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
wool-mix dress, from Bally.|
high-heel sandal, with iconic Bally stripe.|
by Ann Taylor.|
jacket by Sigrid Olsen, from Macys. The jacket is from the Tuscany
Travels group and is shown in dusty sage.|
pants by Sigrid Olsen, from Macys.
sweater, in coral, from Macys.|
shoes, shown in chocolate color, from Ann Taylor.|
silver earrings, from American Eagle Outfitters.|
from Payless Shoe Source|
jacket, from American Eagle Outfitters.|
top American Eagle Outfitters.|
low-rise, skinny flare leg, vintage clay-wash jeans, from American Eagle Outfitters.|
by Payless Shoe Source.|
high heels, from Payless Shoe Source.|
herringbone skirt in rayon/polyester/spandex, from |
shirt, from Old Navy.|
camisole, from Old Navy.|
Kordial Flower shoe, from Payless Shoe Source
from Payless Shoe Source.|
from Payless Shoe Source.|
Moana Center, 947-2008
For additional locations, visit www.ae.com
For additional locations, visit www.anntaylor.com
Kaläkaua Ave., 923-0808
For more information, visit www.bally.com
Nu'uanu Ave. #103,
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.
Lisa George, special services manager, at 945-6471.
is no fee or minimum purchase amount to use the service.)
Waikele Center; 94-815 Lumianaina St., 677-0019
information, visit www.oldnavy.com.
Fort Street Mall, 533-3274
For additional locations, visit www.payless.com.