We shopped for a variety of warm-weather items at summer outlet stores and searched for comparable items at retail sites or online; in rare instances the summer outlet and retail merchandise was identical. We compared prices at each venue before and after discounts, but always before taxes. Note that some prices listed in the chart do not match prices mentioned in the article. Chart prices reflect the closest comparable items or the least expensive option that we found during our shopping expedition.

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BRAND

PRODUCT

OUTLET Before Discounts

OUTLET After Discounts

RETAIL Before Discounts

RETAIL After Discounts

PRICE DIFFERENCE Before Discounts

WINNER Before Discounts

PERCENT SAVINGS Before Discounts

PRICE DIFFERENCE After Discounts

WINNER After Discounts

PERCENT SAVINGS After Discounts

SHOPPING LIST TOTAL:

$3,903.28

$2,906.43

$4,718.82

$4,453.41

$815.54

Outlets

17.3%

$1,546.98

Outlets

34.7%

Gap

Women's cotton tank

$19.99

$10.00

$16.95

$12.99

$3.04

Retail

15.2%

$3.00

Outlet

23.1%

Women's khaki capris

$44.99

$31.49

$59.95

$55.95

$10.96

Outlet

19.6%

$24.46

Outlet

43.7%

Women's cotton shorts

$39.99

$23.99

$39.95

$39.95

$0.04

Retail

0.1%

$15.96

Outlet

39.9%

Women's short-sleeve cotton tee

$19.99

$9.99

$14.95

$12.50

$5.04

Retail

25.2%

$2.51

Outlet

20.1%

Men's cargo shorts

$39.99

$31.99

$39.95

$39.95

$0.04

Retail

0.1%

$7.96

Outlet

19.9%

Men's polo

$29.99

$9.99

$34.95

$24.99

$4.96

Outlet

14.2%

$15.00

Outlet

60.0%

Men's khakis

$49.99

$25.00

$49.95

$36.99

$0.04

Retail

0.1%

$12.00

Outlet

32.4%

Men's plaid cotton shorts

$34.99

$26.24

$44.95

$44.95

$9.96

Outlet

22.2%

$18.71

Outlet

41.6%

Boys' graphic tee

$14.99

$8.99

$14.95

$8.99

$0.04

Retail

0.3%

$0.00

None

0.0%

Girls' graphic tee

$14.99

$11.99

$14.95

$7.99

$0.04

Retail

0.3%

$4.00

Retail

33.4%

Men's swim trunks

$34.99

$15.99

$39.95

$39.95

$4.96

Outlet

12.4%

$23.96

Outlet

60.0%

Women's bikini top

$24.99

$19.99

$38.95

$14.99

$13.96

Outlet

35.8%

$5.00

Retail

25.0%

Women's bikini bottom

$24.99

$19.99

$36.95

$12.99

$11.96

Outlet

32.4%

$7.00

Retail

35.0%

Women's one-piece swimsuit

$44.99

$35.99

$59.95

$59.95

$14.96

Outlet

25.0%

$23.96

Outlet

40.0%

Women's cover-up

$39.99

$31.99

$34.95

$34.95

$5.04

Retail

12.6%

$2.96

Outlet

8.5%

Girls' one-piece swimsuit

$24.99

$17.49

$19.95

$14.95

$5.04

Retail

20.2%

$2.54

Retail

14.5%

Boys' swim shorts

$19.95

$13.97

$19.95

$14.95

$0.00

None

0.0%

$0.98

Outlet

6.6%

Men's rubber flip-flops

$7.99

$3.99

$14.95

$14.95

$6.96

Outlet

46.6%

$10.96

Outlet

73.3%

Women's rubber flip-flops

$7.49

$3.75

$16.95

$16.95

$9.46

Outlet

55.8%

$13.20

Outlet

77.9%

Boys' rubber flip-flops

$6.99

$4.19

$14.95

$7.95

$7.96

Outlet

53.2%

$3.76

Outlet

47.3%

Girls' rubber flip-flops

$9.99

$7.49

$8.95

$7.99

$1.04

Retail

10.4%

$0.50

Outlet

6.3%

TOTAL:

$557.25

$364.50

$633.95

$525.82

$76.70

Outlet

12.1%

$161.32

Outlet

30.7%

Banana Republic

Women's cotton shorts

$39.99

$19.99

$39.50

$39.50

$0.49

Retail

1.2%

$19.51

Outlet

49.4%

Women's Martin-fit pants

$59.99

$41.99

$69.99

$69.99

$10.00

Outlet

14.3%

$28.00

Outlet

40.0%

Women's linen sheath dress

$89.99

$53.99

$140.00

$140.00

$50.01

Outlet

35.7%

$86.01

Outlet

61.4%

Women's patterned wrap dress

$69.99

$35.00

$89.99

$89.99

$20.00

Outlet

22.2%

$55.00

Outlet

61.1%

Men's cotton cargo shorts

$44.99

$18.00

$54.50

$54.50

$9.51

Outlet

17.4%

$36.50

Outlet

67.0%

Men's cotton polo, solid

$34.99

$17.50

$39.50

$39.50

$4.51

Outlet

11.4%

$22.01

Outlet

55.7%

Men's cotton polo, striped

$36.99

$22.19

$44.50

$44.50

$7.51

Outlet

16.9%

$22.31

Outlet

50.1%

Men's graphic tee

$26.99

$9.99

$34.50

$34.50

$7.51

Outlet

21.8%

$24.51

Outlet

71.0%

Men's button-down linen shirt

$44.99

$26.99

$69.50

$69.50

$24.51

Outlet

35.3%

$42.51

Outlet

61.2%

Long turquoise/aqua necklace

$24.99

$14.99

$49.50

$49.50

$24.51

Outlet

49.5%

$34.51

Outlet

69.7%

Turquoise drop earrings

$19.99

$11.99

$39.50

$39.50

$19.51

Outlet

49.4%

$27.51

Outlet

69.6%

White and glass bangle

$24.99

$9.99

$49.50

$34.99

$24.51

Outlet

49.5%

$25.00

Outlet

71.4%

TOTAL:

$518.88

$282.62

$720.48

$705.97

$201.60

Outlet

28.0%

$423.35

Outlet

60.0%

Tommy Bahama (Retail online and from Nordstrom)

Men's Hawaiian button-down shirt

$118.00

$77.00

$118.00

$118.00

$0.00

None

0.0%

$41.00

Outlet

34.7%

Men's shorts

$95.00

$66.50

$98.00

$98.00

$3.00

Outlet

3.1%

$31.50

Outlet

32.1%

Men's Relax tee

$42.00

$29.40

$48.00

$48.00

$6.00

Outlet

12.5%

$18.60

Outlet

38.8%

Women's shorts

$78.00

$54.60

$78.00

$78.00

$0.00

None

0.0%

$23.40

Outlet

30.0%

Women's cotton-knit shirt dress

$88.00

$61.60

$88.00

$88.00

$0.00

None

0.0%

$26.40

Outlet

30.0%

Women's tropical-print sundress

$128.00

$89.60

$128.00

$128.00

$0.00

None

0.0%

$38.40

Outlet

30.0%

Men's swim trunks

$72.00

$50.40

$58.00

$58.00

$14.00

Retail

19.4%

$7.60

Outlet

13.1%

Women's one-piece swimsuit

$128.00

$64.00

$126.00

$126.00

$2.00

Retail

1.6%

$62.00

Outlet

49.2%

Raffia tote bag

$118.00

$82.60

$118.00

$118.00

$0.00

None

0.0%

$35.40

Outlet

30.0%

TOTAL:

$867.00

$575.70

$860.00

$860.00

$7.00

Retail

0.8%

$284.30

Outlet

33.1%

Quiksilver
(Retail from PacSun, Nordstrom, and Quiksilver.com)

Women's Roxy bikini top

$24.99

$17.50

$29.50

$29.50

$4.51

Outlet

18.0%

$12.01

Outlet

40.7%

Women's Roxy bikini bottom

$19.99

$17.50

$29.50

$14.75

$9.51

Outlet

47.6%

$2.75

Retail

15.7%

Men's board shorts

$34.99

$34.99

$49.50

$49.50

$14.51

Outlet

41.5%

$14.51

Outlet

29.3%

Towels

$16.99

$16.99

$30.00

$30.00

$3.04

Outlet

76.6%

$13.01

Outlet

43.4%

Men's rubber flip-flops

$12.99

$12.99

$16.00

$16.00

$10.96

Outlet

23.2%

$3.01

Outlet

18.8%

TOTAL:

$109.95

$99.97

$154.50

$139.75

$0.04

Outlet

28.8%

$39.79

Outlet

28.5%

Nine West

Straw-look bag

$39.99

$39.99

$99.99

$69.00

$5.04

Outlet

60.0%

$29.01

Outlet

42.0%

Women's color-block heels

$69.99

$69.99

$89.00

$69.00

$0.04

Outlet

21.4%

$0.99

Retail

1.4%

Women's cork wedge/platform sandals

$59.99

$39.99

$89.00

$69.00

$4.96

Outlet

32.6%

$29.01

Outlet

42.0%

Women's dressy flip-flops

$49.99

$49.99

$49.00

$49.00

$0.04

Retail

2.0%

$0.99

Retail

2.0%

TOTAL:

$219.96

$199.96

$326.99

$256.00

$9.96

Outlet

32.7%

$56.04

Outlet

21.9%

Restoration Hardware

Cote D'Azur Stripe 20" x 20" pillow cover

$47.99

$38.39

$69.00

$58.00

$0.04

Outlet

30.4%

$19.61

Outlet

33.8%

Outdoor 20" x 20" pillow insert

$18.00

$10.80

$18.00

$15.00

$0.04

None

0.0%

$4.20

Outlet

28.0%

Cote D'Azur solid canvas tote

$33.99

$27.19

$49.00

$41.00

$4.96

Outlet

30.6%

$13.81

Outlet

33.7%

TOTAL:

$99.98

$76.38

$136.00

$114.00

$13.96

Outlet

26.5%

$37.62

Outlet

33.0%

Columbia

Men's convertible pants

$44.90

$44.90

$55.00

$55.00

$11.96

Outlet

18.4%

$10.10

Outlet

18.4%

Women's convertible pants

$44.90

$44.90

$60.00

$60.00

$14.96

Outlet

25.2%

$15.10

Outlet

25.2%

Boys' convertible pants

$24.90

$24.90

$40.00

$40.00

$5.04

Outlet

37.8%

$15.10

Outlet

37.8%

Women's button-down hiking shirt

$34.90

$34.90

$50.00

$50.00

$5.04

Outlet

30.2%

$15.10

Outlet

30.2%

Women's hiking shoes

$100.00

$30.00

$100.00

$100.00

$0.00

None

0.0%

$70.00

Outlet

70.0%

Boys' moisture-wicking tee

$12.90

$12.90

$20.00

$20.00

$6.96

Outlet

35.5%

$7.10

Outlet

35.5%

Men's softshell jacket

$99.90

$69.90

$130.00

$130.00

$9.46

Outlet

23.2%

$60.10

Outlet

46.2%

Women's full-zip fleece

$29.90

$29.90

$48.00

$48.00

$7.96

Outlet

37.7%

$18.10

Outlet

37.7%

Men's full-zip fleece

$29.90

$29.90

$48.00

$48.00

$1.04

Outlet

37.7%

$18.10

Outlet

37.7%

Toddler full-zip fleece

$17.50

$17.50

$24.00

$24.00

$76.70

Outlet

21.7%

$6.50

Outlet

27.1%

Hiking daypack

$109.95

$109.95

$139.00

$139.00

$0.49

Outlet

20.9%

$29.05

Outlet

20.9%

TOTAL:

$549.65

$449.65

$714.00

$714.00

$10.00

Outlet

23.0%

$264.35

Outlet

37.0%

Nike
(Retail from Macy's, Foot Locker)

Men's running shorts

$29.99

$29.99

$32.00

$26.99

$50.01

Outlet

6.3%

$3.00

Retail

10.0%

Men's long-sleeve moisture-wicking shirt

$29.99

$29.99

$60.00

$60.00

$5.04

Outlet

50.0%

$30.01

Outlet

50.0%

Men's Nike Air Max shoes

$129.99

$129.99

$170.00

$170.00

$5.04

Outlet

23.5%

$40.01

Outlet

23.5%

Men's Nike Zoom Vomero 6 shoes

$99.99

$99.99

$130.00

$130.00

$0.00

Outlet

23.1%

$30.01

Outlet

23.1%

Women's running shorts

$24.99

$24.99

$32.00

$32.00

$6.96

Outlet

21.9%

$7.01

Outlet

21.9%

Women's moisture-wicking shirt

$27.99

$27.99

$38.00

$38.00

$9.46

Outlet

26.3%

$10.01

Outlet

26.3%

Women's running bra tank

$39.99

$39.99

$48.00

$37.99

$7.96

Outlet

16.7%

$2.00

Retail

5.0%

Women's Nike Zoom Vomero 6 shoes

$99.99

$99.99

$130.00

$130.00

$1.04

Outlet

23.1%

$30.01

Outlet

23.1%

Boys' Jordan shoes

$39.99

$39.99

$70.00

$49.99

$76.70

Outlet

42.9%

$10.00

Outlet

20.0%

TOTAL:

$522.91

$522.91

$710.00

$674.97

$0.49

Outlet

26.4%

$152.06

Outlet

22.5%

Sunglass Hut

Ray-Ban sunglasses

$199.95

$144.98

$199.95

$199.95

$10.00

None

0.0%

$54.97

Outlet

27.5%

Coach sunglasses

$158.00

$114.98

$138.00

$138.00

$50.01

Retail

12.7%

$23.02

Outlet

16.7%

Ralph by Ralph Lauren sunglasses

$99.75

$74.78

$124.95

$124.95

$10.00

Outlet

20.2%

$50.17

Outlet

40.2%

TOTAL:

$457.70

$334.74

$462.90

$462.90

$50.01

Outlet

1.1%

$128.16

Outlet

27.7%