A Wise Woman Skips The Stocks Market and Invests In Her Closet

Imagine if Carrie bought this dress in the clearance section of Barny's. Doesn't mean it's still not fabulous.

Imagine if Carrie bought this dress in the clearance section of Barny’s. Doesn’t mean it’s still not fabulous.

If only we could peak into Carrie Bradshaw’s closet today I wonder if it would include labels from Target and H&M. These days you can browse the affordable retailers and find the same designer names you would be accustomed to seeing at a luxury department store such as Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue.

With yesterday’s release of the look book for Isabel Marant’s affordable collection for H&M, I couldn’t help but think if resorting to name brands on nickels was the way Carrie always managed to look so fabulous all the time. Would she too line up before the sun rose to snag a highly coveted designer sweater that would probably cost less then a hundred?

In all honesty, I really don’t think so. I have gotten up before the sun rose, lined up in a line that already stretched from the front door of H&M all the way to the parking lot doors of Bloomingdales at South Coast Plaza (if you’re familiar with the mall you know how long this line actually was and in the infamous words of Rachel Zoe it was Bananas.) However, after waiting for nearly 2 hours for a pair of “affordable” Jimmy Choos that would have still cost about $100 I realized what the heck am I thinking?! Typically these pieces exude the designer look but come without the luxury of satins, silk and softness of merino wool or cashmere. Nine times out of ten you’re looking at the finest polyester and cotton. Which do’t get me wrong, I have a closet full of as well but some times it’s nicer to get the quality to accustom the label. That afternoon I skipped out on the line and went in invested $200 in a pair of actual Jimmy Choos at the closest Saks Outlet. Same name and even better quality.

I wish I could say I owned an H&M designer collaboration but typically those items sell out within the first hour, if that. Ain’t nobody got time for that. And I find waaaay too many good deals at outlets anyways. I don’t understand the consumers misunderstanding of outlet shopping. Once I was at Starbucks and received a compliment of my Prada Baroque sunglasses from a Barista. I told her I got them at an outlet and her response was “Oh my gosh they look just like the real thing.” I politely explained, “that’s because they are.” I got mine for $100, and giggle at my amazing find every time I go to a regular department store and see them for a minimum of $300.

That’s when yesterday I got to thinking, I wonder if that was Carrie’s secret as well. We all saw her slinging shopping bags from taxi to taxi in New York, but how often did she hit the sale rack? Just because you pay less then the original price tag should not take away from the fabulousness of a truly fabulous piece.

I could truthfully go on for days about the amazing deals I’ve come across bargain shopping. Hot pink bedazzled Manolo Blahnik’s originally $1200 for $200? It was like Jesus said, “Here Jessica, I made these just for you.”

True, I’ve probably spent more on a pair of shoes then I have on anything else. And yes, with as much as I’ve spent on my wardrobe I probably could own 4 BMW’s by now. Or I could be playing the stock markets. But I love my bug, and the only time I like to crunch numbers is when I’m figuring out the sale price. At the end of the day I like my money where I can see it, and that’s hanging in my closet.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun With Fashion; Junior Carrie already a trend setter

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun With Fashion; Junior Carrie already a trend setter

Coincidence that a show documenting the life and style of Carrie Bradshaw during her teenage years in the 80’s premieres just as contemporary favorites Wildfox debuts their collection inspired by 90’s cult classic Clueless? Ya, I thought not either.

Yup, I'm totally buggin' over the inspiration for Wildfox's spring/ summer collection

Yup, I’m totally buggin’ over the inspiration for Wildfox’s spring/ summer collection

If these two facts are any indication, spring and summer 2013 are bringing fun, and flouncy pieces utilizing the best and brightest colors of the rainbow.

If you are an 80’s baby like myself, and a fashionista whose dreamed of Carrie’s wardrobe sine the first glance of a Manolo Blahnik, you watched last night’s premier of “The Carrie Diaries” completely envious that I only got to enjoy 4 years of the eighties. Although it must be noted even as a toddler I still rocked neon and polka dots, and scrunchies and bangles were my favorite accessory.

Well neon and frills lovers, our time has come yet once again! And this season you can find the essentials to complete this look everywhere from Forever 21 to investing in timeless pieces from our favorite designers who were born to design for seasons like this, Betsey Johnson and Patricia Fields to name a few.

Pink knit rhinestone headband just $16 at Patrciafields.com

Pink knit rhinestone headband just $16 at Patrciafields.com

Just a few friendly tips to add that extra wow factor would be to add some tulle or a petticoat to make even the most basic Forever 21 dress look like an essential wardrobe Carrie piece.

This polka dot peplum dress available at Forever 21 for just $15.80 would look just fab with some big, chunky colorful jewelry!

This polka dot peplum dress available at Forever 21 for just $15.80 would look just fab with some big, chunky colorful jewelry!

Jazz up and personalize any outfit by bedazzling or painting any accessory to make it truly one of a kind (did anyone else’s mind explode when Carrie made her own signature Carrie bag last night?) And what better way to show that you are having fun with your outfit then to layer the accessories! The bigger, brighter and bolder the better!

Dolce Vita chambray dress available at Urban Outfitters for $143 would work with some bright colored wedges, chunky jewelry and big hair

Dolce Vita chambray dress available at Urban Outfitters for $143 would work with some bright colored wedges, chunky jewelry and big hair

A wise woman once said, “I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet.” So when my boyfriend asks where all my money went right before the summer season, I’m quite simply going to tell him, “I invested it.”

Betsey Johnson belts...wild, pink and fun. I wouldn't expect anything less

Betsey Johnson belts…wild, pink and fun. I wouldn’t expect anything less

Betsey Johnson tulle pumps $109.95 available at Betseyjohnson.com

Betsey Johnson tulle pumps $109.95 available at Betseyjohnson.com