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Great Shape Wear at the Wolford Sample Sale

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Wolford sample sale’s set up was very organized, and it was easy to find exactly what you are looking for. The room had racks alongside the walls, which were categorized by item and shade. There was one section along the wall, that was specifically bodysuits, thin pullovers, thin tops, and string bodysuits. All of those were packaged in small boxes already. That section categorized each small box by size, and it was easy to find your size as well. There was one rack that was dedicated to embellished bodysuits, dresses, and long sleeved shirts. The rack was very organized and had multiple sizes for each item. There was another rack that was mainly just pants and skirts. The merchandise was in color-coated order, which made it easy to find specific items/colors. There were also two boxes of bras, but they were all just thrown in; the sizing was all tossed in together, so people had to search throughout in order to find their size. There was also a large section of tights- both embellished and plain. There were a lot of great colors for the winter and holidays as well.

Merchandise/ pricing: Wolford’s prices were as follows: bodysuits $60, dresses $75, embellished dresses $125, knitwear $80, pants $75, skirts $40, vegan skirts $75, tanks $45, tops $75, waves camo $15, and cotton skirt $15 (The prices remained a bit high). They had a lot of great merchandise and did not look like they were running out anytime soon. The only negative attribute about this sale was that the cotton skirts and some other merchandise were very creased and looked worn out. Wolford had a lot of amazing quality items as well; there were a bunch of gorgeous dresses that had detailed embellishments. There were fancy pants and casual pants- The pants were in mostly just dark shades. There were also a LOT of colorful tights and plain ones as well. There was a whole corner of the room that was dedicated to just tights! The tights were in a lot of available sizes, and were perfectly labeled to make it easy to find your specific size.

Rate: 6/10 The prices were still pretty high, and some of the items were creased. They had a lot of great items, and it is worth it to go if you need shape-wear, dresses, or pants!

What: Wolford Sample Sale
When: Tues, Dec. 3- Thu, Dec. 5, 2019
Where: 330 7th Avenue, Suite 1702, Manhattan, NY

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Chaser Brand Sample Sale – Comfy Staples For That Rainy Day

By Ashley Randall 

The Chaser Brand Sample Sale featured all your cosy classics for the perfect chill day. The prices ranged from $5 to $50 dollars. Among the many plain tanks and graphic band tees, there were also some nice floral and pinstripe dresses. The room was fairly organized allowing for easy browsing of all the merchandise. There was also a rack of swimwear, just in time to show off at the beach but beware because the sizing was pretty limited! The sale had another rack for children, featuring easy tees for boys and funky ruffled sweats for girls. Whether you are in need of a snuggly tee shirt or a nice printed linen jumpsuit, the Chaser Brand Sample Sale has everything in between. The discounts were pretty good, in comparison the graphic tees sell for around $70 retail!

Overall, we gave this sale a 6.5/10. The pricing is very decent but the selection of merchandise is limited to lounge wear and a couple of dresses/jumpsuits. If you are in need of any lounge wear then look no further!

What: Chaser Brand Sample Sale

Where: 231 West 39th Street, Suite 294, NY, NY

When: June 3, 2019 – June 7, 2019

 

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Going, Going, Gone: Inside the Lord & Taylor Closing Sale

Going, Going, Gone: Inside the Lord & Taylor Closing Sale

By: Cristina Martin 

Lord & Taylor opened it’s New York flagship doors back in 1914 making it the oldest department store,  established in 1826. Lord & Taylor officially closes it’s doors to its 5th Avenue mansion January 2019. Goodbye to over 100 years of memories of mothers, daughters, and friends shopping at the iconic store. This news came to us shortly before Henri Bendel told us they would be closing their doors after 123 years at the upper 5th Avenue location. Why? Well, it’s no secret that retail is in some serious trouble. The internet and sites like Amazon have been threatening retail and brick and mortar businesses for years now.

Lord & Taylor was a huge part of my childhood. When my mother finished work, we would browse the floors looking for makeup, outfits for special events and every day, and accessories. I’ll never forget walking into the bright lights on the cosmetics floor captivated by the perfume smells and the glamour. As a kid, there were only a few pieces of clothing that weren’t from Lord & Taylor. Also, it wasn’t Christmas until we passed by the Lord & Taylor windows.

