Looking for shopping in New York City for inexpensive clothes

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    Oct 04, 2008 11:04 AM GMT
    Hey all,

    I'm heading for a quick trip on Monday and Tuesday to NYC for a work trip, and I have a few hours free where I'm hoping to do some clothes shopping. Now that I've lost some weight, I need some new clothes, but as I have some more to lose, I don't want to invest in the really expensive "investment" clothes. Anyone have some suggestions? I'll be staying at a hotel on 45th Street near Times Square, but I want to investigate different parts of the city anyway.

    Anyone free to Tuesday morning and want to be my personal shopper? icon_smile.gif

    Thanks for your help guys!
  • gjoseph

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    Oct 04, 2008 4:26 PM GMT
    Go to H&M it's affordable and the clothes there are pretty trendy =)

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    Oct 04, 2008 4:56 PM GMT
    Century 21 in downtown Manhattan, 22 cortlandt street, is huge and really inexpensive. It might be too time consuming for the time you have however - it'd be a trek to get there and back from midtown and navigate the big store and impossibly thick crowds.

    Daffy's is another NY discount fashion department store, but I haven't been there. They have locations closer to where you're coming from, though.
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    Oct 04, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    I must say I never go to century 21 because I never find anything that fits me in that store, most closeout stores only carry larger sizes, so if you are a skinny guy you will have a problem. that said new york shopping is a lot like shopping anywhere else. you will find all the same stores, and a few higher priced alternatives. H&M is H&M where ever you go, at least in the states.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 04, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    Thank you so much for posting this thread. I will be in New York City during the week of Xmas (December 18th thru 25th) staying at THE HUDSON hotel, and I would really appreciate some tips on not only great shopping for clothes, but also hot spots at night I should check out.

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    Oct 04, 2008 5:35 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThank you so much for posting this thread. I will be in New York City during the week of Xmas (December 18th thru 25th) staying at THE HUDSON hotel, and I would really appreciate some tips on not only great shopping for clothes, but also hot spots at night I should check out.



    I got an online bud that could hook you up on that Curious, email me and I will get you in touch with him.
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    Oct 04, 2008 5:56 PM GMT
    Century 21 - across from ground zero. go early in the morning, otherwise crowds will be too large, some great deals on good labels but you have to dig, lots of crap as well, but worth the trip. will ne there in Nov, love NYC!
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    Oct 04, 2008 11:40 PM GMT
    Wow guys, thanks for the tips. I am going to be closer to Daffy's, so I might be able to hit there on Monday when I get into town, and if I'm good I can go to Century 21 on Tuesday morning.

    If anyone wants to see the difference the Real Jock Weight Loss Challenge has made, I'd be happy to meet you in Manhattan to see the sites (with as much time as I have!)

    Any other suggestions?
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    Oct 06, 2008 3:03 PM GMT
    curious, tell me the day of the week and i will tell you where to go
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    Oct 06, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ in NYC. We should plan a get together so we can beat him up for being a republican! icon_biggrin.gif really j/k (about the beat up part)
  • GQjock

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    Oct 06, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    Yup ....

    Hands down, H&M is the best palce to find some really great clothes without
    putting a major hole in you wallet
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    Oct 06, 2008 5:18 PM GMT
    have fun in nyc! madonna's in town so the queens will be out tonight!!
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    Oct 06, 2008 5:22 PM GMT
    When I'm in Manhattan, I head straight for the Polo store - Madison bet. 71st and 72nd. Good sales and top quality clothes.......you might pay more - but you will have them much longer - which is important.
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    Oct 08, 2008 3:02 AM GMT
    Well guys, I'm back, and thanks for all your suggestions. I went to both Daffy's (got a nice cashmere sweater for $70) and went to Century 21 (boy does that place rock!) I got a few things there, but as I'm down to a 33 waist and I figured that I need to finish the Weight Loss challenge and then can fit into 32's as those are easier to find at this place.

    I walked up and down Broadway in SoHo to check out places, and I'm really impressed by Uniqlo near the Prince Street Station. The clothes and the prices were great. I've got to go back there next time!

