It’s back: The twice-yearly shopping extravaganza hosted by our favorite flash sale site is upon us. The Gilt City Warehouse Sale, a two-day shopping event that fills Shaw’s Long View Gallery with a seemingly endless stock of discounted designer apparel, shoes, handbags, and jewelry, returns to Washington March 8 and 9. Enjoy gratis cocktails, refreshments, and music while you scour an impressive array of goodies by such coveted labels as Missoni, Zac Posen, and Valentino at discounts of up to 90 percent. (Case in point: at a previous sale, we scored this RED Valentino handbag, regularly $495, for $90.)
Can’t get to one of Current’s four area locations? Not a problem—starting today, the DC-based consignment chain brings its merch online with the launch of a brand new e-commerce store. Owner Carmen Lopez tells us she decided to start the online shop after receiving requests from customers who wanted to snap up pieces they’d spotted on Current’s blog and Facebook page.
“It was a natural progression to move it online and make the process a little bit easier,” says Lopez. “We have a ton of great inventory, so this is providing another forum for our customers to purchase it. It’s a win-win for everyone—for consigners and for us.”
The selection—which totals 500 pieces at the launch, with additional items to be added weekly—has been carefully curated from the store’s consignment stock by Lopez and her buyers, and there’s a strong focus on high-end brands and quality fabrics. A few faves? Lopez is particularly taken with this fire-engine-red silk Zac Posen number ($996.95), but we’re also loving this Alexander McQueen military jacket ($318.99), these sequined Steven by Steve Madden smoking slippers ($44.99), and this shimmery copper-hued 3.1 Phillip Lim frock ($127.99). Or how about this DVF printed sundress ($115.95)? Head over to Current’s site to shop the full selection.
Who says you have to shell out a month’s rent just to get your wardrobe in line for a new season? Not us. Click on through to the gallery to see 25 super-cute fall finds—all ringing in at $100 or less.
Dubbed the collaboration to revive collaborations, 3.1 Philip Lim for Target may be just what we need to restore our faith in designers going cheap (let’s not even talk about that Neiman Marcus holiday collection). The Chinese designer, praised for his perfectly tailored womenswear and blogger-beloved totes, creates a refreshing mix of sleek blouses, blazers, structured pants, and more—all of which, in true Philip Lim fashion, are minimalist yet incorporate stunning details that offer just the right dose of edge—like the barely there embellishment on the collar of this crewneck. Coveting Lim’s leather handbags but cringe at the pricetags? You’ll appreciate that the collection, which launches September 15 and starts at a cool $19.99, includes some stunning handbags that are nearly identical to the real deal. Now, mark your calendars, and peek at our faves here.
According to the fashion calendar, fall is just about here, which means it’s time to start looking for the perfect pair of shoes to replace your summer flip-flops.
So that you don’t wander aimlessly in the Valley of Last Season, we’ve compiled a guide to this season’s top shoe trends, Frugal Fashionista style.
Paige Muller, this week’s Frugal Fashionista, brings to the column a wealth of shoe savvy. Muller, a Virginia-based fashionista with self-described “Prada taste on a Payless salary,” is the author of Heels Are a Girl’s Best Friend, a blog on the Web site FantasticToe.com, which is all about shoes. She also writes the style-and-beauty blog Hyper Pink.
We asked Muller to explore some of the season’s hottest shoe trends and to find their Frugal Fashionista-worthy counterparts. Here’s what she came up with:
We know, we’ve been remiss—but Frugal Fashionista is back, and we’re ready to bargain shop. In case you aren’t familiar with the series, we ask fashionable Washingtonians to complete a Look for Less-style challenge using either a set budget or major trend. Our fashionable bargain hunter offers his or her take on each look, but it’s up to you, the reader, to decide whether it’s a success or failure.
Here’s the scoop on this week’s trendsetter: At just 18 years old, DC native and soon-to-be Catholic University student Anatole Jenkins has a passion for fashion, which he shows off on his blog, KidGQ. We asked Jenkins to show us several iterations of a trend for men that’s wearable in Washington, not just on the runway.
Jenkins loves the fashion-forward look of straight-leg pants and jeans. “Unlike boot-cut jeans, the straight-leg cut offers a closer fit and can easily be worn to showcase your ankles, which is a huge trend this summer,” he says. As for finding the best fit: “Buy straight legs so they gather a tad around the ankles and fit snug around the waist.” This season, he says, the look is worn best without socks.
Slim-fitting shirts best complement this silhouette, and accessorizing is easy, says Jenkins: “A great hat always tickles my buttons.”
Spring’s finally here, and we’re all ready to ditch winter’s wool sweaters and tights for sundresses and sandals. The key to transitioning your wardrobe to warmer weather is to have a few key pieces that you can pair with great accessories to make it look like you have a closet full of outfits. The perfect place to start? Some statement-making earrings.
For this issue of Frugal Fashionista, we’ve partnered Meg Zatko, author of style blog Dekan DC (it’s naked, spelled backwards!). Because accessories are a huge statement for spring, we asked Zatko to identify several “Frugal Fashionista” worthy accessories, essentially lower priced versions of their runway counterparts.
We love that she chose earrings, one of this season’s biggest statement pieces. They’re perfect to jazz up a plain white tee, and look fresh and summer-y when hair is pulled back into an updo. Plus, they’re becoming increasingly easy to find at budget prices—shops like H&M, Zara and even Target have had great finds recently.
“While personally I would love to have a chest full of nice jewelry, with the word recession ringing in everyone’s ears it just isn’t logical,” she says.
Zatko compiled three looks, each with high and “low” counterparts. Let’s just say we can’t wait to get shopping!
Most working women spend more hours per day in their 9-to-5 apparel than they do in their pretty going-out frocks. So why is it that more than half of our closets are often dedicated to the latter? Despite the conservative office cultures that often dominate, there’s no excuse for being drab in the daytime.
For this edition of Frugal Fashionista, we asked Kenya Gregory, a DC stylist and budding fashion designer, to come up with an office-appropriate outfit that works for a Washingtonian woman on a budget.
Gregory was given $150 to find a getup worthy of a business-casual office. For the purpose of this exercise, we assumed Gregory was dressing for an average-shaped woman and that she owned a handbag suitable for day-to-day wear.
Here’s what she picked:
For this issue of Frugal Fashionista, we’ve partnered with Kristen Soltis, director of policy research for the Winston Group by day and frontwoman of the local rock band the Frustrations by night.
We’ve caught several of Soltis’s shows and know that her signature red dress spices up the stage, but we also noticed that she was wearing the same thing to every one of her gigs. And hey, half the fun of getting dressed up is putting together a unique outfit to suit your mood.