My biggest gripe with Sex and the City was always "how does Carrie afford an entire designer wardrobe on a weekly columnist's budget?" Well, if she was wise to the YOOX semi-annual sample sale, her enviable closet makes a little more sense (though why our intrepid columnist never hipped us to the sale is baffling). With designer looks up to 90% off, it's possible to buy not just a label-clad piece but an entire designer outfit. Take these three Stella McCartney finds: wear 'em together or use 'em to dress up your budget pieces; either way, you've got three top-name items for under $500. As with all things YOOX, you'll have to luck into finding your size, but that's what sample sale trawling is all about, right?
One of the great things Stella McCartney does is giving classic looks a modern, contemplative twist. Take this rust-hued voile blouse ($88, was $435). Slouchiness at the neckline makes you look twice; is it a hood on backwards? Nope, just a contemporary take on the volume-up-top look.
All skinny jeans are not created equal. This equestrian-inspired pair of denims ($84, were $458) have extra illusion-creating powers, with their curvy seams and ultra-slim buttoned bottoms. Especially great for less-hippy ladies, these jeans create the effect of shapely hips but still-skinny legs.
Claret-colored velvet pumps ($128, were $419) are such a romantic addition to your shoe collection. Is there anything more ladylike than a pink satin bow, a demure peep toe, and a modest kitten heel? They're so Jane Austen heroine.
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