Thursday, August 7, 2008

Manhattan Fashionistas

First of all, let me apologize for the lag in posts. I just returned from vacation in New York City. I'm completely rested and full of inspiration for the site. Manhattan is so expensive to live in, but after my recent trip I realize there are deals everywhere for the budget-conscious fashionista.

Financial District - Century 21

If you have the time and patience not only to sift through racks and racks of clothing, but also to wait in enormously long fitting room and checkout lines then Century 21 is your store. I always make a stop here when I travel to New York. In the past I've bought designer jeans, shoes, sunglasses, and handbags. Note that the shoe department is around the corner from the department store.

Right now they have very cute red rimmed Burberry sunglasses for $70 (still a little out of my price range) and Marc Jacobs shoes marked down.

Canal Street/Chinatown

I'm not a fan of the replica handbags, but quite a few of you are. Chinatown is THE place to go for all sorts of replica items. In addition to the handbags, I saw "Rolex, Cartier, and Gucci" watches; "Dior, Chanel, Tiffany's, and Juicy Couture" jewelry; and "D&G, Fendi, Gucci, and Chanel" sunglasses. The hottest bags seem to be "Coach and LV" right now. I noticed a lot of girls in the City had Longchamp canvas bags. I'm not sure if they had real bags, but they had these in Chinatown too.

Chelsea/Union Square

I found a little store in Chelsea on 14th and Seventh Ave. where almost everything in the store was $2.99. They had all sorts of jewelry, sunglasses, and hair clips. I ended up buying a pair of sunglasses, necklace, and earrings. I figured even if I only wear each of them a couple times, it's still worth it.

Also, Loehmann's has a Chelsea location. For those of you who aren't familiar with Loehmann's it is a discount store like Marshall's or Ross, but it has trendier higher end clothes. They had Versace sunglasses, Juicy handbags and jewelry, Stuart Weitzman shoes, True Religion jeans, and much more. Don't worry though, it's not all high end brands. They also carry BCBG, Steve Madden, and other mid-priced labels.

Filene's Basement - I had never heard of this store until a couple years ago, but it is also a discount store like Loehmann's and Century 21. They also carry a wide range of brands. I bought these Blue Cult jeans for $50 (originally $110), quite the steal!! (They are $69.99 on

Visit the Farmer's Market in Union Square. They have fresh produce and the vendors often offer samples of fruits, veggies, breads and cheeses. You can also buy all sorts of arts and crafts sold by artists in the park. It's a great place to shop for truly unique gifts.

In Union Square also visit DSW and Shoe Mania for some affordable shoes.


You cannot make a trip to NYC without a stop in Soho. Soho is home to pricer boutiques like Marc Jacobs and Prada, but there is also H&M, Zara, and even Old Navy. The most anticipated store opening in the UK's Top Shop. According to the advertisement in the storefront, it open Fall 2008. I will definitely stop by next time I am in town.

Midtown - Macy's

Macy's is everywhere, but the 34th Street location in Midtown really is a miracle. This place is gigantic!


Discount Designer Shopper said...

Darling, I just must thank you for remembering to add ion the original designer discount store.. Loehmann's to your list! Oodles to thanks!
There is a reason why Loehamnns is one of the Best Places to shop for Bargins says Gothamist!
May the shopping goddesses continue to smile down on you!

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