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Nice Saves: 13 Must-Have Items on Sale This Week

Including cult-favorite items at SSENSE’s major sale

By Halie LeSavage
a collage of items on sale in a roundup of nice saves week of may 17
courtesy of brands

Welcome to Nice Saves, BAZAAR’s destination for the best editor-approved sales from across the internet each week. Here, I’m dedicated to uncovering can’t-miss deals for the good of your closet.


My Memorial Day weekend plans are half-baked, and my luggage set is nowhere near packed. Still, the stores I shop more than any others have started rolling out early—and irresistible—Memorial Day fashion sales. The sale on every fashion insider’s lips is SSENSE’s, which returned this week with up to 50 percent off designers from Acne Studios to Vivienne Westwood. Deals that caught my eye all involve status items I’ve coveted for months, like savings on Puppets and Puppets’ infamous cookie bag or markdowns on Jean Paul Gaultier’s dot dresses. Similarly eye-popping discounts of up to 50 percent off Simone Rocha handbags, Sea dresses, and Mach & Mach heels are also live at MatchesFashion and Nordstrom. Really, these sales are an invitation to get a head start on my summer shopping—and if the best pieces are ordered early, they’ll arrive way before the holiday weekend.

Great deals like these usually disappear before you have a chance to click—but I’ve done some of the work for you by curating the best sales of the week below. Read on for my short list of certified nice saves worth adding to your cart before they’re out of stock.

A Holy Grail Button-Down

AYR The Deep End

The Deep End
A Holy Grail Button-Down

AYR The Deep End

Now 40% Off
$75 at ayr.com
Credit: AYR

Not to play favorites with this week’s sale edit, but AYR’s Deep End shirt really is my favorite. I own it in three different colors and am contemplating a fourth thanks to this deal. The slightly oversize fit, square pocket, and breathable cotton are just that good.

Reviewers are equally obsessed with the style. “Just about THE perfect blouse. I only wish that you offered it in more colors,” one shopper writes. “The proportion, pockets, back loop, perfectly aligned and cut stripes... WOW! Would expect to pay 2-3x the price for the quality. A beautiful poplin and this yellow is even prettier than pictured.”

A Summer Staple

AYR The Magic Hour

The Magic Hour
A Summer Staple

AYR The Magic Hour

Now 40% Off
Credit: AYR

AYR, one of my favorite brands, has posted a final sale section with deals on its top-rated wardrobe builders. Whether your summer vacation agenda involves traipsing through Europe or wandering the stacks of a nearby library, a tiered maxi like the “Magic Hour” feels necessary. It’s light, breathable, and entirely put-together with nothing but a structured sandal.

“This dress is amazing. It looks beautiful on and will be a staple in my closet for years,” one shopper says. “Got lots of compliments when I wore this on vacation.”

This Slit Midi Skirt

Staud Hudson Denim Midi Skirt

Hudson Denim Midi Skirt
This Slit Midi Skirt

Staud Hudson Denim Midi Skirt

Now 40% Off
Credit: MatchesFashion

I won’t feel a shred of buyer’s remorse ordering this Staud midi skirt. It’ll be an absolute workhorse in my summer wardrobe, with everything from tucked-in shirts to crochet tanks.

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This Wedding Guest Dress

Sea Camila Corded-Bodice Cotton Midi Dress

Camila Corded-Bodice Cotton Midi Dress
This Wedding Guest Dress

Sea Camila Corded-Bodice Cotton Midi Dress

Now 59% Off
Credit: MatchesFashion

Suddenly, I feel a lot better about attending seven outdoor weddings this summer. My search for a perfect beach wedding guest dress ends with this marked-down dress from the MatchesFashion sale. The tiered skirt is light and airy for hot outdoor ceremonies, and the crochet bodice adds a beachy touch. It can also work as a casual dress with a flat leather sandal in place of a raffia platform.

A Classic Flat

Tory Burch Scrunch Ballet Flat

Scrunch Ballet Flat
A Classic Flat

Tory Burch Scrunch Ballet Flat

Now 30% Off
Credit: Nordstrom

These Tory Burch shoes are winning the ballet flat renaissance. The blush leather and crisscrossing straps are just enough of a wink to actual ballet shoes. What’s more, there are heaps of reviews praising how great they feel. A sample: “I absolutely love my new Tory Burch ballet shoes. I wear them everywhere because they are so stylish and so comfortable!”

