Here we go again… another Monday. Booo! How was your weekend? I finally made it down to the new outlet mall that is in Pearl (which is about 20 minutes south of me). So I thought I would give you a little run down.
To be honest, I am not an outlet shopper. It just really isn't my thing. But I was excited to go down there. One thing that is important to understand about outlets is that there is a difference between an outlet store and a factory store. A factory store has a completely different line of merchandise that does not come from the original store - like J. Crew Factory and Bananan Republic factory. Generally the clothes are not as high quality and, in my opinion, not that much cheaper. An outlet store gets merchandise directly from the original store. For instance, I know the kate spade outlet gets their merchandise directly from the stores.
Here are some of the stores that are at the mall:
J. Crew Factory, Banana Republic Factory, Under Armour, Coach Factory, Gap Factory, Saks Off 5th, Michael Kors, Nine West, Ann Taylor Factory, Loft Outlet.
As a whole, I wasn't super impressed with the outlets. I was most excited about going to Under Amour because I have been desperate for some more work out clothes. And I did find some good stuff and good deals there. Believe it or not, I didn't love J. Crew Factory. Almost everything was really basic, and not that much cheaper. I also went in Banana Factory (I bought one skirt that I couldn't resist, but really wasn't much less than it would have been in the store). Gap factory wasn't impressive (I did buy a few work out things there)… Basically, I won't be making a trip down there again for a while.
|Blazer: J. Crew (similar); Blouse: J. Crew (similar); Jeans: Gap (similar); Shoes: Nine West (similar); Bag: Kelly Moore|
My opinion: if you like outlets and are nearby, then head over there. It is a pretty mall and it is always fun to explore some place new. Plus, there aren't any other outlets anywhere else near us. I am hoping we get a Nordstrom Rack… then I will definitely be going again!
Have a great day.