If you missed out on the Jos. A. Bank clearance sale, you can still get some fancy clothes at not-so-fancy prices. J.Crew’s Final Sale, which runs through the end of Friday, is taking an additional 30% off marked-down items including men’s, women’s and kids’ apparel.
As usual, though, there are loads of exceptions and fine print. First of all, that additional 30% off is only available online with the coupon code MUSTHAVE. In a previous post I noted that I tend to avoid online clothes shopping, largely out of fear that I’ll wind up with clothes that don’t fit. It looks like my fears aren’t unfounded: An Esquire investigation found that the pant size on the label rarely reflects reality, with some “size 36” Old Navy pants actually measuring 41 inches. While J.Crew was not included in the investigation, it’s not hard to imagine ordering what you think are size 32s and ending up with pants that are too big or too small.
Of course, you can usually return your clothes for a full refund if you find them to be ill-fitting … but not this time. Apparently when they call it the “Final Sale,” J. Crew really means “all sales are final.” There are no exchanges and no returns, so if you wind up with oversized pants, or don’t like the feel of the fabric, you’re out of luck. Of course, you could always go down to your local J.Crew outlet, try on the clothes, and then go home and order them online. But that seems like an awful lot of work.Make sure you check out the available sizes before you get too excited about any one deal. Take this pair of vintage slim-fit jeans, for instance. Originally priced at $96, the sale price combined with the coupon code knocks it down to $49, almost 50% off. But at this point in the sale the only sizes available are 35/32 and 36/32, so as a 32/30 looking to show off my killer physique with a pair of slim-fits, I’m better off shopping elsewhere. Now, this sort of limited availability is not uncommon in such sales – the more common sizes tend to go first, and the deeper discounts are often an attempt to move some of the off-size merchandise – but it’s still something to think about before you get too worked up.