The highest end clothing stores aren
t, of course, the department stores - they're places like Armani and Oscar DeLaRenta's. The highest end department stores are the NYC ones - Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's, Saks Fifth (I think there's one in SF), Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor (where, in my younger days, I had a change account and bought most of my stuff. Back then it was classier than Bloomingdales, which was a bit of an upstart.).
(I'm asssuming we're talking USA, so we can omit Harrods).
Don't forget Nordstrom's, which is a (IMO) mid-level store, but way above say, Penney's or Sears. And If you're going for the bottom of the barrel, there's Kohls, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, with Ross coming in at or close to the bottom. The less said about Wal-mart, the better.
If you're anything approaching a "normal" size, don't forget places like the Nordstrom Rack - I got some great deals there in Seattle. There are several outlet malls in the area here.
I was in the Valley Fair Mall a couple of weeks ago and realized it was probabltthe first time I'd been in a mall for at least 2 years and maybe more (not counting sneak ins to get toa specific store fromthe side and never setting foot on the mall - that's how I buy shoes at Nordstroms). Why was I there? An online League of Legends tournament, of course.
Thanks -- i'm basically trying to find the steps up from the Penny's or Sears, something comparable to the southeast's Belks. I'm thinking Macy's is probably where i should try when i have the sense of the color palate i need to fill.
I "often" shop the bargain possibilities -- outlet malls, Nordstrom Rack -- but the selections are more ... erratic. What i'll be looking for is very specific (i'm hoping it will just be t-shirt like shells to wear with jackets and such in particular colors) and i want to have the sense that i have or haven't evaluated the appropriate possibilities -- not feel like i need to sort through every rack.
If you're looking for something simple like a shell, don't overlook the mailorder places. I have used LL Bean, Eddie Bauer,and Land's End and been reasonably satisfied with all of them. They all have nice shells. Winter Silks has good prices on silk bit IIRC also some other stuff. If you're looking for somthing like a sleeveless tank, Penney's has them in colors at something like $9 - you have to search for them, I got mine in the upstairs Petite section.They also come in regular lengths, but they're very long.And not dressy, definitely "Stellaaaaaaaa" and Stanley looking. As near as I can tell, it's the only cotton in the store. :P
I think I hate clothes shopping worse than anything. What you see is a list of "OMG, why did I come here?"
Mopalia forgot to rank Macy's. I agree with you in putting it midrange. In my experience, prices are comparable between dept. stores in the same chain, but the stock varies quite a lot from state to state and probably between urban and suburban stores, too. Also, while Mopalia is right to point you to the bargain racks (one of the great non-athletic sports venues) since the 1980s there has been an explosion of outlet affiliates selling ex-display, remaindered, and slightly sub-standard goods; Macy's Bargain Basement (now gone AFAIK) actually pioneered this, but after manufacturers such as Levi's set up entire outlet stores out in the boonies near their manufacturing facilities, entire discount malls developed and they include branches of the dept. stores that supposedly include more bargains. ... which is by way of preamble to mentioning that there is a Macy's on Washington St. right next to one end of the Sunnyvale Farmers' Market and a vast outlet mall in Milpitas: the Great Mall, previously an auto manufacturing plant. This actually includes a Nieman Marcus (!) and can be reached via light rail, although getting there reveals the terrible layout of the light rail system: you get the full detour to pretty much ghost stations built to serve the now largely deserted Lockheed plants of northern Sunnyvale, and you have to change lines and backtrack. It also well deserves its name of "Maul". If you go, go as soon before Xmas as possible.
Thanks for reminding me of the Macy's in Sunnyvale.
Christine rides the light rail fairly frequently so the mystery of the system is one i've pondered. She likes it, though, as it has wifi and she can get reading and other work done.
Haven't been in a Macy's since I lived in NY in the 60s. Then I considered it trashy and shopped a Bloomy's and L&T. And Abercrombie Fitch, when it was still the classiest place around (they didn't even issue credit cards - you just gave the sales associate your name.) How the mighty have fallen! So I can't say anything about Macy's. Mostly, I shop online, since that's the only place I can reliably find cotton. (I'm allergic to polyester and wool, which pretty much leaves me with things I can't afford and cotton. So I dress like a woodsman from Seattle.)