Sunday, January 4, 2009

Let’s face it, clothes are an essential. Yes, buying new
garments can be entertainment for some, but its an art for
most. I love designer clothes and accessories as much as I
love any art form. But I can still find art in not-so-name
-conscious forms either. The label is a label. I like to
shop for what I like, and more often than not, I find myself
reaching for non-designer items. Why? I love the color and
design and best of all, it will look great on me!

Many of the mainstream stores that a lot of us shop are just
as trend conscious as our favorite labels. Since there are no
fashion copyright laws, there are a lot of knock-offs to be
found at our favorite stores. If you pay attention to runway
trends, most often you can search for something similar for
much cheaper. But even if you‘re looking for something more
unique, or would like a bit of variety, you still can find
good bargains. Later in this post you’ll find some great
vintage shops, some with authentic vintage, but mostly just
vintage style.

Here are some of terrific websites and why I think they’re

Yes I talk about Target a lot, but that’s only because they
are like the mainstream version of a designer emporium. Stocked
with trendy basics, they also add real designers to the mix,
like Go International(which changes the mix with new innovative
designers from all over), Liz Lange Maternity, Converse One Star
amongst others. Right now the Go International Designer is
Thakoon:everything from brightly printed floral dresses, solid
colored sweater tanks, and striped tee shirts.

Target is also a great place to stock up on hot bags and cute
accessories. This is the one place that you can truly buy
an entire wardrobe for less than your car’s monthly lease.
Spend an entire day here and stock up on beauty products,
home décor and everything else you might need. Everyone I
know loves Target.

Thakoon for Go International Navy Sweater Tank $19.99
Mossimo Supply Co. Triangle Top Dress $21.99
Mossimo Green Core Canvas Tote Bag $12.99

Shop at Target

Trendy, sexy, glamour are just a few words that define the
style of XOXO. They offer affordable jeans, apparel, shoes,
bags, swimwear and accessories for the modern woman. You’ll
find saucy dresses, colorful sweaters, beautiful foil screened
tees, uber-trendy denim. and cute bags with the logo of XOXO.
They even sell sassy intimates and sleepwear with that cute
XOXO logo.

Black Wide Leg Jeans $69
Cobra Wedge Heels $52.99
Railroad Stripe Blazer $59.00

Shop at XOXO

CX London
Now from the first look at CX London, you will think
these are actual vintage designs, but no. This store
sells darling styles that look a lot like the fashions
worn from the 1950s to 1980s, without the worry you might
get from purchasing cheap used vintage items from The
Salvation Army or Good Will. This stuff is brand new,
but it looks unique and vintage. They have bright and
bold looks including old glamour dresses, punk style tees
and hoodies, bags and jewelry. The styles vary from fifties
up to the nineties. They also sell accessories and gifts
that will go great with other CX London items.

Leopard Cardigan £25.00
80’s Cherry Bomb Dress £27.00
Rainbow and Skulls Wallet £20

Shop at CX London

Top Shop
Top Shop is the place to buy casual jeans and blouses, work
appropriate work blazers and skirts, and even stylish pieces
for your ski trip. Everything is a reasonable price too(like
all the stores mentioned here). Kate Moss also designs a
stylish line exclusively for Top Shop. You’ll also find a
maternity line here, along with everything else you would
look for in a clothing shop.

Sedition Mac Jacket £70.00
Lace Leggings £18.00
Amore Fringe Lace Boot £75.00

Shop at Top Shop

Miss Selfridge
Miss Selfridge is a lot like Top Shop, but its more trend
oriented. Here you’ll stock up on short cardigans, dressy
shorts, jumpers and even classic accessories like hats and
gloves. They also have a special section dedicated toward
vintage looks. Again, its not real vintage but it works.
I found plenty of cute retro party dresses and skirts. You
should also check out the Jewellery by Diva section, where
you’ll find a wide selection of fun, whimsical pieces and
old vintage style glamour pieces for cheaper prices at Miss

Yellow Linen Slouch Pants £25.00
Cream PU Frilly X Messenger Bag £12.00
Black Studded Grecian Top £28.00

Shop at Miss Selfridge

Unique Vintage
This for a lot of teen girls who are thinking about the prom
already, rest assure-think Unique Vintage! They’ve got a great
selection of dresses from prom, homecoming, or any party you
might be thinking of. They also have an eclectic mix of
authentic vintage, vintage style and even currently trendy
dresses that you might have spotted on certain celebrities.
In addition to dresses, Unique Vintage also sells blouses,
coats and accessories. Astounding!

Vintage Style Swing Dress $28.00
Purple Satin Bow Cocktail Party Prom Dress $68.00
Rock Steady 60’s Style Dress $54.00

Shop at Unique Vintage

Retro Chick
Retro Chick has truly unique and bold styles come together making
this vintage boutique seem ultra hip. And the prices really
will make you smile. There is some new stuff in the mix like a lot
of vintage shops do. Also sold at Retro Chick is footwear, outerwear,
skirts, blouses, and trousers or pants. Its such a joy to browse.

70’s Red Knit Sweater Tank £12.00
80’s Floral Summer Skirt £7.99
Black and White Check Handbag £3.99

Shop at Retro Chick

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artfulfrog said...

I think you should show 90s styles.

Darian said...

There are also fashion robes for men. Men need suits or business casual wear for work. They need attractive styles to wear to parties and dinners. Besides finding these in department stores or men's clothing stores, they can also be found online. Even plus size men's clothing can now be found through online stores.

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