On my recent trip to NYC, I planned to visit as many off-price retailers as I could. By the end of my trip, I had been to 13 discount department stores:
2 Daffy’s stores
3 TJ Maxx stores
3 Marshalls stores
2 Filene’s Basement stores
1 Loehmann’s store
1 Nordstrom Rack
1 Burlington Coat Factory
Filene’s Basement emerged as a clear favorite shopping stop this time. You see, I have been growing my dress collection for the past three years and the dress section at Filene’s basement is quite extensive. I think I was grinning from ear to ear when I entered the store on the Upper West Side. The store looked like a discount dress heaven. There were Max Studio, Marc New York, BCBG, Ellen Tracy, French Connection and many more dresses everywhere.
My first thought was, “I wonder how many items I could take into a fitting room?” With a handful of dresses, I headed to a fitting room.
What I Bought
I purchased a black Adrienne Vittadini dress because of its classic, form-fitting style with a little edge via the zig zag zippers.
|Adrienne Vittadini knit dress with zippers|
I also bought a BCBG t-shirt dress with darling yellow layers because it exudes such a unique flavor. What can I say? I was instantly attracted to this dress and just had to have it.
|BCBG tiered t-shirt dress|
What I Didn’t Buy
|Marc New York sheath dress|
|Max Studio tank dress|
The Marc New York dress would work well for work, but I needed to size up. Do you ever pass on an item because you just don’t feel like returning to the floor, grabbing another size, and trying on the item again? Well, that’s what happened here.
The Max Studio tank dress had a striking racerback and I wanted it for that reason only. The top of the smallest size available, however, was too big. I also noticed that Max Studio dresses are more expensive in Filene’s than they are in Marshalls and TJ Maxx.