I don’t believe in fast fashion, but that doesn’t mean I’m adverse to affordable. Here, four under $100 items I’ll wear this summer.
Thanks WSJ Off Duty for posting this Zara dress, above, in the paper this weekend. I had seen before and contemplated it, but ended up buying a couple of other Zara dresses (if one works, I’ll let you know). Like the Uniqlo pants below, you should lose the self belt and replace it with something else. My standard for buying anything from Zara is the fabric has to be mostly made from a natural fiber–cotton never looks cheap and this dress mostly is. Zara dress, $70.
A French market net bag, The Line, $22. I had one in my closet for years and finally gave it away because I didn’t use it. Now they have become a Pinterest favorite. They work beyond market shopping if you put a couple of zipper pouches in them–which would be a fun way to play with color. It is the most lightweight bag out there. And timeless even it’s “trending”.
Baggy pants. Sure I’ve written about full-leg pants a lot this season and if you’ve been on the fence about trying them out, may I suggest this cotton/linen blend Uniqlo pair (far right) for $30. They come in all the right colors: army green, a pale khaki, the fun saffron shown, and navy. I bought the pale khaki. Again, like the Zara dress, I suggest you ditch the self belt–I don’t even think you need one period.
Moroccan babouche slides. In place of my usual slippers, I’ve bought a white and a black pair of these slides for summer. I bought mine at Front General Store in Brooklyn, but if you can’t make it there, you can buy them on Etsy (for $50) in many colors (the emerald green are pretty gorgeous). These will probably make it out of the house to beach excursions, coffee runs, maybe even a cocktail party or two. (The white ones, a white T-shirt and my Uniqlo pants…so easy. Oh, and my market bag.)