Style The Todd Snyder Sale Will Elevate Your Spring Wardrobe Without Breaking the Bank
This Weekend's Best Sales: Kohl's, Anthropologie, Elemis & More
Get ready for spring with incredible deals on fashion, home and more!There's nothing like some retail therapy during the dull and dreary final weeks of winter. But don't bust your budget—there are some great sales going on.
A full-length Gül Hürgel dress with huge sleeves. High-waist tailored evening trousers with a Victorian-style blouse. A silk shirt and culottes with fringes on the hemlines. A red jumpsuit, a handful of gold necklaces, and multicolored Nike Air Maxes. A pleated skirt from Boden with a mohair cardigan. A Hillhouse Navy Tartan Nap Dress and black turtleneck with a pair of Gucci loafers.
Would you believe me if I told you these outfits were worn not out to dinner, or to a party, or to work, but to doctor’s offices? Maybe not, if I’d asked a year ago before new, pandemic-induced definitions of normal were established, and new rituals were born to make sense of them. Now, though, a decision that might have once come across as eccentric, or even unhinged—like wearing a cowl-neck sweater, camel trench coat, jeans, sneakers, a statement hat, and gold earrings to go see a new gynecologist, despite the inevitability of being asked to strip down and change right away into one of those grim paper robes — probably seems utterly credible.
Let Us Now Admire Seth Rogen’s Next-Level Cardigan Collection
Rogen is taking some elite sweaters for a spin while plugging his new cannabis company.Our interest began started with a fuzzy, mohair cardigan from the cult-loved Japanese brand Needles. Earlier this month, Rogen took to Instagram to announce the Houseplant launch and did so in a head-turning cardigan made of mandarin orange and chocolate brown. (Precisely, this exact sweater.
For confirmation, you need only glance at the comments underneath Business of Fashion Chief Correspondent Lauren Sherman’s recent tweet:
I now get dressed up to go to the doctor— Lauren Sherman (@lapresmidi)
Paper Magazine Editorial Director Mickey Boardman responded,“I wore my new Marc Jacobs coat to the dentist. Twice.” Likewise, Bustle’s Deputy Fashion Director Jessica Andrews wrote back,“This is me.” Fashion blogger Bryan Yambo chimed in with an encouraging,“As one should!!”
Stylist and brand consultantreceived a similarly collective response when she started posting the outfits she was wearing to the doctor in the months leading up to a surgery:“From August all the way into January, I made weekly visits to my doctor, and every single time I would make it a point to get really dressed up. When I began posting about it on Instagram, a lot of people started tagging me and saying,‘hey, I’m going to the doctor, and I’m doing this too.’ It created a mini-movement.”
What experts recommend shopping for in April — and what to skip
Cleaning supplies, home decor and video games will see major discounts this month — here are some of the best sales to shop right now.Now that April is here, warmer weather is making its way to many parts of the country, which means discounted outdoor essentials will be at the forefront of this month’s sales, experts told us. This is good timing for shoppers seeing increasing vaccine eligibility and more opportunities for responsible family trips and outdoor activities, especially after an isolating year.
The enthusiasm of said movement was palpable when I posed a question on my own Instagram about dressing up to go to the doctor and received hundreds of replies.“Last Saturday, I went for a 10 a.m. pap smear and changed about 12 times before I left the house as it was literally the biggest event in my calendar,” one woman told me. Another said,“I used to hate going to the doctor, but since quarantining, I’ve booked so many appointments as a way to finally put on real clothes!” (To a recent appointment at her gastroenterologist, she wore thrifted red cowboy boots, a silky white slip, and a furry red bucket hat).
Lauren Sherman theorized that medical appointments offer a unique opportunity for outfit display compared to other mundane errands. She told me,“You’re taking off your coat. You’re not rushing in and out like you would when you go to the grocery store and try to avoid other people. You’re actually going to interact with someone.”
The Container Store’s Massive Kitchen Sale Is Full of Space-Saving Pantry Organizers
After a shortage in 2020, the marshmallow confections are back and popping up with even more collaborations from 7-Eleven lattes to Pepsi.
To her point, Miuccia Prada once described fashion as“instant language,” referring to the way in which what we choose to wear can communicate things about who we are before we even open our mouths. But fashion is language in another sense, too, in that it provides a conduit for one of the most endearing forms of human interaction: compliments.
One woman I spoke with who recently wore“voluminous, JNCO-style jeans and a perfectly broken in, buttery 70s-era leather jacket” to a doctor’s appointment said that when both receptionists mentioned they loved her jeans, she“almost wept” at the revelation of how much she’d missed having strangers compliment some part of her outfits. Another described a similar reaction when her therapist complimented her beige turtleneck sweater during her last in-person appointment:“It was such a nice feeling that I hadn’t had in ages.”
In addition to necessitating new rituals, the past year has also clarified the absurdity of old ones — i.e.“saving” outfits. Historically, I myself have been a notorious proponent of this habit, routinely waiting until I had the perfect occasion to wear something for the first time. The few pieces I bought last spring and never wore for this precise reason hang in my closet like art in a museum, a ghostly exhibit of the person I could have been and the things I would have done. It feels silly now, to have waited a whole year, especially a year in which the meaning of“occasion” has collapsed and reformed. Many people I spoke with cited“outfit saving regret” as the primary driver of their desire to dress up for doctor’s appointments—an occasion in its own right these days, it would seem.
Costco Is Adding This Popular New Brand to Shelves
Costco has something for everyone, and there's a new plant-based chicken option available at some locations.Warehouses in Los Angeles and Hawaii will carry bulk packages of Daring Foods plant-based chicken starting on April 5, according to VegNews. The meatless chicken, which is made from only five non-GMO ingredients, launched at 340 Sprouts Farmers Market locations last year. But while other grocery stores sell an 8-ounce version for $7.99, Costco will carry a 24-ounce pack for $12.99.
It will be interesting to see if the broader definition of the term persists even after familiar iterations of“occasions”—like parties and weddings—become commonplace again, which seems increasingly likely with vaccine rollout ramping up. One person who responded to my Instagram query suspected that, for them, it would:“It’s been fun to treat all aspects of my life with more intention, including what I wear. I have always romanticized the Pan Am jet-set era and old photos of my grandmas where you can see the effort and care that went into fashion, even for life’s smallest events.”
While it’s not clear whether the current wave of dress-up desperation will spur a long-term trend of forgoing the comfort of sweatpants in favor of buttons and zippers at airports, one thing is certain: There’s never been a better time or case for carpe-ing your diem.
“Clothes bring me a lot of joy,” Amanda Murray affirmed,“And I sometimes feel like we have this one life and no one really knows what’s around the corner, and if anything the pandemic has compounded that. So why would I save outfits? What is it that I’m saving for? A moment that I’ll never have? This, right now, is a moment that I do have, and I want to show up as myself.”
Last Call: This Theragun Dupe Is $50 Off During Nordstrom's Spring Sale & The Deal Ends Today .
PSA: The massive Nordstrom spring sale ends tonight, so it’s last call to snag all the things on your list for a fraction of the cost. We’ve been digging up the best deals—from Le Creuset to Jennifer Garner-approved ALO workout gear—and we just discovered one item you might not expect to find at Nordstrom: a Theragun dupe! Theragun, an at-home (and on-the-go) percussive massager, has been all the rage as of late since most of our bodies have taken a toll during the pandemic. They’re great to relieve post-workout muscle tension or to get out those kinks in-between chiropractor appointments. But, they’re not exactly a bargain.