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May 2006

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Sample Sale Alert for Europhiles in NYC

Last November I happened upon Back Fashion Cult‘s fall sample sale, where I found and purchased the handbag of my dreams for $95 (you can read about it on my former blog, Everyday Chic).

Back Fashion Cult is housed in a private loft and features imported clothing from Italy and Paris—clothing and accessories that you will be very hard pressed to find anywhere else in the U.S. The sample sale prices, multiplied by the exclusivity factor, makes the clothing is irresistible. Their spring sample sale is going on today through Wednesday, details at TopButton. If you need an authentic infusion of European style, here’s your chance.

Shopping Guides

ThriftyChick Guide to Spring/Summer Looks, Part II

Part Deux: You want to look stylish this spring and summer, but don’t want to be a hopeless fashion victim or desperate trend-chaser. ThriftyChick has the ultimate guide to spring/summer looks that transcend passing fads. Use this guide to shop with confidence in the knowledge that these styles aren’t simply a blip on the fashion scene.

The Look: Urban Safari

The Runway:

Kenneth Cole, Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors and Anna Sui blended animal prints and cargo wear with feminine accoutrements such as lace and crochet to evoke the animal lurking beneath the mademoiselle.

How to wear it:

Tan, sand and sienna—any color that will make you blend in with the desert or bush—conjures the safari motif, especially when buttoned pockets and animal skin textures are thrown into the mix. Wear prints and cargo-like clothing with softer pieces to counterbalance the rough-and-tumble look, so that you resemble an African adverturess who has adapted to the concrete jungle, rather than the Crocodile Hunter.

ThriftyChick Recommends:

Halogen belted safari jacket , $78, Nordstrom; Carlos by Carlos Santana safari thong $89, Macys; Short-sleeved linen shirt $58, Banana Republic

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The Look: Monochromatic Metallics

The Runway:

Oscar de la Renta, Nanette Lepore, Richard Chai and Burberry Prosum all utilized metallic sheen fabrics to provide extra sophistication to otherwise standard looks.

How to wear it:

Metallic is eye-catching, so wear it to the degree that you want to command attention. If you really want to stand out, wear a dominant piece such as a metallic dress or coat; if you just want to elicit a lingering glance, opt for something shiny but less prominent, such as a belt or bag. Choose a subdued color such as silver or a bronze-gold to avoid the disco queen look (unless that is what you are going for, to which we say, work it girl!).

ThriftyChick Recommends:

Alexia Admor champagne metallic lamé skirt, $84.99, Bluefly; <a href=””Bari Jay metallic lace dress $158, Nordstrom; platinum serpentine satchel $58, White House | Black Market; space age belt $19.99, UrbanOutfitters

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The Look: Black, White and Printed all Over

The Runway:

Black and white prints, with an occasional occurrence of brown, beige or grey, transformed simple frocks into eye-catching pieces on the runways of Twinkle, Luca Luca, Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg and Carolina Herrera.

How to wear it:

Separately, black and white go with virtually anything. Together, black and white still go with virtually anything. But that doesn’t mean they have to be bland, especially when they are interweaved together in a geometric, floral, animal, to art noveau print. You could pair a black skirt with a white top if you want to make use of what you already have in your closet, or you could invest in a printed dress or top—something that, even after the fad passes, will continue to be a closet staple. Spice up the stark color combo with colorful shoes, jewelry or a handbag, just don’t detract from the print.

ThriftyChick Recommends:

Diane von Furstenberg zebra knit belted blazer $255, Bluefly; Thalia printed dress, $128, White House | Black Market; <a href=” “eyelet umbrella $16, Urban Outfitters; kate spade black and white spotted ‘Abby’ slides $177, Bluefly

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The Look: Eyelet

The Runway:

While crochet and lace are dominating the street this spring, the slightly more refined eyelet pervaded the runways, adding flirtation and depth to designs by Michael Kors, LAMB, Diane von Furstenberg and Zac Posen.

How to wear it:

Eyelet can lighten or deepen the texture of a look—depending on the color and cut. It can make jackets or weightier pieces seem less heavy, or can create a superimposed dimension by layering eyelet over another fabric. Too much eyelet, especially on white fabric, can make you look like a doily or tablecloth—instead of going overboard, choose pieces that feature eyelet the trim or hem of a shirt or skirt.

ThriftyChick Recommends:

BCBG Max Azria eyelet charmeuse top (top left), $148, Nordstrom; Bari Jay strapless eyelet bubble party dress, $158, Macys; Cotton eyelet skirt $81.99, Banana Republic


Must Haves

You’ve readily adopted all the earth tones of the past few seasons

You’ve readily adopted all the earth tones of the past few seasons, choosing richly subtle hues to complement all the browns and taupes you’ve been addicted to. But now, after seeing some of the inventive combinations of color on the street and in the mags, you are yearning to incorporate a certain temporarily forgotten color back into your wardrobe: navy. Who better to reintroduce you to this fashion classic than the archetype of nautical style himself—Ralph Lauren (well, his brand at least)? This Rosalia silk skirt, with its bias-cut and lightweight silhouette, will have you pairing it with every top in your wardrobe… well, every top that isn’t black (always a big no-no with navy). $69.99 as part of’s “private” sale.

