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Recap: District Sample Sale

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Is there any joy greater than scoring an amazing outfit for a jaw-dropping low price? Sure, graduations, births and marriages (sorry, sweetie) are lovely, but nothing warms my heart more than the euphoria generated by a stylish steal.

It is totally irrelevant if it will be placed next to 100 similar items (in my case, striped tops or over-sized knits) in my closet—our country’s economic woes are all I need to convince myself that I can’t afford not to buy.


The thrill of the find has become almost problematic for me, personally, so it was with much anticipation and trepidation that I stepped into the Fall 2013 District Sample Sale on Tuesday night. The elevator doors opened, and my pulse quickened upon soaking in the scene at the Sphinx Club.

On the ground level, the area’s best boutiques and online retailers presented row after row of clothing, accessories, outerwear and shoes. A ring of tables laden with delicious noms from the city’s best restaurants and specialty shops circled the periphery.


Sprinkled throughout? Waiters passing generous pours of vino, champs and signature cocktails. A crowd of women with credit card in one hand and alcohol in the other is a dangerous thing. Alas, I charged forward, fueled by a Georgetown cupcake and eager to get a lay of the land before the masses infiltrated.

Had I not been dressed in a scarf and booties I would have found it far more difficult to refrain from snatching up some extremely discounted summer items. Shoshanna sundresses in feminine pastels. Silky Trina Turk tanks. Calypso cover-ups adorned with festive fringe and embroidery. Sassy Rachel Roy linen suits. Bangles and neon necklaces from Sassanova.


I had nearly convinced myself there was a chance I’d win a trip to Mexico in the next six months when I found solace in offerings better suited for the cooler temperatures. Style Etoile had a collection of silver blazers by IRO I could easily see myself toasting the holidays with; if only I hadn’t pledged to refrain from purchasing (some call it hoarding) more sparkly outerwear this season. Rats.

On my way out, I hit the jackpot at the Shop Mamie booth with the greatest steal of all. The Bitches’ favorite fall staple: a flattering fit and flare dress by Everly in my favorite fall color combo of black and brown. The perfect frock for birthday brunching in the sun.

It’s safe to say everyone left the District Sample Sale a winner, with purchases benefiting the services and resources provided to women in need through N Street Village. That’s a cause worth splurging on!


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