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Shopping Planner: Dress for Success Inventory Sale, Fabletics Grand Opening, Tampa Bay Fashion Week



Power Suit: Dress for Success Inventory Sale
They say clothes don’t make the man (or woman), but I know I feel more confident when I look pulled together, especially for a job interview. But if you’re looking for a job, you might not have the means to buy an expensive outfit. That’s where Dress for Success comes in. The international nonprofit organization helps disadvantaged women by providing not only the tools, but also the attire for a professional career. Our own arts and entertainment editor and Deal Diva, Stephanie Hayes, volunteers with Dress for Success Tampa Bay as a personal shopper. The organization receives donations of clothes and ends up with a surplus of attire. So twice a year, it has an excess inventory sale that’s open to the public with proceeds going back to the charity so it can run the boutique and buy larger-sized business attire, shoes and bags.
The next sale is 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Bayshore Baptist Church, 3111 W Morrisson Ave., Tampa. Suits are $10; separates, shoes and purses are $5; and jewelry is $2. It’s a good idea to wear leggings and a tank top, as the dressing room is one big open space. All sales are final and there’s a $25 minimum for using a credit card. Organizers ask you to please leave children at home. (813) 259-1876.

Fitness fashion: Fabletics Grand Opening
Fabletics was my first (and only) foray into an online shopping club, which I have to say, is not for me. I was drawn to Kate Hudson’s line of athletic wear for its cool styles and great patterns. And when I received my first outfit, I wasn’t disappointed at all; the fabrics are great, fit perfectly and have held up for two years. But at the beginning of each month, you either have to buy an outfit or click the “skip” button. I’m not very good at remembering to “skip the month.” Consequently, I have bought only one outfit from them.
Imagine my delight when I heard there is a Fabletics store opening in University Town Center in Sarasota this weekend! Now I can just go into a store and buy things like usual. The celebration happens Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. with 20 percent off and a free capri with a $69 minimum purchase. If you can get there early, it’s worth it: The first 50 customers will receive a free pair of their bestselling Salar capris in solid black. Plus, on Saturday the store will have acroyoga and live music from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota.

Tampa Bay Fashion Week: Designer Runway Shows
Now in its ninth year, Tampa Bay Fashion Week has returned to its roots by bringing back the runway show. This year, though, organizers took it one step further and added a second show at International Plaza. Last year, organizers opted to skip the runway events altogether in favor of an experimental pop-up shop with rotating designer trunk shows. Although they learned much from the experience, Tampa Bay Fashion Week organizer Nancy Vaughn said, the glamor of the runway show was missed. In keeping with the penchant for variety, local designers such as Elizabeth Carson Racker and retailers from International Plaza including Free People and Lilly Pulitzer will be featured in this year’s runway events. The fashion shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday. Buy the Trendsetter Fashion Pass for $35, and you’ll get a seat and a sweet swag bag. Otherwise, standing room is free. The Deal Divas and I will be tweeting live from Friday night’s event, so follow along at @dealdivas. For a listing of other Fashion Week events, visit
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[Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2016 9:56am]


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