Style Diaries

Buying DVF at an outlet

We went to the Mitsui Outlet Park for the first time, to find something to eat after the F1. Not expecting much, I was pleased to find DVF just as I entered the place.

The store was brightly lit, as the rest of the DVF stores. Colorful dresses were hung on all four corners. They were on 40% off.

I found a dress that I really liked, a black and white floral printed dress that E wore at our commencement day. Instead of trying it on, I checked out the other prints and I touched them. The prints, most I haven’t seen before. As for the fabric, it felt odd. It didn’t feel familiar.

I recalled B commenting on the inferior fabric of the DVF dresses that she saw at outlets. I told her that there’s a possibility that she encountered dresses made especially for outlets (instead of discounted off-season unsold inventory). A lot of designers supply made for outlets online e.g. Nordstrom Rack and offline e.g. outlets, DVF included. Read about it here.

Anyhow, instead of thinking too much about it, I bought the floral black and white dress because I liked the print. I was still curious, though, so after getting out of the store, I checked the labels on the dress and aha — while the DVF wrap dresses I have at home are 100% silk, this one’s 90% cotton and 10% silk, which explains why it felt less luxurious.

Oh well, still love the print.

But I’ll know better next time.

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    Haneys Omar
    October 17, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    That’s an interesting read, the article. Never knew about outlets selling articles of clothing made from inferior fabrics. I always thought that they were unsold inventory from the previous collections. That explains why the prices are (sometimes) slashed by a LOT! Thanks for sharing this piece of info, Mia! Personally, I would still buy if I really like the design and if the price is right. Hehe 🙂

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    October 26, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Hi Mia, it’s true, even if you go to outlets in the States, you’ll see clothes in outlets that are made out of inferior material. I recall visiting one of the outlets in California (which was a rarity since I used to live there) and came out greatly disappointed that I couldn’t find a decent dress from the Armani Express outlet. My friend though, swears that we came at the wrong time. You can, however, find great deals with designer bags sometimes if you’re into Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Prada, etc.
    BTW, loving your blog! From a Malaysian-who-used-to-live-in-LA, now currently-residing-in-KL. 🙂

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      October 26, 2016 at 10:55 AM

      Thanks Hana! Appreciate you sharing your experience 🙂

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