The Sidewalk Is Your Runway

The Sidewalk Is Your Runway

Street style stole the spotlight from the runway this year at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, once again proving that it is possible to look good for much less. The fashionistas and fashionistos that wandered the streets of New York appeared equally as chic as the elite few who walked and viewed the shows.

Though I must admit that I could spend all day gazing longingly at the gauzy evening gowns of Ralph Lauren, I find it much more fascinating – and much less stressful on my wallet – to pull pieces of clothing from several different sources to put together a look that could have come straight from the catwalk.

With the emergence of online retailers, it is easier than ever to achieve the same chic style as designer labels for half the price. Sites like Topshop and ASOS, which are based in the United Kingdom but ship items to the United States, provide online shoppers with a variety of looks that vary slightly from their designer counterparts. Doppelgangers of pieces from the Calvin Klein Fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection, which featured a charmingly modest silhouette, have already sprung up on several of these websites.

So no longer must you wallow in self-pity for not being able to afford a Dior sheath dress. Shop around online, and start saving.

-Tina Ferraro

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