We’re talking bargains not boats! If you’re a savvy shopper like me you know the best time to buy summer stuff is when the sales start in late June, early July. That being said, I combed the city to find the best buys for the money and the following are my picks for a work to weekend wardrobe. All of the stores listed have numerous outposts in Manhattan.
BOLTONS is the place for perfect white cotton blend fly front slacks by Calvin Klein at $39.99 that are a great buy. If you add the matching single- breasted blazer at $69.99 you’ve got a versatile and chic pantsuit. Each piece can do double duty on its own for weekends in the country.
JOE FRESH is offering cobalt blue skinny jeans with white tuxedo stripes down the side for a whopping $9 bucks. Perfect to pair with the Boltons blazer. Add a pair of Joe’s pastel suede flats with metallic cap toes for work at the nicely reduced price of $29.00 and one of his crisp cotton button down shirts in fun colors. Get a couple of these since they’re only $9.00 now.
PRIMA DONNA came as a pleasant surprise when I stopped by its Jackson Heights boutique (not to worry, they have others in Queens and Manhattan). A careful search turned up some hidden gems. Number one find- a cute pair of red/white striped cotton lace-up espadrilles on sale for less than $15.oo. They also do a nice version of the Tom’s espadrilles for the same price. Moving on I spied a terrific anchor necklace on a 20” chain that comes in white, red, and navy plastic with diagonal contrasting color stripes. It definitely looks twice the price of $12.99 and will give any summer outfit a jaunty nautical appeal.
H&M can be a zoo to navigate during the sales but fear not, your intrepid shopper braved the crowds and found a couple of items worth the aggravation of long check-out lines. My first pick has to be a snazzy east/west zip top tote bag in off white grainy faux leather.
The understated styling belies the nice price of under $40.00 For work or play, this shopper will take you anywhere. Stick in a pair of the brand’s white “patent” ballerinas for $12.95 and you’re good to go.
UNIQLO at last look see had adorable printed rayon shorts by Celia Birtwell for a measley $10 bucks on sale (by now they’re probably even cheaper), and a terrific selection of tees and tanks at low, low prices and many colors. Worth checking out as there’s always something great on sale here.
That’s all for now. Hope these hints get your summer off to a great start. Happing hunting!