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It’s the last big sales event before Christmas, and by this point you’re either scrambling to get something at the very last minute (we’ve got you covered) or else you’re very ready for your giftees to open up your excellent gifts. Before you take off for the holiday, check out some of the very good deals to be had, including on Common Projects sneakers, Cosabella shirts, Madewell totes, and lots of stylish J.Crew. We went through the sales bins to find all the actually good things you’d actually want to buy.
We would wear nothing but Common Projects sneakers (as would lots of other sneaker lovers) if only they weren’t so expensive and sale-averse. Amazingly, lots of them (including lots of white ones!) are on sale at Moda Operandi.
An extremely tasteful pair of gold hoop earrings that are neither too big nor too small.
The 484s are J.Crew’s skinniest cut of men’s jeans, but they’re not so thigh-hugging that circulation will get cut off. This stretchy version has more give, too.
It’s funny how the simplest little thing — like the broad stripe on this black work bag — can make something very subdued into something interesting-looking.
A spare topcoat with a menswear vibe — we especially like how the sleeves are trim and short enough to let shirt cuffs peek through.
The most luxurious of luxurious blow dryers (Cut beauty director Kathleen Hou called it the lightest of the light, from the maker of the “Rolls-Royce of curling irons“). In fact, all the Harry Josh mint green tools are up to 32 percent off right now.
Get a jumpstart on New Year’s resolutions now, with a Magic Bullet smoothie blender that’s insanely cheap right now.
There aren’t a million sizes left, but these highly regarded Everlane jeans are hardly ever on sale in this color.
Need a New Year’s party manicure? These Deborah Lippmann shades are a twofer — wear them at the same time or separately (they’re five bucks each!).
Just a plain old denim shirt that has surprisingly infinite uses (tucked in and buttoned up at work, worn loosey-goosey on Sundays, even a nice layering piece through the fall).
It’s a Cosabella nighttime tank top that’s (no joke) $13.
There’s something very sophisticated about the stripped-down silhouette and pale pink shade on these suede sneakers.
A shawl-collared merino wool cardigan that makes us want to pledge a frat, read some Nietzsche, and say things like, “Oh, no, you gotta live off campus.”
A weather-resistant Ugg boot that doesn’t scream “Ugg boot.”
There’s nothing fisherman-y about this sweater, but for some reason it reminds us of the kind of thing a sea captain would want to wear.
These funny candles — they’re meant to evoke the idea of a particular city or scent memory like “Grandma’s Kitchen” — make killer gifts.
This coat is one of those things that you look at and say, “Topshop??” The black contrast once you flip up the collar is the neatest part. (It comes in lots of other colors, too.)
We love that once you fold up the edge of this cashmere hat, it’s a surprise of red.
A Hunter rain boot that’s both sleek and waterproof — the little bit of quilting along the heel is a nice touch.
Somewhere between a turtleneck and a mock neck is this slouchy number.
Have you heard? Logos are back.
In case you’re looking for something to wear to a New Year’s party that won’t look silly once you pull it back out again in May.
A very comfortable pair of work boots with a memory foam sole.
There’s something very vintage-feeling about this shirt (the color? The pattern?) even though it’s not vintage at all.
A set of four superstar products — including the Deep Cleansing Oil — from highly cult-y Japanse brand DHC.
The quickest shortcut to orthopedic bliss only costs $20.
This T-shirt shirt with pale pink stripes feels very Lauren Hutton, no?
A very sporty beanie that would make a great teen boy gift.
The cobalt blue on this long-sleeved shirt has that sophisticated depth that just looks expensive.
For your next trip through the backwoods or ski country.
A pair of cashmere gloves that are actually touchscreen-friendly.
We heard that low-rise jeans were making a comeback, but we’ll believe it when we see it. High-rise only for now, please.
They look like a pair of Vans slip-ons, except for the golden numerals above the heel — and, oh yeah, they’re suede.
A perfect little card case and Metrocard holder that costs much less than you’d think.
Guys with great hair don’t just wake up like that — rub a bit of Baxter’s clay (it’s one we’ve written about before) into towel-dried hair, spritz a bit of style spray, and you’re good to go.
An excellent layering piece that offers a bit of neck coverage, too. For anyone who wants to wear North Face that doesn’t look extremely North Face-y.
These Sugar lip balms are among the most popular things you can buy at Fresh, and not only does the lip kit make them more affordable, but now the kit itself is on sale.
We had to double-check to make sure the prices on these Madewell T-shirts weren’t a mistake.
These leather and suede sneakers from French brand Veja aren’t much more expensive than what you’d pay for an ordinary pair of Chuck Taylors — and are those Parisian?
An ingenious three-fer of a gift — one for them, and two for you!
Strategist writer Lori Keong was skeptical about lip plumping treatments until she talked to dermatologists who said that, yes, they do work. The Replenix was among the ones she was recommended the most.
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