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Welcome to the weekend, folks! Not just any weekend, but Halloween weekend. Whether you love dressing up in weird outfits and eating candy until you feel sick (we should be friends) or hate it for some reason, everyone can at least agree on one thing: The extra sales are a nice perk.

This weekend, there’s a long list of sales happening at stores we turn to for everyday clothes — J.Crew, Lou & Grey, Urban Outfitters — plus some deals at splurge-y spots like Opening Ceremony. If you’re still looking for a costume (technically you’ve got until Tuesday!), I recommend paying special attention to the sale happening at Topshop, where you can find costume-friendly items you might want to wear again, too. Just make sure you choose expedited shipping. —Cory Baldwin, shopping editor

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& Other Stories: This Swedish, H&M-owned brand rarely has sales, so you definitely want to hit this one up. There’s all kinds of in-season stuff in the sale section: fun sweaters like this pink mohair number (now $58, down from $115), sculptural block-heel suede boots ($98, were $195), a glittery knit skirt that’s perfect for holiday parties ($43, was $85), and lots of cute accessories I’m considering, like this leather-and-suede bucket bag (because I love a good navy-and-black combo).

Gap: Gap’s “Great Big Fall Sale” deal is kind of ridiculous — prices marked down by up to 50% almost everything, including GapBody and GapFit, then an 20% off your whole purchase with the code ALLGOOD. The brand can miss the mark on some of its attempts at trendy pieces, but if you stick to the basics, there’s a lot of good stuff — including cashmere sweaters for less than $75 (as low as $59.20 with the discount code, down from $148).

J.Crew: Take 25% off full-priced women’s styles with the code SCORE. This sale is great because effectively, it’s as if all the new arrivals went on sale immediately. There’s a ton of cute stuff, so stick to what you actually need, whether that’s coats (I like this navy-and-white wool one that’s normally $298), sweaters, shoes, or clothes for work. (I just bought one of these bodysuits, and I love it.)

Opening Ceremony: OC’s sale section is worth hitting up this weekend thanks to a deal of up to 80% off, with plenty of gems at steep discounts. Expect lots of exclusive collaborations and things as varied as these extremely cool tie-dye shirts (now $49, were $95) to Carel thigh-high stretch boots (now $285, were $570). Oh, and remember that global varsity jacket collab we wrote about in January? They’re all on sale now.

Ole Henriksen: Ole Henriksen is running a sitewide 20% off friends-and-family event, and I definitely recommend taking advantage, because these products rarely go on sale. Need some ideas? I love the best-selling Truth Serum ($38.40, was $48), and our senior beauty reporter swears by these little brightening face pods ($8, were $10). You can read her story about them here.

Lou & Grey: Take an extra 30% off sale styles. Who doesn’t love a sale on top of a sale? Especially when it’s from a brand as cozy as Lou & Grey. There’s a lot of cute, normal clothes in here, but I’ve got my eye on the sweatpants.

Urban Outfitters: Take 25% off all graphic tees. This is a good sale to hit up if you need new T-shirts — like this Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz ($21.75, was $29) one, perhaps? — but don’t forget to scope the rest of the sale section, too. There are dozens of pages of sale items, including these BDG loose overalls ($49, were $69) and these metallic Mary Janes by Crosswalk ($125, were $165).

Topshop: Topshop is having a huge sale this weekend in what seems like a last attempt to get rid of spring and summer merchandise. That said, there’s plenty of stuff you can wear year-round, from transitional jackets to dresses that are great for layering. For some reason the blouse selection is particularly good; I really like this puff-sleeve top ($35, was $68) and this corset-cinched button-down ($30, was $65).

Levi’s: Take 30% off of purchases over $100 with the code 30SAVE, on top of a big warehouse sale event. This is obviously a good deal if you need jeans, but don’t forget that Levi’s has some great outerwear options, too, including a bunch that are already on sale. I particularly like this peacoat with a removable sherpa collar ($134.90, was $198), this leopard print “workwear chore coat” ($49.98, was $98), and this wool varsity jacket ($139.98, was $198).

