Back to school sales and deals are here. Though you might cringe when you think of the annual influx of new college freshmen buying all the sheets and plastic crates at your local Target, or swarming through the downtown shopping district, smartphones in hand, you can actually get something out of this year’s back to school shopping frenzy. Namely: a better wardrobe.
Many of the retailers on whom you already rely for your top style staples run sales events and other deals that are meant to attract back to school shoppers, but are actually just as useful for you as you evaluate your wardrobe and decide what you need for fall (even if there are no lecture halls or late-night studying involved).
Whether you’re a student, a professor, or just a professional looking to score some great clothes at back-to-school prices, these are the deals you should take advantage of in reviving your wardrobe for the year ahead. Here are the best back-to-school buys that will help you fortify your wardrobe with some classic styles for the coming year — whether you plan your life by the semester or not.
1. Dress shirts from Brooks Brothers
Back-to-school season is a great time to pick up some new dress shirts from Brooks Brothers. The retailer is offering particularly great deals on its pinpoint cotton button-down collar shirts, which are now three for $229 and come in various shades of blue, white, and ecru. You can even choose among four different fits, ranging from the extra-slim Milano to the contoured Regent to the classic Madison to the relaxed Traditional. If you’re looking to add some pattern to your wardrobe for the fall and winter ahead, Brooks Brothers is offering the same 3 for $229 deal (and a similarly diverse assortment of colors and fits) with many of its dress shirts, including its micro check dress shirts, its spread collar dress shirts, and even its French cuff dress shirts. If you need some dress shirts for work or for formal occasions, this is a deal you don’t want to pass up.
2. Ties from Brooks Brothers
Fall is also a great time to shop for a few new ties to add to your arsenal (or perhaps to inspire creative pairings with those new dress shirts you’re planning to pick up). Brooks Brothers, again, is a destination you shouldn’t miss, especially if you’re looking to buy multiple ties. Many of Brooks Brothers’ assortment of classic ties, from striped repp ties to solid ties to dot ties to bowties is buy one get one 30% off. All the more reason to go for some classic patterns and vibrant colors that’ll keep you looking sharp in the months ahead.
3. Sport shirts from Ralph Lauren
If you aren’t quite ready to transition to a fall wardrobe yet, or if you live in a state where it’s too hot to dress for fall until halfway through October, there’s still time to get some great deals on more casual, summery shirts from Ralph Lauren. Check out the casual shirts the retailer has on sale, and consider some classics like the surf-wash oxford shirt, the linen estate shirt, the gingham poplin shirt, or the striped poplin shirt. They’re all excellent choices if you want to maintain that summer state of mind a little bit longer, or if you want to take advantage of great prices to get a head start on next year’s spring/summer wardrobe.
4. Designer apparel from Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks should be your go-to if you’re looking for the latest in designer apparel with a lifestyle event called “The Contenders” offering the latest styles, and even some special deals, by Armani Collezioni, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo, Isaia, The Kooples, and Vince. Our top picks from the event? Try a few styles you can already snag on sale, like this classic cashmere crewneck sweater from Michael Kors, a must-have calfskin leather belt from Isaia, or a wool/cashmere henley from Vince. Also of note is the Saks sale section, where you can grab some great deals on fall essentials like jeans, casual pants, and sweaters.
5. Topman sale at Nordstrom
If you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe with some clothing from a young, fun line, then Nordstrom’s sale event on Topman is for you. This is an especially great event to check out if you live somewhere that’s still hot, or if you’re still hunting for a pair of swim trunks or shorts for a late-summer vacation. It’s also a great time to try one of Topman’s slim-cut suits, especially if you’ve had your eye on one. We’re partial to the grey oxford suit jacket and matching trousers, or the navy pin dot jacket and trousers.
6. Warby Parker glasses at Nordstrom
So it’s not technically a sale as much as it’s a great deal. But do you know anywhere else that you can get a new pair of glasses for just $95? (We thought not.) Warby Parker’s famous optical glasses and sunglasses are making an appearance at a Pop-In Shop with Nordstrom, so you’ll be able to shop for them both in-store and online at the same store where you can upgrade the rest of your wardrobe for fall. Shop for optical glasses in a dizzying array of colors, shapes, and styles, or opt for a sleek new pair of sunglasses that you’ll want to rock all year long.
7. Shoes from 6PM
6PM is always a good choice if you’re looking for a brand you love at a great markdown. That makes the site an especially great destination for your fall shoe shopping. The secret to shopping 6PM? Instead of combing through the thousands of items in, for instance, the men’s shoe section, refine the results by size, category, brand, color, or price. To get you started, we recommend looking through the options from Allen-Edmonds, Bass, Cole Haan, Frye, John Varvatos, Polo Ralph Lauren, Superga, and Vince to find a huge range of styles at a bigger range of prices. (And if you’re just looking for the shoe above, check out the James chukka boot from Frye.)