How to Get St. John Knits on a Budget

When it comes to luxury knits, St. John is the reigning global king. The classic silhouettes and impeccable fit has drawn the brand fans that range from celebrities (remember those Angelina Jolie ads?) to socialites. We know that obtaining anything luxury is going to cost a pretty penny. For mere mortals like us, St. John’s knits will cost us at least half of our paychecks (and that’s if you have a high-paying job!). And to be honest, we’re not trying to spend that much on an article of clothing, no matter how luxurious and fine it is. Nevertheless, being the budget fashionistas we are, we know a number of ways to score St. John knits on a budget. Every girl deserves to own one of those silky soft knits just not for the same amount as our rent.

Where to Find Affordable St. John Knits

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St. John Sale Section

Your first stop should be to check out the site’s sale section. Most designer sites have a sale section that offers up to 60% off full price merchandise. Most of these sales happen at the end of a season. Currently, the global luxury brand is transitioning into spring, so there are a number of pieces that are slashed way below retail price.


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Department Store Sales

Consignment Shops

You should also checkout your local neighborhood consignment shops, or the place where rich people go to dispose of pricey items that either still have the tag on them or they’ve worn once and God forbid they wear it twice. St. John is a popular luxury brand and you will have a better chance of finding one of those soft knit sweaters there.

Department Store Sales

Neiman Marcus and Nordstroms carry St. John and at least twice a year they have a gigantic sale on designer items. Neiman Marcus frequently has midday sales with select items on sale and Nordstrom’s half yearly sale is sure to garner you one of those luxury knits for at least 30-50% off.

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Sample Sales and Flash Sales

If you read TBF often, then you know sample sales are the way to go to get designer pieces on the cheap. Sites like Ideeli and Gilt Groupe often list luxury designer styles on their sites. St. John pieces are so classic that you’re more than likely to find them part of the flash sales.


Last but not least, Ebay may just be your best bet, which should be no surprise. Since Ebay’s site is organized by brand, size, and price, you’re more than likely to snatch up one of those St. John sweaters or knit skirts for as little as $100. That is, if you’re okay with wearing pre-owned items.

Catherine Brock

Owner and Editor at The Budget Fashionista
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
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