Embarassment Loves Company: Readers Respond

In last week’s Fashion Trends newsletter, I wrote about my past fashion mistakes. Seems like we’ve all have a few fashion mishaps lurking in our closets. Here are some responses from readers. “my fashion disaster was definitely tye-dye. My mom dressed me in it from head to toe. rainbow tye-dye! ugh! someone save me!” “my […]

The Search is Over!  Plus an Old Navy Coupon

Readers of the newsletter know that this week I’ve been reliving my fashion mistakes of the not too distance past. Ironically, this little trip down memory lane coincided with the brilliant Old Navy campaign featuring songs from my fashion troubled youth and the chocolate brown skirt of my dreams. I’ve been on a mission for […]

Fashion Advice: How to be a Stylish College Guy

Dear Budget Fashionista, I am a poor male undergrad who is tired of seeing hordes of banal A&E, Hollister, and Abercrombie zombies wandering my campus. I adore the classic styles of silver screen icons like Cary Grant and Clark Gable. How can I make a classical appearance with a minimum amount of damage to my […]

How to Sell to a Consignment Shop

At the end of each season, I sell my clothes to a local consignment shop.  Each consignment shop sets its own guidelines for the type of designers, styles, sizes and quality they prefer. You and the consignment shop enter into an agreement by which the shop sells your goods for a percentage of the price […]

Store I Like: Rodeo Drive Resale

One of the best places to get the designers we love at prices we can afford is to head to consignment shops. Consignment shops are boutiques that sell high quality, brand new and gently used clothing in relationship with the owner of the piece. With the rising cost of the Euro, consignment shops are great […]

Vegan Fashion: Moo Shoes

Last month I wrote about the wonderful online store Alternative Outfitters. Although I’m a fashion-centered, leather-wearing, fur-loving (Salvation Army and thrift stores of course) stylista, I do shop at online and offline stores specializing in faux fashion and you should, too. I noted from my perch during NYC’s Fall 2005 Fashion Week, that fur is […]

HM new Celebrity Designer Bridge Lines

Trend Central reports today on the arrival of a new designer to low price-ultra hip H&M’s roster. The store is resurrecting Elio Fiorucci, a popular resort wear designer from the 70s, in June. Fiorucci joins the incredible shrinking Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld and my favorite Isaac Mizrahi, as designers who are trying to stay relevant […]

Where to Shop in San Francisco

Budget Fashionista Tip: When traveling, only shop at the stores you don’t have in your hometown—it will help you build a unique wardrobe. I love San Francisco. You have the water, breathtaking views, delicious food, and when things start to get boring, a nice earthquake comes along to shake things up. San Francisco also has […]

West Elm: Affordable Fashions for Home

I’ve been on a quest to find well constructed, expertly designed furniture that doesn’t cost more than my home. For a long time, the only option seemed to be Ikea, whose furniture is of questionable quality, but incredibly affordable, or Design Within Reach, whose furniture is of high quality and expertly designed (Eames inspired dining […]