Surviving The Recession

June 21, 2008 • Magazine

Surviving The Recession

Surviving The Recession

Sat, 2008-06-21 11:00

Andra Naylor

Whether or not you believe we are in a recession, it’s important to stay fashionable while minding your budget.

When times are tough, I say get stylish. You’ll feel better pumping $4.10 gallon gas if you’re looking your best. Whether running errands or taking a road trip, try a casual, comfortable look like Isaac Mizrahi for Target‘s plaid dress ($34.99 at Target is the epitome of affordable style and this summer they offer a wide selection of fun dresses at very friendly prices.

While some will be looking to Ben Bernanke to bail us out, I’m watching what Patrick Robinson is doing since he took over as head designer for Gap. Stock up on basics at basic prices like his tropical linen shift dress ($59.50 at While you’re there, check out their convenient, new four-in-one shopping website (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Piperlime).

There’s certainly no inflation occurring at Kohl’s, especially when you consider the expertly styled outfits by in-resident designer Vera Wang. My favorite is the belted circle-pocket skirt with ruched v-neck tank paired with dainty t-strap heels (all pieces on sale at I also love the Simply Vera by Vera Wang nylon tote (on sale for $31.60).

Bluefly has always been a shopping destination for those seeking top brands at low prices. I love that the website gives you so many ways to narrow your search, and I like to use the price ranges, especially when searching for shoes. In the $50 – $99 range, you can score Stuart Weitzman sandals, Cole Haan slides and Dolce Vita pumps. Shown here: Dolce Vita metallic snakeskin pumps ($72.60 at

And if you just can’t help splurging, consider a darling ensemble by 3.1 Phillip Lim (available at No one will blame you for doing your best to stimulate the economy!

Isaac Mizrahi Plaid Dress at Target
Patrick Robinson at Gap
Simply Vera by Vera Wang at Kohl’s
Dolce Vita Metallic Snakeskin Pumps at Bluefly
3.1 Phillip Lim at Net-A-Porter

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