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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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