Category Archives: Cheap Chic Shopping
I know you’re not supposed to give a woman’s age but after a point, it’s more of an honor than a faux pas. With that said, my grandmother is a young and vibrant 72 years old who has lived through decades of fashion eras. I say this to say, the apartment she’s lived in for almost as many decades is an arsenal of several fashion trends .
For years, looking through my grandmothers library of fashionable pieces: fur, silk and thick cashmere were signs of richness. Right up there with brocade. And for years, regardless of it’s intricate details, thick fabrics and great prints, I skipped past the pieces made of fabrics usually reserved for curtains, pillows, throws, lamp shades or decorative duvets. You know, home decor.
In this day and age, when it’s the era of mixed prints and opulence, everyone is ready to look rich in brocade.
Here’s how you can become a brocade babe the cheap chic way:
So, I promised fall trends and I never break promises! Of course collars have been a big thing for a while. But for the most part, the best collars have been super expensive or DIY’s.
However, these days, our fave cheap chic shops have collars for us.
This is a trend we all know and love, right? We’re not surprised or happy to find this out. I mean that’s so 2011, right? This is true. These necklace collars are fun but they’ve been around for quite a while. Well, this trend is only growing. Now, the biggest collar trend are real embellished and statement collars. Yes, you can find fun shirts with cool collars. But what if I told you that your plain t-shirts and sweaters could join in on the fun.
Yep, detachable statement collars are new thing. You can add them on top of collared shirts for a layered look or to cover the boring collar all together. You can add them to sheath dresses, t-shirts, sweaters or turtlenecks.
The best thing about buying cheap and making it chic is finding one of a kind pieces. That’s why I love Etsy. Here are a couple of collars you won’t find anywhere else:
To my dismay, Fall is upon us! While I am not excited at the idea of cold weather, I am excited to layer my summer clothes and incorporate boots and sweaters. Also, with the Fall comes trends we’ve been waiting to wear since February. I’m going to give you a run down of the hottest, or in this weather, the coolest Fall ’12 trends.
This time, we’ll talk OXBLOOD!!
I’ve been waiting almost all year to paint my lips in a matte vampy lipstick like Selena circa the 90’s. But before I knew it, Oxblood was the color of the season and it was about wearing it in every facet; from shirts to shoes to pants to jackets. Here’s a few ways you can incorporate Oxblood into your wardrobe for under $100!
This shirt is awesome because the sheer allows you the chance to add colors and the embellished collar is right on trend.
This sweater is a nice sweater for the weather. I’m really loving the crew neck, which can be embellished with collars or bib necklaces or it can be worn in it’s most organic state.
This sweatshirt is a great way to bring this high fashion trend into super casual wear. The spikes are an incredibly fun detail that you can work into a more styled outfit or with sweatpants and Nike house shoes.
This dress is fun. It can be worn super simple or dressed all the way up. The cutouts are on trend and sultry while the flowing skirt allows a bit of innocence and fun.
These Corduroy skinnies are perfect for the season. It gives great texture, perfect fabric for the colder weather and a great shape for layering silhouettes.
This tailored blazer makes for an amazing outfit toppers. Over a monochromatic outfit or mixed with prints, or simply over a tee and jeans, it’s perfect for this weather. And when it gets colder, you can later it over a hoodie or a jean jacket which is a new fun trend to try.
I’m in love with parka’s… I think they are comfy, warm and along the lines of hipster chic. In this color, it’s more chic than anything else.
Flat shoes with a pointy toe is so on trend. In this oxblood color with the gold tip, it is chic, trendy and can be worn with a variety of outfits.
These Isabel Marant inspired sneaker-wedges are all the rage these days. And there down to $40 from $65.
I’m a high heel girl, so I had to find a beautiful pump in this oxblood color. These are great with several outfits; the embellishment can be fun or fancy; and you can wear them with tights or socks for the colder weather. AND guess what?? It’s $40 down from it’s original $100.
Of course you just can not forget the beauty products. Use Oxblood colors on either your nails or your lips or be a true vixen and wear it on both! I have several choices I love. These two are just one of the picks for lips and nails.
