Spending Less, But Still
Looking Like a Million
Fillmore’s resale shops are right for the times
By Teresa Rodriguez Williamson
photographs by tim williamson
If you’re like most people, you’re feeling the economic pinch and don’t have the means to drop big bucks on a lot of new clothes right now. But that doesn’t mean forgoing fashion this season. It just requires knowing where to look — and how to put your look together.
“Thrift stores and consignment shops are great places to find excellent key pieces from previous season,” says personal stylist Karen Tamblyn, an admitted shopaholic with an eye for style, creativity and resourcefulness. “Vintage elements are always a hit, and you can easily
find them in the secondhand shops on Fillmore Street,” she says. “You don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks.”Tamblyn recently scouted the neighborhood to create a number of different looks — all from the consignment and resale shops that line Fillmore Street.
Five fashion faux pas to avoid
Karen Tamblyn offers these tips to help the fashion-conscious find the right fit and flair in Fillmore’s resale shops.
- Don’t buy a size too big or too small. Buy what fits your body.
- Don’t wear it if it doesn’t feel right. Confidence is the most attractive accessory.
- Don’t overspend. Fashion doesn’t have to be expensive.
- Dress your age.
- Don’t wear the wrong shoes. They make or break an outfit
1. Cocktail hour
This simple yet elegant look easily floats from the symphony to a society cocktail party. The chic silk dress is reminiscent of big name designers, but with a price tag more shoppers can afford.
“Draping the necklace across the dress adds a touch of glam with a little twist,” Tamblyn says. She completed the winter white ensemble with simple gold accents.
Evening bag 12
Hair comb (optional) 88
total $ 322
2. Weekend getaway
Seconds to Go
“Every woman needs a timeless classic look that will always appear stylish, but not super daring,” says Tamblyn, who fashioned two ensembles to go from Sunday brunch to a day at the races. She chose a classic polka dot, a print that flatters most women’s body types, and added a brightly colored scarf to define the waist and make the look fresh. She also belted the classic strapless A-line dress, and topped it with a pastel bolero. “Adding a pop of color turns a classic look into a playful ensemble with attitude,” she says.
Dress (polka dot) 160
total $ 210
Dress (black and white) 45
total $ 101
3. Urban chic
Crossroads Trading Company
“Here is the look for the young and fabulous ready to conquer the world — funky, fun and yet sexy,” says Tamblyn, who added cuff bracelets on both wrists and a messenger bag to spice up the urban look. “And the messenger bag is one of the must-have pieces of the season.”
Jean skirt 10
total $ 178
4. Ready for business
Nestled in the new boutique in the back of the store, Tamblyn found an amazing orange blouse reminiscent of Hermes. She paired it with a two-piece black suit and cinched it with a camel belt, which she says took the suit into a “more fashion-forward look.”
5. City sophistication
Tamblyn says what makes this outfit so wonderful is the metallic theme that runs through the dress, shoes and ring. “Everything shimmers and moves with
the light,” she says, proclaiming this dress — with its “Sex and the City” feel without being overly sexy — perfect for a fun night on the town with the girls.
total $ 240