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Diehard female Theory fans began lining up as early as 8am for today's sample sale. Much to the delight of those of us who had been standing in line for over an hour, the sale opened before the scheduled time. You can expect discounts of up to 65% off pants, sweaters, dresses, blouses, skirts, shorts, leather dresses and leather jackets. Unfortunately, though, you won't find much Theyskens' Theory in stock.
This year's selection of t-shirts and sweaters seemed smaller to us than in past years, and because of that, there is hardly any waiting before you're helped. A navy merino cardigan was $99 (originally $245) and perfect to wear with white linen pants for $99 (originally $240). Summery sleeveless dresses and shirt-dresses were $119 and can be found in white, tan, pink, navy and black.
Some of the best deals at this sale are on leather items. Leather jackets and dresses are $299 (originally $815 and $745, respectively). We couldn't help but notice the very short linen shorts for $79 (originally $170) and only wished we had the courage to wear them. The selection of merchandise in each size is good, but there don't appear to be many skirts. You''ll also find a handful of Theory's work blazers for $169.
A few things to know about the sale: You must check your coat and bags. Shoppers aren't allowed to try on sweaters and t-shirts, and they're only allowed to bring ten items per person into the fitting room. (Clothingline staffers are pretty hardcore about this latter rule.) As the sale nears the end on Sunday, you can expect bigger discounts but also a limited selection of merchandise. It's unclear whether restocking or new merchandise will be arriving, but you can always check Clothingline's website for sale updates.—Pam Krywy
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