There is no doubt that Barneys is pretty much every girl’s happy place; I go in sometimes just to visit my pretties in the jewelry department and swiftly walk out with a smile. Buuut, it’s not exactly wallet-friendly. You all know my distaste for paying full price (remember those Manolos on sale?), so the Barneys outlet back at home in Florida is probably the store I shop at most next to J.Crew. I can’t even count how much designer swag, particularly dresses and shoes, that I’ve scored at 70% percent off, including a lovely pair of turquoise Jil Sander t-straps for $90! It’s kinda dangerous;)
So this warehouse of goodies is definitely one of my first stops when I’m back in town. The key to shopping outlets is digging, though I’ll say I don’t think that this outlet is particularly daunting. There aren’t heaps of clothing buried in a mass on wide tables like some other outlet emporiums. It’s fairly organized by new merch in the front, with an abundant sale section usually in the back on racks. Everything from Celine (remember this from Pre Fall 2011?) and Balenciaga to more contemporary labels like rag & bone and DvF can be found at a discount of usually at least 30-50%, but there always seems to be some additional discount or promotion.
I walked away with this emerald silk beauty by Mason for $60, down from a hefty $350. No brainer! It’s hard to understand the fit from the picture, but it has a blousey fit on the top, with a very fitted pencil skirt silhouette on the bottom…and a saucy slit up the side! I thought it would be a sexy, sophisticated cocktail dress to add to my lacking night time wardrobe.
I also nabbed a cozy grey wool sweater (not pictured) with a detachable faux fur collar for a mere $35, ’cause a girl can never have too many sweaters, especially during New York winters! I thought the baby blue Marc by Marc backpack was pretty cool too, back to school style done the fashionable way.
And even after all the retail fun that I just couldn’t help but be stopped in my tracks by a STUNNING Lanvin textured wool coat (also Pre-Fall 2011) with leather buckles and a fur gilet in the front. It was pocket change at $3500 with an extra 60% off, down from a whopping $5000 something (pfff, totally reasonable). It caught my eye, but I didn’t even bother picking it up until I was in the dressing room and my mom runs over to me with the coat in hand and exclaims, “Isn’t this amazing?! You have to try it on.” Funny mom. She thought it was $350 and was ready to snatch it. So I indulged in a Paris high fashion moment just for fun and even got her to snag me some classic pumps to try it on with…Devil Wears Prada syndrome set in after that.
Just divine, darling. And vogue!
I’m having wayyy too much fun with this.
Oh, Alber. You make my heart sing.