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Downsizing. Financial responsibility. Restructuring. These are words often synonymous with corporations dealing with the fall-out of the current recession. They now appear in our lexicon and represent the changes we’ve made in our personal lives. With employment prospects and discretionary income drying up, many people have made sweeping changes with how they spend money.
Ah, the days of yore. I remember ordering Chambord and Champagne at the bar. Now I order PBR pounders. I’ve made a few more runs to McDonalds for the dollar menu. Rather than take my frustrations out on “The Man”, I’ve been forced to assault my digestive system with unhealthy foods and cheap beer. My belt-tightening has now spread to my closet.
Back in march, everyone was talking about boyfriend jeans. They were supposed to be a welcomed departure from the super skinny styles we couldn’t get rid of. They were baggy, cuffed at the bottoms and sometimes bleached or ripped. Katie Holmes, Rihanna, Fergie, Gwen Stefani and countless others wore them. I decided to hop on the bandwagon but my checking account wasn’t feeling it! So I got a pair of $12 men’s Levi’s from a second hand store. I took them home and cut them up. Threw them in the washer and VIOLA! I was instantly on-trend and uber-thrifty. As the season changed, I made further edits to my boyfriend jeans. I needed a pair of high-waisted “jorts” for the summer. I took my ripped boyfriend jeans and cut them into jean shorts. I’m so crafty!
Like most women, I will be sporting some variation of leggings this fall. Leggings have been a staple in my wardrobe since 2004 and every season I think they are gone, I’m wrong. The Jimmy Choo collection at H&M offers leather and viscose/polyester leggings. Traditional leggings with embellishments like leather are sold at OAK NYC. Why are leggings so popular? Well first and foremost you can eat as much as you want in them. Jeans always start getting tight after that third Spicy tuna roll and when you disrobe, you have that unsightly “race track” around your waist. Secondly, they are a cheaper alternative to denim. They can be dressed up or down and look great with layered pieces.
Another way to stretch a few bucks is to extend the life of items you bought in a prior season. Ladies are finding ways to still wear a pair of leather platforms and jorts this fall. If you don’t want to shell out $160 for a new pair of heels, you can pair strappy platforms with ankle or knee socks. You can even match them with a pair of textured tights. Streetwear blogs like Lookbook and Style Sightings are full of courageous vixens who dare to break fashion rules by mixing open-toed styles with socks and hosiery. I’ve even found women mixing stockings and wedge heels. Shoes aren’t the only items being carried over several seasons. Urban Outfitters is advertising denim cut-offs with sheer tights underneath. Why buy jeans when you can toss a pair of textured tights
Fashion is full of do’s and don’ts. We buy magazines that outline looks for a season and have sections devoted to what’s in or out. We abide by the rules set forth by Anna Wintour and we do not dare make her unhappy. But I guess since times are hard, all bets are off.