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We’re in a bit of an in-between stage right now — it’s not quite the holiday season, but it’s not not the holiday season. Lots of retailers are putting up some good deals to get us in the mood, though: There’s a sale-on-sale going on at Outnet, scads of Uniqlo goodies, even an RCA flat-screen for $130 at Walmart. All those, plus Rio’s favorite cleanser, a bunch of Madewell jeans, and some nice shoe deals from Nordstrom Rack.
A slightly long pocket T-shirt that you’ll wash and wear and get holes in before giving up.
Danish brand Elka is famous for its minimalist rainwear — the Klitmøller is a best seller, and a nice departure from more established brands we think (it has an A.P.C. quality, no?).
Need a TV for the bedroom? These days you can get big-screen TVs for much longer than 32 inches, but it more than suffices at this price.
A festive holiday sweater that won’t look too out-there when you break it out in February.
Andy Spade’s widely adored Sleepy Jones is a favorite of comfortably cool types, and the red-and-navy combo has become something of a signature for the brand.
It’s not quite ten feet long, but the six-foot lightning cable from Anker is plenty sturdy, and very cheap right now (just in white).
Who knew Timberland made backpacks? We dig the unplaceable quality and speckled material on this knapsack. It looks almost like something you’d see slung over the shoulder of a hip Japanese high schooler.
It’s a pretty well-known trick by now, but the easiest way to fake an expensive mattress is to get an expensive mattress topper. They’re practically giving away this memory-foam one from Tempur-Pedic.
A sale-on-sale — a bunch of things from Outnet’s mid-season sale are an extra 50 percent off the sale price, like these extremely tasteful earrings.
JBL makes some of the internet’s favorite speakers, and if you’re not looking for something too tricked out, this GO2 is ultraportable.
Costume jewelry from the late Kenneth Jay Lane, whose earrings and bracelets could be found on princesses and Park Avenue socialites (he counted Diana Vreeland among his closest friends).
We get it — monstera leaves are everywhere and you’re over them. But a fun mind trick we like to play when we buy into a trend on its way out is to think of it as backlash to the backlash. (It totally works.)
Sound the alarm: These very flattering and lightly distressed skinny jeans are on sale.
There are some funnily good deals to be had on electronics at Walmart. You can get an older edition iPad Air 2 (it came out a few years back) for two hundred bucks off.
The narrower scarf style we’ve been wanting ever since bingeing this season of Terrace House set in very cold Karuizawa.
A stellar deal on a Roomba, the first name in robot vacuums.
For what it’s worth, three people in the New York office were wearing chambray shirts yesterday — it’s the perfect time of year.
When else are you going to get a Christophe Lemaire–designed parka for this cheap?
Ah, the weighted blanket. Carla Hall loves them (hers is by Gravity). We just started using one and it’s shockingly comforting.
Actually flattering sweatpants! The cuff at the ankle is a wee bit wide for our taste, but if you let the pants sag a little bit, it’s less obvious.
White cigarette jeans from Frame, a favorite of fashion people. These would look very at home on Tonne Goodman.
This T-shirt is $6, come on.
More culty Madewell jeans, this time with an on-trend straight leg, that are very Kristen Stewart.
These are more Kristen Stewart in Adventureland.
The perfect loungy sweatshirt. You almost want to cross your eyes and find the Magic Eye 3-D shark in it.
If you’re still wondering whether the men’s turtleneck is back, stop worrying about it and buy one. (It is.)
If you’re not roll-neck-forward, this crewneck sweater’s also very handsome.
Uniqlo’s Airism line of breathable base layers is a Strategist favorite. These leggings would be good for working out, lounging around, and even running errands.
We love wearing navy, but the problem with so much navy is that when you wear dark jeans, you look like a walking paint swatch. A crisp white hoodie would be the perfect complement to raw denim.
Thanksgiving is on its way, which also means pull-up pants season.
This gold backpack is for kids (allegedly), but we can think of a few Instagram types who’d go nuts for it.
Our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton updated her Google doc of insane skin-care secrets this year, and at the top of the list (her Holy Grail of cleansers) was this reformulated balm. Says Rio: “The smoother texture of this product — plus the addition of vitamin E — does truly wonderful things for my skin, leaving it soft and supple every time.”
We talked to dermatologists about the best retinol products, and this Dermalogica treatment was name-checked as a “good, happy medium” product for those with combination dry and oily skin. Everything Dermalogica is 20 percent off now at Dermstore, too, if you’re in the market.
The Yves Klein blue on this turtleneck, coupled with the contrast band at the collar, is quite jolie.
If Emma Stone in Maniac inspired you, maybe try this mustard trench.
Slip-on sneakers that are made for everything — traveling, summer Fridays at the office, and midnight bodega runs.
Look us in the eye and tell us that these booties don’t look three times the price they are!
A very nice Christmas present that says, “I don’t care if you get dressed up, I just want you to be happy.”
Another good one as you’re doing your early holiday shopping: a teeny-tiny babysitter.
There’s something very appealing about the form of this shirt (sweater?): the slouchy body, the mock-neck collar, the drapey hem. It’s good.
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