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August 28, 2018

When is the Summer 2018 After Party Sale? (It's COMING!)

     As a huge Lilly Pulitzer lover, I am so excited to share with y'all that the end-of-summer After Party Sale is indeed finally on the way! Typically this sale is held at the end of August each summer, but this year it'll be a couple weeks later. Thankfully- I have a strong belief in the phrase "Good things come to those who wait," and I know that phrase will definitely apply to this September's After Party Sale! 😉

September After Party Sale - Lilly Pulitzer

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     Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Q &A: 

  •      What is the After Party Sale? The After Party Sale is Lilly Pulitzer's best sale of the year! It is held twice a year, online and in Lilly Pulitzer official stores (some signature stores choose to participate as well), in the winter, and the end-of-summer. Lilly Pulitzer merchandise rarely goes on sale, and during the APS various fashion pieces and accessories are marked down between 30-70% off depending on the item! Shipping is also FREE (although it is always free shipping at Lilly- sale or no sale! 😉). If you're familiar at all with the Lilly brand, you know that their dresses and other apparel can be quite pricy. I buy most of my Lilly pieces during the APS since those prices fit my budget much better! A lot of bloggers get very hyped each summer about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale... The After Party Sale in my opinion is much better than the NSale, and really is the only sale each year that I go nuts over.

  •      When is the After Party Sale? This is the first time I can remember in awhile that the After Party Sale is in September! Typically the end-of-summer APS is at the end of August. The sale runs Monday, September 10th through Wednesday, September 12th. (MARK YOUR CALENDAR!) The sale always opens to the public at 8 am EST. Trust me... from experience, if you can be online and waiting in the shopping queue at 8, you WANT to be!! I realize that some of you might be at work or in class during that time, or doing your morning commute then. If possible, arrange your schedule so you'll be able to shop when it opens! I would never encourage that for any other sale, but this one is that good. 😊 Over the past few years, I've showed up at school or work really early (or adjusted my schedule slight for the day) so that 8-11 am is dedicated to shopping. 

  •      What is the queue shopping system? If this is your first time shopping in an After Party Sale, you might be surprised at how popular this is! Lilly's website gets an enormous amount of traffic in the first day of the After Party Sale! If you're online and ready to shop at 8 am, you will be placed into a queue while waiting for the website to open. You might get scared if you see your shopping number say something very high like 50,000... but don't panic! Lilly uses this system to try and prevent website crashes (which have happened before). Generally speaking, the line does move quite quickly. I can only think of one APS when I had to wait a full two hours for my number to get me into the website, and even then I was still able to purchase the item that I wanted! Other times, I've gotten into shop in less than 20 minutes. The main thing to remember is DO NOT refresh your browser! Just wait it out - it will pay off! Something you can do though is shop on multiple devices! Pull out your laptop, work computer, iPad, phone (Lilly has an iPhone app!), old iPod Touch, etc. A final tip for today- if you don't have a shopping account with Lilly Pulitzer yet, make one NOW! This will save you so much time for the day that the sale opens. 

  •      I hate online shopping and the queue sounds stressful! Can I shop in-store? YES! All Lilly Pulitzer company owned stores and most signature stores participate in the APS. This is a great way to support your local Lilly store by shopping in-store instead of online! Some stores even do an in-store preview of sale merchandise the day before the sale. Find your closest Lilly store here! A lot of signature stores post their APS merchandise on their websites or Instagram, so if something you love sells out on the Lilly website, you can try shopping that way too!

  •      Any shopping strategy tips? Something to keep in mind is that the After Party Sale is 100% FINAL SALE, so if you purchase something that does not fit, you will have to get creative in ways of reselling the items. I recommend browsing the Lilly Pulitzer website now to get an idea for the types of clothing and accessories that you might want. These exact pieces might not be the ones featured in the sale, but chances are there will be something similar! (Like the same style dress in another print.) What I'm looking for varies each time there is an After Party Sale! Last time around, I was looking for Lilly pieces that I could wear to work, since in the winter I was starting to look for new radio jobs (I ended up finding my new job about a month later!) This time around, I'm specifically hunting for Luxletic leggings or pieces (this is Lilly's activewear line),  casual tops, and a new shift dress.  

  •      How does sizing work for Lilly Pulitzer? This is a brand where sizing does vary between different styles of clothing! I've worn everything from an XXS to an M, and numeric sizes 0-4- depending on the piece of clothing. If you're not familiar with Lilly, if possible try and get to a store before the APS so that you can try on some pieces yourself and get an idea for what you like. I have published two Lilly Pulitzer style guides in the past year (in partnership with Pink Colony in Stowe, Vermont!), and in both of these posts I share which sizes I'm wearing in which pieces. 

      Here are some examples of pieces and styles that I'll be looking for myself in the next APS! Since this one is late, it actually falls the week after my birthday. Happy belated birthday to ME! 😉

     What will you be shopping for in the upcoming After Party Sale?

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 


  1. I love the Bermuda length shorts (chipper). I would also love to see what sort of cover-ups are in line for the sale.
    Sept 10 is my birthday and I know what I will be doing part of the day.

  2. So excited for the sale! I'm hoping to snag a cashmere wrap and maybe a few dresses!


  3. so excited to shop for summer sale! I'll be living overseas this year and several locations are in Summer when we are in Fall/Winter so this will be perfect. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I am so excited for the sale!! I have a post all about the APS ready to go live this week!

  5. I'm so excited for the sale! Hopefully, I'll get to buy some nice stuff before everything is sold out.


  6. So many cute picks! If only the NSale didn't totally wipe out my new clothes budget, haha.

  7. This is an amazing sale!! I don't own any Lilly but I love the patterns!

  8. I honestly love a good sale! yall always look so good in lily! I cant seem to pull it off!

  9. I've never purchased anything from Lily Pulitzer. May be time to start with this sale!

  10. I’ve never purchased anything but definitely would be interested in some dresses!

  11. WOW. I love Lily but I never knew she had these sales! I can’t wait to check online for what I can purchase!!

    Ash |

  12. Great tips! I Lily dresses aren't my usual style but I think you listed great tips for shopping!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  13. I love those floral prints on you! So cute!! I never knew Lily had sales like this! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Kendra B

  14. This Q&A made me feel a lot better for the sale! I havent participated since last year so I needed a little refresher! haha


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