This Black Friday event is set to be bigger than ever, as big-name brands are already slashing their prices in early bird sales.
While originally Black Friday was a flash sale that took place on the day after Thanksgiving in America, it quickly evolved to run through to the following Monday, also known as Cyber Monday, which was the online only day.
It’s since grown even more recently too, as many brands now hold pre-sales during the week leading up to 27 November (and some even before that), with early bird discounts.
As coronavirus continues, this year’s sale will move online, so you’ll only have virtual queues to contend with, rather than standing in the cold outside a physical store.
Whether you’re on the hunt for new loungewear, a warm winter coat or chunky black boots that will last you years, fashion often sees some of the biggest discounts, with retailers including Asos, Missoma, and Oliver Bonas expected to participate again this year. Below we’ve listed the early-bird deals to shop now and beat the rush.
Throughout the long weekend of sales and during the weeks leading up to the event, we’ll be bringing you the best deals to help you bag a bargain on everything from outerwear to underwear and everything in between, so ticking off your shopping list will be a breeze.
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The best early Black Friday fashion deals
Dalby leather biker jacket: Was £298, now £208.60, All Saints
All Saints’ Black Friday deals have just launched, with 30 per cent off everything. We’d recommend investing in one of its coveted leather jackets while they are discounted, and this one topped our review of the best leather jackets for autumn.
Our reviewer found it to be super soft. It’s fully lined, which kept them warm during a downpour, and has deep enough pockets to fit an iPhone 11, AirPods and a face covering, so you can forgo a handbag.
Dr Martens Jadon Leather Chunky Ankle Boots with Lace-Up Fastening: Was £169, now £126.75, Laredoute
Step into winter in style with a pair of timeless Dr Martens that have had a chunkier update. With the same classic design with added height, they’re a wardrobe staple that will last you years and see you through all seasons.
& Other Stories small baguette in ginger: Was £85.00, now £59.50, Asos
This beige snake-skin embossed, baguette-style shoulder bag from the effortlessly cool design atelier & Other Stories has 30 per cent off. Featuring gold-toned hardware, a fold-over flap, a zipper closure along the top and a slim, adjustable shoulder strap.
Dickies Belspring jacket in olive green: Was £85, now £45, Asos
Dickies, now synonymous with skater streetwear, never fails to deliver the most resilient and durable products. Featuring a drawstring hoop and zip pockets, this over-the-head Dickies Belspring jacket is perfect for the unpredictable British weather. Complete with a front pouch pocket and the recognisable Dickies label woven on the front.
There’s never been a better time to upgrade your loungewear wardrobe, and this ivory pearl sweatshirt is an easy way to look and feel nice with minimum effort. For when you’re out of the house (and social plans are allowed again), you can also pair it with dark jeans, or layer over dresses and skirts too and wear with chunky boots.
Radley Arlington Court medium zip-top backpack: Was £239, now £119, Radley
This versatile piece can be carried as a classic handbag, or worn as a backpack. Crafted in soft leather with a fabric-lined main compartment, this is the perfect accessory to take shopping or for day trips. The cute classic dog charm is detachable so you can pop it on your keyring, and the Radley London dust bag keeps it in perfect condition when not being used.
Karla 2-in-1 slip dress: Was £189, now £132.30, All Saints
If you’re tired of the trackies and feel like dressing up, this jewel-toned slip dress is a great go-to and would even make the ideal Christmas Day outfit. Wear with chunky boots and gold accessories for a simple yet put-together look. Cut to a flattering midi length, it’s an easy to style piece that you won’t regret buying.
Whistles has launched its early Black Friday deals, offering 25 per cent off full-price items, including dresses, coats, knitwear, shoes and accessories. This long-sleeved mini dress is perfect to wear with tights and boots in the winter or with heels and a clutch bag for a summer wedding next year. Whether it’s for work or play, this is a versatile wardrobe piece.
Mango belted wool coat: Was £139.99, now £99.99, Mango
In Mango’s pre-Black Friday sale, you’ll find up to 50 per cent off clothing, footwear and accessories. We love this coat made from a sustainably sourced wool that will make wrapping up warm a stylish affair. The belt is removable too, so you will be able to customise how fitted or relaxed you’d like to wear it.
If you love an aviator jacket but want a bit more coverage, this is ideal. It still has all the stylish trimming you’d expect, with a faux fur lapel and cuffs, but will skim just below the knee. We’d recommend wearing it with jeans, boots and a colourful cashmere jumper.
Puma Core Joggers: Was £45, now £25, JD Sports
The sportswear retailer has kicked off its Black Friday sale early with discounts of up to 50 per cent off trainers, tracksuits, accessories and bags.
Kick back and relax in style this lockdown with this pair of joggers that are perfect for working from home in. Available ins XS to XXL, they’re made from 100 per cent cotton so will be soft and easily machine washable.
Ted Baker Vattal leather Derby shoes in brown tan: Was £109, now £76, John Lewis and Partners
The thing with formal wear is you can never find the perfect piece when you need it, so it’s good to nab one when you see it. The classic formal style of these derby shoes made of shiny leather makes them great for any event where you’d like to make a good impression. With a minimal silhouette, visible stitching details, lace-up fastenings with contrasting colour lace, a visible heel patch and durable rubber soles, these are a handsome pair of shoes.
Available in size S to 5XL, this is a versatile piece to add to your wardrobe. Throw it on with a pair of joggers for your Zoom work calls and on lunchtime walks. It’s a slim-fit design that will layer easily under jackets and coats and make a nice present for Christmas.
Eve wool cashmere blend roll neck in cream: Was £145, now £118.40, Reiss
With 20 per cent off site side, there are lots of great buys on the Reiss website. This wool cashmere blend is one of our favourites, so much so that we featured it in our round-up of the best women’s knitted jumpers. Made from a cashmere (10 per cent) and wool (90 per cent) blend, our reviewer found it was soft, without being itchy (a common problem with knitwear), and undeniably warm.
