Sample Sale Survival

We recently went to a preview of a collaboration between a high-end designer and mass retailer that had been hyped and heralded as the budget collection of the year, creating mass hysteria for fashionistas all around. Ourselves very much included.
03/21/2012 03:02 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

We recently went to a preview of a collaboration between a high-end designer and mass retailer that had been hyped and heralded as the budget collection of the year, creating mass hysteria for fashionistas all around. Ourselves very much included.

While waiting in line for the sale, we learned from our twitter feed (@aclothescall) that the NYC preview had sold out in 30 minutes (Serious sample sale syndrome). Filled with butterflies in our stomachs in anticipation of what was to come, it dawned on us that there needs to be a set of guidelines on how best to navigate an event such as this, whether it's a special preview event or a sample sale) There's a strong possibility that, subconsciously, we were the ones in need of guidelines to calm our nerves, but we projected on everyone else and came up with the following:

Number one: Preview. As top secret as these collaborations try to be, everything is leaked online prior to the sell date and available for preview. Take a serious look at the collection and make mental notes of no more than your top five coveted picks. This will become your very important sale edit done before wrestling with the riffraff.

Number two: Anticipate what fits and what doesn't. As an extension to number one, your body is the same body as it was before this major collaboration went down and those micro mini pajama shorts that didn't suit your body type last week, pre-sale, still won't look good. Consider this while choosing your top five.

Number three: Strategize. Be smart when choosing your shopping partner in crime, and strategize with him or her Take it from us, we briefed each other of our selects before going in, and when the doors opened we divided and conquered the sale like pros. We went in opposite directions and grabbed two of our discussed top five.

Number four: Edit. Once you've gotten your hands on your desired items, it's time for a serious edit. Remember that it's stylish and chic to have one or two pieces from these collections, any more and you become a fashion don't. Simply put, overkill.

Number five: It's just a sale. Have a sense of humor and remember that most everything will be available on eBay (albeit for more money) after the sale. We tried on most of what we got our paws on and our top five immediately dwindled to two seeing that most things were ill fitting (see guideline number two).

Most importantly, keep A Clothes Call in mind and follow our golden rule that a wardrobe edit must go down during every shopping excursion.