Last week Clothingline held a Theory sample sale in NYC. Dresses were selling for just $45; leather at around $80 and tees for $30. I read via my sample sale bible onthesly that the first day was crazy busy (given the prices, I’m not surprised!) and on the last day prices dropped even further. I told myself I wasn’t going to attend this sale, I’ve never been a huge fan of Theory, I justified it this way and that blah de blah. I think a lot of my reasoning about not liking Theory however is down to the pricing – at around $250 for dresses that seem plain and classic and whilst I admire the simplicity, I can’t quite bear to depart from my favourite Reiss for these kind of clothes as I know they fit me so well.
I explored the Fall collection by Theory online and came over all autumn/wintery all of a sudden – dying for layers, long sleeves, autumnal black and cosy sweaters. Despite NYC’s hot and humid temperatures I admit I started to wonder if I should see what all the fuss was about….
Elle Magazine did a fantastic feature on Olivier Theysken’s Theory Fall line that you can read here – Theyskens is the artisitic director of Theory and this Fall he brings us velvet, leather and cashmere with both 70s and 90s influences for his new range.
I found myself working round the corner from the sale on the second day. Well, that was enough to tell me it was “fate” and led me to pop in during my lunch hour.
I’m very pleased that I did as I found this gorgeous long purple dress for just $45. I feel like the modern equivalent of the ‘Milk Tray man’ in the dress (perhaps a UK only joke?) but I love the deep purple colour and the slightly sheer panels at either side of the dress give it an elegant evening feel. I also picked up a flared black wool winter dress at the sale – I’ll feature it in the coming months on the blog.
Anyone else in NYC hit the Theory sale? Any thoughts on this brand? Also – is anyone else thinking of Autumn/Winter right now because whilst part of me felt insane for buying a wool black dress, part of me also felt justified and smug for planning ahead…..