Christmas in July

The origins of Christmas in July are debatable, but there is one explanation that seems to be the most widely accepted. Since the southern hemisphere is experiencing summer during the month of December, people in Australia decided to have a Christmas in July celebration so they could partake in all the cold weather festivities we associate with Christmastime. Makes sense, right? My girls and I used to have our own Christmas in July celebration where we would crank up the A/C, make hot cocoa, and watch Christmas movies for a day! Now I refer to Christmas in July as all the fantastic sales that happen during this time of year! Since the theme of this entire blog is Chic for Cheap, I'm going to fill you in on the best sales, when they start, and what you will want to purchase at each one.

The Nsale 7/12-8/4
Let's just start with the big one, shall we? Nordstrom's annual Nsale is the true equivalent of Christmas morning for thousands of fashionistas everywhere. The thing that sets it apart from other sales is that they are putting NEW merchandise on sale! Their newly released fall items are marked down from July 19th through August 4th only. Prices go up to their normal retail amounts on August 5th and remain that way throughout the fall. If you have a Nordstrom card however, you get to start shopping on July 12th! This is why you will see practically every blogger you follow saturating Instagram with #nsale a week early. I'm not a big proponent of credit cards, but I do have a Nordstrom card for this very reason (and because their rewards program is fantastic). I'm working on a blog post entirely devoted to the Nsale, so I won't go into too much detail here. Just know that you will want to buy pieces for the upcoming fall and winter because you will get them for the cheapest prices of the season - before the season even begins!

Zara 6/20-???
The Zara sale started towards the end of June and is still going on. Zara has great basics which you can get for even cheaper during the sale, but I like to take advantage of the great prices on some of their more expensive pieces. Zara has some cool, trendy items that cost more than the basics but are way more fun! Unless you are in need of some good basics, I would use this sale to snag some unique looks that can really add personality to your wardrobe.  But purchase quickly because things sell out like hotcakes! And FYI, they have free shipping on orders over $50!

Amazon Prime Day 7/15-7/16
This sale is always a bit of a mystery, but if you're like me, that's half the fun! It's obviously not all fashion-related, so I also look for home items, Christmas presents, and electronics.  Many items are previewed before they actually go on sale, so pay close attention to launch times. There are limited quantities of most deals. I like that they put hot ticket items on sale (last year's big sellers were Roku and Instapot) and not just random crap that you wouldn't be interested in anyway. The only catch is that you have to be a Prime member in order to get the deals.

Macy's 7/2-7/7
Macy's 4th of July sale has great discounts on clothing, home items, beauty, and even furniture. They also offer bonus Star Money and extra discounts with codes FOURTH and FOURTH25. This is a great opportunity to get some more summer gear (because let's be honest, it's going to stay hot outside until at least the middle of October) as well as some great deals for the home.

Leave me a comment and let me know what YOUR favorite summer sales are! Happy shopping! Xo
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