Cheap & Chic

August 26, 2006 • Magazine

Cheap & Chic

Cheap & Chic

Sat, 2006-08-26 17:00

Accessorizing your Armani with the Ideal (and Affordable) Camisole

Rachel Yeomans

We all search for that perfect accessory for our new Armani suit or our statement Prada blazer. And yes, we all think that this perfect accessory deserves a bit of a splurge. We don’t want to dress down Armani do we? And no, I’m not talking about cubics versus diamonds. I’m talking about details of lace, cotton or silk — I’m talking camisoles.

It’s summertime. After work and during lunches, the blazer comes off and not only do we want to be a heck of a lot cooler than at our early-morning business meeting, we want to look like we’re wearing an outfit even without that hot blazer. But you don’t have to break out the department store credit card to afford that piece of the outfit. You just need to know where to look.

Some designers well known for their super comfy and super chic camis and t-shirts are Three Dots, Michael Stars and the infamous La Perla. But place these designer camisoles next to their more economical counterparts and take a step back — I may have an eye for designers, but seriously, do you really see that big of a difference to warrant spending that much extra cash?

First, let’s take the classic white cami. The Three Dots tag-less tank is 100% cotton and costs $38. Compare that to the Jockey No Panti Line Promise Modal Lace Camisole at the featured sale price of $13.50. Or what about the Vanity Fair Daywear Solutions Spinslip Camisole with Lace, featured on for $9.99?

The basic Michael Stars Intimate Camisole runs at $28, and the La Perla Studio Simply Camisole runs at $39. These prices may not seem too exorbitant, but tack it onto the $1,050 you just spent on that D&G Dolce & Gabbana pin-striped suit — you might start rationalizing those $10-$20 differences in the undergarment.

Now, let’s think color. That Italian silk baby-doll bustier featured with the D&G suit seems quite fetching indeed, but for $445? Stash that away for your next Manolo purchase, and instead sport the super cute, and super cheap, Kenzie blue knit tank top with ruffled trim listed as $19.99 on Or snag the button-front cami currently on sale on La Redoute for $14.99.

There are so many tanks and camisoles out there that would be just perfect under all your blazers and cardigans. The trick is to find those perfect pieces in just the right places, and with just the right price tags. With the transition into fall, now is the perfect time to go to those department stores and peruse the summer collections currently on sale and find the designer item at a little lower price point. Nordstrom’s, for example, is currently hosting its final-summer-sale event with items marked down to as much as 70% off the retail price. Wandering through the store the other day, I distinctly remembered finding a beautiful ivory BCBG camisole for $20, marked down from $68 — I know this because it is now admittedly hanging in my closet.

Other staples for many a money-saving garment include the discount havens of Forever21 and H&M. Online stores frequently featuring slashed prices include and

Sport that suit, but don’t sweat about a shirt underneath.

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