Sunday, April 11, 2010

"A Fashion Editor's Guide to Sample Sales" Guest Post by Haute Mimi

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I had a relaxing afternoon at the beach! Today I have a guest post from one of my favorite blogs, Haute Mimi! Check out their tips on navigating the fashion jungle that is the sample sale.

We all love designer clothing and accessories, but most of us wish that the steep designer prices were lower. So what is a fashionista to do? Shop sample sales of course! Sample sales typically is a means for retail businesses to discard extra merchandise from their showrooms. The clothing was usually worn on the catwalk and on photo shoots. Sample sales are a great way to get near to perfect clothing and accessories at a fraction of the retail price.
How To Find Sample Sales

In Print

Many local newspapers and magazines list sample sales. New York Magazine and Time Out NY are two titles that are known for their heavy coverage of sample sales. Fashion trade publications also list upcoming and current sample sales.


Sign up for designers' newsletters on their websites and rest assured when they have a sample sale they will send you an email dishing out all the details of the sale.

Sample sales are difficult to come by, but with the power of the Internet finding sample sales is a cinch. My favorite website for sample sale hunting is a cool new site that lets members list up-to-the-minute sample sales and connect with fashionistas nationwide. The site lists physical sample sales happening right now in New York City and Los Angeles and also online sample sales from top online sample sale sites including Gilt and Editor's Closet.
What To Look For At Sample Sales

It's easy to get excited at a sample sale and purchase everything you see. Keep these tips in mind:

•Make sure it fits your body now.

•Check that all seams, hems, buttons and zippers are in tact.

•Only buy an item if you are absolutely in love with it, if you only wear the item once then it's not really a deal.

How To Survive At A Sample Sale

Sample sales somehow bring out the bad in some, remember the sample sale scene from Confessions of A Shopaholic? They can be packed with fashionistas all vying for the Gucci Jackie O bag on sale at 60% off. Some things to keep in mind when shopping sample sales:
•Arrive early. At least a half hour before the sale starts.

•Bring cash. This way you won't over spend and regret it, seeing as most sample sales are final sale.

•Dress lightly. There are rarely dressing rooms at sample sales so be smart and wear minimal clothing and easy to take off shoes to try on things easily.

Sample sales are a great way to cultivate a closet full of designer clothing for a steal. Happy shopping and good luck fashionistas!

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xoxo, lauren



Love the tips!

veronicaa said...

Great post :)
Xo Veronica

Anonymous said...

Sigh, If only I fit into sample sizes...

MizzJ said...

Great tips! Having survived a few sample sales myself, I cannot stress the dressing strategically tip enough - you really need to and have little shame in throwing off your clothes to try stuff on in the middle of a room!

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Haute World said...

Great advice! I've been to some crazy sample sales where women just grabbed everything they saw and wouldn't let go. Others have been very tame (completely empty and very organized). I definitely recommend dressing light and not bringing your favorite coat or bag. Once they almost lost my jacket in the wardrobe area!

Twin XL said...

Thanks for the tips!!!!!

Vibram Five Fingers said...

I love the movie "Confessions of a Shopaholic". I think every girl can totally relate to the shopping addiction of the main char. And for me, i learned not to shop except when it's SALE time.

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