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Lots of Samples and Overstock Alike at Nanette Lepore

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The calm, coolly-air-conditioned and cheerful Nanette Lepore sale in the Garment District was a nice respite from the oppressive heat outside. Of course, the main draw was is probably the plethora of marked down sample dresses and separates, selection of production apparel and sale shoes inside. Surprisingly, when we dropped by during the usual lunchtime rush, the sale was relatively quiet, but hey, that just means more stuff for us.

So the samples are located on the left side of the sale. Nanette Lepore regulars know that the pieces are all size two, but they aren't always true to size. Lesson learned: It's best to try them on (and thankfully, there is a fitting area). The frocks are all along the left hand wall and feature florals, garden party prints, lace, sequins, gingham, eyelets, you name it—prices run from $75 to $100, but we mostly saw $100 price tags. The separates are on the hanging rack opposite and we love, love the skirts and shorts. The sample skirts run from $35 for simpler cuts to $50 for embellished and beaded numbers. The shorts start around $30 for plain khakis and top out around $60 for bold mod-ish silk pairs. Sample tops were priced between $40 and $75 for the more detailed items. While most pieces were in great shape, be sure to look out for damaged ones.

For more size selection, check out the production, overstock pieces that populate the rest of the sale. The Nanette Lepore offerings run $75 for shorts, $95 for sweaters, tops and skirts, $145 for dresses, $195 for jackets and $275 for coats. If maxi-dresses are your thing, definitely look through the pretty offerings at the back right.

Speaking of maxi-dresses, we were loving the more basic Oonagh styles—especially an army green silk and knit number—which are priced at $100. The rest of the Oonah pieces run $40 to $75 for tops, $80 to $100 for dresses and $60 to $85 for pants. (The full price lists are in the gallery).

There are also swimsuits on hand—$35 for tops and bottoms and $75 for one-pieces. Don't bother looking for the $100 bags—there aren't any. There are, however, shoes for mostly $50 (the slipper flats are $35). The selection is totally random in terms of style and size and everything boxed up. The best strategy is to scout out your size and open the box to see what awaits you. We saw canvas and patent platforms, patent mules, strappy heels, you name it.

There is a blocked-off dressing room and friendly staffers that will help you find your size. Cash and credit are both accepted. With the exception of some swimwear back-stock, everything is out on the floor. Although, if things remain as quiet as they were earlier, you'll have lots to choose from.
· Dealfeed: Nanette Lepore [Racked NY]
· Nanette Lepore [Official Site]