Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Most women I know like the clothes at Reformation. Pieces run the gamut from casual T-shirts to extremely sexy dresses, and while the brand’s messaging can run off the rails sometimes (this Instagram from Lorna Simpson’s daughter, Zora, comes to mind), the company’s dedication to sustainable fabrics and ethical production methods means you can actually feel pretty good about shopping there. (It even made the Seal of Approval list at Project Just, a nonprofit that researches and catalogues the manufacturing processes, as well as social and environmental impact, of fashion brands.)
That is, if you can afford it. It’s hard to work $98 tank tops and $248 sundresses into a budget outside of special occasions. Instead, most women I know — myself included — save their Ref shopping for the brand’s rare sales. Lucky for us, the summer sale starts today. Last week, more than 1,000 styles were marked down by 30%, and now the discounts are even better, with items up to half-off.
Shop our picks below, but keep in mind: Everything is final sale, and the sizing on some items can be weird. I’ve tried on dresses in my regular size that fit skin-tight in the arms and baggy in the waist, or huge in the boobs but unable to slide over my thighs. Unless you’ve tried on a similar style in person and know it works for you, it’s probably best to stick to stretchy fabrics and simple silhouettes.