When I was younger, I often spent my summers in NYC visiting family. Back then, I lived in St. Kitts, and clothing was extremely expensive there because most of it was imported. So, these trips to NYC largely entailed lots of shopping on a limited budget.
Daffy’s was one of the first off-price retailers that I knew. I shopped its juniors’ section throughout the 1990s, always maximizing my small spending allowances. So, on this recent trip to the city, I definitely had to visit Daffy’s to see what affordable surprises were in store.
Daffy’s Stores Visited
I visited a couple locations—Herald Sq. and W 57th St. The store on W 57th St. emerged as a clear favorite because of a very notable higher quality of customer service (cashiers, fitting room attendants, and the floor associates). Both stores, however, had stylish, designer selections at reasonable prices.
What I Bought
I decided to purchase a Claude Brown dress. It was $69.99 (retail: $268). It has a classic, sexy silhouette and fabulous print. The dress was splurge-worthy because I envision myself reaching for it often for any occasion from work to dinner.
|Dress—Claude Brown via Daffy’s|
|Exposed zipper at back of dress|
What I Didn’t Buy
The items below were serious contenders, but didn’t make the final cut for one or more reasons—size availability/fit, fit with my existing wardrobe, suitability for my lifestyle, and/or price.
|Dress—Marc New York via Daffy’s|
|Dress—Rachel Roy via Daffy’s
I actually planned to return to buy this dress,
but didn’t get a chance. It was only $39.99 too.
|Dress—Michael Kors via Daffy’s|
|Top—Rachel Roy via Daffy’s, Skirt-Daffy’s|
|Dress—Ellen Tracy via Daffy’s|
|This dress was either by Claude Brown or
Marc New York
Since I had not visited Daffy’s for a few years, I had to become reacquainted with its floor plan. Some of the higher-end clothing (particularly the European designers) were isolated making them easy to find. But, items by Michael Kors, Rachel Roy, and Ellen Tracy took some effort to locate.
But for some customer service snafus at the Herald Sq. store, my visits to Daffy’s stores were successful. I left with a fabulous dress that I will wear for years. Come back to see how I style the new Claude Brown dress.
Disclosure: I received a $50 gift card to shop at Daffy’s. No monetary compensation was received for writing this post. As always, all the ideas and opinions expressed are my own.