Hey y’all-hope your week has been great. The unofficial final weekend of summer is upon us. As much as I love fall (particularly college football!), then end of summer is always bittersweet. However, one positive about the end of summer is that it means time for the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. This is one of only two times each year that Lilly Pulitzer has markdowns on their website. Update-Lilly Pulitzer has officially released that the September 2019 After Party Sale will be September 9-11! Here’s some thoughts on preparing for the September 2019 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. I’m including some basic tips for shopping the sale. In addition, I’m sharing a few things I hope to see in the sale.
These shorts were one of my end-of-summer Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale purchases several years ago, and I’m still wearing them!
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Basic Tips for Shopping the 2019 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale
Lilly Pulitzer’s end of summer After Party Sale is the bigger of their two annual sales. There’s usually more merchandise included in the end of summer sale, and it lasts for three days. In comparison, the January After Party Sale usually only last two days. Here are my top three tips for preparing for the September 2019 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale:
Set Up a Lilly Pulitzer Website Profile Prior to the Sale
If you haven’t done so already, I recommend going to the Lilly Pulitzer website now and setting up an account. This allows you to save your payment info and shipping address so you don’t have to re-enter it when checking out during the sale. Popular items sell out extremely quickly during the Lilly After Party Sale, and unfortunately adding an item to your cart doesn’t guarantee you will get it. If someone checks out before you and gets the last of the inventory, the item you want might no longer be available. Having your info saved beforehand will save you precious moments at checkout!
Prioritize What You Really Want
My second tip ties into the first. Since items in your cart aren’t guaranteed prior to checking out, it’s best to decide beforehand what you want most. If its a shift dress, browse the dresses first. If it’s accessories, hit that section of the sale first. I recommend checking out as soon as you have something in your cart that you absolutely don’t want to miss out on. While it can be tempting to browse the entire sale, especially during the first morning when the digital line is long, it’s better to go ahead an secure your “must-haves,” and then go back for more later. Since standard shipping is free during the After Party Sale with no purchase minimum, you won’t have to pay shipping multiple times if you do this.
This is honestly one of my biggest tips. The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale usually begins at 8:00am EST on the first day. Even if you go to the Lilly website as soon as the clock turns to 8:00am, you will probably still have to wait in a virtual queue to enter the sale. Although it can be tough having to wait, the virtual queue is a measure that Lilly Pulitzer has put into place to prevent the website from crashing. And believe me, this has happened in the past! Lilly lovers don’t mess around when it comes to a good sale. Most importantly, don’t refresh your browser while you are waiting to enter the sale. If you do, you will lose your place in line.
Finally, please remember that waiting an hour to access the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is a first world problem. Please don’t be that person who rips the Lilly Pulitzer team apart on social media because of wait times. Even though waiting is the norm, I still feel like the Lilly After Party Sale is more efficient now than it has been in the past. And in the grand scheme of life, there are far greater issues people around the world are facing.
My After Party Sale Wish List
I have a small budget for the September 2019 Lilly Pulitzer After Party sale. First of all, I have so many clothes already and I’m running out of closet space. In addition, upgrading my skincare and makeup to cleaner options from Beautycounter has been a bigger priority than expanding my wardrobe over the past several months. (Check out my Beautycounter archives for more on why I have joined their mission and my favorite products). Therefore, I know I won’t be able to purchase everything I might want during this sale. Nevertheless, I definitely have a few things in mind that I hope to see in this end of summer After Party Sale.
Most of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer items from the past several months are no longer on the Lilly website. This makes me think they have pulled remaining inventory for the sale. I really liked the hot pink gingham “Feelin’ Beachy” print from earlier in the summer. (Similar to the skirt I’m wearing in this post). I’m hoping that the off-the-shoulder gingham top in that print might be included.
Also, I’m really tempted to get the Mila Shift in the “Hangin’ with My Boo” panda print if it’s included. I love the fit of the Mila Shift. Plus Hangin’ with My Boo is one of my all-time favorite Lilly prints. Hangin’ with my Boo was still a relatively new print at the time, so wasn’t part of the January After Party Sale. However, I’m hoping it will make an appearance this go-round. I love my Hangin’ with My Boo scarf, and would love to have something for the warmer months.
(Hanging with My Boo’ Scarf, Photo by Reveling Spaces)
The other two prints I will have my eye on during the September 2019 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale are “Multi Cheek to Cheek” and “Lion Around.” Clothing items in these two prints are no longer on the Lilly website. Both of these prints came in adorable skorts that are on my wish list. I do have an insulated tumbler in “Lion Around,” and my 2019-2020 planner is “Multi Cheek to Cheek.” Lilly also currently has a beach cooler and throw pillow in “Lion Around” on their website. There’s a throw pillow in “Multi Cheek to Cheek” as well.
(Insulated tumbler in “Lion Around”)
(Planner in “Multi Cheek to Cheek” and S’well Bottle in “Hangin’ with My Boo”)
You can read more details about the September 2019 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale here. Then the evening of the first day of the sale, I will publish a blog post with my top picks from the sale that are still available. Between working full-time and the craziness of the initial rush the morning of the sale, I won’t be able to link items prior to then. But I promise to keep y’all in the loop on my favorite sale items as soon as I’m able.
Will you be shopping the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale? If so, what are you hoping to score?
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