    I did go by the H&M, but we have a big one here in Boston, and I wanted to limit the amount of items that I had to carry back home. Next time, I bring a bigger suitcase.

    Chungo, I wish I had seen your post before I got back! Thanks to all of the suggestions here.

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    Oct 08, 2008 3:41 AM GMT
    Daffy's is certainly your best bet in ease of finding your size and in general my overall pick. C21 is TOO packed with tourists and New Yorkers alike looking for bargain basement prices. Personally, I would rather go to Daffy's, Last Call Neiman Marcus or the sort to get good quality, last season wears. I mean where else can you go to find dress shirts that are normally $125 for between 30 and 50 bucks or BCBG for 21? Let's keep in mind these are not either irregular or damaged...Pretty good.

    If you have more time however to shop and I car, I generally always recommend Woodbury Commons which is in Rockland Cty NY (about an hour or so out of the city) and Jersey Gardens which is near the Newark Airport in Jersey - obviously. Both are massive malls with great outlets.

    Have fun!
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    Oct 08, 2008 5:06 AM GMT
    We're basically talking outlet shopping here, but not "outlet mall", where everything is maybe 10-20% off retail. These outlet department stores carry various brands and the pickings can be great one day and less so the next. But right now stock is good.


    Daffy's is a good bet and they're filled with new fall/winter clothes. They tend to European labels and looks.

    57th and Broadway
    57th and Lexington
    44th and Madison (smallest of these 4)
    34th and Broadway (across from Macy's)



    For a wide range of more American labels (Calvin, Ralph, Tommy etc) check out Filene's Basement :

    79th And Broadway
    18th and 6th Av



    Huge selection of suits and sportcoats and all the rest? Syms. Also shoes.

    54th and Park
    and way downtown on Trinity Place, I believe



    And for a mix of club clothes, funky, and high-end, try Loehmann's.

    74th & Broadway
    17th & 7th

    Finally, when in Chelsea, or if you're just going there to hit the 6th Av Filene's, you can check out TJMaxx upstairs from The Basement - plenty of shopping mall labels at very good prices.

    Shopping in NYC is good for both the pro and the amateur. ;)

    BUT I believe that the department stores are so concerned about having a bad season that things may go on sale everywhere early this year ... still, the above spots are all well worth a shot. If you're looking for a suit, Syms and Filene's have the biggest selection of these stores. Daffy's choices tend to be Euro brands - not bad at all, sometimes really nice, but not Polo or Hart Shaffner Marx etc.

    By the way, here's one little comparison shopping table for you:

    I buy a lot of 2xist black t-shirts. They retail for maybe $30 for 3.
    At Loehmann's they're $18, I think. At Filene's $16. And up at 22nd & 6thy, at Burlington Coat Factory ... $13.

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 08, 2008 5:10 AM GMT
    chungo44 saidcurious, tell me the day of the week and i will tell you where to go



    I will be there Thursday thru Thursday, December 18th-to-25th
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    Oct 08, 2008 5:11 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle said
    GQjock saidYup ....

    Hands down, H&M is the best palce to find some really great clothes without
    putting a major hole in you wallet


    Really? You think so? I was there a couple years ago looking for a bomber style winter coat and as I walked through the store I don't recall being that impressed with what I saw overall.


    Agreed H&M is wear once throw out quality. Come to NJ and hit the outlets. Real clothing real name brand stuff.
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    Oct 08, 2008 2:01 PM GMT
    gioseph hit it on the head right off the bat when he said H & M is "trendy" - it is focused both fashion- and price-wise to a young crowd who wants "the latest" or something just new, but not for a lot of money.

    For those who "invest in wardrobe" staples and some classics, it's not the right store.

    A quick route for a visitor to hit NYC outlets listed above:

    Daffy's at 34th and Bway (opposite Macy's);
    Filene's at 18th and 6th Av (with possible stop upstairs at TJMaxx for mall-worthy labels)
    Loehmann's at 17th and 7th Av (everything from Armani and Valentino to D&G, Donna Karan, etc to some funkier club clothes.)

    This season you'll find lots of cashmere at all these stores right now, lots of everything, actually, at the moment. Good time to buy a new coat or jacket.