Friday, August 29, 2008

Recessionista: What is it?

Have you heard this term lately? Apparently it means someone who dresses stylishly on a tight budget. That’s pretty cool, I think anyone can learn how to do that. Remember a while back when I posted an entry on how to shop smart? Recessionistas use tricks that I wrote about, like knowing when to shop, hitting up consignment shops, et cetera.

Another trick I think that can work for a recessionista is spending your money wisely. Luckily, this fall it’s easy to do that. Not only are there lots of affordable, trendy accessories avaialbe from surprising places (Old Navy, anyone?) but the pieces that you will want to spend more money on—say, denim, a jacket or handbag—are pieces that will look good even after the snow melts (well, not a winter jacket but you get the idea ☺).

Many of the pieces we used in our “Legends of the Fall” spread are stellar examples of things you’ll want to spend your money on and will add versatility to your wardrobe. A great wide-leg jean or skinny jean is worth spending your money on; after all, jeans should work to fit you, you shouldn’t work to fit into them. Check out Atticus if you want to see examples of this fall’s “it” jeans.

Bop is a wonderland of everything you could ever want in your closet. Alas, most of us don’t have an unlimited budget to buy everything from there. But picking up a few key items, like a trademark blouse in a bold, graphic pattern by Trina Turk (like the one we used) or for a more affordable version, the French Connection bow blouse we used, are both pieces that will can be mixed and matched with lots of looks.

Luckily, next week I’ll tell you what the fashion mags and websites are telling us we need this fall as well as my personal picks for kicking up my fall wardrobe.
More exciting stuff like Q&As, retailer updates, Buys of the Week (I have my camera back, yay!) will be coming at you this fall.

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