When I was a New York City college student, I entered Lord & Taylor for the first time unaccompanied by my mom. We switched when I started college; she left the city to pursue a new job in New Jersey. All of the sudden Lord & Taylor wasn’t so glamorous anymore. I noticed the retail chain begin it’s descended from high-fashion. Today the store is on it’s way to being extinct and the Christmas windows are black.

It was only right to return one more time together to pay our respects and score some good deals. This past weekend was my first time walking in the store after quite some time. Cosmetics are just as I remember, but after a closer look, I was horrified. As you ride up the escalator, the sales floor is a mess. There is clothing shoved everywhere with no rhyme or reason. Brands or sizes aren’t together. Shoppers are scouring racks just to find something. Almost every floor is like this. It can take you a good day or two to go through everything. Most of the clothing was 40% off with an extra 20% off. Some higher-end brands that were left were 30% off instead of 40%. Some brands pulled their merchandise from the department store. NARS, Coach, and Ted Baker are few big names that chose not to restock the troubled retailer.

How does this sale compare to sample sales? Well, it’s hard to make a fair comparison since many sample sales are only a few days, lower overhead costs, lower inventory. This sale has enough merchandise to fill a department store and significantly higher overhead costs. The short answer some items on sale are better than sample sales, but some items are still overpriced compared to sample sales. For example, J Brand and Halston Heritage just had sample sales these past weeks. Prices at the respective sales were really good for sample sale standards. However, at Lord & Taylor, I scored a pair of J Brand jeans for $14, and my mom picked up a Halston shirt for $16. You can’t beat that! When I walked over to the evening dresses, I found Marchesa Notte for $900. At their last sample sale, they were going for $300.

If you have the head and the time to sit there and go through the seven floors that make up that iconic flagship, or you’re like me and want to pay your last respects, it is 100% worth the trip. You can go home with some really lovely pieces. If you’re a seasoned sample sale shopper, while you browse think to yourself, “Can I get this cheaper at a sample sale?” Happy Shopping!

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Grab your Headbands, Hair Accessories are back!

By: Melanie Capruso

As an avid online shopper (well to be honest, both online and in store…it’s possibly a problem), I’m always looking for small items to bump me up for free shipping. I scour the accessories tab on every website looking for the right item. Usually, I stick to the sunglasses and scarves section, but I’ve started to notice some new inventory in other sections. There has been a sudden influx of hair accessories. From headbands and bows to scrunchies and clips, hair accessories are everywhere!

These aren’t just available online as well. I’m seeing so many stores also up their hair accessories selection. They are no longer just a last minute grab while waiting on line to pay. They are getting their own dedicated section in stores like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, J Crew, and many others. This trend is also being acknowledged in fashion publications like Vogue, Man Repeller, and Who What Wear. They’re officially back!

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It feels like it was only yesterday that any type of hair accessory was seen as childish and frumpy. I know I personally used a headband everyday in 7th grade to push back my ill-conceived bangs (whoever convinced me to get bangs with my curly hair was truly out to ruin me). However, the bad reputation of hair accessories was only a trend of the past 5 – 7 years. Hair accessories used to be a way to add a little something extra to any look. The 90’s were all about the scrunchies and the butterfly clips. Everyone had the chunky, fabric hair tie on their wrist waiting to be used, or the glittery plastic clips in their hair. 

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Via: Cosmopolitan

The early 2000’s saw the rise and fall of the bandana. From Mary Kate and Ashley to J.Lo and Cheetah Girls star, Kiely Williams. You couldn’t turn on the television without seeing a young starlet with a bandana on.

Via: Popsugar
Via: Bustle
Via: Cosmopolitan

But speaking of television, the queen of hair accessories graced our television screens in September 2007, Blair Waldorf. Blair was the headband queen and set the hair accessory trend that lasted for years. Her headbands were seen as chic and sophisticated. Every young girl who wanted to emulate Blair and her style quickly put on a fabric headband. They weren’t used to hide a bad hair day, but were added to her already perfectly coiffed hair. Her headbands were the cherry on top of the sundae. They tied together her look and the new trend of hair accessories is doing the same thing.

Via: Vulture
Via: Pandahall Beads & Jewelry Blog

Delicate bows and patterned scrunchies are the perfect way to compliment a simple outfit without adding too much. What’s your verdict?

 

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To Wear White or To Not Wear White, That’s the Question

By: Cristina Martin

Your entire life you hear you mom say either, “It’s Memorial Day. We can now wear white pants,” or “It’s Labor Day. Gotta put the white pants away.” Well this weekend we face the latter. Many blogs and magazines promote white pants or boots as a favorite during the winter months. So who do we listen to? Mom or the fashion gurus? Let’s investigate a bit further.

