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25-04-2005
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Urban Outfitters

Boy cut tees - 16$


Ruffle mini - 19.99$

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Old Navy

Denim Skirt - 22.50$ (cut it up so it's nicer and frayed)

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27-04-2005
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Forever 21 has lots of super cheap things and for vintage/vintage inspired looks (not to spam, promise) AdoreVintage http://www.adorevintage.com affordable vintage.

I shop at Gap Kids for clothes also because I'm very petite and wear a size 10/12 in Kids clothing.

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I posted this on another thread.. but I thought it fit here as well..

I really enjoyed reading this.. quite interesting.. kinda long though

I loved reading this article..

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NEW YORK TIMES
By ALEX KUCZYNSKI

Published: April 28, 2005

THE other day I attended a ladies' lunch, which means I ate lunch while several other women seated at the same table pretended to eat lunch. The nonlunchers waved their empty forks around and decided I was wearing a spectacular pair of earrings; each took her turn guessing their provenance.
"Tell me," one said, leaning close. "I'd guess Temple St. Clair Carr."

Another woman thought she had seen them at Barneys.

"They're Me&Ro," she said. "I saw them. They were $2,000."

The earrings, delicate golden threads bedizened with what look like tiny green gems, are from Forever 21. And they cost $3.80. Less than the tip for the coat-check girl after lunch. This news was greeted not with the elation of discovery but with a disturbed silence. I swear I saw the words "Does Not Compute" scroll across one woman's forehead.

For women of a certain age - that age being somewhere over 28 in this case - the words "forever 21" are simply a phrase one utters to the plastic surgeon. But for many others Forever 21 is another entry in the field of cheap-chic stores like H&M and Mexx. The clothing is eye poppingly inexpensive - prices are even lower than at H&M - and aimed at teenagers and bargain hunters.

Founded by a Korean businessman and his wife three years after they immigrated to California in 1981, the chain now operates 200 stores in the United States. The first in Manhattan, on 34th Street, opened in 2003, and the second, off Union Square, opened last year.

If stores were Hilton sisters, H&M would be Nikki, and Forever 21 would be Paris. Where H&M might have restrained cargo pants and khaki blazers along with camisole tops, Forever 21 offers a dazzling array of silk chiffon halter tops, sequined denim jeans and terry cloth hot pants.

On a recent visit a rack of shirts made of nylon string, and meant (I presume) to be worn with a camisole, fluttered in the breeze from the store's open front door. Next to them a rack of silk chiffon miniskirts (yes, silk) with sequined detail ($22.80 each) competed with a row of Marc Jacobs-esque silver handbags ($15.80). Short cotton skirts embroidered with tennis rackets ($12.80) didn't look as if they would ever be worn for tennis.

These are the clothes of the adolescent in chrysalis phase: she needs a cool outfit, and it shouldn't be too expensive. Her attention span is short, and her identity fungible, so she must change often.

Partly because of its tourist-heavy location, Forever 21 at 34th Street is a kind of United Nations of fashion-conscious young women. In the space of 20 minutes I heard Iranian, Spanish and Russian and detected several British accents. During the noon hour two young Chinese women carrying satchels full of Falun Gong pamphlets browsed the boy-short underpants ($4.80).

At the same time two young women were clearly preparing for an evening out. One of them held a black key-ring halter ($15.80) to her chest and spoke a sentence in what sounded like Russian that ended with two words in English: "Friday night."

Her friend picked up a diaphanous green silk shirt and, holding it up against her friend's face, uttered a similar sentence, ending with the words "Saturday night." Judging by her tone and the emphatic lift to her eyebrows, Saturday night date's was definitely the more promising one.

ON that first visit I bought a short-sleeved hooded sweatshirt in navy blue, which could have looked a bit too reminiscent of the Juan Epstein character on "Welcome Back, Kotter," but it had been feminized with flowers and rhinestones and so looked more Gwen Stefani than Sweathog. At $15.80, I expected it to fall apart after two wash cycles, but it has retained its color and rhinestones. (I did wear it once before washing it, and it turned my torso Smurf-blue, a problem that the washing machine remedied.)

A gossamer-thin pink cotton T-shirt for $6.80 fared similarly well after three washings, and has worn better than a similar shirt I bought at Calypso last summer for $80. For my stepdaughter, who at 22 loses a handbag in a nightclub about once a week, I bought a clutch purse in subtle gold perforated pleather for $9.80. At that price a purse literally does become disposable, although this was such a good-looking, simple bag I hoped it would survive a few weeks.

