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Brooklyn street by Alison Piepmeyer

Shopbop is offering up to 25% off almost everything with the code FALL20. The sale goes from today through Friday night, and it’s full of beautiful pieces. (I found my go-to work dress there four years ago.) Here are a few favorite picks…

What are you eyeing for the fall and winter? I’m into everyday basics, like these great jeans and these pleated earrings. (Also, money no object: this top for Zoom calls!) Shop the full sale here, if you’d like.

P.S. Seven things I’ve worn a million times, and Caroline’s genius hair tool.

(Top photo of a Brooklyn street by Alison Piepmeyer.)

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  1. Cynthia says...

    For Elle and others commenting about Amazon. The wealthy have their money in the stock market, real estate and other investments, whereas the average person is paying taxes on wages and salaries. Capital gains taxes are paid when stocks or real estate is sold. If it is sold at a loss, the loss offsets what you owe. Capital gains are taxed at a lower rate, so if you have wages or salary, all your income is taxed at the lower rate. My husband’s and my investments are funding our retirement, and we are both retired. I know the government wants to raise the capital gains rate, but it will really hurt small investors like us. Not everyone who owns stock is wealthy. Anyone can go on line and set up a brokerage account, and I do recommend TD-Ameritrade. You will not accumulate wealth with your savings in savings accounts or certificates of deposit. Not everyone can be a millionaire or billionaire. Not everyone has the same level of intelligence or the same abilities. However, those of us who are financially secure can help those in need, and I prefer to help people I know. My husband and I have lived frugal lives and saved for our retirement.

  2. Lauren says...

    You may want to correct this post, as it’s very misleading. It’s 15% off if you spend $200+; 20% off if you spend $500+; and $25% off if you spend $800+, all with the code FALL20.

  3. Lydia says...

    What a total bummer this turned out to be. I got excited, added a sweatshirt to my cart, then found out…the discount codes only start at a minimum purchase of $200 (at which price point you get 15% off.) This post really should reflect that fact. It’s disappointing to feel misled like this,

    • Agree! I added the earrings from the post to my cart and tried to check out and couldn’t figure out why the discount wasn’t working until I came back to read the comments. :-/

  4. Ceridwen says...

    I love getting ideas for outfits from CoJ. has really helped me to shape my style over the years- still shaping! Sometimes if I am over thinking it, I will stop and think…go simple. Everyday pieces help with that.

  5. Katy says...

    Question for wedgie jean lovers – how snug should they be at first – or advice on sizing?

    I just got my first pair (black) and they are legitimately the comfiest jean I have ever purchased. The name does not do them justice – ha. I want blue too!

    However – they definitely seem to have already stretched out and have less of the magic suck in ness. Do others size down in this cut? (Compared to say jcrew / sevens)

    Thanks

    • Ashley says...

      The advice I’ve followed re: 100% cotton jeans is that they should feel pretttttty tight (but not painful) when you try them on. Like, you ~could~ sit in them, but would rather not.

      They will stretch out with a few wears and, since they don’t have elastic to bounce them back, they’ll stay stretched out.

    • Rm says...

      I bought the 28 (5’4”, 125 lbs.). They fit great, but by midday they were droopy. I couldn’t get the 27s buttoned past the 3rd button.
      Note: I am thick thru the middle. (4 kids and a love for potato chips.).
      I do think that different colors have different fabric content. My “In These Dreams” were 98% cotton.
      JCrew jeans have always made me look like an old lady. Something about their back pockets.
      Good luck! This is an excruciating process. I WIsh you the best!

    • I agree with Ashley’s comment; my Levi wedgies took a few wears to fit comfortably, and now they aren’t too big or droopy at all— they are a perfect fit!

  6. Elspeth says...

    Umm, love Cup of Jo, but this post is very misleading! It’s only 25% off IF you spend over $800….maybe that’s a good deal for someone spending that much, but for us who have been hit by 2020, I got my hopes up over nothing!

  7. Marta says...

    I’m sorry?….120$ for a shirt? I don’t like fast fashion/cheap clothes, but that price is obscene.

  8. Bee says...

    please make it more clear that the 25% discount is only if you spend 800$ :)

  9. M says...

    I’m not planning to shop this sale, but I always love seeing Joanna’s picks and browsing! I do love that slouchy sweater

  10. Sara B says...

    *up to 25% off almost everything IF you spend $800+

  11. Lesley says...

    That dress is perfection!

  12. Ashley says...

    Hey Joanna,

    Longtime (sometimes feels like lifelong?) reader here. I respect that CoJ needs sponsors to exist and I appreciate the work that goes into making sponsored posts fit into the rest of the writing here. That said, I am disappointed that CoJ continues to work with Shopbop while they are a subsidiary of Amazon, a company whose values (or lack thereof) do not align with the values espoused by this site.

