Every fashion girl looks forward to this day in November — We’re talking about Black Friday of course. This year, it falls on Nov 23. While it originated in the United States, this shopping bonanza that occurs annually after Thanksgiving has become a widely popular global event that sees retailers slash prices and offer jaw-dropping discounts. Best of all, with plenty of online stores available and brick-and-mortar shops offering their products online as well, we no longer have to brave the crowds to snatch up our favourite pieces.
Here are 10 fashion e-retailers where you can get the best Black Friday bargains online. Don’t miss it! Even if you do, there’s always Cyber Monday (Nov 26) to fall back on. Get your credit cards at the ready and click away!
If you wish to purchase something that’s a tad more high-end, hop onto Barney’s New York. Last year (and the year before that too), they offered up to 40 per cent off on selected items, so we’re hoping this year wouldn’t be all that different. Brands such as Gucci, Valentino and Saint Laurent are a few of our favourites to splurge on. Bonus? They’re offering a pre-Thanksgiving sale right now (click here), and some of their items are up to 75 per cent off. What a steal! Shipping is free (including duties as well) for orders above US$450 (S$622).
Website barneys.com, Instagram @barneysny
American chain Nordstrom has been offering an extra 20 per cent off selected sale items on previous Black Fridays — and we’re positive they will be back again this year. Right now, we’re waiting (albeit impatiently) for prices of brands such as Chloé and Loewe to get cut further before carting out. Besides fashion, Nordstrom also has a wide range of beauty products. Think Chanel Beauty, NARS and Charlotte Tilbury. Need to replenish your Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat? Look no further than Nordstrom. Grab them before they go OOS!
Website shop.nordstrom.com, Instagram @nordstrom
Last year, Farfetch offered 30 per cent to 50 per cent off on Black Friday so we think it might be similar this year. Here’s where you can get your hands on coveted items from brands such as Gucci and Givenchy. What we like about this store is that the prices indicated on the website are in Singapore Dollars, so you’ll know exactly how much you’re paying. Just make sure you select the Singapore flag for Delivery Country (located on the top left of the page). Shipping is only calculated at check-out. However, if your orders are above S$215, they offer a flat delivery fee (shown only at checkout) regardless of the number of items you’ve ordered.
Website farfetch.com, Instagram @farfetch
Beauty junkies, listen up! Sephora will be having a sale on Black Friday. While we’re unsure what they’d be offering this year, according to last year’s data, their website had a one-day-only 15 per cent off site wide that was valid from 12am to 11.59pm. A promo code will be provided on their website if the discount does not apply automatically. Be prepared to nab your faves, such as Fenty Beauty, Marc Jacobs Beauty and Urban Decay before they go OOS. For skincare, stock up on Tatcha, Sunday Riley and Saturday Skin. For luscious locks, we recommend Ouai, Living Proof and Percy & Reed. Christmas gifts for your pals — check.
Website sephora.sg, Instagram @sephorasg
For affordable yet chic fashion, Zalora is your best bet. Last year, they offered up to 70 per cent discount across all local and international brands. Think that was a bargain? There’s more: Some brands like Dorothy Perkins and Topshop even offered 30 per cent off selected items if you had purchased three items. Hang out at this site if you want to get your hands on brands such as River Island (no longer available in Singapore since 2013), Mango and Zalia (a modest fashion label introduced by Zalora). You know you can’t resist getting yourself an early Christmas gift.
Website zalora.sg, Instagram @zalora
Shopbop’s Black Friday deals work differently from the rest. Instead of providing straight-up sales, they offer discounts when you hit a certain amount. Just key in the promo code they have provided and you’ll get to enjoy savings. To give you an indication of what it might be like this year, here’s their promotion last year:
20 per cent off — US$200 (S$276) to US$499 (S$690)
25 per cent off — US$500 (S$691) to US$799 (S$1,104)
30 per cent off — US$800 (S$1,105) and above
Shopbop carries contemporary brands such as Blank Denim, A.P.C. and Tibi, so you can take the opportunity to stock up on casual basics or work wear. Their code only works once, so it’s best to gather a few friends’ orders before making a purchase to enjoy the 30 per cent deal. Also, you’ll get to enjoy free shipping for orders above US$100 (S$138). In a nutshell: The more you shop, the more you save.
Website shopbop.com, Instagram @shopbop
Fancy a new pant-suit or a tailored pencil skirt for work? Zara is the place to go for savvy work outfits. The high-street brand’s e-stores in the United States and United Kingdom have been consistently offering a site wide 30 per cent discount on Black Friday, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that our Singapore site, launched early last year, would be similar. Picking your purchases up from the stores is free, but you’ll get to enjoy free shipping for orders above $79 (shipping costs $5.90 for orders less than $79). Great news for those who used to wait for the brand’s year-end bonanza!
Website zara.com, Instagram @zara
When it comes to Black Friday sales, Swedish fast fashion brand H&M does it well. And with a wide variety of items in-store, grab this chance to get all that you need for the holiday season. Last year, they offered crazy discounts that ran up to 70 per cent off. Some items even went as low as S$10! Camp in front of your laptops to get the best deals for their apparels, accessories and beauty products. There’ll be an additional cost of S$6.90 for shipping, so make sure you factor that in.
Website hm.com, Instagram @hm
From fashion and beauty products to home appliances, toys, and lifestyle knick knacks, Lazada covers quite a lot of ground. They’re literally a one-stop shop to satiate all your shopping cravings. Just last year, customers were offered up to 80 per cent discounts and flash deals — we bet it’ll be as epic this year, or even better. We’re hoping to nab the Isabel Marant x L’Oréal Paris lipsticks at a steal, as well as luggages for our year-end trips. Shipping fees will be tabulated at check-out, so do look out for the additional cost.
Website lazada.sg, Instagram @lazada_sg
An international e-retailer that’s based in Montreal, we love Ssense as it offers niche labels such as Alighieri, SJYP (Steve J. and Yoni P.) and Totême. Last year, they offered up to 50 per cent off on a wide selection of items, from apparel to accessories. Street-wear lovers are going to love the deals here. It’s here where one can get beloved kicks such as Balenciaga Triple S sneakers at a discount! Shipping to Singapore is free for orders above US$300 (S$415), otherwise you’ll be charged US$25 (S$35) for delivery. So check out a few more items to fully enjoy the freebie.
Website ssense.com, Instagram @ssense