Black Opaque Tights
- Club Monaco
121 Prince St., nr. Wooster St.; 212-533-8930; and seven other locations
These go for $50 and up at many stores; Club Monaco’s are the perfect weight, density, and silkiness for what’s become a fundamental layering piece, at a sane price.
- Timex T2M562
Target, 139 Flatbush Ave., nr. Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill; 718-290-1109
Substantial and impressive, this gold-toned Timex watch is a lot more expensive-looking than its price tag.
Flowered Summer Dress
- Forever 21
40 E. 14th St., nr. University Pl.; 212-228-0598; and two other locations
At this price, you can have an entire wardrobe of cheery floral prints.
- Lord & Taylor
424 Fifth Ave., at 38th St.; 212-391-3344
The selection is younger and hipper than you might think, like enamel bangles and swingy chandelier earrings.
Cost: under $20
- Eryn Brinié
501 Broadway, nr. Broome St.; 212-625-9300
The newest of the fast-fashion chains. Its wafty embellished tops have a lot of style for their price.
Cost: from $50
486 Broadway, nr. Broome St.; 212-226-6954
You can pay more for the long, loopy, colorful scarves now accessorizing every outfit, but why?
Cost: from $28
- Hanky Panky Sample Sale
No location yet; 212-725-4996 for information
Maker of the beloved low-rise stretchy lace thong, Hanky Panky has a sample sale once a year. It’s worth waiting till next December to stock up.
Cost: $10 (normally $18)
- Century 21
22 Cortlandt St., nr. Church St.; 212-227-9092
Jockey, Calvin Klein, and 2(x)ist—all the good names are here, at prices that encourage bulk-buying.
Cost: from $2.99
Fun from $2.99 to $65.
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).