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The Parker sample sale is in its second and final day inside the brand's spacious showroom at 234 West 39th Street, and there certainly isn't a shortage of beaded party dresses and tops to satisfy the insatiable need for sparkle this time of year. And for those lucky enough to be planning a vacation for destinations untouched by polar vortices, stop by the sample section in the back first.
There's uniform pricing throughout the sale based on garment type and detail, and signs are posted throughout for easy calculation as you make your way through the racks. Beaded tops are $100 and beaded dresses are $120, while non-beaded dresses are $80, as are sweaters and pants, and silk tops are $60.
Racks at the sale entrance are filled with production pieces, with beaded and sequined cocktail dresses standing out the most, though the few floor-length gowns were taking up the attention of some shoppers late this morning. Don't overlook the season-crossing beaded tops—wear a spaghetti-strap style under a blazer for work, then ditch the jacket for happy hour afterwards.
In the back area is where you'll find samples, all priced at $40 (unless there's beading—see sales staff to confirm pricing on those). Be sure to give yourself a bit of time to dig for treasure—this is a mish-mash of seasons, styles, colors, and materials tightly packed together on these racks, with heavier, long-sleeved knit dresses pushed up against breezy cropped silk pants. Many of the bright-colored pieces looked suitable for tropical vacations, should any be in your near future. Clothing looked to be in fair condition here, but be on the lookout for snags and tears—we found a dress with safety pins in place of seams in some areas, but this piece seemed to be the exception and not the rule.
Most of the pieces we picked up while browsing this morning were a size small, but don't be put off if your hips don't lie—staff confirmed to us that there's more sizes available off the racks, and they're happy to pull what you need.
There's a spacious changing area with plenty of mirrors, but it's only partially blocked off from the rest of the room. Shoppers felt comfortable ditching their jackets and bags on chairs in the middle of the room and walking around barefoot while trying on dresses, finding friends to zip up the backs. The sale is only going until 6pm tonight, so plan your lunch breaks and happy hours accordingly. See the Dealfeed below for more information.
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