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Swim, Caftans, and More at the Mara Hoffman Sample Sale

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The Mara Hoffman sample sale, which began today at 10am, is buzzing with vibrant colors and prints—much needed on a dreary day like today. The sale was pleasantly manageable in terms of crowd control when we arrived this afternoon, but if you're in the market for swimsuits, prepare to dig through bins of mismatched separates.

Bikini bottoms are $30 tops are $45 and triangle bikini tops are $30. Many of the styles are from past spring collections, including a basket weave bikini and the a tie-side top. The baskets are meant to be arranged by size, but don't count on it—there was a lot of mixing and matching going on. Prices are all color coded, and range from $20 to $299.

As for cover-ups, there are a bunch of printed floor-length dresses, as well as a few solid black caftans from the spring 2009 collection priced at $75. Other caftans mainly fell into the pink price range ($119), with a few coming in at $50 and $75. Most sizes are available, and we were told that there were more in the back, so if you don't see your size don't forget to ask. The racks are pretty packed with styles, and some prints can be dizzying—so you really have to sift through.

More subtle designs include a few cute leopard circle dresses for $110, the 2010 Twist Drape Maxi, available in red and black, and a scoop back mini dress. The leopard pullover is $170 and available in sizes extra small through large, and there appeared to be quite a few left. A table of knits included the pullover, as well as a cardigan version for $125.

There are a good amount of belted shawl-collar coats in sizes extra small through large for $150, all available in black, grey, cream, and a grey and white tye-dye print.

There will be additional markdowns on Saturday, the final day, and a restock of sizes every day. See the dealfeed below for hours, and the gallery above for more info, including a complete price list.—Esther Levy-Chehebar
· Dealfeed: Mara Hoffman [Racked NY]
· The December Sample Sale Calendar: 81 and Counting! [Racked NY]