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Before we dive into this caftan party, let's talk about what the Calypso St. Barth sample is and isn't. It is a great place to pick up off-season cashmere, sparkly cocktail dresses, and beach vacation staples like cover-ups, embroidered tunics, and linen pants. It isn't where you're going to find your next bathing suit, bag, candle, or jangle (the swimwear, accessories, home goods, and jewelry pickings are slim-to-nonexistent).
For beach bums, the Calypso folks are extremely organized. Clothing is arranged by type, and then broken down further by price. Tops are $19, $29, $39 and $59. Sweaters are $39 and $59. Shorts are $29 and $39. Skirts are $39 (for minis) and $59 (for midis). Pants are $39 and $59. Dresses are $39 (short), $59 (mid-length) and $79 (long). Finally, jackets (of which there were just a few styles) are $79.
Bargain hunters should head straight to the back near the dressing rooms, where the $19 rack dwells. Here you'll find tanks, blouses, long sweaters, and a handful of cashmere cardigans (we spotted a white one similar to this style).
Over in the pants section, drawstrings and cargo styles abound. There are a few pairs of skinny jeans and jorts from Adriano Goldschmied, and we rooted out some $59 Paige jeans (but only in size 27). Also of note: Those looking for party pants might enjoy these $59 sparklers.
Shoppers seemed very excited about the sweater rack, where a little digging can unearth some cozy 100% cashmere knits. Drapey cardigans (here's a similar one) and sparkly charcoal cocoon styles (like this, but shiny) caught our eye.
About sizing: We saw all sizes from extra small to extra large, although XL was the scarcest. Samples didn't have size tags, but they looked like smalls. However, it's possible to size down in some of Calypso's caftan and tunic styles.
Restocking is likely and markdowns may happen near the end of the sale. We recommend going early to grab the best pieces, especially in the bargain racks. The sale runs through Sunday. Cash and credit cards are accepted. See the dealfeed below for more details.—Hsini
· Dealfeed: Calypso St. Barth Sample Sale [Racked NY]
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