Black Friday 2021 Clothes Deals: What Apparel Offers Can You Expect This Year?
For shoppers not used to the extensive sales of Black Friday, it might seem like a weird time to shop for clothing. But the sheer volume of offers makes it a great time to do exactly that. Whether you need clothes for your own closet or you like to gift cozy sweaters, there's bound to be an excellent deal to take advantage of during Black Friday 2021.
Check out our guide to Black Friday 2021 clothes deals, and learn about the apparel discounts to expect for men, women, and kids, as well as the potential pitfalls we might run into.
Key Clothing Predictions
What to Expect From Black Friday 2021 Clothes Deals
Men's Suits Will Be $100 or Less
If you're in need of a new suit, know that Black Friday is one of the best times to pick up one — or more — to refresh your wardrobe. Last year we saw 2-piece suits fall to only $60 at stores like Macy's, but even if you don't need a full-blown suit, you can still find suit separates at great prices. Sport coats were as low as $23, and blazers and suit jackets started at $19. Looking for something festive? We also saw "ugly" Christmas suits for only $30, but buying one would ensure you'd be the best-dressed attendee at any ugly sweater party.
Men's Shirts Will Fall to $4
Whether you need casual or dress shirts, Black Friday will be a good time to stock your closet. Watch for T-shirts to be as little as $4 each at stores like Target, although you can expect to find 2-packs of these basics for as little as $5 at retailers like Amazon. Shop Lands' End for button-ups and polos, which should see discounts that drop them to $7 and $9 each, respectively. When it comes to everyday sweaters, though, expect those to be a little pricier — the best deal we saw on these cozy items last year dropped them to $21 at Banana Republic Factory.
Men's Jeans and Other Clothing Will Be $20 or Less
Jeans are another closet staple for many shoppers, and if you're looking for men's denim, you can expect prices to drop below $20. In fact, we saw jeans for as little as $18 at stores like Amazon and Macy's last year. But it's not just jeans — we expect to see boxer briefs for $5 each, accessories like new wallets for $5, and running shorts for only $6 at a variety of retailers, both online and in-person.
Women's Jeans Will Drop to $10
Shopping for women's jeans can be a challenge, but at least around Black Friday the price will be right! We expect to see these wardrobe basics fall to only $10 at retailers like Costco again this year, while stores like Kohl's should have them priced around $13. However, you can count on other brands having rare sales on denim, as well. For instance, Lucky Brand offered up discounts of an extra 60% off during its Cyber Monday sale last year.
Women's Winter Items Will Cost as Little as $1
We often advise not buying seasonal clothing until the season in question is almost over. After all, that's when we tend to see the best deals, whatever the items may be. But holding off until the end of winter to buy cold-weather accessories means barely having any chilly temperatures left to ward against. Fortunately, Black Friday is an exception rather than the rule, as you'll be able to find discounts on fall clothing, but also select savings on winter items to help you get a jump on restocking your cold-weather apparel.
Last year we saw accessories like tech touch gloves for only $1 at stores like Target, while scarves were as low as $8. We also saw leggings for only $4, and sweaters between $4 and $8 at Kohl's. And if you want some boots to go with your cozy fall look, watch for retailers like Blair to offer rain boots for as little as $11, and for Kohl's to discount a variety of boot styles to only $13.
Other Women's Clothing Will Start at $4
If you're looking to spice up your wardrobe with some graphic tees, look no further than Old Navy. Around Black Friday last year, the retailer had a selection of these everyday basics for only $4 each. Need a different look? Tank tops dropped to $5 at stores like 32 Degrees, and a variety of tops went on sale at Kohl's for between $4 and $8. If you want new dresses for the holidays, look to retailers like Venus, which offered these fancy frocks for as little as $14 last year.
Get Kids' Winter Coats for $16 From Black Friday Coat Sales
Shopping for kids' clothes can be difficult, especially if they're in the midst of a growth spurt. But for the last few years, we've seen Macy's at least make coat shopping easier by dropping prices to $16 on these winter essentials for kids. They did it again last year, and we fully expect to see them offer this discount once more this year.
Watch for cozy outerwear to be on sale elsewhere, too. We saw hoodie and pant sets for $13 in 2020 at eBay, and reversible jackets for only $20 at Eddie Bauer. If Macy's doesn't have the Black Friday jacket deals you want for as low as $16, watch for the store to have other hefty discounts — it knocked 65% off kids' jackets on Cyber Monday in 2020. Meanwhile, Amazon offered Cubcoats for up to 50% off.
Kids' Shoes Will Be $14
Interested in Black Friday shoe deals for 2021? If your kids need new kicks, prepare for a glut of sales around Black Friday. We saw prices drop as low as $14 last year, specifically on a pair of adidas at eBay, although the retailer had a number of different adidas running shoes on sale for $17 per pair, as well. And Sperry duck boots, a welcome addition in any wet and cold climate, were pricey at $50 per pair, but they also have staying power and tend to be quality-made.
What to Know About Black Friday 2021 Clothes Sales
Clothing may be more expensive. Cotton prices have reached a decade high, and that could be mean higher prices in general. In turn, that could translate to more modest Black Friday discounts than what we're used to seeing. While our predictions are based on the best-case scenario, there's no guarantee we'll see prices drop as low as they have in previous years.
There may be a smaller selection. Clothing is still largely made overseas, which means companies in America may be deeply affected by issues at these factories. For instance, Vietnam is the "second-biggest supplier of apparel and footwear to the United States after China," according to The New York Times, and since it's experiencing factory shutdowns, American retailers are scrambling. Because of this, industry experts are expecting the shortages to potentially translate to a smaller selection of items overall.
Restocks will be an issue. The holiday shopping season of 2020 was marked by shipping delays, but holiday shopping 2021 will likely be defined by shipping delays, goods shortages, and higher prices in general. And unfortunately, that could lead to restocking being a problem, as it'll be harder for retailers to get more inventory in a timely manner.