The Upscale Preppy Sale Tale (Bean, Brooks, Marie-Chantal, Kate Spade, Boden)

Earlier today we absolutely had to race flying out the door, but promised there were so many silly sales going on at retailers that we would pop back in and highlight just a few we were aware of… like LL Bean for heaven’s sake! When trying to pick up some of those little gifts and goodies for the cottage sometimes I forget how easy it can be to simply check out LL Bean’s website, especially when they have some things at 40% and 50% off their original price.

Long ago it became evident here at the Prepatorium that The Princess Consort could go through dress shirts at a pretty good clip. Yes I know, of course it is the tailor, the cleaners, the household staff, the Invisible Man… the result however, remains the same and *does* present a challenge. Not only does Charles Tyrwhitt make a fine dress shirt, they also understand one’s desire to economize without sacrificing quality or the impeccable service for which they are known.

Below left, their Julian Navy Mini-Check Spread Collar Classic Dress Shirt normally retailing at a respectable $110, now selling at a most economical $45. On the right a Tyrwhitt Women’s Black & Pink Multi Stripe Dress shirt with their fabulous stretch built right in to the fabric. These are oh-so-wonderful ladies, trust TP on this one!

Tyrwhitt also has polo shirts (ideal for Logophobics like you-know-who), suits, separates for men and women, and great cashmere as well. Investigating their sale prices on these items could prove worth the investment of time depending upon your needs.

Marie-Chantal is a delightful line by Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, who coincidentally, just gave birth to her fifth child with her husband Prince Pavlos last month. The collection for newborns and children is carried by upscale boutiques around the world, as well as six company stores; the seventh opens this fall in Beverly Hills. Below we show the Baby Girl Dress and Bloomers in a purple Liberty print for Sizes 3 Months-24 Months (originally $132, now $66). In the middle, the Pascal Boys Basic Button Down Shirt (now $52.50 from $105) and the Peers White Denim Pant (at $54 from $108). To see a listing of stores in the States carrying this exquisite line, click here.

The good folks at BodenUSA are on board with the economizing while still acquiring plan.

They understand one’s children continue growing, one’s own size inexplicably changes regardless of one’s efforts to guide it in one direction or the other, things do not seem to wear as well as they did in The Princess’s day, no, this is not about conspicuous consumption for most, is it? Indeed not. And because so many are in search of something new for the office, here is Boden’s Long Printed Cotton Skirt, available in three different colors and patterns. Also shown, Boden’s outstanding Milano Knitted Jacket, available in three solid colors, originally $124, now $49.

Of course Brooks Brothers doesn’t disappoint… especially if the gentleman of the house is able to take his eye off the tee for just a moment and allow himself the luxury, nay, the necessity of fast-forwarding six months in an effort to determine just how much longer his existing winter wardrobe of sport coats shall retain their… well, let’s just call it their ‘holiday charm.’ In other words, if he, or the individual responsible for selecting his attire for the family’s annual New Year’s Open House and other holiday gatherings could consider Brooks’ offerings from Christmas Past, as it were, and as shown below, the cost-effectiveness of such a plan could well outweigh any imagined blow to one’s ego for purchasing last season’s style… excuse us just one moment – this is Brooks Brothers! And the primary characteristics distinguishing “last season’s style” Brooks’ plaid wool sport coat from any other “season” are…? Of course. (BTW, we don’t need to broadcast this, but in our circle, ‘buying ahead’ was often considered a wise method for stretching those trust fund dollars.)

To that end, we show the Red Brodie Plaid Wool Sport Coat on the left, originally priced at $498, currently $199 and with a decent range of sizes remaining. The same philosophical reasoning is applied to our presentation of another past season (but soon to be present season) jacket, in this instance we show the Wool and Cashmere Blazer in red at $259, originally $648.

Of course they have loads for the Ladies as well, including a sizable number of dress shirts, like the Three-Quarter Sleeve Fitted Stretch Solid Herringbone Shirt that we’re showing in pink, also available in blue and white, on sale at $39.75 from $79.50. Some Boys’ merchandise also reflects a savings opportunity, like this great Classic Argyle Half-Zip Sweater originally $79.50, now at $39.75.

Before we say ta’ for the night we must quickly take a peek at a few Kate Spade treasures. On the lower left, the Emily shoe is simply *so* Princess it’s amazing it’s not currently in the shoe closet. In every possible combination. This beauty originally sold at $275 and is now priced at $138. On the lower right, the Dandy Classic moccasin that was $225, reduced to $113.

If you need a bag of any kind and you need to economize a bit, you are in luck. If it’s a handbag, diaper bag, tote, clutch, there is a substantial selection at reduced prices. We’ll try to show more when we have a bit more time, but we’ll leave you with the Angaaga Island Janna, now only $239, reduced from $465.

Happy hunting, and may you find super savings!


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3 responses to “The Upscale Preppy Sale Tale (Bean, Brooks, Marie-Chantal, Kate Spade, Boden)

  1. Love that bag! Too cute! I’m going through a MAJOR KS phase right now. My closet thanks me! 😉

  2. Sassy Sal

    The shoes are fabulous! I absolutely love Kate Spade. Thanks for the update!

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