Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Five Tips for Making Outlets Useful for Classic Essentials
1. The Ralph Lauren Skinny Polo for Women in size XL is virtually the same size as their Classic Polo in size L. (The White shirt is the Skinny XL and the Pink is the Classic L.) The length and sleeves are the same and the most discernible difference is the Skinny Polo is cut in about ½" to ¾" at the waist. This has been helpful as it can increase the number of color options. I agree with John that you can often find better polo shirt hues at the outlets.
2. All Patagonia outlets now ship, not just Dillon, Montana. And all items are returnable. Although I usually only buy a handful of core Men’s items (Synchilla Snap-Ts and Vests, Retro-X Cardigans, 9 inch Stand Up Shorts, Down Jackets and Vests, and Storm Jackets) and pay full price from their site, and although some of these can be found in their Web Specials section, I find the Patagonia outlets useful in two ways. First, they often have leftovers from past seasons – colors and/or styles that have been discontinued and where I wished I had bought more. (Like the now discontinued 9 inch Stand Up Shorts above.) Secondly, they also can have “Special” items, which are custom produced for other companies. Often this is where I can find more preferable color combinations, like this Retro-X Cardigan in Blue Black which I don't remember seeing before.
3. Don’t ever buy a Men’s “346” Blue Oxford shirt from the Brooks Brothers Outlet. Ever. The color is too dark; the fabric is too harsh; and the seams pucker. Stick to the “1818” classic oxford from their regular stores or on their site.
4. Cape Madras has opened its first outlet store in Freeport, Maine, in the courtyard, directly across the street from Dooney & Bourke. See how their Madras is made in Christian’s interview with founder Brian Sisselman over at Ivy Style.
5. When shopping for Men’s Ralph Lauren shirts, be sure to look closely at the label. While virtually all of their shirts used to have the “Classic Fit” label, there are now many, with a trimmer cut, and have the label “Custom Fit”. I have had to exchange many a “Custom Fit” labeled shirt.
Posted by Muffy Aldrich at 6:18 PM