Top 5

Here are my top 5 favorite stores:

1 Tall Girl

2 Rainbow

3 Bebe

4 Express

5 Urban Outfitters

Store Reviews

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Now how come I couldn't find this dress in the store?
Courtesy of Marshall Fields
Marshall Field's
www.marshallfields.com
Trends - Everything
Sizes - All
Fitting Rooms - Segregated
Prices - Depends
Online Store - Yes, but not clothing

Marshall Field's is pretty much your standard department store; It has a little bit of everything and the prices range from cheap to expensive. Their stores aren't quite as filled with brand names, though, so as a result you might find cheaper stuff here.


Photo courtesy of Lord & Taylor
Lord & Taylor
www.lordandtaylor.com
Trends - Everything
Sizes - All
Fitting Rooms - Segregated
Prices - Depends
Online Store - No

I wasn't impressed with Lord & Taylor as I walked in, because all I saw were gross Tommy Hifiger and Ralph Lauren brand clothes. I was about to walk out when I saw a light from heaven shine into the store onto a wall that had a sign saying, "CASHMERE." I walked over there, and the whole wall was filled with cashmere clothing. Mmmmm. Too bad I couldn't afford it. Anyway, an average department store with a great cashmere section.


Photo Courtesy of Filene's Basement
Filene's Basement
www.filenesbasement.com
Trends - Everything
Sizes - All
Fitting Rooms - Segregated
Prices - Great
Online Store - No

You'll only find these stores in Massachusetts, New York, and Illinois, but if you happen to be in any of these three areas, check them out. Filene's is a department store with outlet prices. Their clothes aren't organized very well, and everything isn't overtly trendy, but you can find some buried treasures. Be sure to check out their "Collections" section, which has a bit of everything on sale. It's where I found my leather pants for $100, which cost $480 at Bloomingdale's and over $500 at North Beach Leather. Filene's also has crazy annual bridal sales (shown right), which hundreds of women line up for hours before they open because you can get $7000 gowns for $249.


Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters
www.urbn.com
Trends - Hippie, Asian
Sizes - Medium Range
Fitting Rooms - Coed
Prices - Expensive
Online Store - Yes

Props to Urban for having unique clothes that stretch the boundaries of fashion. You wouldn't be able to find many of the clothes Urban sells in other stores. It's is one of my favorite stores and I go there a lot, though I haven't actually bought anything from them yet. Their clothes include a lot of imports, especially asian ones. Because Urban's especially trendy, again you're paying for the design, and I haven't hit the point where I'm willing to pay for that with them yet. Many of their clothes are over $100 for simple things that wouldn't be hard to make yourself. But, I enjoy Urban's hippie and Asian styles and I like seeing what they'll sell next.


Photo courtesy of Anthropologie
Anthropologie
www.anthropologie.com
Trends - Hippy, Urban Night Out
Sizes - Medium Ranges
Fitting Rooms - Women's
Prices - Expensive
Online Store - Yes

Anthropologie is a store I recently discovered, and seems to be an Urban clone in terms of fashion and store atmosphere, but only sells women's clothes. Like Urban, everything they sell is too expensive, for instance, the dress shown in this picture (right) costs $84.95. Generally when I shop, I'll be like, "I like this, but I'll only buy it if it's under..." And I'll estimate a reasonable price for the item. In Anthropologie's case, the actual price is always at least $50 higher. Still, I like their clothes.

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