Must Haves


Sometimes, it is just so much fun to be absolutely and unapologetically girly—a concept embraced (perhaps even invented) by the French, and fully expressed in Tara Jarmon’s collection for Target’s Go International. Applying uber-feminine trademarks such as bows, frills, and ruffles, Jarmon’s designs will remind you of fond childhood memories such as putting on your Easter Sunday dress, decorating your hair with ribbons or dressing up your baby dolls. While you may not be that little girl anymore, her spirit still lives inside you. Featured look: “love letters,” $11.99-$29.99.


Work Attire for the Recent Graduate

Ah, graduation … mine was filled with fears, beer(s), and tears—in that succession. While my unease was severely diminished once I secured gainful employment (just a week before G-day), this only led to more anxiety about entering the “real world”—replacing my jeans, flip flops and strapless tees for proper office attire. While my workplace is about as business causal as possible (without wearing jeans Mon-Thurs), I needed to revamp my wardrobe to convey my unrelenting ambition, fierce personality and impeccable taste while on the job.

I’d forgotten all of that pre-work world preparation until a few weeks ago, when my boss explained to my coworkers and myself (we are all young women in our 20s) that he wanted to purchase a gift certificate for his niece as a graduation gift, and needed suggestions on which stores we considered “one stop shops” for office attire. I was impressed with his thoughtfulness; after all, I spent most of my grad gift money on clothing for work anyway (before you go off and berate the men in your life for not being as thoughtful, keep in mind that my boss is 1) gay
and 2) already fashionably inclined … wait, that’s redundant).

My coworkers, who are generally a style-savvy bunch, threw around some ideas, and we agreed on some of the best stores for work clothes (for a casual office environment):
1. Nordstrom

Nordstrom is the store my boss ultimately decided to go with, mostly because it has so many options. (above: Nanette Lepore, Nanette Lepore, Trina Turk, Ella Moss, Theory)

2. Zara

Zara is the European wellspring of classic yet modern clothes has great options for the young professional.

3. BCBG Max Azria

An upscale option for trendsetters, BCBG’s (pronounce it in its proper French: “Bay-Say-Bay-Jey”) collections always feature designs that the working girl can also wear while off the clock.

Stores We Considered, but Declined to Recommend:

1. Banana Republic. All of us are former Banana loyalists who have recently become wary due to what we’ve perceived to be declining quality.

2. Ann Taylor. The consensus is that one can find a few great pieces at Ann Taylor, but its target audience is a slightly older set than the recent college grad crowd, and so wouldn’t make a good “one stop shop” for work clothes.

Must Haves

While math was never really your thing

While math was never really your thing, you aced geometry. You can’t help but incorporate this spatial inclination into your wardrobe—you gravitate toward funky shapes (Marni’s geometric necklaces on the fall ’06 runway made your head spin with the possibilities). This squares in black leather handbag is a unique application of form-meets-function. Leather pieces are hand sewn together to evoke diamonds, circles and squares all at once. Available for $38 from Boutique Jonquille, an independent designer-coop from Manhattan’s uber-hip East Village.

Promotional E-mail Digest, Thriftychick

Promotional Email Digest, Tues 5.16.06

Sales and Promotions:

  • Win $2000 for a Marc by Marc Jacobs wardrobe when you shop the pre-order preview of Marc Jacobs fall collection at Neiman Marcus
  • Private sale begins Thursday, May 18 at Ralph Lauren
  • VIP Savings Event (printable savings pass) at Lord and Taylor
  • Final day: extra 15% off for the modern designer sale at Bluefly
  • LoftBeach collection and 15% off $75, 20% off $150, code: 42700001 (through 5/29), at Ann Taylor Loft
  • 20% off, code: Spring, at Bloomingdales
  • Free Mascara Sample with any purchase (you must register as a member) from Bobbi Brown
  • Check out Today’s Pick at ThriftyChick.

    Fashion Chick

    As an ambitious career woman

    As an ambitious career woman, you insist on looking polished at the office. However, you don’t want to look stuffy, but someone who blends her youthful style into fashion-forward office attire. Thus, chic spring jackets, like La Rok’s dark grey fitted sequin blazer , are a must-have. Nearly invisible pockets and a hidden snap-front create an ultra sleek (and slimming) look. The sequin trim is like the silver lining on a grey cloud—a touch of hope without overwhelming exuberance. $132.60 at Bluefly, including an extra 15% off for their modern designers sale (which ends today).

    Beauty Chick

    Accessories are not the only way to add a metallic touch to your look—metallic eyeshadow is not only “in” right now

    Accessories are not the only way to add a metallic touch to your look—metallic eyeshadow is not only “in” right now, but also serves practical needs like brightening your eyes. Lancôme’s Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Smooth Hold is a great metallic eye shadow because it holds to your lid (many metallic shadows tend to flake), and shimmers without sparkling like the stuff you used to wear in the sixth grade. $14.50, my favorite combination is Color du Jour and Pretty Pretty. As a bonus, order $50 of Lancôme products from Nordstrom and receive a free gift of five deluxe Lancôme samples.