Or be a trailblazer like the ultimate trendsetter, Rihanna and wear the oxblood hair!
Good Day Columbus was definitely a good morning! Assisting as Columbus’ Lead Cheap Chic Stylist to the talented Fashion Stylist/ Shopping Expert Jess Zaino, was literally a whirlwind of fun and full of cheap, chic fashion finds. The most amazing of finds was the “pharmacy look” that Jess purchased from a Walgreens and CVS on Rt. 71, not only blew my mind but everyone’s in the studio!
With the perfect white tank and the most gorgeous floral printed skirt…it just screamed chic! Next time your running in for some mascara, check out the clothing! The other two looks were just as amazing.
The Miss Tina by Tina Knowles for Walmart (yes, as in Beyonce’s Mom) collection is to die. The leopard printed top (which is something I HAVE to buy), to the dark washed denim, was sleek, sexy, and was polished off sweetly with a black ballet flat, also from Walmart.
The grand finale though was the infamous summer dress that you love so much you want to wear year round! With a cobalt blue tight, black blazer that everyone needs because of its versatility, and an ankle boot all from Target, it was spot on for the fashionable and trendy girl. Throw on some affordable jewelry, “more is more,” as Jess says, and you are a cheap, chic girl.
This morning I had the pleasure of partaking in a Cheap Chic Shopping segment for Better TV. I had met host, Audra Lowe previously at a party, and both she and I couldn’t get enough of sharing steals and deals that we’ve found over the years, so reconnecting with her on set was a blast!
I featured three Cheap Chic Shopping looks modeled by “actual clients, “real girls” if you will, as Cheap Chic Shopping is for everyone, not just the professional models you normally see on-air. One of the models, may even be a bridesmaid of mine… who am I kidding? Meg, a hairstylist at Salon V in the East Village, was bold and brave enough to rock the pharmacy chic look, which YES! came from the pharmacy. Including the $1 shoes, and polka-dot beer cooler I repurposed as a clutch for $2.50.
I had originally purchased Yuri’s shirt at H&M for $20 but on the way to the fitting, I found a similar dark denim button-down from a street vendor for $3!!? Of course, I negotiated that down to $2 matched with the $15 Old Navy dark denim, which topped the outfit out at $17!?
Rounding out the group of Cheap Chic cuties was Danielle. She loved her yellow, floral Summer dress so I made sure to refresh it for Fall with a fantastically rock glam leather-like jacket for $19 and tights I scored for $3 in the bargain bin. Her awesome booties, complete in trendy taupe for Fall with side fringe was $14 at my secret Soho spot. Come shopping on tour with me to find out more about that.
As for the segment, it airs next Wednesday, August 15. Click here to locate time and listings.
Hola Cheap Chicers! Did you miss me??
I have been working some long days and sneaking in some fun! A little mix of both came to me in an opportunity to be taped while Cheap Chic Shopping for ABC.
Last week, we met at our favorite Soho haunt and found amazing outfits for our three ladies! Of course, we fished through the sales racks to find a beautiful maxi dress for Jeny and pulled the outfit together with a cheap jean jacket and perfect accessories. We were excited to find a classic outfit for Tracy in a Soho boutique. The awesome classic white denim and chambray shirt were made trendy and exciting with pops of color in the purse and belt. Lastly, we taught the women how to make any outfit instantly chic with a trip to street vendors with cool sunglasses, hats and scarves. With the addition of a colorful printed scarf and cheap aviators, our clients took their tshirts to a completely new look with $10.
The girls were so very excited and the shooting crew were impressed. Jess and I had so much fun, as usual, picking out the cheapest finds and making them chic. Check us out on Taxi TV!
My boyfriend has asked me several times if he could tag along for a tour. In response, I remind him that he’d have to wake early on his weekends and shop with a group of women for 3 hours and that usually gets him shutting up fast! However, he does continue to begrudgingly express to me that it’s much easier for women to shop cheap and still look chic. But I’ll show you and the much deserving men in your life, just as I showed him! Here are two causal looks for men. Each piece is less than $50!
