30 10 / 2011
Feeling like a walk, (or saunter), on the sexy side of life? Slip into one of fall’s hottest pieces: the beautifully bold bustier.
It was difficult to locate items that didn’t look like they belonged to one of tomorrow night’s festive frolickers, but a few stores managed to exude the essence of chic, not cheap.
Forever21 brings the rocker edge:
(Sequins and leather and sex appeal, oh my! First item available for $19.80; second piece available for $24.80. Images and prices from Forever21.com.)
From JCPenny’s Olsenboye collection, a clearance item with a more girly take on the trend:
(Down from $50.00 dollars to $24.00! Pair with a cozy sweater to bring this sweet and summery item into fall. Image and price from JCPenny.com.)
Lulus has the last budget option with a little basic black bustier:
(Flirty for $30.00! Sweeten with a full skirt and jacket or spice up with skinny jeans and heels. Photo and price from lulus.com.)
For a bit more you can channel your inner Sophia Loren with this Modcloth morsel:
(Inspire amore in this little number for $64.99! Price and photo from modcloth.com.)
To channeling your inner siren without splurging,
22 9 / 2011
Plush fur vests are draped across every fashion magazine on the stands right now; just as with the rebirth of the leather coat, this trend is harmful to animals and your credit score. My budget solution: let the (faux) fur fly!
(This Piazza Sempione Fur vest that was featured in Vogue…I believe the price was an incredible $7,000.00! Image from piazzasempionekop.com.)
Thank goodness you can get this look without having to unclothe the animals who were rockin’ these furs originally. I found similar items from Forever21, JCPenny, and Kohl’s for a fraction of the original price.
From Forever21, we have this bright contender for the budget faux fur crown:
(Forever21 Faux Fur Vest for $37.80. Price and mage from Forever21.com.)
Buyer beware: this is the definition of “statement piece.” Put on your best rocker attitude and leave your inner wallflower gaping in the corner.
The second option, from JCPenny, is actually a few dollars less than the Forever21 option and is available in two colors.
(Faux fur vest available in black and white from JCPenny’s Olsenboye collection for only $29.99! Price and Image from jcpenny.com.)
Leave it to the fashionable Olsen dopplegangers to come up with a cute, cheap, and surprisingly wearable piece; the more laidback ladies definitely have an option here that will easily pair with anything in their closets!
My last finds, from Kohl’s, were designed by famous fashionistas; both Jennifer Lopez and Vera Wang have created beautiful, affordable apparel for the store.
(The white vest is courtesy of J.Lo’s line and is available for $63.00, while the darker option, from the venerable Vera Wang, is yours for $68.60. Images and prices from kohls.com.)
The last options are a bit more expensive than the first two; however, they are each still enormous bargains compared to less animal-friendly pieces like the Piazza Sempione vest. For the quality and pedigree, these prices make sense.
To keeping warm without doing harm,