The First-Ever Wolford Sample Sale

UPDATE: Extra 20% off.

Yesterday morning Wolford kicked off their first-ever US sample sale. The hotly anticipated event drew eager lunch-time crowds ready to take advantage of the savings. The Austrian label is beloved worldwide for their iconic tights and bodysuits of which there were plenty to choose from! All Ready To Wear was discounted 70% off original retail while tights started at $18.

I arrived early afternoon to find the venue buzzing with shoppers. The tights section that takes up the entire left wall was a hot spot with ladies and an occasional gent 😉 browsing through bins of hosiery. Merchandise was organized by size, starting with XS opposite the coat check and Large sizes towards the dressing room. As I mentioned earlier, tights (who’s retail value was under $100) were priced at $18 while those originally above $100 were $45. There were lots of styles, colors, and finish choices. From the famous Neon 40 shimmery tights to the more subdued Velvet Deluxe 50. There were a few patterned styles like Noa, Lara, and Lilien as well as Cilou and Nele fishnets but the majority were solid colors in sheer, semi-sheer, opaque or satin finish. From what I remember there were Sheer 15, Pure 10, Luxe 9, Individual 10, Satin Touch 20, Naked 8, Mat Opaque 80, and Satin Deluxe 50. I also spotted some shaping styles with tummy, thigh, and butt control. There were also Wolford W styles. As for color choices there were plenty of nudes and blacks along with greys, browns, navy, and bolder red, orange, and green options. An interesting thing was that certain items were noted as second quality and specifically labeled as such. I have seen them sometimes at Wolford outlets. Besides tights the hosiery selection also included $10 socks, $15 leggings, and $15 stockings/stayups. Overall discounts ranged from 50-70% off which is comparable to online outlet sale pricing. I have on occasion found Wolford tights for under $5 during Century 21 clearance, as well as Asos and Lord & Taylor online sales. Of course you’d have to get really lucky with finding your size. So while this week’s discounts are not necessarily stellar the huge selection certainly helps make up for higher prices. Wolford brand reps were on hand to answer all questions and help with any size or style concerns. Size charts are posted on the wall and each item also includes a handy height/weight chart to help you determine what size will work best for you. Per the rep recommendations I was advised to stick to small due to my height rather than size up due to weight. Although if you’re getting something like Neon 40 you might want to size up. A dressing room is available in the back but you can only try on RTW and bras.

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Moving on to the tables near the register I found accessories and various boxed pieces like the Fatal dresses, tops, and belts as well as Pure Summer multi-way dress. If you are not familiar with these styles, they’re basically your future vacation must haves! Fatal dress can be converted to be worn in multiple ways, it rolls up to take up as little of your luggage space as possible and can be very flattering. I hate to use a Kardashian as an example but I’m sure most of you have seen Kim wear these dresses all the time but just didn’t know that it was Wolford Fatal Dress. Dresses were priced at $95 unless they were considered RTW in which case they’d be 70% off. Unfortunately the color selection was limited to red and orange for Fatal pieces and Pink and Green for Pure. This section also included structured belts ($95), embellished wrist bands ($40), and multi-function scarves.

The middle of the venue was taken up by racks of RTW and shapewear like bodysuits. Sizes ranged from XS to L and the more exciting embellished or lacy numbers were going fast, especially in the smaller sizes. Restocking on ready to wear is expected daily. There were great summer bodycon tops as well as merino wool dresses, pullovers, and turtlenecks. One notable absence was the Colorado Body. This is Wolford’s biggest selling apparel item so I can’t say that I’m surprised to not see it at this sample sale. After the 70% off discounts most items end up in the $80-$200 price range which isn’t much better than say a flash sale on Gilt. Unless you’re a devoted fan of the brand my advice is to wait until markdowns before you invest in any of the RTW.

All RTW 70% off original price

Bodysuits $75
Bras $55 and Panties $35
Bra sizes A-E
Shapewear $55
Tights ($18) available in XS-L
Affaire stockings $15
Noa tights $18
Pure Summer dress $95 (retail $300)
Available only in these two colors
Pure Summer Dress can be worn six different ways

BOTTOM LINE: The sale runs through Sunday and restocking is expected although only for RTW. If you’re looking for any of the more popular tights or leggings styles go now as they are likely to sell out. Overall the prices are comparable to online clearance sales or even Wolford’s own outlet deals. Im hopeful the well see additional markdowns by Friday.

260 Fifth Ave
Tuesday  10am – 8pm
Wednesday – Saturday  10am – 7pm
Sunday  10am – 5pm

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