The slash-to-60% and more sales have hit the department stores, and one could compile a What Not to Wear guide based on what's piled on the racks. In this city, that would be
- Smock or empire tops, especially in fake Pucci-type prints. They looked tired by spring, and now are positively embalmed.
- Sleeveless blouses, especially white. I think that's because they look unfinished, compared to those with at least 3/4 sleeves.
- Very sheer. Bridge designers tried them bowed, tunic'd, even pleated and it looks like every last one is on triple markdown. Women knew they'd have to wear a camisole under them, but when it's so sticky, do you want another layer?
2. Skirts and dresses:
- Wrap dresses: a case of hanger death, with poked up shoulders and saggy waist ties.
- Long, full skirts: after the ubiquitous peasant-skirt-summer two years ago, no one wants lower-calf length, tiered skirts but apparently buyers thought so.
- The colour gray: so hard to get right in a fabric. For me it has to be deep anthracite or the palest nacreous gray like the inside of an oyster shell. Sad grays abound even in a decent bridge line like Anne Klein; the only luminous ones I've seen are from Miyake and Vuitton.
-The knee-length cigarette Bermuda apparently flattered 1% of the toothpick-proportioned women who might wear them.
- 4-inch platform wedges: you can find them sulking on the sale racks at every price point; this may be because we're a subway city
Fall items are slipping in, requiring huge signs that say NEW ARRIVALS because there's so much unsold summer stock.
You read it here: an extravaganza of eggplant, maroon, purple. Not a colourway I'm thrilled to buy.