Deep discounts available at various locations
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For the boys...
Don’t miss the Midnight Madness Sale tonight at Off The Cuff — this is one of Toronto’s top sources for gently used designer menswear, and from 6 p.m. to the witching hour (a.k.a. midnight), shoppers will score 50 per cent off all winter stock by the likes of Paul Smith, Canali, Zegna, Gucci, Armani and other coveted lines, plus 20 to 50 per cent off everything else in the shop (including fresh spring arrivals). Owner and in-house wardrobe consultant Lee Romberg (also a contributor to trend-alertSweetSpot.ca) capably steers both the ultra-hip and the humble male to the most suitable style nuggets — even on a frenzied night of deep discounts. Romberg’s regular prices are fantastic, so be there early. If only to peruse the impressive selection of tempting ties and dreamy prestige denim, it’s definitely worth the trip to Yonge & Eglinton. Save an extra 5 per cent off if there’s a snowstorm. Where: Off the Cuff, 5 Broadway Ave. (2 blocks north of Eglinton Avenue West, just east of Yonge Street). For more, call 416-489-4248 or visit www.offthecuff.ca.
Note: The entrance is not visible from the street — call or check online for detailed directions.
Mendocino’s Yorkdale location is currently closed for renovations (re-opening in April), but frugal stylistas can scoop up discounted winter stock through to March 31 at the chain’s temporary outlet located in the corridor en route to the subway. Save up to 70 per cent off regular retail — everything is marked down by a minimum of 20 per cent. Stock is replenished every few days, so check often. East-End gals can enjoy similar deals at the permanent outlet location in the Beach (2020 Queen St. E., 416-690-7976).
Bargains at Wal-Mart
At the other end of the spectrum, budget retailer Wal-Mart has hit the target on wallet-friendly streetwear for men and fashion-forward teens. Who knew that the big W could be the place to go for cool silkscreen printed hoodies ($19) and well-cut military-inspired spring weight jackets ($30)? Plenty of funky button-downs with raw-edged appliques ($17) and saucy tees featuring retro graphics as well, including FF’s personal fave: “Breakfast Included” (just $5). For a mere 30 bones, you can even snag a vintage-wash camouflage blazer in thick cotton.
Ladies are wise to comb through the lunatic deals on undies and bras by quality name brands like Fruit Of The Loom (five-pack of boy briefs for $5.97) and Wonderbra (most styles priced under $20). www.walmart.ca
Note: The newly opened Wal-Mart Superstore at Warden and Eglinton Avenues is open from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, so there’s no reason not to score some bargains at almost any hour.
Deals at Suzy Shier
Hit discount diva hub Suzy Shier for surprisingly cool pleather bags in super-bright hues (very on-trend for spring) — prices start as low as $12. FF’s fave is a lemon-yellow hobo bag with a ruffled shoulder-strap — other large-scale totes with chunky brass hardware and retro detailing are yours for under $25. Very Sienna Miller. Also check for hip shades and sash belts in neon blue, black and fuschia — these can instantly update any top, even just a white button-down. Select styles feature a wide elastic panel at the back, so curvier gals can rock the trend and breathe too. Also notable is the selection of super-cute lounge and athletic wear, starting at $15. Top buys: raw-edged cropped feminine hoodies and capris, plus long-waisted zip-front sporty jackets with puff-sleeves and quirky pleats ($20). www.suzyshier.com.