attention to what is on sale. Just because 1 dress in 1 print is on sale, doesn’t mean all of the prints are on sale. The good news is that if you buy something not on sale, you can return it. (After party sales are final sale).
I have one suggestion for things to buy during the sale. Of course, you don’t know what will be on sale until the actual sale, but they generally have at least a few of the Elsa tops on sale. I love them. I have bought 3 during the sales and they are the best! I highly recommend them.
So that’s all! Are you planning on shopping the sale? Or have you ever shopped the sale before?