Unless you live under a rock, you'll know that gladiator sandals continue to be the biggest trend for Summer 2015. Naturally, boho queen Isabel Marant has put out a slew of them, all costing upwards of $800. You could blow and entire paycheck on a pair of sandals .. or you could buy the Zara version on sale for $29.90. I know which pair I'm buying!
Holy moly. Zara has not only done 1st markdowns, and 2nd markdowns, they've just laid on 3rd and 4th markdowns. So that faux fur coat you've been looking at on sale for $79.99? It's now $39.99. Hurry! I'll be shocked if these styles aren't sold out by the time this posts!
If you guys haven't already been checking Zara's annual winter sale, I suggest you do it ASAP! It's been about a week since it started, which means they've been making further reductions on sale prices. My very favorite piece for a great value is this versatile faux fur vest. The longer length is so glam and the simple shape means you can pair it with just about everything. I love what adding a third piece can do for an otherwise basic look.
I am so excited to finally be talking about winter accessories. It is slowly but surely cooling down here in New York, so that means bundling up with some fabulous new cold weather must-haves. Again, plaids are everything this season. And if you're not comfortable going all-out in a plaid shirt or dress, a scarf is the way to do it. Oversized proportions and classic tartans are everywhere and at every price point. While I almost always prefer a natural fiber (wool, cashmere or cotton), the acrylic scarves I've been seeing this season have been blowing me away. They're soft, drapey, and CHEAP so you can stock up and not feel guilty if you leave one in a cab!
Today I just wanted to share with you a few finds I've been coveting for the last couple of weeks. As these are all pretty basic items that I can get a lot of mileage out of during an East coast fall/winter, I can rationalize paying full price for some of them. Right? First up, this fabulous wool-blend leopard print coat from & Other Stories. Haven't heard of them yet? That's because they just hit the states! Another brainchild of the geniuses at H&M, & Other Stories channels H&M's more sophisticated, approaching-investment-clothing-level shopper. You're not going to find any $9.95 sweaters here, but most items are under $100 high-quality, high-fashion shapes and fabrications.
Their shoes are also to-die-for. Classic shapes with a twist, I'm all for their ankle boots in embossed leather. Don't forget to check out their accessories and jewelry, too!
As you may know, I've been on the hunt for the perfect wool fedora/panama hat hybrid since August. I thought I'd be able to find a better deal than the hats over at the Madewell x Biltmore collaboration, but I really haven't! The lower price points look inexpensive and as something you could potentially wear every day, a hat should be somewhat of an investment. This navy hat is big but not too big and the navy color is just perfect. I'll take a size small, please!
Speaking of navy, this sea-hued vegan messenger bag from Zara could by the winner in my fall bag search! Croc-embossed with zipper detailing and just enough room for a MetroCard, IPhone and my favorite Nars lipsticks, this bag would add just enough polish to my cold weather looks.
And finally, I've been wanting to jump on the overalls train for the last few months, but haven't found the perfect pair (especially hard since I don't want to pay $250!). H&M has once again pulled through with a wallet-friendly but still fashion-forward pair in black skinny denim. I have about 6 pairs of black denim/coated black denim, so this would definitely be the perfect addition to my collection. I would throw a comfy sweater under this pair and wear everything else in this post for a seriously killer fall look.
I've been looking for a new fall/winter handbag for the last few months and have inevitably come up empty. And a big reason for that is price. On-trend quality handbags can be expensive (even for a discount shopper like me!) so sometimes the wallet-friendly (and ethical) way to go is vegan. Luckily, Zara has been putting out really beautiful, well-made vegan handbags for a long time. And this season, I can't seem to pick my favorite! Bucket or structured? Studded or classic? Which one is your favorite?
Whew! It only took over a month, but we're finally at the last day of our fall wardrobe essentials! Today is all about the anchor of all of the looks we've been talking about, and probably the biggest denim trend over the last year, relaxed denim.
From mom jeans to boyfriend jeans to high waists and dropped crotches, "relaxed jeans" run the gamut. If you're new to this trend, I suggest keeping the wash clean and on the dark side and adding a heel to balance out the extra volume. For those of you who've been on this trend for the last few years, have fun with destruction, exaggerated proportions and color.