After the Civil War there was a rise in nouveau riche. Those who belonged to old money wanted to be differentiated from the nouveau riche since they were considered low class. Old money women set fashion rules within their circle. This way those who didn’t follow were easily identifiable as nouveau riche. Wearing white only during summer months was one of the many rules put in place. In 1894, Labor Day was officially incorporated as a holiday, and society adopted it as the unofficial end of summer.

Naturally, there were society women who told the rule-making society women where they can put their rules. Surprisingly, Coco Chanel was a fashion rebel and wore white all year around. However, by the 1950’s every women’s magazine that mattered scholded women on the fact that white was worn between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Period.  

So it’s 2018, what do we do now? Well, if ask my mother, the answer is a very strict ‘no.’ And how dare you for asking. On the other hand, many women’s (and men’s) publications are telling us to break free from those musty, old rules, and embrace white 365 days a year. I guess you need to decide how traditional you are. If you embrace tradition, then hang up the white pants after this weekend. If you are a fashion rebel, we’ll be eying your Instagram to see just how you pull it off. Hey, if Coco Chanel wore white all year around. That’s all I’m saying.

Happy Labor Day weekend!  

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Battle of the Best Denim – The Frame Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had the opportunity to check out the Frame Sample Sale at 260 Fifth Avenue. Kinda of ironic that 260 is hosting yet another jean company, last week was J Brand so let’s see how this one compares.

The Frame Sample Sale had a shocking selection of sample pieces which were all 50 dollars. The was a lot of variety in both men’s and women’s denim.  While the price was higher for jeans, starting at 75 dollars, compared to J Brand which began at 70 dollars. The jean shorts were 50 dollars which is a steal compared to the retail price.

Overall, we rated the Frame Sample Sale a 6.5 out of 10. The sample pieces were great but the pricing on all the other merchandise was way to high. If a male friend, relative or significant other needs a pair of denim, I’d check it out!  In the battle for the best denim, who do you think should win?

What: Frame Sample Sale
When: Tue, Aug 7 – Sun, Aug 12
Where: 260 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY

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Up To 80% Off at Neiman’s Last Call! Get ‘Em While You Can!

By: Ashley Randall 

All the essential pieces that you MUST have! Because it is not like they are 75% off or anything. Click and shop the links below to find some amazing steals on the internet while they last.

Theodora Fitted Lace-Back Crop Top, Black – perfect to show off your killer abs! (was $195 now $34)

The Easy Stiletto Love Destroy Cropped Skinny Jeans – great for day-to-night and in-between (was $238 now $49.80)

Ragnhild Sleeveless Textured Boxy Top, Red-Orange – if you ever need a top for salsa night, which you 100% do (was $155 now $32.40)

Charlie Ankle Skinny Jeans, Black – Fall is coming ladies, best be prepared! (was $175 now $37.45)

Liana Halter-Neck Embroidered Romper – chic and practical so you can break it down on the dance floor (was $128 now $49.50)

Wrap-Front Peplum Blouse – business in the front and a party in the back (was $175 now $37.50)

Driggs Strapless Popover Cocktail Dress – seeing your ex anytime soon? Please wear this (was $168 now $37.20)

Tie-Front Floral Shorts, Multi – hot pants are in and florals for summer! Duh! (was $198 now $46.40)

One-Shoulder Fit-&-Flare Dress w/ Ruffle Detail – if you have any summer weddings coming up and you procrastinate like us (was $220 now $49.50)

Denim Pearly-Bead Trucker Jacket – throw it over a dress and if you dare wear a Canadian Tux (was $120 now $35.50)

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Vivre La Résistance – The Zadig and Voltaire Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today the ShopDrop team had the opportunity to check out the Zadig and Voltaire Sample Sale at 260 Fifth Avenue this morning. The racks had a variety of colorful tops, pants, furs and jackets as well as an amazing shoe selection!  

The Zadig and Voltaire Sample Sale had the quintessential clothing, shoes and accessories to fulfill every girl’s Parisian dream. There was a lot of variety in t-shirts, tanks and jackets but the best selection was available in the shoes. The Zadig and Voltaire Sample Sale had everything from staple black heeled boots to wild and eccentric multicolored sneakers. Let’s not forget about the great selection of leather and fur jackets as well as all the leather goodies like wallets, totes and mini bags. If you are trying to channel your inner Jane Birkin or Bridget Bardot, this is the place to go! You will find silk bombers, whimsical lace tops and rocking leather pants that will make any look trés chic!

