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What to Expect From the Rachel Zoe Sample Sale

Yesterday afternoon, we got a preview of Rachel Zoe’s very first sample sale. Racks are arranged by size, with the most heavily stocked being a size 6 and below. Denim is off to the back left corner, and shoes are set up on a table in the back, also by size, where you can request samples to try on. The selection is mostly made up of work and party attire, ranging from shift dresses, silk blouses and dress pants to leopard print tops, sequined blazers, and leather jackets. There’s also a fair number of maxi dresses and skirts, in keeping with the Rachel Zoe bohemian aesthetic. 

…At least there’s a dressing room.

Tops - $100
Sweaters - $100
Jackets - $250
Outerwear Coats - $250
Long Dresses - $250
Short Dresses $175
Leather - $350
Denim - $70
Jumpsuits - $150
Pants - $125
Shorts - $90
Long Skirts - $175
Short Skirts - $90



There is a good selection of work-appropriate jackets in black, white, purple, maroon, and tweeds — especially in the size 4 to 8 range. There are also enough full sequin tuxedo jackets in each size to satisfy most of the sparkle hounds shopping. Jackets - $250


Available shoe sizes range from 5 to 11 with half sizes and the widest range of choices in sizes 8, 9, and 10. One style of each shoe is arranged on a table divided by sizes, with sales associates standing on the other side to assist you.  For the sizes with a bigger selection, there are about four different colors of regular flats and ankle strap flat sandals (pictured), and a few leather pumps, skin booties and what Zoe herself would probably refer to as “hooker heels.” Prices range from $120 to $200

Skirts and Pants

Long, flowy skirts and dresses are kind of a Rachel Zoe thing — at least a Rachel Zoe, the person, thing. This sale includes a lot of breezy skirts in solids and prints and an entire rack in it’s own special area of maxi dresses and jumpsuits in a slew of prints, colors, and styles. While there are a good number of more traditional trousers, there are also some more oddball options like zebra printed pants and wide-legged pants (like the style pictured, left). Long Skirts - $175


There are a lot of dresses, the bulk of which fall in either the work or party dress categories. There are a few lace dress (on sale for $340 online) in size 12, as well as a lot of one-shoulder, peplum, sequin, and LBD styles hanging in the different sections. For the more bling-wary there are work-friendly shift dresses like the Madison Colorblock dress (on sale for $195 online) in a range of sizes. Short Dresses $175

Photo: ? undefined Nordstrom


It looks like there’s only one style of denim included in the sale: a darker wash of the signature Rachel Zoe flared jeans (similar to the style pictured). They’re off on their own (breathing room!) on two racks in front the changing room and are divided by size, from 24 to 32. Denim - $70


Aside from the jackets and pants pictured, there were also some camel-colored leather shorts. Leather - $350


Coats seem to be in limited supply and come mostly in black or cream, with belted, brass-button, and fur-trimmed styles. Priced at $250, these winter coats might be the best deal at the sale — if you can bear to buy something covered in fur when it’s 80 degrees outside.   Outerwear Coats - $250


Tops take up the majority of the real estate here. here were lots and lots of tops and blouses. Good basic silk options and some patterned dolman tops that are pretty for summer.   Tops - $100

What to Expect From the Rachel Zoe Sample Sale