Hurray for Mango, one of my favorite Spanish retailers, for finally jumping the pond! Unlike Zara – its higher-end, older sister store which expanded internationally a decade ago – Euro-cool Mango has stayed mostly in Europe. But on Thanksgiving 2007 the company opened a store in New York's SoHo, and now branches are popping up in major cities around the United States. So in honor of Mango's SoHo debut, and for those of you who have yet to discover the well-priced, funky-chic, work-play clothing-and-accessories emporium, here's a selection of items that'll make you shout, "¡Olé!"
The semi-sheer Tuk Tuk shirt ($79) with front bottons would go great at work. It's feminine and elegant with an artsy flair.
And how cute is this Panacea dress ($79)? We love how the color and width of these strips vary, making a classic look feel fresh. And the every-so-slightly transparent skirt means that this garment can be either suggestive (without a slip), or totally Saturday shopping appropriate (with one).
Americans tend to be skeptical about European street style (and who can blame us? The Old World is responsible for both the mullet and those wierd astronaut boots that flitted through our stores a few years ago). Personally, though, I love the adventure and flair of Spanish clothes. So if you're ready to strut your stuff like a true Española, pair these adorable shiny red flats ($89) with this rock-n-roll gold waistcoat ($59) or this rhinestone-collared Fiorino top ($59).
Mango has lots of other items for the Euro-loving fashionista, so check out mangoshop.com to see all of the store's delights. And don't forget to check out the outlet section, where some of the very same items I bought last year–and can't wait to wear again in the Spring–are on sale for one third of their original cost.
Get Yours: mangoshop.com