- New Orleans is finally getting a chance to view The September Issue on September 25th. I’m planning on catching a showing and dressing appropriately for it.
- Stop by the New Orleans Buffalo Exchange and enjoy 75% off sale items now through the end of the month.
- LF is having a big 60% off sale but you have to shop at the store. Log off and get some deeply discounted gems before they disappear.
- Local gallery owner and Oprah employ local New Orleanians to make fair trade bracelets
- Are nutria fur coats in our future?
So y’all know that fall doesn’t really exist in Southeastern Louisiana. These past few weeks have been a tease with nights dipping into the upper 70s only followed by a week of 85 degrees and high humidity. Everyone eagerly anticipates the crispness of cool weather in September but it always remains hot around these parts until Halloween or later. That said I’m still pining for some new fall clothes as I’m tired of wearing summer dresses and I long for an entirely new winter wardrobe.
I’m kind of loving these Sanita hot pink clogs available at Feet First. They would be cute with jeans or cords when comfort is a necessity.
I’m in love with this feather and rhinestone headband available from LF. This is a great piece to wear with just jeans and a tee or the topper on a fanciful look.
If Owls are your thing Fossil has a sweet little coin purse available at Dillard’s. I like the teal and dusty rose combination with the silver studs they used for the eyes.
It is often easier to get around New Orleans on a bike vs. hopping in your car. Finding a parking spot is problematic in the French Quarter and it is so much quicker to chain your two wheels to a light post than parallel park and hoof it to your destination. I found myself in a bit of a dilemma one Saturday night. I wanted to bike to the Quarter but needed a dressy enough outfit to nosh at a mid priced eatery. The problem lay in my clothing options. All I had were impractical handbags or my functional, yet not very fashionable, Timbuk2 messenger bag. My husband and I opted to take a slightly sleeker Tumi backpack to carry our necessities since we wanted to imbibe at Muriel’s later in the evening and didn’t want to look like tourists. I opted to wear a just below the knee, voluminous cotton skirt so I could maintain modesty en route and not feel under dressed upon arrival to our destination. I know lots of gals that use bikes as their main transportation and functionality is a must.
A lot of hiking brands have been offering more casual pieces that are designed for an active lifestyle. The cut is crucial for comfort, the length important unless you don’t mind flashing unsuspecting pedestrians. For everyone’s sake keep the cut loose and the length around the knee.
Isis Lily skirt from REI
If want something dressier branch out with different fabrics.
DKNY printed full skirt from Dillard’s
I’m a big fan of how functional and sturdy Lucky Handbags are. The Abbey Road from Zappos marries form and function with a cross body strap and top handles, perfect for when you need something dressier than a messenger bag .
This B. Makowsky, available from Nordstrom’s is also a great option when you need your hands free.
Unless you want to tote a second pair of shoes I’d suggest wearing something cute yet sporty.
Lacoste Sollie Flats at Zappos
Diesel Water Lily also at Zappos
All images via style.com
- Karen Elson opened a vintage store in Nashville, TN. This might be a good reason to travel to Tennessee! I haven’t been since I was a kid.
- New Orleans Fashion Week is having a casting call for models on September 19th at the W Hotel. The website says 5 to 8 but doesn’t indicate if that is a.m. or p.m
- The SPCA is looking for models to work a fashion show benefit in February.
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With all this talk of high end goodies a representation of a lower priced option is needed. I’ve always had a penchant for well designed, well made clothing while retaining a budget frame of mind. I like to think of myself as less frugal, more smart shopper. The trick to outfitting yourself in high quality goods without spending high quality prices is scouring second hand shops, something I’m literally a professional at. The beauty of these shops is that many take clothing on consignment or better yet, buy pieces outright so you can swap out your gently worn garments for new (to you) items. I’ve listed my top three second hand stores in New Orleans. Feel free to add to this list in the comments section.
In my slightly biased opinion Buffalo Exchange is the best in terms of selection, price, and style. The company was founded in 1974 and is still run by the original owners. This much loved chain has a location in the Garden District with men’s and women’s selections. There is a large range of price points and brands, from Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Nine West, Coach, Gucci, and Tory Burch to name a few.
Swap Boutique is the newest consignment shop in New Orleans, located Uptown. This certainly has an upscale boutique feel immediately when you walk in. While they specialize in high end labels there are many mid to lower priced pieces to be found as well. They stock a good selection of sunglasses, bags, jewelry, as well as clothing. On my last trip I found Chanel sunnies, J. Crew blouses, and formal wear.
If your style is more vintage than Funky Monkey is the store for you. This is Magazine St. mainstay is a given for costumes as they stock them year round, in addition to a great selection of vintage/retro jewelry, t-shirts, and more. I often find finishing touches for costumes here.
More terrific pieces I’ve procured thanks to secondhand shopping. All items were purchased at Buffalo Exchange. I apologize for the shoddy pictures and promise better photos in the future.
Lucky Brand handbag
Rubenstein’s is like the Nordstrom’s of the South, only better. Having opened in 1924 this upscale men’s clothing store knows a thing or two about how to dress a man. They are also known for their impeccable service.
In order to help you better integrate your new seasonal purchases with your existing wardrobe, we offer our clients a complimentary closet consultation. One of our sales associates will visit your home and provide suggestions on creatively mixing and matching your wardrobe.
In addition to the personal closet cleaner they also offer complimentary delivery, home/office appointments, shoe repair, tailoring, gift wrap, and a concierge service.
They are also involved with The Forum, an online magazine that provides style advice and offers tips on how to tell a quality shoe, designer profiles, and fashion editorials. While the content is similar to GQ or Details magazines it features the individual shops that are involved with the publication. I highly encourage y’all to check it out. Even if you can’t afford to dress in Brioni, Zegna, and Hugo Boss doesn’t mean you can’t steal some stylings from the best.