Extraordinary Fashion For Less!

Zara Double Breasted Camel Coat $149
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My last article’s focus, “The 12 Extraordinary Finds”, was on very pricey objects. They are out of reach for most. But you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to find great clothes and accessories. As they say, “Seek, and ye shall find.” These extraordinary 13 finds range in price from $49 to $259. They are all exceptional in their way.

Dr. Martens Women’s Jadon 8 Eye Velvet Boots
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Doc Martens combat boots are iconic. The plush velvet and thick satin laces add a luxurious touch, and the exaggerated platform has taken them to new heights. Priced at $208.67, these are as good as they get and for sale at amazon.com.

The Frankie Shop white oversized silky button-down shirt
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You can’t have too many white shirts. I love this somewhat oversized, slouchy iteration with its single patch pocket, button cuts, and a curved hemline. Just perfect with high waist black trousers. Priced at $89, it is available at thefrankieshop.com

Zara Limited Edition Black Leather Mini Bag
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The most exciting bags are either too tiny or extremely large. Zara’s Limited Edition Leather Mini Bag is in the shape of a bucket. It features tubular straps and can be worn on the shoulder, across the body, or around the neck, depending on how long you make it. Also available in fuchsia, the price is $49.90, and it is for sale at zara.com.

Eva padded shoulder muscle t-shirt in olive green
Photo: thefrankieshop.com

The Frankie Shop is the place to go for affordable urban basics that mix New York cool and Parisian chic. The top-selling Eva Padded Shoulder Muscle T-Shirt has a wide armhole and a padded shoulder. Made of 100% cotton, this is always on reorder in both black and white. This season, they added olive khaki, a perfect neutral. Priced at $75, it is available at thefrankieshop.com.

Limited Edition Tuxedo Jacket
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“Le Smoking” can take you anywhere, any time. It is eternal thanks to Yves Saint Laurent. I love the slightly oversized cut of Zara’s Limited Edition iteration. I like the price too. It sells for $129 and is available at zara.com.

Zara Plaid Blazer and pants
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Borrowing from the boys never gets old. Zara’s gray and brown plaid double-breasted blazer and matching high-waisted pants with side pockets “scream” September! Break it up and wear it separately. The jacket sells for $110, and the pants sell for $49.90. Both are available at zara.com.

Zara Straight Cut Sequin Dress
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Zara’s straight cut sequin dress in dark brown has small shoulder pads, side slit at the hem, and back opening with button closure. I love the use of sequins on such a simplistic design. Bring on the shine! Priced at $129 this is available at zara.com.

The 3 Yard Wrap
Photo: bleusalt.com

Bleusalt’s “must-have” piece is The Wrap, available in 1, 2, and 3 yards (55X120 inches). The largest size is the most luxurious and can be worn as a shawl or scarf. Like everything else on the Malibu-based line, they use Bleusalt’s trademarked ultra-soft 100% sustainable, and antimicrobial material. Available in an array of chic neutral colors; black, white, gray, camel, forest green, navy, this is priced at $150 and available at bleusalt.com.

Zara double-face jacket
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Zara’s faux suede and faux fur jacket have adjustable buckles at the collar, front metal zip pockets, cuffed hem, and front wrap closure with zipper. It resembles shearling but is priced at only $110 and for sale at zara.com.

Zara Limited Edition Chain Dress

Zara’s Limited Edition draped back black dress with an asymmetric hem and tonal chain trim recalls Tom Ford’s chain trimmed evening gowns from fall 2019. But, this is one is only $89.90 and available at zara.com.

Zara Limited Edition Water Repellent Trench
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The classic tan trench coat is an indispensable workhorse. Zara’s slightly oversized Limited Edition version has all the bells and whistles: epaulets, belted cuffs, self-belt, but is priced at only $119. It is for sale at zara.com.

Charles de Vilmorin printed silk scarf
Photo: charlesdevilmorin.

It’s all about scarves these days. As Dr. Deborah Birx proved, scarves of all sizes are versatile. They are worn in many ways and add a lot to an ensemble. Charles de Vilmorin’s enormous silk scarf is truly exceptional and is as colorful as his expensive coats. Priced at $259.34, this is for sale at charlesdevilmorin.fr.

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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