    A site as popular as this has power. I hope you will reconsider your relationship with Shopbop and redirect those affiliate clicks to a more worthy sponsor.

    Warmly,

    Ash

    • Morgan says...

      Agreed – xo

    • Elle says...

      Agreed! Amazon and Bezos racking up billions and avoiding paying taxes while so many are suffering is unconscionable.

      This is not to say that I blame people who shop at Amazon. It’s a vicious cycle where billionaires don’t pay what they should in taxes which puts more burden on everyone else. Then the average or low income shoppers have to shop for the best deal and can’t afford to support small businesses who have to factor in the true cost of fair pay and fair taxation.

      Shopbop feels like an easy part of the Amazon conglomerate to avoid because it’s expansive, so for the same price, you could shop independent businesses.

      I really hope you’ll consider ending your sponsored posts with Amazon and it’s subsidiaries. I really value your content and happily shop your other sponsored posts and would support a partial Patreon model as well (where those who had the money could afford to pay, but the content would still be available for those who can’t).

      This is one of the few White owned blogs that has made really positive changes as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement which has been so heartening. I would love to see this space be a leader in dismantling wealth inequity as well.

    • Whitney says...

      I feel so ignorant- I had no idea Shopbop is owned by Amazon! Thanks for the heads up. Though I am a frequent consumer of Amazon I’m trying really hard not to rely on it so much. Making clothing purchases from other companies is an excellent step.

    • b says...

      Agreed. Also, this is rather tone deaf after not acknowledging Indigenous Peoples’ Day yesterday.

    • Elle says...

      I found this page helpful to see a lot of the companies Amazon has acquired or has a controlling stake in: wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Amazon

      Some notable companies are: Zappos, Pets.com, IMDB, Audible, Whole Foods, Goodreads, AbeBooks, Woot, and Ring (there are more than 100 total).

    • bridget says...

      Whitney, they did acknowledge Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the Friday post.

    • Whitney says...

      Bridget, I didn’t include a comment about Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
      Elle, thanks for the link. Apparently most of my purchases support Bezos. Bummer.

    • RM says...

      Ashley,
      As just another reader, this was very well-written and respectful.
      Thank you.
      The preaching these days has gotten overwhelming, and is completely ineffective. I appreciate your intelligent approach.

    • anni says...

      agreed

  13. celeste says...

    Banana Republic had pull on dress pants for sale ($34!) and they are a cropped linen material that slides on like a glove! I think it’s going to be awhile until I fit back into regular pants. ;)

  14. Yael says...

    Buy secondhand! It’s so much better for the environment :) Maybe we can shop again once our earth is not going up in flames . . .

    • June says...

      Yael, that’s absolutely true. Unfortunately, encouraging CoJ readers to buy secondhand isn’t going to put food on the table for the people who are employed by this website:(

    • liz s says...

      yes! and also “shop your closet”!

    • Elle says...

      I agree! These days it doesn’t feel hard at all to make the switch because there are so many websites with great range. I’ve been buying almost exclusively second hand for environmental reasons for the last few years, and it’s had advantages I hadn’t even expected:

      *If a garment still holds up after the first owner, you know the quality has already been tested

      *I end up buying more timeless pieces rather than fast fashion. Sometimes I see something online that I feel like I have to have, but if I can’t find it used I let it go. It’s led to a lot less impulse purchases of fleeting fancies.

      *I can afford to buy much higher quality items/designers – I do searches or filters specifically for organic or for materials like cashmere, silk, alpaca, linen, etc. (this has felt important ever since I learned that manmade materials are putting microplastic particles in the water supply with each wash)

      One piece of advice I really follow is to return anything you get that you wouldn’t still buy after you’ve seen it in person. Sometimes an item arrives that isn’t quite right and it would be easy to just keep it because it was a deal and it’s already in your house, but for me it’s always better to return it and get a credit that I know I’ll use down the line.

    • Elle says...

      June, I agree with the concern you brought up, and I think that there are so many secondhand companies that CoJ could partner with for sponsor income. I learned about a secondhand site from a sponsored post and have done all my shopping there ever since.

    • Stella says...

      So true Elle! I’ve seen Thred Up, TheRealReal, and Poshmark sponsor many blog posts & youtube videos. Both are great second-hand options. :)

    • Whitney says...

      Maybe a post on good secondhand online shops would be helpful! I’d love to try but I’m nervous to dive in!

    • Yael says...

      June, do you think the owners of this blog are struggling to put food on the table? If you’re talking about farmers in the Amazon or in Indonesia who have to destroy rainforest to survive, then yes that might be an issue. But there could be more ethical ways to run a blog at this point, if you were in the top .0001% of the world’s income and cared about global warming. Consumerism and the fashion industry is really not helping the environment right now.

    • Peppa says...

      I so agree with you. It is beyond disheartening how BUYBUYBUY so many bloggers are…