Shoestring Chic: 101 Ways to Live the Fashionably Luxe Life for Less

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Stylish tips on living the luxe life for less, with advice from style makers Lulu Guinness, Collette Dinnigan, Kelly Wearstler, Sass & Bide and many more, Do you suffer with the affliction of Gucci taste on a Gap budget? Do you dream about Temperley but live in Target? With the world economy forcing almost everyone to pull in her Pucci purse strings, there is even more reason to seek out life's little luxuries, reinvent what you already own, and simply buy better.Cunning stylists and designers have always ...
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Overview

Stylish tips on living the luxe life for less, with advice from style makers Lulu Guinness, Collette Dinnigan, Kelly Wearstler, Sass & Bide and many more, Do you suffer with the affliction of Gucci taste on a Gap budget? Do you dream about Temperley but live in Target? With the world economy forcing almost everyone to pull in her Pucci purse strings, there is even more reason to seek out life's little luxuries, reinvent what you already own, and simply buy better.Cunning stylists and designers have always known that you don't need to spend a fortune to look chic. You just need to know where and when to look, what to splurge on, and when to go completely cheap and cheerful. In this book I'll show you how. —Kerrie Hess
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Advice for fashionistas who want to save money.

Hess (Girl Secrets, 2010, etc.) asks, "Do you dream about Temperley but live in Target?" For readers on a tight budget, some of the author's ideas don't even come close to approaching the bargain bin. Ballerina flats from Sambag may be high quality, but as of this writing, they cost $175.00, plus another $40.00 in shipping costs. Hess does have her moments, though, with suggestions for online destinations for discounts, like price aggregator froogle.google.com. She recommends inexpensive beautyproducts like Palmer's chocolate-scented body-care oil, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and generic lip balm, which work just as well as their pricier counterparts. Some of the author's other tips may strike the budget-conscious fashionista as common sense, such as thrift or vintage shopping, rummaging through closets to see if old outfits can be resurrected and refraining from shopping altogether. The label-conscious clotheshorse will delight in her advice for finding designer clothing at reduced prices; Hess suggests TheOutnet.com. No aspect of the luxe lifestyle is ignored. If Paris is on the agenda, the author provides recommendations to keep chic travelers in swanky yet reasonably priced accommodations. The author's sophisticated pen-and-ink drawings add a splash of color to this elegantly slim and tastefully formatted volume. Readers looking for serious savings, however, will be disappointed.

A resourceful guide but not nearly as frugal as the title suggests.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599219882
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 494,101
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess has illustrated displays for US department store chain Neiman Marcus and luxury site Net-a-Porter.com, as well as editorials for Vogue (Australia), Tatler (UK), and Elle (France). Her illustrations have also been featured on t-shirts, book covers, and cosmetic packages. Recently she has illustrated for fashion houses Alexander McQueen and Christian Louboutin, and written for The Independent London. She is also author of GIRL SECRETS (2007) AND GIRLS ONLY (2010), both for Random House Australia. She lives in Melbourne.
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