What to find at the Nordstrom Rack
For those of you who don’t want to re-wear your prom dress for your first (or second) embassy event and are sick of ordering misleading dresses online (yes we all know whatever great red-carpet look you somehow found online will NOT be that way in person), I have found your perfect place. Designer outlet stores are my absolute favorite place to shop and are so beyond overlooked as quality stores. We all know how much everyone, especially AU kids, love their brand name clothes *cough cough* a logo of an expensive brand doesn’t make whatever you’re wearing cute, so if that is your issue, problem solved. Most people have the incorrect assumption that these outlet stores only stock the “rejects” from their main brand stores but that’s as wrong as everyone who actually says the Wonk Cat is cute. Real talk, whatever you could possibly need from any store, these brand name outlets have. My personal favorite and go-to is Nordstrom Rack, what I call the Costco of nice clothes. For those of you who live a bougier life, aka anyone in Centennial, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Off Fifth carry all those brands you exclusively buy and love to flaunt, but at more college student friendly prices. The best part about these stores are that they have special promotional sales on top of the sales they already have going on. Making great, normally full price finds, cheap as hell. As a broke college student with a shopping addiction worthy of Shopaholics Anonymous, I can buy an inordinate amount of clothes without spending nearly as much as anything at East POD. Seriously though, these stores are the BEST, like anything you could want at a nice department store, but for insanely cheaper. True story: I once got a shirt at Nordstrom Rack for A PENNY (yes it was a mistake, but no one tell them). The best part about these places is they usually have some stuff the regular name store has at the same time, so you can get the same thing for guaranteed cheaper at the outlets. Another great thing about these stores is even if you can’t find something in the store, or just are too busy being the typical over-involved wonk, all these stores have websites to online shop too. I know reading this, a bunch of people stopped after seeing the words ‘outlet store,’ but these are not your stereotypical humongous, disorganized outlet malls that look like they got wrecked by the Wonk Bus. I can’t stress how much I love these stores, like whenever I need anything for a special occasion, a new pair of shoes, a sweater for when I realize I zero winter clothing, etc., the first and only place I go is Nordstrom Rack. Best of all: there’s one super close by in Friendship Heights, so if you’re desperate for new clothes to be best dressed at the Italian Embassy this weekend, now you know where to go.