Lately, when I think of outlet malls, I think of tourists, cheap crap, and Rue 21 (why does that store pop up at every outlet mall from here to Vegas?) The outlet malls here are especially frustrating because they are littered with NON-OUTLET stores. What's the point? Last time I ventured to an outlet mall, I saw regular Aeropostale, regular Eddie Bauer, and other dull (yet non-outlet!) stores.
Well the kind folks over at Neiman Marcus have turned my world upside-down and opened a Neiman Marcus Last Call in the outskirts of a particularly crappy outlet mall. It is gorrrrrr-jussss! I tried on Prada platforms for the first time in my life. They are still around $250, but unlike full-priced Prada, I could actually buy these someday (maybe). I also tried on YSL, Marc Jacobs and Loeffler Randall shoes (so fun!). They had a great selection of clothing from all the brands I always drool over but never actually buy (yet). Theory, Marc by Marc, 3.1 Philip Lim, Vena Cava, Rachel Pally, and more- all from past seasons, but all on heavy discount. I will definitely be back once my financial reserves are-a-flowin' just a little bit more.