While millions of men prepare for Superbowl Sunday I’ll be preparing to run frantically through my local Target store fighting off the fashion clad and eBay entrepreneurs in hopes to score as much of Jason Wu’s first Target Collection as possible. Priced from $20 to $60, the collection features Jason Wu’s signature ladylike silhouettes in stripes and florals, cat print totes, structured handbags and silky scarves. Below is a sneak peak, and to help you score big iVillage is providing you with 5 tips to avoid the pitfalls that many of us felt with the whole Missoni debacle.
So good luck and make sure to share all of your Jason Wu scores with us on our FB page! xoxo
1) Set your alarm clocks!
Be on the site at the moment the sale goes live (this launch will kick off “early morning” according to brand publicists, so we’re gearing up for midnight), or collaborate with friends in other time zones. If you’re planning on shopping in-store, arrive at least an hour before opening to get the best spots.
2) Get off the beaten path
The farther out you get from large, urban areas, the more likely you are to find shorter lines and fewer crazed shoppers, especially for a more under-the-radar designer like Jason Wu. Just make sure to confirm at this link whether your intended store will carry the collection before making the trek.
3) Plan your attack
Know which items you want ahead to save time considering the clothes themselves. (Preview part of the collection at target.com and on the official Target Style Facebook page). When you’re in the store, look around the nearby aisles and the checkout if you don’t see our must-haves–in the excitement, people will toss (or hide!) merchandise in the wrong place.
4) Take a second look
If you’re shopping online and the piece you’re looking for appears to be sold out, try refreshing the page—you can sometimes snap up a product that was being held in someone’s cart the moment it drops out. In-store shoppers should check back a few days later, as many shoppers will end up returning things after the initial rush.
5) There’s always eBay
While we don’t think it’s very sporting to buy up items just to resell them later, there’s an established aftermarket for designer-collaboration pieces. You’ll pay a premium, but it’s a solid back-up plan for that gotta-have-it item.