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So far, it’s no contest. The award for boldest World Series fashion statement goes to Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig. With a blue fro-hawk and red tongue shaved into his head to match his uniform, Puig could not only pass for a deranged Dodgers fan but somehow managed to make his hair more noticeable than the ginger mop and beard on infielder Justin “Animal” Turner.

If it’s uniforms we’re talking, though, the Houston Astros will never live down making their players wear what’s been deemed the most polarizing jersey in Major League Baseball history. In 1975, when no article of clothing — be it socks, shoes, or shirts — was safe from rainbow-stripe accents, the Astros made players wear jerseys striped with orange and yellow. And not just any shade of those hard-to-wear colors (unless you’re, say, Viola Davis), but shades of the snack-food variety. Think Funyuns yellow and Cheetos orange. Even in the 1970s, a decade that gave us goldfish-bowl platforms, the players thought the new uniforms had to be a joke.

The retro Astro's jersey with yellow, orange, and red stripes
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“We had all heard that we were going to get new uniforms for the start of the season,” recalled Roger Metzger, then shortstop, “and the word had gotten around that they were kind of flashy. But the first day we saw them, I think there were three or four of us [who] looked at each other and wondered if they were really serious.”

Oh, they were. The Astros even partnered with advertising firm McCann Erickson (today just McCann) on the new uniforms to rebrand the team. Previously, the team wore mostly white jerseys accented with a comet graphic. In the 1960s, when they were still the Colts, the uniforms were emblazoned with guns, a design element that would face backlash today.

What the decidedly more peaceful “tequila sunrise” jerseys were supposed to represent varies depending on the source. According to the Astros Daily website, the rainbow represented the trails of the comet from the older uniforms on a grander scale. And Jesse Caesar, McCann Erickson’s creative director in the ’70s, told ESPN that the rainbows “were supposed to be the colors of the Southwest, or a Texas sunset.” But two graphic designers on his team, Jack Amuny and Don Henry, told ESPN the stripes didn’t mean a thing.

“I had just finished another project where I was doing freehand-looking stripes for a 100-foot wall, so I guess I was in my stripe period,” Amuny said. “I think at that time I was very interested in relationships between different weights of lines and bars and stuff like that. And I always loved color sequence. So that was about it.”

Sometimes a stripe is just a stripe, but the design remains strangely controversial decades after its debut. Although the Astros abandoned the rainbows in 1986, the uniforms have divided sports fans as much as pineapple on pizza has polarized foodies. They made Esquire’s list of best uniforms of all time, and Sports Illustrated’s list of ugliest uniforms in sports history. How can the rainbow uniform be both the best and the ugliest? It’s like the gold-and-white (or blue-and-black) dress debate all over again.

Today, the Astros wear solid colors — navy, orange, gray, and white — but they occasionally bring back the retro jerseys. While they reportedly won’t wear the throwbacks during the World Series, fans can still find vintage and replica rainbow Astros gear online. Mitchell & Ness is selling a 1986 satin Astros jacket with the rainbow theme for $200. The MLB Shop has a replica men’s Nolan Ryan jersey for $119.99. And if you’ve ever wondered what Dynasty’s Joan Collins would have worn to a baseball game in the ’80s, consider Braxae Vintage Co.’s sequined Astros throwback jersey. It’s on Etsy, and it’ll only cost you, oh, $3,000. —Nadra Nittle, reporter

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This week, we asked writers Rachel Syme and Helena Fitzgerald — the founders of the fragrance newsletter The Dry Down — to recommend their favorite fall scents, telling us a little bit about the feelings, memories, and specific days throughout the season that each brings to mind. (And if you’re expecting them to smell like pumpkin spice lattes, you’d be sorely mistaken; the first on the list is described as a “witch’s forest-hut” and another “like Hugh Jackman playing a werewolf.")

If you want to try them out before committing to a full bottle, the Brooklyn-based store Twisted Lily is selling them all in a $30 sample pack. You'll get six scents, plus a $20 gift card to put toward a future purchase. Check it out here, and read more about each perfume here. —Tiffany Yannetta, shopping director 

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