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We recently took a bus—yes, a bus—up the Thruway to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets for bargain shopping, fresh air, a chance to test our diminishing foreign language skills via eavesdropping on tourists, and a terrible meal (with even more terrible service) at Woodbury's Applebee's. It may have been a Thursday but it was mobbed, with epic lines for dressing rooms and cashiers at top shops like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, the Gap and Lacoste. There was a line just to get in to Tory Burch. All in all, it was a pretty exhausting experience—when we shop we shop hard—and we wanted to share some absolutely not comprehensive and somewhat subjective tidbits with you (beyond the fact that just about every store on the site is currently selling red pants.)
Alphabetical by shop:
Balenciaga: Ladies have all the luck: There are racks and shelves of some pretty great, more basic items priced at $70. Otherwise, get an additional 25% off shoes and an additional 50% off past season merchandise (which, at an outlet, probably means past-past season).
Barneys New York Outlet: Not many notables—we spotted a lot of brands we've never actually seen in a Barneys like Dockers and Ben Sherman. Some deals on Hugo Boss, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Original Penguin but otherwise nothing to write home about. Shoes were almost exclusively private label.
Bass: Buy one pair of shoes at marked prices and get two more free. Seriously.
Burberry: Two whole racks of Prorsum are 50% off already marked down outlet prices—including a variety of trenches and some leather. We also spotted a few fairly recent Burberry London items used in campaigns including a studded trench and ombré dyed nova check blouses.
Diesel: Look for jeans, slacks, trousers and cords for as low as $19.99. Note, they aren't your standard, coveted Diesel denim—but there are some good options.
Dior: A very, very wide selection of items from this past winter in a multitude of sizes; and lots of Dior Homme.
Dunhill: Now open! Some suits are an additional 50% off outlet prices.
J.Crew: All those cute ginghams that sold out so quickly last spring are out and about—just be prepared to wait in line for 20 minutes to buy one.
John Varvatos: There are racks of slick $400 suiting—a mega-deal.
Kate Spade: We lie awake at night regretting not buying a giraffe-shaped pencil case filled with colored pencils. Also, electric coral leather goods.
Lacoste: Look for lots of Lacoste's new contemporary line Lacoste Live—purple peacoats for the ladies, printed plaid shirting for men. Basic polos were 25% off prices that are already about 25% off retail. And if you're looking for 2010 Fashion's Night Out tee shirts—we suppose someone might be—look no further.
Last Call by Neiman Marcus: The best of the bunch in terms of the department store outlets. Look for lots of contemporary, some dribs and drabs of Prada and a good chunk of marked down-accessories.
Levi's Outlet Store: Skinnies for $20 to $30, classic denim jackets for $50 to $60. 'Nuff said.
Marni: Oh my god: From the outside this place looks to be about the size of a crappy East Village apartment's second bedroom, but once you get in there it's pretty apparent the shop has a real ass. More importantly, it seems like they have basically the entire spring/summer '10 line ready and waiting, so if you missed anything last summer now's your chance.
Polo Ralph Lauren: A crazy shit show but for good reason—look for shirts, blouses and casual pants for under $30 and a glut of RRL that's marked 50% off of prices that are already at least 40% off. For example: Some amazing brown leather jeans are now about $350; over-dyed denim is about $100.
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th: The stock right now: Terrible. Saks does not carry this stuff! Where are they getting it? That said, a complete remodel is wrapping up in May and the store is already looking a lot airier.
Tommy Hilfiger: A mob scene despite the clothing being more classic (read: bad) Tommy than current mega-preppie heritage Tommy. Everything has a logo on it.
Yves Saint Laurent: Wow! How does 50% off of 50% or more sound? You can literally pick up a men's suit for $400 right now. Pinch us.
· Woodbury Common Premium Outlets [Official Site]