The Saks Fifth Avenue Sale: 5 Sure Bets

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My absolute favorite thing about the rise of online shopping is that it's no longer necessary to pay full price for anything. If you know where, and when, to look, you can find the most desirable fashion labels deeply discounted -- even same-season merchandise.

The current Saks Fifth Avenue online sale is a perfect lesson in when to shop to find great discounts. Saks has started to stock their new Fall merchandise, so lots of great Spring and Summer finds are now on sale to make room. Below you'll find my top 5 items to grab from the current Saks sale. Each item can be worn right now, and be easily re-styled for your Fall wardrobe. Check them out:

Maxi dresses are still super hot for Summer, and this slub knit vibes a little more luxe than plain jersey. I also like that the color is neutral and forgiving.

Splendid Slub Knit Maxi Dress

→ Buy the Splendid Slub Knit Maxi Dress, $67.99 (was $98.00), at

While a trench coat is most appropriately a Spring item, it will work just as well for Fall... and even into Winter in temperate climates. Plus, it's a classic that you'll definitely use year after year.

Vince Waxed Cotton Trench Coat

→ Buy the Vince Waxed Cotton Trench Coat, $197.99 (was $495.00), at

This slouchy, super soft cotton/modal cardigan will be just enough cover to keep away the air conditioner chills in the office. The unique cross back keeps it from feeling too mumsy.

T by Alexander Wang Criss-Cross Back Cardigan

→ Buy the T by Alexander Wang Criss-Cross Back Cardigan, $63.99 (was $160.00), at

Wear this loose knit sweater with a tank top and shorts now. Layer it over a more substantial tee and pair it with pants and boots this fall.

Textile Elizabeth and James Pullover Sweater Top

→ Buy the Textile Elizabeth and James Pullover Sweater Top, $226.99 (was $325.00), at

Theory makes some of the most flattering trousers you'll ever find, which makes any chance to grab a pair on sale an opportunity you really shouldn't pass up.

Theory Rianon Wide-Leg Pant

→ Buy the Theory Rianon Wide-Leg Pant, $194.99 (was $325.00), at

Altogether, there are over 1,300 items on sale in the Contemporary section alone. Other great finds include Marc by Marc Jacobs, some fabulous A.P.C. sweaters, classics from Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg, and odds and ends from just about every Contemporary line Saks carries.

→ Browse the entire Saks Fifth Avenue sale section online.