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Meghan Markle’s Go-to Mall Brand Dropped the Best Early Black Friday Sale

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I’m grabbing classic sweaters, luxe suede booties, and timeless winter jackets.

<p>Getty Images / J.Crew</p>

Getty Images / J.Crew

I was really trying to hold off until Black Friday weekend to do my late-fall, early-winter shopping. But then cooler weather arrived and one of Meghan Markle’s go-to mall brands dropped a major sale; I figured, why wait?

Now through November 9, you can take 40 percent off hundreds of fall-perfect apparel, shoes, and accessories at J.Crew as part of the brand’s Friends and Family Event. To access the discount, all you need to do is sign up for its loyalty program (don’t worry, it’s free — you just need to enter an email and password) and use the code FAMILY at checkout. So to help you quickly shop the blowout, almost-over sale, I found 10 must-have pieces, and prices start at just $30.

10 On-Sale J.Crew Pieces to Shop Now:

Cotton Turtleneck Sweater

<p>J.Crew</p>

J.Crew

$98

$59

Red sweaters are having a moment right now, worn by everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Emily Ratajkowski, so grab this cherry red turtleneck (that’s also available in five other colors) while it’s on sale for just $59. This 100-percent cotton sweater is truly a classic with ribbed details at the sleeves, neck, and hem and a relaxed fit that shoppers are obsessed with. “Finally a normal women’s sweater: [It’s] not cropped, not super wide, [and] not oversized,” wrote one shopper who said that when they French tuck this sweater it “actually” stays in place. Another fan loved the “soft” cotton fabric, impressed to find a high-quality sweater that wasn’t made from itchy “wool or acrylic.”

Gwyneth Slip Skirt in Velvet

<p>J.Crew</p>

J.Crew

$138

$83

The Gwyneth Slip Skirt is a J.Crew staple, with the silky style boasting more than 200 five-star ratings. But ahead of the holiday season, I’m eyeing its newest iteration, which features the same sleek silhouette in an ultra-luxe black velvet. It’s sexy, sophisticated, and perfect for any holiday party with the right pair of pumps. Shoppers have called it “the perfect winter skirt,” writing that the “timeless staple” looks “amazing with a beautiful sweater, a great pair of boots, and gorgeous jewelry.” Another fan said that they “don’t want to take it off.” “[It’s] so chic… everything you want in a skirt. I wore it with a black cami, black booties, my black cashmere-blend poncho, and blingy earrings and felt like a star,” they said, adding that it’s the “star of [their] wardrobe” and a “perfect go-to.”

Stevie Pull-On Suede Boots

<p>J.Crew</p>

J.Crew

$248

$149

As much as I love the look of a knee-high boot, they aren’t always the most practical; they can look bumpy under pants and aren’t typically size inclusive — which is why I love a sleek bootie. You get that same chic look popping out from under your favorite pair of jeans without the extra layer of sweat-inducing leather around your leg. And according to J.Crew shoppers, these pointed-toe suede booties are “absolutely gorgeous” and wide-calf friendly. “They’re well made and the style is truly just so perfect — minimal and sophisticated. That’s something that’s really hard to find in a boot that will fit my calves [and] ankles,” said one shopper who deemed them “impossibly chic.”

Palais Topcoat in Italian Melton Wool

<p>J.Crew</p>

J.Crew

$428

$257

The reality is that if you want a nice winter coat that’ll last for years to come, you either have to be willing to dig through vintage stores or splurge. And as someone who tends to opt for the latter, I’m eyeing the Palais Topcoat while it’s temporarily in my budget. This might be the chicest winter coat I’ve seen this year, bringing modern touches — like a collarless design and oversized fit shoppers describe as “relaxed but not sloppy” — to a timeless silhouette. One customer who calls the coat “stunning” loved how the fit allows them to wear “thicker sweaters or blazers under it.” And while I’m partial to the mocha brown version, it’s also available in white and black.

This sale is so good, it’s making me break my “no shopping before Black Friday” rule (and TBH, I’m not willing to risk items selling out). Shop more late-fall and winter staples at 40 percent off with the code FAMILY below, including holiday party-ready metallic pumps, a stunning sweater dress, and jeans that are “so flattering.”

Long-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt in Vintage Rib

<p>J.Crew</p>

J.Crew

$50

$30

Slim Demi-Boot Jeans

<p>J.Crew</p>

J.Crew

$148

$89

Colette Mule Heels

<p>J.Crew</p>

J.Crew

$248

$149

Fresco Top With Jewel Buttons

<p>J.Crew</p>

J.Crew

$138

$83

Side-Slit Sweater Dress

<p>J.Crew</p>

J.Crew

$168

$101

Wool-Blend Shirt Jacket

<p>J.Crew</p>

J.Crew

$148

$89

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