The Lowdown: Of course, retailers always want you to spend more, but in this case there’s an actual benefit of sorts—the more you spend at Banana Republic through today, the higher percentage discount you’ll get. Take 15% off when you spend $125; 20% off when you spend $200; and a full 25% off when you spend $250. Our advice? Don’t spend more than you normally would just to get the 25% (or if you’re going to, take a moment and do the math to see where you’ll get you’re best deal).
The winter sales, of course, have been on for awhile, so size and selection is limited but we always start there anyway—particularly for those hard-to-find sizes (petite and tall). Tall girls might consider some sale dresses (since you know the hems will actually reach your knees instead of making you look like a preschooler)—we like this gorgeous silk georgette dress, on sale for $89.99, and this versatile button tab knit dress, $39.99. Petite’s might consider a pair of properly-proportioned pants, like these jackson flannel wide leg pant (yes, petite girls can wear wide-leg as long as they’re cut right!) for $44.99.