Guys. I did something I never thought I would do – I shopped the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. And it was wild. And I knew I had to pop over here and give you all the secrets and tell you my thoughts about it!
I consider myself a wannabe prepster. If I could build my own dream closet, it would be filled brands like Lilly, J. Crew, Vineyard Vines, Kate Spade, and Jack Rogers. Monograms, pastels, pearls and stripes are seriously the way to my heart. But, in case you haven’t noticed, preppy stuff is expensive. Like, ridiculously expensive for a college girl on a budget. Hence why I’ve only owned Lilly items like phone cases and planners and tumblers (because they’re the most affordable things, duh).
So, when I researched more about the After Party Sale, I learned that it’s definitely something that you shouldn’t pass up. Lilly never has their items on sale – except when the After Party Sale comes around twice a year. And I finally decided tackle it.
Here’s how it works: you log on to Lilly’s website as early as possible on sale day, but you can’t actually get on their site until you make it through the virtual line. Instead of seeing their usual homepage, your screen will have a message from Lilly giving you their tips for making the most out of the sale. Once the sale opens at 8:00 am, it shows you how many shoppers are in front of you and your estimated wait time.
I thought it would be a good idea to get up at 7:50 am (the sale starts promptly at 8) and head over to the site and be fine. DON’T do this. The earlier you get on, the better. Once the sale opens, you’re placed in a virtual line. So, of course, the earlier you get on the site, the farther ahead you’ll be in line. Arriving to the party right before it starts is not the best idea if you want to get shopping right away. #RookieMistake
Once you make it through the line and on to their page, the shopping begins! You want to move quickly, because the items you add to your cart aren’t actually yours until you hit “complete my order”. Just because you have something in your cart doesn’t mean it’s yours.
Here are a few other tips you should know before shopping:
Make sure your account information is updated. That means you should create an account and update your billing and shipping address the night before. Like I mentioned before, just because an item is in your cart does not mean it’s yours. Having your information stored ahead of time will allow you to check out quicker, which will help you make sure you don’t lose anything before you place your order!
Do NOT refresh your page. At all. Don’t even think about doing it. You know when you buy concert tickets, you refresh your page as much as possible once tickets go live? That’s how you get the best seats in the shortest amount of time. But that’s not how you should treat this sale. Lilly will automatically redirect you to your virtual spot in line once the sale opens – so there is no need for you to refresh your page once the clock strikes 8. If you do, it’ll take you to the very back of the line every single time. And when you’ve got sales to catch, that’s the last thing you want to do.
Scope out what you want ahead of time. Since this isn’t the time to leisurely browse around the website, know what you want before you start. Be sure to scour the website and take notes of what you want to snag – while not every item will be included in the sale, it’s a good idea to have a general plan of attack for once you get into the sale.
Read Lilly’s FAQ’s about the sale. Reading the FAQ’s about the sale is literally the only reason I knew to have my account updated, not to refresh my page, and to get an idea of what I wanted to buy ahead of time. If I didn’t read these, I can guarantee you I would’ve failed miserably at shopping this sale.
I said it before, and I’ll say it again: be prepared to wait. Seriously. When the sale opened at 8, there were 61,054 shoppers in front of me, and my estimated wait time was “over an hour”. I didn’t get shopping until about 10:40, almost three hours after I got in line! Once you make it under the hour wait time, things really start moving, so be by your computer and constantly check it! So long story short: if you’re going to the After Party Sale, you will wait. (But it will be worth it, I promise!)
What I got:
My jaw almost hit the floor when I finally got onto the site and saw the sales. Like, dresses were being marked down to $34 (when they’re originally over $100, sometimes $200!). I almost forgot how to function – I was in shock!
Once I regained my composure, I got to work. A lot of the items I had scoped out before weren’t included in the sale, but there were SO many amazing finds that I wasn’t even worried about it.
I got this gorgeous navy striped dress, which will be a perfect transitional piece from summer to fall. Since this was my first time shopping Lilly clothes, I didn’t want to go all out with crazy, colorful prints. As much as I love them, I wanted to get pieces I knew I could make work all year round. This dress seriously makes my heart sing. (ALSO LOOK AT THAT MARKDOWN. I WAS SWEATING.)
I also got this white tank top – and I’m so happy I found it because this is something I can make work all year round. From wearing it with cute shorts in spring and summer to layered under blazers and cardigans in fall and winter, it’s an ultimate closet must have. And, the material and peplum detail make it easily dressed up or down – perfect for class or interning!
You might be thinking Um, why did you only get two things? Since I’m all about sincerity around here, let’s not forget that this college gal is still on a budget – and since I was a first time shopper, I was terrified of having one of these sell out before I could complete my order! When the next After Party Sale rolls around in January, maybe I’ll go a bit harder 😉
If you didn’t get to shop today, don’t worry! You’ve got two more days to shop the sale – it ends on August 30th at 11:59 pm. Lilly also adds new items and restocks sizes every day of the sale, so it’s worth it to check back a few times every day. You never know what you’ll find!
Did you shop the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale? If you did, what did you buy? And – do you have any other shopping secrets I didn’t mention? Tell me alllll about it in the comments below!