Unlike at Daffy’s and Loehmann’s, you don’t have to paw through a pile of generic American brands to find a Hickey Freeman dress shirt. There are hundreds of them.
All the rivals (in particular, Century 21) carry statement bags; it’s rare to stumble across one as memorable as this Marc by Marc Jacobs tote.
Filene’s has sleeveless tops from Free People, and Loehmann’s stocks Marc by Marc, but this look-at-me top by See by Chloé is a still-current standout.
Discounted biker jackets can too easily go from Village Cool to Village People. This Michael Michael Kors women’s bomber is a well-priced investment.
Though flirty frocks are a staple of the discount chains, it’s hard to argue with an of-the-moment Milly dress from last season.
Florsheims are reliable but unimaginative—and found everywhere. These sleek Bally cap-toes are fit for a veritable fashion hound.
Now: $29.97 Was: $76
Knit basics abound, yet they’re usually workwear basics—not cool layerables like this razor-thin Splendid sweater.
Where Nordstrom Rack Doesn’t Quite Measure Up:
Men’s Suits and Ties
While the Rack is a ferocious competitor pretty much across the board, Century 21 remains the store to beat for discounted designer suits and ties. The chain’s financial-district flagship (22 Cortlandt St., nr. Church St.; 212-227-9092) is loaded with high-end Italian designers like Lanvin, Emilio Pucci, and Brioni. At left, a Versace Collection suit for $499.97 (was $1,180) and a Versace tie for $59.97 (was $120).