Protect your feet from the elements with this pair of ankle boots that will be the perfect companion for weekend walks. They’re made from leather and the chunky rubber sole will put a spring in your step. Pair them with your favourite skirts and dresses.
Chloé Faye small leather suede clutch: Was £980, now £784, Selfridges
Large sale events are the perfect time to make investment purchases of the items you just can’t stop thinking about. We particularly love this small leather crossbody bag for storing your essentials. It’s also available in black (was £895, now £716), and we are particularly taken by the contrasting gold chain. Put this on your Christmas wish list.
Mango high collar sweatshirt: Was £35.99, now £25.99, Mango
Add a bit of luxury into your loungewear with this pullover that will also pair nicely with jeans and skirts. Stylish yet functional, it’ll keep you feeling cosy at your desk or warm you up after a home workout on your lunch break.
This practical piece deserves a spot in your closet. Made from 100 per cent leather, it will be soft, but hard-wearing and fit all your essentials. The wide strap is adjustable too, so you can also wear it as an oversized baguette bag.
River Island Tie Neck Button Through Dress – Black: Was £55, now £38.50, Very
While the pandemic may well have put a stop to the traditional Christmas party, with throngs of people and booze-filled dancefloors, it doesn’t mean you can’t dress up at home. This midi dress has a high neck, pretty button detailing and a bow detail at the neck that’s going to become our go-to LBD.
Rotary Silver Sunray with Gold and Black Detail Stainless Steel Bracelet Mens Watch: Was £259, now £129.50, Very
This Rotary watch is currently half price and will make ticking off your Christmas shopping list a lot easier. You can also use it as a stopwatch, and we’re sure this will go down a treat if you’re shopping for something special while on a budget.
Polo Ralph Lauren Logo Lounge T-Shirt – White: Was £40, now £32, Very
The lockdown has taught us that loungewear is a wardrobe essential, so stock up in the sales.
This white T-shirt will go with joggers, jeans and chinos, and can be dressed up and down for a smart casual fit depending on the occasion.
Joules invitation long sleeve printed mini me shirt, 1 – 12 years: Was £27.95, now £16.95, Joules
Joules’ classic shirts have been a staple for men seeking a smart-casual look for years. Here’s a perfectly scaled down version, complete with all the smart details including full button fastening and a button down collar. The teeny tiny delicate blue dinosaur print is adorable.
Joules Weatherly artwork coat, 1 – 12 years: Was £59.95, now £32.95, Joules
Isn’t this the cutest shower proof coat ever? With a fully lined hood and body, storm cuffs, welt pockets and zip guard, it’s practical too. The swing style, rainbow cuffs and sausage dog print make this coat as playful as it is functional.
V by Very Boys Shower Proof Premium 2-in-1 Coat: Was £48, now £34, Very
Perfect for wet, wintery weather, this jacket converts into a gilet via the interior zips, so they’ll be comfortable whatever the weather.T here’s a hood, fleece lining and shower-proof outer layer made from polyester so keep them warm and dry at all times too.
When is Black Friday?
The 2020 sale takes place on Friday 27 November and finishes on Cyber Monday, 30 November.
While the main event runs for a few days, we’re already expecting the longest lead-up ever, as big brands and retailers have already launched their early Black Friday deals weeks before the big day.
Amazon launched its early bird sale a whole month before Black Friday – two weeks earlier than last year – while other retailers such as Currys PC World, Boots and Superdrug have also started their sales.
The fashion Black Friday deals to expect
In 2019, shoppers were spoilt for choice, Asos had up to 70 per cent off more than 850 brands, Mango offered 30 per cent off everything sitewide and All Saints, loved for its leather pieces, too had 30 per cent off its whole site.
High street favourites, H&M also took part, with discounts of up to 20 per cent off selected lines on Black Friday and up to 50 per cent off for Cyber Monday too, while popular outdoors clothing company, The North Face, offered up to 25 per cent off some of its items.
Jewellery lovers also had their pick of the sales, with Missoma, whose demi-fine gold pieces have been worn by Meghan Markle, gave customers 25 per cent off everything when using the code “BF25”. Oliver Bonas too provided 25 per cent off selected lines, including jewellery, clothing and accessories.
How to get the best Black Friday fashion deals
To find the best deals, we will be rounding up the very best of the deals from top brands here, so check back closer to the time.
We think the key to making the most of this annual event is not getting sucked into discounts that look too good to be true.
Instead, come up with a list of products you’re actually interested in before the big day. That way, you won’t buy things you don’t actually want, but look a good deal.
Shop around for the best price, and make sure you know the actual RRP of the product, so you’ll know a good deal when you see one.
Some retailers also start their sales early too, so keep your eyes peeled. Last year, & Other Stories’ email subscribers were given a pre-sale code to give them access to discount details the night before the shopping event launched. You can sign up here now.
Plenty of other brands do the same, so if you’ve got your eye on something, sign up to newsletters to get early notifications.
Here at IndyBest, our team will also be handpicking the biggest savings to shop throughout Black Friday, so make sure you check back here regularly. We’ll also be covering TVs, laptops, fashion, beauty and kids toys.
How long will the Black Friday discounts last?
Some retailers only run their sale from Black Friday (27 November) through to Cyber Monday (30 November). But most will also host pre-deals for the weeks leading up to the event. Amazon launched its sale a whole month before the big day this year, two weeks earlier than in 2019. We’re expecting other brands and retailers to follow suit.
As products tend to sell out, it’s worth writing a shopping list and setting your alarm to avoid impulse buys and to bag the best discounts on items you really need.
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