It All Adds Up to Style

We did the math to come up with four great looks for four different budgets.


"You look like a million bucks," goes the expression. Fortunately, with today's clothing options, you don't have to spend that million. After all, style is more than a price tag-it's an attitude and a way of creating an ensemble with confidence. We challenged ourselves to create four beautiful outfits at real-life price points, from $100 to $1,000. Crunching the numbers proved to be an intriguing, yet ultimately successful, mission.

Of course, a little shopping know-how helps. "Investing in timeless classics may cost you more initially, but over time you spend less money, because you buy fewer clothes," advises Lisa George, a special services manager at Macy's By Appointment at Ala Moana Center. As a professional personal shopper, she says it's helpful when clients create a realistic budget. "Think about what you want to accomplish," she adds, "and what clothing is already in your closet to build on."

Two other tips: It's OK to spend less on trendy, one-season items, but invest in quality shoes, as they are the only item of clothing that can cause permanent damage if they are ill-fitting. And don't skimp on skin care. "You will pay for it later if you don't take care of your skin now," says George. "It's especially true for women, but also for men." For fall 2004, George notes that, "Sweater twinsets are really big. We're really making the full turnaround to business wear and suiting."

Whatever clothing you purchase this fall, enjoy putting the pieces together because, if you choose wisely, it all adds up to style.

Black wool-mix dress, from Bally.
“Stabia” high-heel sandal, with iconic Bally stripe.
Earrings, by Ann Taylor.

100-percent-silk jacket by Sigrid Olsen, from Macy’s. The jacket is from the “Tuscany Travels” group and is shown in dusty sage.
pants by Sigrid Olsen, from Macy’s.
Rayon/nylon sweater, in coral, from Macy’s.
“Connie” shoes, shown in chocolate color, from Ann Taylor.
Sterling silver earrings, from American Eagle Outfitters.
Necklace, from Payless Shoe Source

Corduroy jacket, from American Eagle Outfitters.
Camisole top American Eagle Outfitters.
Super low-rise, skinny flare leg, vintage clay-wash jeans, from American Eagle Outfitters.
$ 16.99
Handbag, by Payless Shoe Source.
$ 16.99
“Havanah” high heels, from Payless Shoe Source.
Ann Taylor earrings.

Ann Taylor necklace.


A herringbone skirt in rayon/polyester/spandex, from
Old Navy.
Button-down shirt, from Old Navy.
$ 8.50
Black camisole, from Old Navy.
$ 16.99

Red “Kordial Flower” shoe, from Payless Shoe Source

$ 5.99
Necklace, from Payless Shoe Source.
Sunglasses, from Payless Shoe Source.


Shopping Credits:

American Eagle Outfitters
Ala Moana Center, 947-2008
For additional locations, visit

Ann Taylor
Ala Moana Center, 949-2610
For additional locations, visit

Bally (Waikiki store)
2270 Kaläkaua Ave., 923-0808
For more information, visit

J Salon
1128 Nu'uanu Ave. #103,

On Sept. 3rd, J Salon will hold a reception (7 to 9 p.m.) during the First Friday gallery walk to celebrate the release of J Salon's hair, makeup and clothing looks for the fall/winter 2004 collection. Free cocktails and music.

Macy's by Appointment
Contact Lisa George, special services manager, at 945-6471.
(There is no fee or minimum purchase amount to use the service.)

Old Navy
Ala Moana Center, 951-9938
Waikele Center; 94-815 Lumianaina St., 677-0019
For more information, visit

Payless Shoe Source
1042 Fort Street Mall, 533-3274
For additional locations, visit

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