The first look features a tank, which has become a trendy piece for men over the past couple years. In a southwestern tribal print, it allows a mix of colors for you to play with when it comes to adding other pieces to the outfit. A nice cargo short in a tan color is a summer staple, it’s comfy, keeps you cool and can be mixed with almost anything. If there’s any discomfort about their arms showing or if they’ll be in an air conditioned place, you can add a bright colored hoodie that compliments the printed tank. I paired this with moccasins in a color represented in the tank and sunglasses. However, any neutral color – including this navy – would work, as long as it is in the same color family.
The next look features a dip-dyed shirt. Rather than feeling stuffy, the soft and light fabric makes for a comfortable and cool shirt in the summer. Paired with gray jeans and bright colored Converse sneakers, you manage to have the effect that a woman has with a semi-monochromatic outfit and a pop of color at the feet. A trendy accessory men wear are snapback caps. I kept this gray to make the only color stand out in the footwear.
These outfits are stylish and fun. They are perfect for summer and can easily transition with cooler days. Of course, these are more on the casual side but just like they thought we couldn’t do this, they’ll be surprised to find we can dress them up for cheap too! If you’d like more menswear posts, leave us a comment… We’ll be happy to oblige!
Have fun surprising your honey with a way to dress cheap and chic. I sure did!
Of all the activities that come to mind when you’re thinking of summer, weddings is not at the top of the list. But in actuality, it’s a great time to get married. A lot of really awesome locations boast beautiful outdoor settings. Receptions that are held outside can be magical when they’re done under a sunset or a night full of stars. Anyway, this post is not about beautiful wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses what colors you should choose, even though the Cheap Chic family is buzzing with Jess’ wedding planning updates.
This post is to help you Cheap Chicers that are on the guest list. Here are three outfits you can wear to any type of wedding – glamorous or casual. And each piece is under $50!
This outfit is perfect for a summer wedding. It’s fun, colorful and glamorous. The asymmetrical hemline and the print is right on trend. The great thing about having so many colors, is that you don’t have to worry about matching the wedding party but you’ll look great in group pictures. The bad thing about too many colors is, you have to be careful about accessories and shoes. My tip would be to pick one prominent color in the dress and find a shoe in that color. To avoid being matchy-matchy, you should choose metallic accessories. How glamorous you want to be decides how much jewelry to stack on. This particular dress may not need a necklace but you can really go crazy with the bracelets and it may be fun to stick some color in your arm candy.
Both outfits are more on the casual side but I wanted to give two ideas for a more edgy look and a more classic look, depending on the type of wedding. Actually, more like depending on the type of girl you are! When you have solid color dresses it’s fun to add prints like I did with the leopard shoes and snake skin bag. With the the coral dress, I added neutral and coral accessories. With the purple dress, with its edgy and sexy cutout, I added color with the lips and earrings. Again, adding accessories add personality so depending on how you’re feeling: pile ’em on!
Of course, it isn’t as taboo as before to wear white to a wedding but if you still feel uncomfortable, here’s a fun way to do it. Wear pants! With pants on, your less likely to offend the bride. A pair of slim cut or cropped pants are appropriate for this type of event. To keep it glamorous, wear a top with structure and detail. A trendy peplum top is perfect. Of course, you want to add color. You can go wild with this. You can do neutral, metallic, print, neon or brights. And as always, the more accessories, the more you can project the mood you want. For some, all white is still uncomfortable or they aren’t into wearing pants. If this is the case, a white dress with colorful prints will be just as fun and kind of daring.
You may have noticed I chose wedges or flats. A lot of outdoor locations have beautiful lawns and grassy parts where you have to walk through. The last thing you want is your heel to continuously sink into the grass and dirt so if you’re not sure what the space is like, where wedges or flats to avoid that. Not all summer weddings are outside but these looks will go for indoors or out. Keep in mind that you can find sexy stiletto alternatives for each outfit.
If it is indoors with AC or outdoors with chilly night air, you may want to think of a jacket. You can reach for a cardigan, a leather jacket, a fur shawl, a blazer or even a cape.
PS If you want to look get any of these pieces, click the title of the outfit! Remember, each piece is less than $50!