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The Best of the Upcoming Sample Sales

Sample sale season has arrived, just in time for us to revive our wardrobes. But hitting up every sale is not only time-consuming, it’s downright impossible. That’s why we’ve picked the best sales to go to and the top items to buy. From checked shirts and boyfriend cardigans at Steven Alan to the cocktail dresses at 3.1 Phillip Lim, these are the goods that won’t break the bank this month.

Steven Alan
When: Thursday, 5/14–Sunday, 5/17
Where: Steven Alan showroom, 87 Franklin St., nr. Church St.
What You’ll Find: At Steven Alan’s sale, expect tons of their great cotton plaid shirts for both women (regularly $148, now $55) and men (regularly $168, now $65) along with cozy women’s striped cardigans (regularly $175, now $89). From other designers, the highlights include Rachel Navsik Eleanor Mini bags (regularly $280, now $140) and sexy rompers (regularly $210, now $55) and bralettes (regularly $110, now $35) from The Lake & Stars.

3.1 Phillip Lim
When: Wednesday, 5/20–Thursday 5/21
Where: 3.1 Phillip Lim showroom, 260 W. 39th St., nr. 7th Ave., 17th floor
What You’ll Find: Phillip Lim’s cocktail dresses are ideal for summer evenings and this two-day sale has plenty to pick from. The best looks include a teal chiffon long-sleeve day dress (regularly $795), a cream silk knee-length cocktail dress (regularly $595), an embroidered two-tone dress with a cream waistband (regularly $625), and an ivory evening dress with elegant draped details (regularly $750). All dresses now range from $125-350.

Robert Clergerie
When: Friday, 5/15–Saturday, 5/16
Where: Robert Clergerie, 19 E. 62nd St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-207-8600
What You’ll Find: Shoes are now all priced at $100 and boots are $150. Our favorite styles are the Zaza, a wooden platform sandal (regularly $755), the Jilien, a black strappy patent leather sandal (regularly $745), and the Donia, a light blue patent leather sandal with a pointed wedge heel (regularly $745).

Be & D
When: Wednesday, 5/13–Thursday, 5/14
Where: Be & D showroom, 35 West 36th St., nr. Fifth Ave., tenth fl.
What You’ll Find: Of the several handbag styles that will be available at the Be & D showroom, we’re scooping up the Cosette, a blue hobo with a chain strap (regularly $995, now $325), the Crawford, a large tan hobo with a studded strap (regularly $995, now $200), and the Kan Kan, a metallic champagne clutch with a removable chain strap (regularly $595, now $200).

Archetype Showroom
When: Thursday, 5/14-Saturday, 5/16
Where: Archetype Showroom, 676 Broadway, nr. Great Jones St., second floor
What You’ll Find:
Archetype Showroom represents a lot of great up-and-coming designers, and their goods will be at wholesale prices this week. We love the tough-but-cute Digby & Iona’s double-finger silver ring (regularly $220, now approx. $50-100), Eskell’s printed navy blue Greta dress (regularly $237, now approx. $100), Quail’s flirty cream-colored Wishful Thinking dress (regularly $301, now approx. $100) and Fremont’s short strapless blue-and-white stripe mini (regularly $240, now $109).

Thread Social:
When: Thursday, 5/14 – Sunday, 5/17
Where: 26 W. 17th St., nr. Fifth Ave., third fl. (212-414-8844 ext. 24)
What You’ll Find: Thread Social’s blowout sale features up to 75 percent off the holiday and resort collections and up to 50 percent off the current spring collection. The pink shimmer jacquard dress from holiday was $605, and is now $125, while the Storm print dress and strapless colorblock Techno dress are both down to $293 from the original price of $585. The navy pleated tuck dress (pictured) is also 50 percent off — it’s now $310 instead of $620.

To see all sales, check out our sales calendar.

The Best of the Upcoming Sample Sales