August 26, 2019

Tacking the Lily Pulitzer After Party Sale on a Budget

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Hi friends!

If you're a Lilly lover then I know you're on the lookout for two important dates each year, the After Party Sale. If you're not familiar with the After Party Sale, it's a sale, Lilly Pulitzer has twice a year (one usually in January and another usually in August) where they offer past season pieces for discounted prices. Since Lilly doesn't have sales throughout the year, these two sales are your best bet for purchasing Lilly Pulitzer pieces for a great price. If you want more in-depth information on the After Party Sale, I wrote a whole blog post a couple years ago breaking down exactly what the sale is and some tips I picked up over the years. 

Today I want to share some of my tips on how I tackle the After Party Sale on a budget. As many of you know, the After Party Sale is the I use to stock up on my Lilly pieces since I normally can't afford them at full price. As much as I want every new and brightly colored piece added to my wardrobe as soon as it comes out, my wallet doesn't seem to be on board with that idea.

1. Set a budget
I know it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of a sale. I mean, so many pieces are at a discounted price and there's an urgency to purchase something before it sells out. I get it. To help make sure I don't overspend I usually give myself a set budget and try my best not to go over it (hey, sometimes we just have to treat ourselves to an extra dress we've been eyeing it for ages). Since Lilly has been dropping new pieces in their sell throughout the duration of the sale, I tend to make multiple transactions. To keep up with everything I tend to make note of it all on my phone. 

2. Evaluate your closet
How many times have you purchased a piece only to realize that you have something similar in your closet already? It happens. To avoid spending your money on pieces you already have, take inventory of what you have beforehand. Also, this is a great time to sit down and really think about the type of pieces you need to fill out your wardrobe. I know that this year I'm in need of more pieces that I can wear to work so I'm focusing more on work dresses and tops.

3. Make a list
Kinda pigging back off of the last tip, but make a wishlist of pieces you want to keep you on track. I know it's a little hard to try and predict what pieces are actually going to be in the sale, but you can pretty much bet on the classics such as Mila Shifts, Popovers, Callahan Shorts and Elsas. Also, make note of past seasons prints you've been eyeing as well. This will help you keep focused on what to purchase during the sale and not feel so overwhelmed.

4. Be realistic
I know being on a budget I really want to try and purchase pieces I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of. With that being said. I know as much as I love fun and embellished dresses and rompers, I'm not going to wear them unless I have an occasion I'm shopping for. With that in mind, I'm focusing more on pieces I'm about to wear for work this year.

And there you have it, my top tips on how I tackle the After Party Sale on a budget. Even at After Party Sale prices Lilly pieces are still a bit of a splurge, but it's the one sale that I tend to save up a little extra for. I remember being a freshman in college and hearing about Lilly Pulitzer for the first time and wishing I could afford to wear the bright and colorful pieces I saw online. Now that I've been able to make my own money to treat myself to these pieces every once and a while, I can't help but be happy every time I wear them.

I hope you all found these tips helpful! As far as when the After Party Sale will be announced, my best guess would end of this week or the week after Labor Day weekend. Be sure to follow Lilly Pultizer on their social media to find out when it'll be officially announced! 

Are you excited for the sale? If so, when do you think it'll be and what are you hoping to score? Let me know in the comments down below and thank you for reading! 


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