Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Clothing Store (Women)

Opitz Outlet

To broke-but-not-broken fashionistas, Opitz Outlet is a reason for living. Why hit up Nordstrom for the latest Marc Jacobs bag when you can just stalk Opitz (which gets its stock from high-end department stores) for a few weeks and nab a sweet, barely off-season gem for 90 percent off? Recent finds include La Rok and Miss Sixty crocheted shawls for $5, a Triple 5 Soul batwing top for $10, two DKNY trenches for a combined $20, and a Giovanni Navarre zip-up for $5. There are three Opitz-related stores on Excelsior. The main shop features flawless overstock and out-of-season merchandise, and a small clearance room in back carries huge brand names (everything from French Connection to 3 Dots to Laundry) for under $10. Next door is the annex for misfit clothes (those that need a little love and minor repair), and just a block down you'll find yet another annex with overflow merch from the main store. Just a warning to bargain-hunting fashion lovers: You will get addicted, and you will start neglecting Bloomies like a bad fad. Oh, well!

Best Clothing Store (Women) (2013) Opitz Outlet

Best Designer Deals (2012) Opitz Outlet

Best Clothing Store (Women) (2011) Opitz Outlet


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