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Dresses take center stage at Vivienne Tam's sample sale, and they're conveniently organized by size, with sections devoted to 0-2, 4-6, and 8-10 (petites are included in the mix). We spotted a peach flower-appliqué dress (down to $180 from $385), a button-down sunflower-print design (also $180), a fitted nylon floral shift (reduced to $125 from $375), and a red laser-cut number priced at $100.
Current season merchandise makes up a large portion of the sale, and we saw lots of work-appropriate looks. Tam's black separates, dark shift dresses, tweed skirts, and embroidered button-downs would work well for the office. (Less 9-to-5 friendly, but definitely fun: a $50 panda-print blouse.)
For weekend-wear, we were drawn to the designer's $40 flower-adorned T-shirt dresses and a cover-up-style tunics. Some of the beachy summer looks top out around $200, but the majority of items are in the $100 range.
Everything is priced as marked, except for original samples, which can be identified by their yellow tags. Samples make up a few, well-stocked racks, and prices start at $50 for dresses and $40 for jackets, and go down from there. We saw both standard-length and cropped origami-patterned blazers, as well as a selection of short spring jackets. Nearby was a huge rack of pants, including Bermuda denim shorts and flared nylon trousers that had business casual written all over them.
There's also a small table piled high with accessories, but go quick if those are what you're after. We saw leather belts on sale for $165, a few fringe bags (very in-season) and clutches, and an opera mask iPad sleeve (in case you've ever wanted one of those). Prices were tricky to spot on some of these items.
There will be no more restocking, unfortunately. Employees do not expect any price reductions, but did mention that on the last day, you will be likely to receive some kind of overall discount depending on the amount you spend. All credit cards are accepted. Note that there are no fitting rooms, but women are trying things on in between racks (as they do). The bag check is optional but try to get rid of your stuff if you can – there's a lot to sort through.—Marina Charny
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