How to Cover Varicose Veins

Dear Budget Fashionista, As a 52-year-old woman, with varicose veins, do I need to wear pantyhose in the winter and can I wear long shirts that goes almost to my ankles? What do I wear? Thank you Answer: The Bad News: Pantyhose (aka nylons) are pretty dated. The Good (actually, great) News: Tights are not. […]

Famous Maker Brands on a Budget

Dear Budget Fashionista, I was perusing on Smartbargains and noticed that all of the “Famous Maker” and “Famous Designer” brand dresses are not only the same styles as Nicole Miller’s, but the same fabrics and original retail prices. Is “Famous Maker/Designer” code for Nicole Miller, or is this just a coincidence? Answer: Stores like Smartbargains […]

How To Shrink a Cashmere Sweater

Dear Budget Fashionista: I received a cardigan cashmere sweater in size large and I wear a small. Is there a way to permanently shrink it? Answer: You can shrink a cashmere sweater by handwashing it in very warm water and then sticking it in the dryer with the setting on high. HOWEVER, this will damage […]

Cocktail Rings: Holiday Style Booster on a Budget

> We have a feeling that even if it’s been awhile, this year that Little Black Dress in the back of your closet is going to return to the holiday dress-up rotation, since for many of us, a new dress just isn’t in the financial cards. The trick then, is updating your tried-and-true with something […]

Harajuku Lovers Fragrances: Product Review

What: Angela gives Gwen Stefani’s five—count ‘em, five—new Harajuku Lovers fragrances a spritz. The Lowdown: Oh, dear dear Gwen—while there are many many many other celebs that I would just consider over-the-top for releasing five separate fragrances—in bottles topped by plastic, anime-inspired “dolls” no less—your particular brand of over-the-topness just somehow makes sense. So five […]