January 2021 Lilly After Party Sale Tips & Tricks

Hey y’all and Happy New Year! I’m sad that my Clemson Tigers lost in the College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Day, but hopefully there will be some good things to come in 2021! Speaking of which, the January 2021 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is THIS Monday, January 4. Definitely a good way to beat the post-holiday Monday blues. In case you aren’t familiar, the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale only happens twice a year. This sale is the only time Lilly Pulitzer discounts items online, and many items are over 50% off. I have shopped Lilly Pulitzer’s premier online sale for over 10 years now, and want to be a resource to help you make the most of it. So today I’m sharing my January 2021 Lilly After Party Sale Tips & Tricks.

Note: Please click HERE for my January 2022 Lilly Pulitzer Sunshine Sale post.

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CLICK HERE for a January 2021 Lilly After Party Sale Cheat Sheet, and keep reading for my specific tips & tricks!

January 2021 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale
(This pajama set is one of my favorite purchases from last year’s January Lilly After Party Sale.)

When is the January 2021 Lilly After Party Sale?

The January 2021 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale begins at approximately 8:00am EST on Monday, January 4, 2021. It continues until 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. A lot of items sell out quickly, so I recommend heading to the Lilly website as soon as the sale opens on Monday morning. However, if you’re unable to shop first thing on Monday, no worries! There will still be great finds in stock later on in the day. Also, Lilly Pulitzer will supposedly be waiting until Tuesday morning to drop some of the sale items on the website, so definitely check back then even if you shop on Monday.

What should I expect during the January 2021 Lilly After Party Sale?

If you’ve never shopped a Lilly online sale before, here are a few things to expect:

1. Be prepared for a virtual queue.

In order to prevent the site from crashing, Lilly Pulitzer has a virtual queue to enter their website the first morning of the sale. You will automatically be placed in this virtual queue when you enter the Lilly website on Monday morning. DO NOT REFRESH YOUR PAGE, as this will cause you to lose your spot in line. The virtual queue shows you approximately how many people are in line in front of you, and how long it will take before it’s your turn. This automatically updates in real time, and when it’s your turn a message to enter the sale will pop up!

2. Items in your cart are NOT reserved until you checkout.

When it’s your turn to enter the sale, it’s important to note that adding an item to your shopping tote doesn’t reserve it for you. This is why it’s a good idea to be intentional about what’s you’re looking for the first go-round. You can go back later for more leisurely browsing. Since shipping is free for all orders $25 and up, you don’t really have to worry about being stuck with additional shipping costs by splitting your shopping into multiple transactions.

3. All sales are final.

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to return something from the sale if you order something that doesn’t fit. If it’s a style you’ve never tried on before, you can make your best judgement based on online sizing. Although you shouldn’t have difficulty selling anything that doesn’t fit on Poshmark, Mercari, or a Lilly buy/sell/trade board on Facebook, the final sale policy is definitely something to keep in mind!

How can I make the most of the January 2021 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale?

Here are my biggest tips for making the most of the January 2021 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale:

1. Decide what is at the top of your wish list ahead of time.

Since items in your cart aren’t reserved until you check out, you should prioritize snagging Lilly items at the top of your wish list during your first visit to the online sale. As I mentioned earlier, there is plenty of time to go back later for more leisurely browsing!

2. Utilize the search function on the Lilly website.

It can be overwhelming clicking through all the sale items on the Lilly website the first morning of the After Party Sale. Although you can filter sale items by category (i.e. tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, girls), it can still take a bit of time to sift through all the options. The past few Lilly After Party Sales I have found it really helpful to type what I’m looking for in the search bar. For instance, if there’s a particular print I’m hoping to find on sale, I will type the print name. I also use the search bar to look for more specific items than the general categories. The past couple sales, pajamas and Luxletic have been the top clothing items I’ve been shopping for, so I’ve typed those terms in the search bar. This strategy can help you save some time during the mad rush at the beginning of the sale, and increase your chances of getting your must-have items.

3. Create an account on the Lilly website ahead of time.

If you don’t already have an account on the Lilly Pulitzer website, I recommend going in and creating one here! This will allow you to save your billing and shipping info, which will make the checkout process faster the morning of the sale.

What are the best items to get in the January 2021 Lilly After Party Sale?

Since I just paid for a breast MRI (which came back clear praise the Lord!) and have some expensive dental work coming up, I had a very small budget for the January 2021 Lilly After Party Sale. However, I did grab this Luxletic skort, and it’s still available in a 00, 0, and 2. I have this same style in a different print, and I would say it runs true to size, but the material has some give. So if you are between a 2 and a 4, you could probably wear a 2. I also grabbed two scrunchies, but they are unfortunately out of stock.

Here are some other things available in the January 2021 Lilly After Party Sale that I love:

Assouline Coffee Table Book. Gorgeous & a great Lilly collector’s item. I would have bought if I didn’t already own it.

3-Pack of Masks. These are actually buy one, get one free, as opposed to discounted on their own. Hopefully we won’t need masks anymore at some point in 2021, but in the meantime it helps to have cute Lilly ones!

Shelli Stretch Dress. Still fully stocked in all sizes at time of updating this post. I have a similar style Lilly dress in a different print that I bought in an After Party Sale over six years ago that is still one of my faves.

Harper Shift Dress. I adore this print and style, and would buy if I didn’t have adulting expenses plus tons of Lilly dresses already in my closet.

Harmon Shift Dress. This isn’t stereotypical Lilly, but is great if you’re looking for an LBD for when we can start attending events again!

Rayanne Shift Dress. Love the color and pineapple eyelet detail on this one!

Sammi Romper. Love this Lilly’s State of Mind print.

Jonna High Collar Shift Romper. The style and the pineapple print of this dress are darling. Once again, if I had unlimited funds and closet space I would grab this one!

5″ Callahan Knit Short. The Callahan Shorts are a Lilly Pulitzer staple, and the 5-inch inseam is perfect.

Madison Skort. At only $24, this Lilly skort is a steal! If I didn’t already own multiple regular Lilly skorts (including two from previous sales I haven’t worn yet because quarantine life), I would totally get this!

Becki Skort. Another great price for a classic Lilly Pulitzer skort.

Patty Skort. I love this style skort, and actually have it in a different print from a previous sale. It’s available in the Lilly’s State of Mind print.

Kristen Tank Top. This tank top in a fun citrus print is only $20, and would be so cute with white jeans during the warm months.

Jia Tank Top. Another printed tank top. This one is a pretty pineapple print.

Shop my January 2021 Lilly After Party Sale Faves

Click on any picture in the collage below, and it will take you directly to the item on the Lilly website.


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January 2021 Lilly After Party Sale

Happy Shopping!

I hope you found this post with tips and tricks for the January 2021 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale helpful! If you have any questions about particular items, feel free to email me or DM me on Instagram! Also, if you’re interested in seeing some of my top purchases from previous Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sales, check out this post!

Also, if you shop the Lilly sale via links in my blog, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Even if you don’t buy the exact items I link, I will still get credit for your purchase as long as you use one of my blog links to enter the Lilly website. Thanks in advance for your support of my blog!

What are you hoping to snag in the January 2021 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale?!

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