Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher, opens in theaters this weekend — at a time when staying under budget is trickier than walking in 5-inch heels. As Fashion Week kicks off, Glamour executive fashion editor at large Suze Yalof Schwartz shares favorite wallet-friendly Big Apple shops.
Mina 32-A Cooper Square
When A-listers and fashion editors need designer duds on a dime, they turn to Irene Albright of Albright Fashion Library to rent the looks. Now anyone can snag a steal at Albright's new store, Mina. "I always go here when I want to look amazing and wear something recognizable," Yalof Schwartz says. "I can rent the dress, shoe, bag and jewels from every designer in the world at a discounted price." Think Marc Jacobs, Chloe and Dolce & Gabbana at 70%-90% off. 212-253-5894, minanyc.com
ZARA 39 W. 34th St. 750 Lexington Ave. 101 Fifth Ave. 689 Fifth Ave. 580 Broadway
With stores around the world, this Spanish retailer offers well-tailored looks for less. Designs often pay homage to high-end designers such as Calvin Klein and range from suits to sundresses and hoodies to handbags. "The clothes here always look like designer, but everything is usually under $100," Yalof Schwartz says. "How can you beat that?" zara.com.
Marlene Wetherell Vintage Fashion and Photography The Showplace Gallerie #210 40 West 25th St.
The fashion pendulum is constantly in motion, so what's old is almost guaranteed to be new again one day. Such is the philosophy behind this treasure-trove of iconic vintage pieces. "This is a small antique booth that has the most amazing gems like vintage YSL and Courrèges," Yalof Schwartz says. "It is hidden in the second floor of the Showplace Gallerie and is not only inspirational but much less expensive than what you'd find in department stores."917-225-0662, marlenewetherell.com
J. Crew Collection Store 1035 Madison Ave. at 79th Street
This J. Crew outpost opened last fall and is unlike any other. The chic shop is a melting pot of Crew classics — corduroys, chinos and cashmere — and luxe looks from luggage to python clutches. "This is J. Crew's only Collection Store, and there always seems to be a great sale inside," Yalof Schwartz says. 212-249-3869, jcrew.com
Snag the best NYC steals and deals by being among the first to know about markdowns. Racked.com and Madisonavespy.blogspot.com are "two of the best blog sites that tell you where all of the sample and store sales are that week in the city," Yalof Schwartz says. Because this season, there's nothing more fashionable than a bargain.