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 socialites to celebrities (remember those Angelina Jolie ads? And Oprah on the cover of her magazine in 2012?).
The brand can be best described as clean, classy, and timeless. Favorite silhouettes include pant suits, pencil skirts, sheath dresses, and tweed jackets — which are often described as “Chanel inspired.” These pieces are constructed beautifully, but simply, featuring solid colors, light textures, and straight lines.
This is truly a designer brand, and the price points reflect as much. You’ll spend $1,000 or more on a simple tweed jacket or A-line dress. If you love the brand and want to indulge at a lower price point, you could indulge in a pair of earrings, which at $195. While St. John is known for its garments, the jewelry designs do not disappoint — they have the same timeless quality as the clothing designs.
But the real trick is getting your hands on a St. John Knits piece without settling for jewelry or spending four digits. Here’s where to look to snag some budget St. John Knits for yourself.
We know that 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
1. St. John Knits sale
Few designers swear off discounting entirely. If you time your purchase right, you can save a bundle on your favorite St. John Knits pieces. As of this writing (February 13, 2020), StJohnKnits.com is having a Valentine’s Day sale that offers 25% off when you spend $2,500 or more. That’s at least a savings of $625!
You can also see the sales page on the website, which generally discounts pieces by 60% and you get free delivery and returns unless the item is marked as Final Sale.
2. St. John Knits outlets
You know the drill on outlet stores. Do a quick search on your phone to doublecheck the pricing and ensure you’re actually getting a deal. Here are the locations of St. John outlet stores:
48650 Seminole Drive, Suite 107, Cabazon, California
5617 Paseo Del Norte, Suite 130, Carlsbad, California
910 Camarillo Center Drive, #808, Camarillo, California
2680 Livermore Outlets Drive, Livermore, California
10600 Quil Ceda Blvd. Space #808, Tulalip, Washington
855 S. Grand Central Parkway, Suite 1560, Las Vegas, Nevada
11211 120th Avenue, Suite 35, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
29300 Hempstead Road, Space #704, Cypress, Texas
3939 IH-35 South, Suite 181, San Marcos, Texas
112 Outlet Center Drive, Space F100, Queenstown, Maryland
490 Outlet Mall Blvd., Suite 1085, St. Augustine, Florida
7959 Broadway Street, Suite 406, San Antonio, Texas
4953 International Drive, Space #1A.01, Orlando, Florida
9903 Gulf Coast Main Street. Suite 145, Fort Myers, Florida
3. 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 Knits is a popular luxury brand and you will have a better chance of finding one of those soft knit sweaters there.
4. Department store sales
You can also find St. John Knits at your favorite department stores: Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Neiman Marcus 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 30-50% off.
5. Sample sale sites
Of all the online shopping destinations, the sample sale sites may be the best place to find new, unworn pieces. Start stalking your favorite sample sale sites like Gilt and Beyond the Rack. You could also set up a sale alert on Shop It To Me. St. John pieces are so classic that you’re likely to find them part of the flash sales.
6. Ebay, Poshmark, Thredup
Last but not least, the used designer shops online may be your best bet. Poshmark has a whole page of options here, as does Thredup. Prices range from $35 for a sleeveless top, up to $170 for a button-front jacket. You could also try eBay, but beware of fakes.
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, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.