Lilly Pulitzer Winter After Party Sale 2019 | January APS Tips

December 28, 2018

Forget Black Friday, if you’re a Lilly Pulitzer lover, chances are that you’re more excited for Lilly Pulitzer’s After Party Sale. Come 5-8am {depending on your time zone} twice a year, Lilly ladies across the United States huddle around their computers with tall mugs of coffee {or tea} and a lists of Lilly must-haves long enough to make Santa shake. Whether it’s your very first time shopping the sale or you’re a seasoned sale vet, here’s what you should know:

When is the sale?

For the winter sale, Lilly has usually had it the first week of January, beginning sometime between January 3-5. That being said, the most recent After Party Sale began a few weeks later than normal. The summer sale is typically in early-mid August, and this year it took place after Labor Day in September. I would expect the winter sale to either hold the same dates as previously and begin on January 2nd, or to be pushed back in line with the summer sale and begin around January 23rd. That being said, I’ve already noticed within the past week that Lilly Pulitzer has pulled Fall 2018 prints off of the website, which typically happens about 2 weeks prior to the sale.


Lilly Pulitzer has announced that the 2019 Winter APS sale will take place January 7th-8th online. An in-store preview will take place January 5th-6th.

What time does the sale start?

Despite the dates, the sale ALWAYS starts at 8 am on the Lilly Pulitzer website here.

Where can I shop the sale?

The main sale takes place on the Lilly Pulitzer website here. Last APS, Lilly chose to start the sale in their corporate stores a couple days early to try to mitigate some of the web traffic. The following retailers also take major Lilly Pulitzer markdowns at the start of APS, typically around midnight:

Amazon {especially known to take crazy markdowns on the Lilly Pulitzer home items}


Zappos {has been known to have older Lilly Pulitzer items that won’t be on the Lilly Pulitzer website during the sale}


Belk {Belk take amazing markdowns on Lilly accessories and agendas especially}


What’s on the sale?

Better question: what isn’t on the sale? On APS, Lilly basically markdowns everything that isn’t from a current collection. Here’s a tip: if you go into a Lilly Pulitzer store close to the start date of APS, look at the prints currently on their sales rack. Assume that those prints and everything produced prior will be on APS. Expect everything Fall 2018 and earlier to be on sale. Likely none of Holiday 2018 will be on sale {release of Holiday 2018 began mid October 2018}. Lilly marks down clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, and home. In my experience, stores typically don’t have many APS shoes, so it’s best to order those online!

Lilly Pulitzer also releases a limited number of samples and recuts on the After Party Sale. Recuts are items that they didn’t release outside of the sale. For example, last summer, Lilly released the Colette skort in the print Aquadesiac. On APS, not only was Aquadesiac on sale in the Colette skort, but Lilly also released a recut of the Colette skort in the print Local Flavor, which hadn’t been released as part of the regular Local Flavor print release. APS is an amazing way to get your favorite prints in new styles! Lilly has even been known to bring back “holy grail” prints such as Let’s Cha Cha for APS. I’ve seen most recuts done in the Mila Shift, Colette Skort, Buttercup Short, and Callahan Short.

Preppy style blogger Eva Phan of Eva Darling in a Lilly Pulitzer Dusk Jumpsuit in Drop in long brown curled hair brunette thick hair ponytail after party sale tips
Click here to read my tips and tricks for shopping the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale online or at a corporate store.

How much do things cost?

Prices range greatly even within the same category based on material and season. The newer an item is, the smaller the discount typically is with the exception of items that didn’t necessarily sell well. In my experience, this is a general idea of prices:

-Knit dress such as the Marlowe, Sophie, or similar: $39-$59

-Shift dresses such as the Mila, Jane, Harper or Valli: $59-$89

Occasion dresses: $79-$124

-Shorts such as the Callahan, Buttercup, Adie, or Magnolia: $19-$39

Skorts and Skirts: $39-$49

Worth and South Ocean Skinny: $39-$59

Elsa Top: $59-$69 {Will sell out quickly}

-Knit tees such as the Michele or Etta: $19-$29

Finn Top – $29 {these sell out FAST on APS}

-Luxletic such as the Run Around Short, Tank Tops, Weekender Legging: $29-$54

Pillows: $24-34

Jewelry: $14-$54

Scarves: $29-$69

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Wearing the Lilly Pulitzer Colette Skort. $39 on the Summer 2018 APS.

How much is shipping?

Shipping from the Lilly Pulitzer website is always free, even for sale items. For the other retailers, shipping varies:

-Nordstrom: Shipping is always free.

-Zappos: Free shipping on every order, free expedited shipping with Zappos Rewards {free to sign up}

-Amazon: Varies by the seller, however several Lilly Pulitzer items are eligible for free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime on orders over $25.

-Saks: Free 2-day shipping with ShopRunner, or shipping is $7.50

-Belk: Shipping is $8.95 on the Belk website. Shipping is free if you order from a Belk store by calling them.

-Dillard’s: Free shipping on orders over $150, free ship to store on orders over $50, $9.95 shipping otherwise.

Can I return APS items?

The Lilly Pulitzer website and Lilly Pulitzer corporate stores do not allow returns on any After Party Sale purchases. If you’d like to purchase Lilly Pulitzer items on sale and be able to return them, I highly recommend shopping through Nordstrom or Zappos. Both retailers offer free returns.

More Lilly:

Lilly Pulitzer APS Shopping Tips and Tricks
Lilly Pulitzer vs. Kate Spade vs. Agenda Comparison
Free Lilly Pulitzer Binder Covers 2018
Free Lilly Pulitzer Binder Covers 2017
Free Lilly Pulitzer Binder Covers 2016




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