Grand Opening: St. Louis Premium Outlets

August 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Last Friday, I was invited to shop St. Louis Premium Outlets on opening weekend and share my experience with you.

I have to be honest. Outlet shopping is not my favorite kind of shopping experience. Usually I find clothes from last season, items the regular store cannot sell, or pieces contrived from leftover scraps of cloth. Therefore I shy I away from heading to an outlet mall.

But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised when I visited St. Louis Premium Outlets last Friday. This particular outlet mall is a sister store to the granddaddy of all outlet malls – Woodbury Commons in New York. If you ever have the chance to go, I highly recommend it.

St. Louis Premium Outlets is designed like a racetrack making it easier to make your way around and access every store. All stores have exterior entrances so that you can park near the shops you want to start with. I felt like I was back in LA leisurely shopping at The Grove. There is a centrally located food court, a media center where you can plug in, and art installations at the entrances from local artists. I really feel like they paid attention to the customer when planning the layout of the mall. The only thing missing is a Starbucks and a Panera, but I digress…

Armed with a $100 gift card, courtesy of St. Louis Premium Outlets, I shopped till I dropped. St. Louis Premium Outlets suggests you can save anywhere from 25-65% off daily. Everyone loves a good bargain and I am no exception. I hit the ground running with my fellow blogger pals. My first stop was J. Crew, then BCBG, a little Elie Tahari, then off to Saks Fifth’s Off Fifth, and finally Kate Spade. Just after those few stores, I had done enough damage, but I vowed to return. Labor Day weekend and Black Friday will be among their most lucrative sale weekends to come. Here’s a peek into what I bought and saved on this past weekend:

At J.Crew Outlet, the store was cleverly arranged. There were pops of color, statement necklaces adorning cute outfits, and polka dots galore. The quality was comparable to the regular J.Crew and I made a few mental notes of items I had to have including a polka dot sweater.

When I hit BCBG, I was struck that the whole store was 50% off. Talk about an opening weekend sale. I spotted several trends I wanted to try like neon, digital prints, and leather.

At Elie Tahari I was in awe of how pretty each piece was from the laser-cut leather dresses to the ladylike shifts. There were multiple deals under $100 plus an extra 30-40% off on many items.

At Saks Avenue Off Fifth, I found my new jeans haven. There were countless designer brands and styles for under $100. Designer handbags were 30-40% off. Plus you could get $25 off a purchase of $150 or more with the VIP Coupon Book (available at the mall info desk).

Finally, at Kate Spade I wondered why there was such a long line. For the two hours I was at the outlet mall, the line never seemed to die down. It took me about 15 minutes to get in, but it was well worth it. Again, expect double discounts.

I made out like a bandit at St. Louis Premium Outlets. I definitely recommend a visit. You will be returning again and again because discounts like these don’t exist at the mall. Happy Shopping!!!

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