A Timeless Yet Trendy Sneaker

New Balance Gray 580 Sneakers

Gray 580 Sneakers
A Timeless Yet Trendy Sneaker

New Balance Gray 580 Sneakers

Now 21% Off
Credit: SSENSE

For New Balance sneakers that are versatile and current but not over-shopped, try this discounted pair of 580s from the SSENSE sale. They’re supportive, streamlined, and ever-so-slightly ’90s-inspired.

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A Mesmerizing Midi Dress

Jean Paul Gaultier Purple & Orange Cyber Dots Midi Dress

Purple & Orange Cyber Dots Midi Dress
A Mesmerizing Midi Dress

Jean Paul Gaultier Purple & Orange Cyber Dots Midi Dress

Now 25% Off
Credit: SSENSE

The Jean Paul Gaultier dots dresses at SSENSE aren’t for the faint of heart. But if you commit to the bold colors, body-hugging shape, and trompe l’œil bikini detail of this cult-favorite capsule, you won’t just be dressing like an insider—you’ll be one.

A Ladylike Mini Bag

Simone Rocha Leather Crossbody Coin Purse

Leather Crossbody Coin Purse
A Ladylike Mini Bag

Simone Rocha Leather Crossbody Coin Purse

Now 40% Off
Credit: Nordstrom

Pearlescent details are my favorite summer 2023 bag trend, and this Simone Rocha find from the Nordstrom designer sale is my favorite version I’ve seen yet. There’s a hint of under-the-sea energy with the pearl strap, but the snap closure and circular shape are very Upper East Side. It’s a combination I wouldn’t have expected to love—but it works.

This Mouth-Watering Bag

Puppets and Puppets Black Small Cookie Bag

Black Small Cookie Bag
This Mouth-Watering Bag

Puppets and Puppets Black Small Cookie Bag

Now 31% Off
Credit: SSENSE

A few weeks ago, I missed Puppets and Puppets’ sample sale in New York City and was temporarily distraught: How else would I get my hands on its famed Cookie Bag with change to spare? The universe and the SSENSE sale had my back, with a rare deal on this cult-favorite piece.

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A Shiny Beach Tote

Paco Rabanne Eyelet-Embellished Raffia Tote Bag

Eyelet-Embellished Raffia Tote Bag
A Shiny Beach Tote

Paco Rabanne Eyelet-Embellished Raffia Tote Bag

Now 35% Off
Credit: MatchesFashion

This Paco Rabanne tote will never get lost in a sea of straw bags. Its coin embellishments and scalloped edges are completely one-of-a-kind (and very much on sale).

A Cinderella Heel

Mach & Mach Glitter Double Crystal Bow Pointed Toe Pump

Glitter Double Crystal Bow Pointed Toe Pump
A Cinderella Heel

Mach & Mach Glitter Double Crystal Bow Pointed Toe Pump

Now 40% Off
Credit: Nordstrom

Mach & Mach’s heels will convince any fashion cynic that shoes can change their life. Just look at all that glitter and the elevated-yet-comfortable pitch.

A Flirty Asymmetric Skirt

Priscavera Pink Nylon Mini Skirt

Pink Nylon Mini Skirt
A Flirty Asymmetric Skirt

Priscavera Pink Nylon Mini Skirt

Now 45% Off
Credit: SSENSE

Swimsuit cover-ups aren’t my favorite category to shop for; I’d rather buy a piece I can wear all summer than a dress or skirt that’s only working with a bikini underneath. Enter this flirty Priscavera skirt that feels appropriate for wine bar tastings, bachelorette trips, and yes, beach layering with a swimsuit underneath. If this hazy magenta print doesn’t speak to you, the same asymmetric ruched skirt is included in SSENSE’s sale in multiple patterns.

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A Piece of Summer Suiting

Loulou Studio Beige Arup Vest

Beige Arup Vest
A Piece of Summer Suiting

Loulou Studio Beige Arup Vest

Now 33% Off
Credit: SSENSE

I fully plan on spending summer 2023 in a series of suit vests, beginning with this creamy, on-sale version from Loulou Studio. It’ll make my distressed summer jeans feel polished enough for summer Fridays at the office.

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Halie LeSavage
Fashion Commerce Editor

Halie LeSavage is the fashion commerce editor at Harper's BAZAAR. Her style reporting covers everything from reviewing the best designer products to profiling emerging brands and designers. Previously, she was the founding retail writer at Morning Brew and a fashion associate at Glamour.

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