It happens to the best of us — a lust for designer looks that doesn't align with the realities of spending money (and our ability to still pay for less optional expenses, like food and shelter).
But sometimes, sales work in our favor; right now, Last Call by Neiman Marcus takes an extra 50% off clearance items. Plus, orders of $75 or more get free shipping via coupon code "FREESHIP". (Otherwise, shipping starts at $5.)
We carefully combed through the sale to find the top designer pieces that check in at prices around $150. With styles that range from everyday staples to special-occasion threads, you'll find something that fits any fashion need.
Designer on a Dime
Catherine Catherine Malandrino Women's Delilah Cowl-Neck Dress for $40 with $5 s&h ($98 off)
If you struggle to incorporate color into your wardrobe, this is an easy way to do it. A simple silhouette and a solid, print-less fabric tones down the look.
Marc New York by Andrew Marc Men's Melvin Safari-Pocket Tech Jacket for $68.25 with $7 s&h ($207 off)
If you ever wanted to look like a Silent Hill protagonist, this is the jacket for you. It's got pockets for your flashlight, health drinks, and map.
Black and Bling
BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Faricia Studded Cutout Pumps for $122.50 with free shipping via "FREESHIP" (a low by $80)
Everyone needs a pair of shoes demure enough for professional engagements that can also make the transition to social affairs. These are them.
Isaac Mizrahi Women's Battenberg Lace Piped Cocktail Dress for $52.50 with $7 s&h (a low by $3)
Removing white from your wardrobe after Labor Day is so not a thing any more. Prove you don't follow outdated rules by wearing this to your next event.
Into the Blue
Penguin Men's Brogue Suede Wing Tip Shoes for $64.50 with $7 s&h (a low by $98)
If blue suede shoes were good enough for Elvis, they're definitely cool enough for you.
Cohesive Men's Pull-On Nautical-Stripe Jersey Shorts for $36 with $5 s&h ($64 off)
All the comfort of sweatpants, but you'll look much more put together thanks to the design details (and no elastic leg holes).
Frye Women's Kara Strappy Mixed-Platform Sandals for $99.50 with free shipping via "FREESHIP" (a low by $12)
Neutral footwear doesn't have to be boring. Contrasting textures punch up these sandals, which still go with almost anything.
Earn Your Stripes
Cohesive Men's Maximo Striped Knit Cardigan for $29.37 with $5 s&h (a low by $34)
This light sweater is not only functional, but it's appropriate for most situations. Go ahead, wear it to work.
BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Crystal Embellished Leopard Print Shift Dress for $162.50 with free shipping via "FREESHIP" ($305 off)
The little black dress is an item surrounded by myth and mystique. Make yours worthy of all the buzz with shiny accents and a subtle print.
Neiman Marcus Men's Zigzag-Jacquard Contrast-Tail Tie for $24.50 with $5 s&h ($65 off)
A good collection of ties is an asset for any man. Herringbone is never a bad choice, and the color is universally wearable.