I think I'm fashion challenged

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I think I'm fashion challenged
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Sun, 10-26-2003 - 3:59pm

Where does everyone shop for "play" clothes?

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Mon, 10-27-2003 - 8:49am
I've found a lot of good stuff at Nordstrom Rack (but you really have to dig through a lot of stuff to find those good things) and a couple of cute things at Dress Barn, even though they have mainly professional clothes. Believe it or not, JC Penney's has some really cute clothes that are good to wear when going out. I don't believe in spending a lot of money on an outfit I'll only wear a few times to go out to parties or clubs, so I've learned where to find the good deals.
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Mon, 10-27-2003 - 10:04am
This is where catalog shopping comes to the rescue. I've found a lot of nice casual stuff in Newport News, Lerner, and Chadwicks.

I agree that JCPenneys is a good place to go; I try to visit them for sales.

Ash

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Mon, 10-27-2003 - 10:06am
I've shopped in those catalogs too, but I haven't been too happy with the quality of clothes Newport News has. Chadwicks has good quality clothes. I've never been disappointed in anything I've gotten from them.
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Mon, 10-27-2003 - 10:28am

Maybe I need to try a different Penney's.

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Mon, 10-27-2003 - 10:47am
I go to banana republic and ann taylor - if not a date I usually wear low cut boots with black suede laces, gray or black straight legged pants and either a nice top maybe wiht lace or a turtleneck and a pretty scarf. I wear small earrings usually and not too much makeup. If an early date - first, second, etc if possible I wear a skirt slightly above the knee because I have nice legs, and shoes depend on his height. I also love to wear hats when it's cold out - romantic type not the ski hat type. For dressier occasions - little black dress, or my Betsy Johnson dress, etc.
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Mon, 10-27-2003 - 11:29am
Good luck! It could be that my Penney's carries different clothes than the one near you. There might be a greater demand for cute, trendy clothes here than there is there. If that doesn't work, try the catalog approach. Newport News has a lot of things that look nice, but be wary of the quality. Some things are good and others aren't, but it might be worth a try.


Edited 10/27/2003 12:30:06 PM ET by schnappsers
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Mon, 10-27-2003 - 12:34pm
Regardless of type...I tend to shop at Marshall's, Nordstrom's Rack, TJ Maxx & Filene's Basement. I also go to Old Navy and occasionally (very rarely) the Gap.

If you feel comfortable ordering from a catalog or online, Chadwicks and their comfy line "Real Comfort" are good for shirts and sweaters (I don't like their pants though).

But, the all-time favorite for me is vintage stores or consignment shops (look in the men's and women's sections. I've found some great things like leather jackets, suede shirts, Jones New York suits. It's just a matter of taking the time to go back often and look through the racks.

As for what I wear out....depends on where I'm going. I have two "favorites". One is a striped nuevo western shirt with my faded jeans, harley belt and my doc marten boots...and my buddy holly glasses. The other is this turquoise and brown flowered dress (doesn't it sound hideous? it's not i promise) that looks kinda like the late 70's wrap style. I wear it with brown riding boots, my gold and brown cat eye glasses and this great vintage velvet "flapper" hat.....oh yes, I dare to wear!

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Tue, 10-28-2003 - 1:10am
i know i know... i'm a guy and i don't belong in this thread...

i'm gonna add my two cents anyway, just to entertain myself :p


i've found that big name stores are pitiful when it comes to finding good "play" clothes. you gotta dig around in smaller boutiques for unique items that lend a "my favourite shirt" kinda feel. such boutiques are usually found on a street and not in a mall...

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Tue, 10-28-2003 - 7:59am
Have you tried Kookai or Morgan? Very cool stuff. I love French trends.
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Tue, 10-28-2003 - 12:20pm
I used to be a Manager at Nordstrom...they have a FREE service called Personal Touch..it is a personal shoping service. All you have to do is call them and tell them what you are looking for. They will ask you you sizes, you likes, your cloring, ect...then they will select things for you to try on. And you are under no obligation to buy anything. This will give you an excelent idea of what to incorporate into your wardrobe for a more casual look. The idea isn't to buy a who new casual wardrobe it is to buy pieces that coordiante with your existing wardrobe to give you more options. I is hard to shop at Nordstrom Rack, Ross, and Marshalls if you don't know exactally what you are looking for, so I suggest a stroe like Learner, the Gap, or Banana Republic, Coldwater Creek, Talbots, something that fit your style where you can get the basics, then build from there. Some basics I suggest: Kaki pants, denum or kaki skirt (length that looks good on you), crisp whit shirt (fun detail is good), coorduory pants, jeans (not levis, but dark nice jeans), a couple a nice sweaters, leather jacket (balzer style can double for work), leather walking loafers, colored tennies. This is a good base casual wardrobe...and I know you have pieces both casual and business that can mix and match into it that can make it 10X bigger. Good luck!

Heather