Here is my hotlist after a quick scan of the markdowns at American mainstream retailers today (in-store and online):

  • The best bargain in town is an iridescent black/brown trench coat from Banana Republic. Marked down to $119, it’s perfect for every occasion – from desk to dinner, cocktail, work or smart casual dressing. It’s posh, polished, effortlessly chic and won’t date.
  • For pristine modern-classic business attire, Ann Taylor can’t be beat. Their black, grey and pinstriped suiting is half price and well worth a look. Immaculately tailored coats are 60% off and will probably be reduced further. Their petites area is particularly good and everything is on sale.
  • For little black dresses, cocktail wear and dressy separates, take yourself off to BCBG for something extra special, and to Ann Taylor Loft and Forth & Towne for something a little more mainstream. Don’t be caught with nothing to wear when a formal Spring or Summer occasion comes your way. Save money, time and effort by buying your outfit now.
  • If you’re still interested in buying high fashion merchandise for the tail end of winter – Express is best for knitwear, t-shirts and collared shirts.   

These are just a few of the good deals out there.

Trench coat from Banana Republic ($119), cocktail dresses from Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft ($49.99, marked down from $179).