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Embrace Low Fashion

Discount alternatives to high-end merch.



Vintage Frames
Artsee Eyewear’s posh vintage specs start at $250. Fabulous Fanny’s sells seventies cat’s-eyes for $45 and hexagonal tortoise frames for $75. 335 E. 9th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-533-0637.

Photographs by Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine  

Plush cashmeres by Lucien Pellat-Finet begin at $700. Colorful numbers like these from J.Crew go for $145. 30 Rockefeller Plz., nr. 50th St.; 212-765-4227.

A single satin lace cami at La Petite Coquette costs $60. You can pick up two Jezebel camis for $46 at Macy’s. 151 W. 34th St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-695-4400.

Party Shoes
Etro’s fringy party shoes from the summer were $610. These shoes from Guess by Marciano are only $115. 537 Broadway, at Spring St.; 212-226-9545.

Date Dresses
The sexiest dresses at Zara cost around $89. Forever 21’s frocks run $36 and still don’t scream cheap. 40 E. 14th St., nr. University Pl.; 212-228-0598.

A lightweight parka at the North Face costs $199. Uniqlo’s parkas are so cheap ($59.50) you can buy them in multiple colors. 546 Broadway, nr. Spring St.; 917-237-8800.

Annual Savings: $1,462


Winter Boots
Gore-Tex boots at Eastern Mountain Sports start at $130. Eddie Bauer’s winter boots do the same job for $110. 7000 Austin St., nr. 69th Rd., Forest Hills; 718-459-2270.

Earnest Sewn’s jeans are plenty fashionable but cost $195. Levi’s 501 Originals are basic, fit everyone, and cost only $46. 750 Lexington Ave., at 60th St.; 212-826-5957.

Work Shoes
Allen Edmond’s winged-tip brogue dress shoe is $325. This Florsheim pair looks just like it but costs only $100. 444 Madison Ave., at 50th St.; 212-752-8017.

Brooks Brothers’ button-front cotton shirts run $79.50. H&M’s snazzy versions are half that ($39.90). 640 Fifth Ave., at 51st St.; 212-489-0390.

Banana Republic’s peacoats start at $198. American Eagle has sporty buffalo-plaid coats for $140. 575 Broadway, nr. Prince St.; 212-941-9785.

Business Suits
A power suit from Giorgio Armani can easily top $2,000. A sharp DKNY suit is on sale at Rothman’s for only $299 (previously $595). 200 Park Ave. S., at 17th St.; 212-777-7400.

Annual Savings: $2,193


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