Upstairs, as a rapper sang on the store's soundtrack, I cruised the satin baseball jackets embroidered with dragons for $54.80 (about the most expensive item in the store) and faux tortoiseshell sunglasses for $4.80. The dressing rooms are spacious, and teem with young women hustling armloads of clothes in and out and dashing from room to room. The changing areas are not terribly placid, nor even terribly fresh-smelling.

On my second visit the canvas drape shielding my 30-something body from the crowd of teenage girls was pulled back by mistake at least twice. Sorry, they mumbled. The drape closed. Then, giggles.

Listening to these girls, and sorting through the camisoles and bra-tops and clinging skirts and sequined blue jeans - the throwaway clothes of the young - I was struck by a chord of powerful nostalgia. When I was 21, my friends and I would prepare for an evening out by picking up a $2 T-shirt at Canal Jeans, then sifting through the bins in front of Alice Underground for $4 vintage skirts.

Tailored with brooches and safety pins, these outfits were designed to last through a night of gallery-hopping (for the free wine) and nightclub dancing, and see us through to a 5 a.m. breakfast of huevos rancheros at the Astor Place Diner.

Now Canal Jeans is closed, the diner is a Starbucks, and I am a grown-up whose friends only pretend to eat lunch. I am probably not going to wear the Forever 21 paisley-print gauze top ($14.80) with the capris in aqua ($15.80) out to any lunches. But I'll wear the earrings. They'll be my secret talisman, a memento of the throwaway days of youth.

50 West 34th Street

(212) 564-2346.

Atmosphere Austin Powers meets the Gap. White modular furniture and sequined walls.

Service Bare-bones. Cash register attendants, and lots of salespeople putting out new clothes but unable to answer questions about availability in other sizes.

Key Looks Halter tops, cotton skirts, metallic handbags, inexpensive ethnic jewelry.

Prices $2.80 for a bracelet to $54.80 for a satin jacket. All prices end in 80, a spokesman said, to give back "just that little bit more to the customer."

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I love when I get compliments on an outfit that I put together from cheap pieces. I feel accomplished, knowing I can look trendy or well put together and not spend a fortune! I can't really think of anything to post right now myself, but I wish this thread was more lively.

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^ I guess that's the bargain hunter mentality

I personally love bargain hunting - I always see clothes at places like old navy and forever 21 that I have great ideas for putting together..

What I love even more, though, is shopping sales - yesterday I got a $168 skirt from Lord & Taylor for $9.99, a $62 top for $9.99, and a $168 dress for $8.. yes, I love bargains :p


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I am trying to find stuff on the net......

American Apparel

Jersey Skirt - 19$


Rib Racer Back dress - 26$


Fine Jersey Leisure Dress - 34$

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Old Navy

T-Strap Sandal - 16.50$


Cropped Pleated Blazer - 29.50$

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Forever 21

Tiered skirt - 19.80$


Embroidered Circle Skirt - 24.80$


Sparkled Crop Cardigan - 22.80$


Embroidered cropped Cardigan - 14.80$

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Flip flops - 7.50$


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Gap

Cropped Twill Peacoat - 19.99$


Striped Twill Jacket - 24.99$


Short Party Coat - 49.99$


Piped Coat - 39.99$

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01-05-2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xiao_ai009
^ I guess that's the bargain hunter mentality

I personally love bargain hunting - I always see clothes at places like old navy and forever 21 that I have great ideas for putting together..

What I love even more, though, is shopping sales - yesterday I got a $168 skirt from Lord & Taylor for $9.99, a $62 top for $9.99, and a $168 dress for $8.. yes, I love bargains :p
Wow! My hat is off to you! You ARE a bargain hunter, you got some amazinggg deals there!


I actually picked up this one in black from forever 21 not too long ago! I've bought so many skirts lately, I feel good that I at least didn't pay a lot for all of them. And it is super cute!

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Oh! I just thought of a place where you can get super cute shoes and sandals for quite good prices.....DSW. I'm not sure if anyone else has these around them at all....but it's like a shoe warehouse with rows and rows of shoes. I used to hate it and thought it was tacky but then I didn't have any money and wanted new shoes so I gave it another go. It takes some time to look through all the shoes and sometimes you won't find anaything at all....but other times you might be amazed at your find! I've gotten quite a few pairs of great shoes for pretty cheap, so if you have one near you....check it out!

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I am so on a roll with this months Vogue (UK) Cheap and Chic guide - I've just got a lovely pair of jewelled sandals from The Gap. Very chuffed! Cannot stop looking at feet I have to admit, their stuff has got just so much better recentely. I saw a beautiful indigo print skirt in there the other day, but had run out of money so could only have sandals or the skirt. I stand by my choice though!
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Ive managed to loose my cheap and chic guide before reading it and the shops around here have sold out of vogue seems as they only get a few copies is there any chance some one would be able to scan it pritty pls

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