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Frisky Editors: The Most/Least Expensive Things We Bought And Love

Let’s talk cash: We’ve been trying to be more money-conscious lately, so we decided to take a peek into our closets to see how we’ve spent our paychecks. Here, we dish on the most expensive things we own (and why we bought them and whether we love/regret the expense), as well as the cheapest styles that are so awesome, they’re priceless. Share your own facts and figures in the comments below! Keep reading »

Designer Clothes $1 Sale, Really

Mark your calendars, set your alarms, and write some Post-It note reminders, because you won’t want to miss this shopping opportunity. On Apr. 16, The Outnet is celebrating their very first birthday, and in order to show some love to their devoted fans and customers, the site is offering a major sale and seriously slashing prices. Apparently, all day on April 16, you’ll find designer clothes, shoes, bags, and more on sale for just ONE DOLLAR. Yeeaah, really, $1. (That’s 1,625 Balmain T-shirts!) And to add to the birthday fun, one lucky winner will have the chance to shop with a personal stylist. So far, there are no details on just what designer items will be available for $1, but holy smackers! We’re excited. [The Outnet] Keep reading »

How Much Of Your Disposable Income Goes To Clothes?

I like to go shopping more than I care to admit. My boyfriend will come home to find me in the midst of new bags, trying on my latest purchases, and he’ll utter the same question every time: “Didn’t you just go shopping?” But without fail, I’ll find a new ring, a new dress, or new shoes that I just need to integrate into my wardrobe. And I figure, as a 20-something girl living in NYC, with no bills besides my rent and cable, what’s wrong with treating myself to a little shopping? I do work in fashion after all. My disposable income is just that — disposable in the form of purses, accessories, and skirts. So it was more than surprising to me that Dr. Mark J. Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan, found that Americans only spend 3 percent of their disposable income on shopping. In one year, as a whole, we spent $326 billion on clothing and footwear, which is a minimal 2.98 percent of our income, but in 1950, those purchasing habits equated to 11 percent of that same income. What does this mean exactly? Basically, clothes are cheaper than they’ve been in years. You can thank stores like Forever 21 and H&M with their immediate wear-a-few-times-and-trash mentality for this development. And with this news, I’ll continue shopping, thank you very much. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

What Men Think When Shopping For Clothes

Men and women behave differently when shopping for clothes. Women tend to take longer than men when picking out their wardrobes. I know, you’ve never heard this before. However, nobody really addresses the male thought process when shopping. It’s different from the way women think, sometimes bizarrely so. Here’s a look at what guys think during their clothes shopping excursions. Keep reading »

How To Shop For A Mid-Weight Jacket

We’ve officially entered that odd, in-between season where temperatures hover between the mid 40s to 60s and make navigating jacket selection an obnoxiously difficult task. We should be wearing medium-weight toppers, trenches and leathers. Instead, however, I look around and see droves of women in too-heavy woolens and too-light cottons, apparently having decided to ignore pre-spring jackets entirely. Sorry to be a stickler, but this sort of outerwear behavior is totally unacceptable. Every girl needs a coat for the in-between times, and we’ll help you pick out the right one after the jump. Keep reading »

A Wallet That Curbs Your Impulse Shopping

Jin Hong designed this “Partner Wallet” to help people ditch their impulse shopping problems. Citing a Psychology Today article, which said, “Arguments over money are the number one reason for relationship stress and breakups,” Hong suggests giving the wallet to a loved one who can’t stop spending. With four zippers, each with a pull-tab that bears a supportive message, paying for an item takes longer, and the buyer has to think about whether the purchase is really worth it as she sees notes saying, “I believe in U,” “You will beat your shopping impulses,” “You are in control of your finances,” and “You know it’s never too late to stop.” If it took me that long to get to my stash of cash, I’d certainly reevaluate my unnecessary spending. [Healthy Retail Therapy via Moco Loco] Keep reading »

The Gap, Completely Turned Upside Down

Did April Fool’s Day come early or something? While it would have been nice to get that out of the way, this Gap store turned upside down is a prank of its own doing. As part of some quirky marketing for its new loyalty program called Sprize, a Vancouver branch was completely flipped around. (Those crazy Canadians!) The joke had bags with logos printed wrong-side up, window displays hanging from the ceilings, and even cars overturned outside. Now we get it … Sprize! We hung jeans on the ceiling! (Or something?) Check out some more pics after the jump. [PSFK] Keep reading »

Cheapskate: The Gap

Pretty much everything at the Gap goes on sale at some point. (They usually add newly discounted items on Tuesdays.) So why pay full price when all you need is a little patience? Check out some of the latest Gap sale items after the jump. Keep reading »

How Much Would You Drop On A Pair Of Sneaks?

Sneakers are supposed to be less expensive than your fancy-schmancy heels, right? Well, it would depend on just how much you want your comfy kicks to make a statement. We already knew that Jimmy Choo was making sneakers, but did you know they were $600 a pop? We have no doubt that the wealthy and celebs will willingly drop that much (we know that Michelle Obama already does this). Yet the trendy sneaker market seems to be getting more pricey in general, in part due to the resurgence of the ’80s basketball trainer as a fashion item (thanks, Kanye). Remember the days when you could spend $40 for a cute and colorful pair? Now, even we admit that we’ve on occasion spent over $100 for some very chic sneakers that we felt we just had to have.

What about you—if you fall in love with a pair of sneaks, how much will you spend on them? How much is just too much? [Times Online] Keep reading »

Vivienne Westwood Wants You To Stop Buying Clothes

Most designers would never suggest that anyone quit shopping. After all, their businesses run according to the premise that the public will go out and buy new clothes every season. But that’s exactly what Vivienne Westwood wants you to do: stop purchasing things. She has a totally legitimate reason however, as this designer is thinking about the good of the environment, and not her bank statement. “We all have a part to play and if you engage with life, you will get a new set of values, get off the consumer treadmill and start to think and it is these great thinkers who will rescue the planet,” explained Vivienne. She’s suggesting that you only buy clothes when you absolutely need them, and attempt to stay away from buying things for six whole months, which is a long, long time for fashion enthusiasts. Sounds like she’s on the “fashion fast” we talked about earlier this week! [British Vogue] Keep reading »

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