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Lela Rose's Sample Sale Has Your Next Summer Wedding Guest Dress

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Although there's not much stock at the Lela Rose sample sale, the dresses, tops, and skirts are over 70% off. When you get to the 14th floor, don't be surprised if you have to wait a minute to enter (they were taking two to three people in at a time when we arrived this morning), since the tiny space doubles as a dressing room. (Which means no boyfriends or boys are allowed in.) Racks are arranged by size from 0/2 up to a 14/16. A word of warning: customers were hanging up their picks on the center racks while they tried things on, so don't try to snag someone else's items.

In sizes 0 through 6, we found a pink crop top for $175, a flower print pencil skirt for $195 (was $695), a blush lace sheath dress for $495 and a brown classic sheath dress for $250 (was $1,495). There was also a pair of ivory Caroline pants for $50 (were $595), and a black and ivory polka dot pencil skirt for $195 (was $995). In sizes 8 through 14, we noticed more orchid drop waist dresses for $195, white off-the-shoulder dresses for $495, and raised-seam scuba dresses for $495 (were $1,295). Also noted: high waist gray pant for $50 (were $795) and a lavender tank blouse for $250 (was $795).

Styles common across all sizes include a blush V-neck dress for $695 (was $2,495) and a favorite from this season, the ombre embroidered polka-dot skirt also for $695 (was $2,495). At the back right hand corner, there are three boxes, one with $40 items including navy and ivory tile knit sweaters, and a pearl knit sweater (most size large or extra large). Another box had $250 knit dresses with lace hems.

The morning crowd was rather aggressive, so Lela's employees recommend getting there around 2 or 3pm, when things usually calm down.