What you need to know before you dive into the Intermix sale

25 January 2012

The benefits of in-store shopping are obvious. Shoppers like to try on their clothing first – see the color, feel the fabric, avoid wrong sizes – but sometimes the store’s online counterpart offers more sizes, additional sale items, and the opportunity to avoid braving the cold. Now, what if the selections online and in-stores are essentially identical?

With six stores throughout the island of Manhattan, Intermix is known for quality, not quantity. Their typically small to mid-size stores are boutique-like, with limited space for sale items. Intermix’s Winter Sale is happening now until the end of the month, offering a whopping extra 50% off already discounted items. This tallies to a total savings of 80% off the original retail price. With top brands such as Elizabeth & James, Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, and J Brand, this is definitely a sale worthy of a fashionistas precious time.

Online, just as in the stores, your additional 50% discount is applied at checkout. This always baffles me; do they hope you’ll miscalculate your total? And think to yourself, “O.M.G. this is cheap!” Then, upon checking out, when the actual calculation is revealed, they assume you’ll feel pressured and say, “Ah, heck, I’ll take it anyway!” Seems deceiving, albeit a good business strategy. I’d prefer to see the “WOW!” savings up front.

Essentially, everything I saw at Intermix’s 5th Avenue store is available online, including similar size and color availability.  However, the amazing Elizabeth & James Black Sammy Leather Blazer ($234, orig. $595) is in stores only (the item is still listed on the website, but it is marked out of stock). Other fabulous black blazer finds, in-store and online included the Rachel Zoe Jacquard Jacket ($124, orig. $295) and the Rag & Bone 42nd Street Vintage Jacket  ($214, orig. $535).

Rachel Zoe Jacquard Jacket ($124, orig. $295)Rag & Bone 42nd Street Vintage Jacket  ($214, orig. $535)

I was surprised to find a plethora of sizes, both in-stores and online, in Helmut Lang’s Open Weave Paper Wool Sweater ($134, orig. $310). This sweater is perfect for these inconsistent winter days and will last you into the spring, given how thin it is. Also, only available in-stores, are beautiful Thakoon dresses, such as their Charmeuse Yellow Silk Asymmetrical Dress ($129, orig. $550).

Available at both Intermix shopping options, are beautiful, floor length maxi dresses, such as the Parker Pleated Maxi Skirt with Beaded Belt in black ($134, orig. $310) and the Fire Red Haute Hippie Extra Long Maxi Skirt ($149, orig. $395).

Helmut Lang’s Open Weave Paper Wool Sweater ($134, orig. $310)Fire Red Haute Hippie Extra Long Maxi Skirt ($149, orig. $395)

In reality, the choice is yours, which is rare given the huge mark down sale. With comparable selections, it is up to you whether you prefer to feel your product first, pick it out in person, or order straight off the Intermix website while hanging out on your couch. One major fact to point out: there are no returns accepted, all items are final sale. My best suggestion for you, if you are torn on a dress or sweater, perhaps not sure of your size even – pick it out online first, then call around to the stores and inquire if they have your item in stock, in the size and color your desire. This way you won’t be making any unnecessary trips downtown, plus you can have your dress just in time for your Saturday night out on the town!

WHEN: Through 1/31

WHERE: 98 Prince Street
(between Mercer and Greene streets)
click here for other store locations
Online – Intermixonline.com

By Caitlin Colford

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