Overall we rated the Zadig and Voltaire Sample Sale a 7.5 out of 10. There was an amazing selection and variety of clothing, accessories and shoes available but the pricing was a little high. The best deal was definitely the boots which retail between $400 to $700 but all were $140. France is super hot right now, they won the World Cup and always have been known for their care free cool girl style, so we recommend you take a look!

What: Zadig and Voltaire Sample Sale
When: Tue, Jul 17 – Sun, Jul 22
Where: 260 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY

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Three Trends We Hope Aren’t Here to Stay for Long

By: Cristina Martin

Spring and Summer are right around the corner, even though it may not feel like it in New York. We can’t wait to shed off all our layers and show off what we are actually wearing under all these coats. Although the spring season allows for the streets to be our runway, we are not so excited to see some of these current trends. They are here to stay, but hopefully not for long.

  1. Dad Sneakers

    Photo: Style Du Monde

    Dad sneakers, who came up with this?! We personally just don’t understand this trend. There are so many cute sneakers out there. Even Balenciaga can’t tempt us to surrender to this trend. Why are people giving into this trend? Who really wants to dress like their Dad?

  2. Plastic 
    Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

    This is another trend we really don’t understand. Plastic was once seen as a “cheap” alternative, but somehow it has evolved from or Diet Coke bottles to designer fashion. We understood the plastic handbag trend. (Guilty of owning the Ted Baker plastic toat.) Why incoporate plastic into your clothes? Doesn’t that make you hot?! (No punn intended)
    Plastic? Maybe not so fantastic…

  3. Sheer 
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    Photo: Catwalking/Getty

    Okay, okay, we were guilty of following this trend as well when it was popular in the early 2000s. However, we don’t want to see it resurface. It is exhusting to have to find the perfect undergarment to make your sheer look “appropriate.” We don’t have time to find the perfect cardigan, or shop for camisoles in 100 colors. No thank you. We just want to wear one piece of clothing and go about our day.

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The 4 Types of Sample Sales

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By: Maura McNulty

 

Before I started working at ShopDrop back in June, my only introduction to sample sales was in the form of plot lines on sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother.  After my first sample sale, I quit my other internship to work with ShopDrop – I was officially a sample sale convert. Since then, I’ve been going to sample sales weekly, both for work and for pleasure. The further down the rabbit hole that I feel, the more I noticed the diversity of the underground phenomenon that is sample sales. So, in an effort to better capture the variability of sample sales, I present to you the four types of sample sales.

 

  1. The ConcertJimmy_Choo_PumpsI could never understand that fans posses when it came to meeting their favorite artists, at least until I went to I went to my first Alexander McQueen sale. 100 people and blistering temperatures could not interfere with me being able to hold a McQueen item, let alone being able to buy one at an affordable price. The energy inside is intense, the deals are crazy, and every purchasing decision feels like life or death. These sales are totally worth it if owning a pair of Jimmy Choos is on your to-do list, and unlike actual concerts, you get to bring home the thing you waited for. Just make sure to get a good night of rest before, and wear comfy shoes; you’re going to need it. 

 

2. The Low-KeyDreams On Air Sample Sale

The rockstar-brands of the fashion world are not the only ones to hold sample sales,typically held in office spaces, sales from smaller brands are extremely beneficial to go to. The low-key sales I’ve gone to have yielded the most affordable prices, provide a great introduction to a new brand, and give you the opportunity to meet and converse with the people who make the clothes you buy.

 

3. The Multibrand
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Multibrand sales can be a mixed bag; typically, they’re held to get rid of a variety of items that didn’t sell as well as they would have hoped. In my experience, if there isn’t a clear theme with among the brands at the sale, or the prices are too high, it can feel a little chaotic and confusing. But, if you’re looking to browse, these sales have the most diverse range of items.

4. The Too Good to be True Sale

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There is one qualification to fall under this category; amazing pieces, with prices that are shockingly low. Etienne Aigner and NYCharisma we’re perfect examples of the hidden gems that can be found at sample sales; both sales had a collection of hand-picked pieces, with astounding customer service and ridiculously low prices.

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