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Tracy Reese's spring sample sale kicks off this morning and runs through Friday in midtown. When we stopped by for a preview yesterday, the racks were full of fabulous dresses with florals, ruffles, beading, and embellishments. The sale features items from the designer's main line, Tracy Reese, along with her Plenty and Frock labels, all for 65% off regular retail prices.
The sale includes select styles and one-of-a-kind pieces from the pre-spring 2012 and spring 2012 collections. Sample sizes are all grouped together on the racks, while everything else is organized by size: 0-12, and P-L. Some of the pieces come straight from the runway; those are mainly sample sizes (0-4). Samples are marked with a red line through the clothing tag.
Tracy Reese dresses are $180, including one sequined silver and blue party dress that we loved. Most tops and skirts are $115, while shorts are $100. Sweaters are $110, pants will run you $120, and tanks are $70. Finally, TR jackets are $175 and leather jackets are $275.
For the Plenty items, dresses are $115, tops are $90, and shorts are $80. Skirts run $95, tunics $105, and sweaters are $100. For the full price list, check out our photo gallery.
The shoes are the first thing on your right when you walk in. We started our perusing there. There are a lot of great finds in this section. Plenty by Tracy Reese shoes are $25, and the main line shoes are $50. Shoes run from sizes 36-41. Just be warned: They're first-come first-serve, and once they're gone, they're gone for good. We found lots of sandals and strappy heels, like a pair of nude snake-skin Tracy Reese label heels ($50).
The sample selection this time around is really good. Prices are between $35 to $50: $35 for Plenty and Frock items, and $50 for TR items. We liked a coral-colored dress with pockets and buttons down the front ($35), as well as a pair of loose coral pants and a red, floral print top with a fun cutout neck. There are lots of beach cover-ups—we liked one from Plenty in purple—for $50.
There are also plenty (sorry) of flirty Plenty tops up for grabs. Standouts included a black Plenty top adorned with pastel flowers and beading (we also found a similar one by TR in a bustier style). We loved a gold Frock sample dress for only $35, as well as a black taffeta dress with a giant bow on one-shoulder for $50. There was also a lime green tulip-print dress that would be perfect for a Memorial Day party, also a TR sample and $50.
Among the stock items, we found lots of dresses in bright colors, especially coral. A floral dress in light yellow was $180 (down from $550), and a lace dress was $180 (down from $348). Another great buy is a the Plenty trellis chemise in citron, now $105, instead of $248. You'll also find a small selection of light-weight bohemian sweaters in various colors.
There isn't much outerwear, but we did locate an adorable tan Plenty trench for $75 and a bright yellow TR leather jacket for $275. And a cropped navy blue lace Plenty jacket was only $35.
Stock will be replenished throughout the sale, which runs from 9am to 7pm daily.. There are no designated changing rooms, but there's a large area in the back with mirrors propped up against the walls. For your convenience, cash and credit cards are accepted.
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