July, if you can stand it, is really the best time to be a style-loving Houstonian. Virtually everything is on sale, and yet you've still got at least 60 days of warm weather wear before it's time to change for the season (and even then there's a reason fall is all about layering). After-Christmas sales have nothing on the bargains we're seeing on the racks right now. Here's a few that we're loving.
1. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
This beloved sale open to the public on July 22, although Nordstrom cardholder have been getting in on the deals for a week. For the uninitiated, the Anniversary Sale is totally different than the rest of the summer discounts, because Nordstrom marks down new fall arrivals for a limited time before the back-to-school shopping season starts—prices go back up on August 8. It's perfect for fashionable shoppers who want the new ish for the right price, and who don't mind waiting a little bit to wear their finds. This year the sale includes brands like Alexander Wang, Allsaints, Rag & Bone, Marc Jacobs Madewell, Illesteva, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Alice + Olivia and Mara Hoffman.
2. Miles David Christmas in July Sale
One thing that designer David Peck has kept in moving forward with his new line is a penchant for blowout sales. Starting July 19, he's holding his first Christmas in July sale at his new Tanglewood studio (and online, too), offering up to 80 percent off his timeless dresses, separates and accessories.
3. Top Drawer Lingerie Summer Sale
Regularly investing in your underthings will make everything in your closet look and feel better on you, and there's no better time to stock up than during Top Drawer's huge summer sale. The Uptown Park shop stocks bras, underwear, sleepwear and swimsuits for all sizes (holla at my heavy-boob ladies) and now prices are 45 percent off the original sale price, or as Top Drawer puts it, "even lower prices to lift you up." That means some of these high-end bras are walking out the door for $20.
4. Elaine Turner Semi-Annual Handbag Sale
What brand loves pink and holding great semi-annual sales? Nope I'm not talking about the place with a bunch of angels, it's Elaine Turner, which has its colorful and fun yet ladylike bags on sale for up to 60 percent off through July 20. That means cheeky crossbody bags for $79, travel-ready totes for under $200 and some of the best prices of the year on clutches, hobo bags, satchels and more that you need in your accessories closet.
5. West Ave Summer Flash Sale
Why shop one sale when you can shop 20? Hit them all at once, back to back at the special West Ave Flash Sale event on Wednesday, July 20 from 3 to 6 p.m.
6. Tootsies Takes Off
There's no such thing as a stale sale at Tootsies, where anything on the rack is a covetable addition to your closet. You can find deals on brands like Halston Heritage, Diane Von Furstenberg, Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman.