King of Prussia Mall: More Reasons to Shop

Maria Bobila

Let’s be real – I love the King of Prussia Mall. Being one of the biggest shopping havens on the East Coast, what’s there not to love? Ever since my freshman year at Villanova I have made it a point to loyally attend my retail therapy sessions at the good ol’ KOP, especially after a long week of classes and work. You may think that one would get tired of walking through the same stores every month, but alas, KOP has added and revamped a few locations on the upper level of the Plaza. Let me present to you American Apparel and Old Navy.

L.A. based clothing line American Apparel made its mark in the retail industry with its awesome basics. Located between Jessica McClintock and Samsonite, the walls and racks are fully stocked with T-shirts, leggings (in over 30 colors!) and full zip-up hoodies, to name just a few of their selections. For the ladies, you may want to look into its lightweight sheer rib raglan pullover ($32) with a scooped neck; loose, baggy sleeves; and waistband that Mary Kate Olsen and Kirsten Dunst have been pictured sporting in tri-blend athletic gray.

There is also a huge collection of skirts in a ton of different styles: long, mini, draped, high-waisted, pencil, jersey knit, polyester. You want it? They got it. Dresses, opaque tights, shorts and even accessories like belts, scarves and bags can be found at AA. They even have a few cute pieces of swimwear for your upcoming spring break trip.

A personal favorite: the deep V-neck T-shirt ($18), you can never have it in enough colors. For the guys, be sure to check out the solid and striped flex fleece zip-up hoodies ($40-$45) to throw on before classes. Or one of AA’s best sellers, the calf-high tube socks in classic white with colored stripes ($8), so you can win your next intramural basketball game in style. American Apparel may not cover their basics in logos and witty phrases, but the enormous number of choices makes each shopping experience different with a new purchase to be made every time.

Old Navy has been around for a while and hasn’t been doing so well in the past four years or so. But with a new creative director, Todd Oldham (thank him for the awesome dorm décor you bought from Target), who was announced last fall, we finally get to see his new take on Old Navy. Say goodbye to performance fleece and hello to the shopper in his or her 20s whom Oldham plans to attract with the new and improved chain store and its monthly collections – a familiar business method that can be compared to the likes of H&M and Forever 21.

Oldham’s February collection titled “Urban Explorer” already has a few pieces added to my wish list, like the printed and belted lightweight dress in red/black leopard ($29.50) and canvas wedges ($34.50) in red, natural, brown and black. A few other favorites that have been floating on fashion blogs and Web sites include the printed lightweight scarves, wooden-handled clutches and printed canvas ballet flats. In March, be sure to keep a look out for the “Palm Beach” collection. So far, so good, Oldham! You can find Old Navy right next to Payless Shoes and across from Lindt Chocolate.

Now you have a few stores to add to your routine visit to KOP, which can be a good thing for your closet but perhaps a bad thing to your wallet.