Cheap and chic of the week

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In summer during my time at Lucky, I would forever find myself raiding the fashion closet for a cardigan to warm me up in the face of the Conde Nast building’s extra-frosty A/C. And while I no longer have access to that magical thing that is a fashion closet, I do try to look out for the kind of cardi that isn’t too heavy, and will look good with dresses, which is most of what I wear this time of year. This short-sleeved option from Cos seems like a perfect solution. Its mesh fabrication keeps things light, and the shape is slightly shrunken—perfect for not overpowering your frock.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    22 Jul 2021
    10:44pm

    I was once featured in a Ladies Home Journal story on beauty products – I think it was a “Reader’s Choice” issue – and I got treated like a Queen with full hair, makeup and wardrobe. But the BEST part of the day was when I asked about the beauty closet and they let me and the other women who were featured scope it out and take whatever we wanted! I felt like a kid in a candy store! (I used restraint. 😉 )

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    Elisabeth
    15 Jul 2021
    10:52am

    This is very cute, and I appreciate that it’s all cotton!

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    Alice
    15 Jul 2021
    9:21am

    I am fascinated by the logistics of the fashion closet. Who looked after it? How was it stocked? Are the clothes all given by designers, or is there a budget line at the publication? Are there ever disagreements about who wears what. Can you take them home? Is there a pecking order about who gets first crack at it?
    If there is some terrific deep dive out there in the world, please direct me to it! If not, who can write one!!

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      Kim France
      15 Jul 2021
      12:06pm

      Briefly: Fashion closets are generally stocked with clothes that market editors pull for shoots from fashion houses. Then fashion editors go through the clothes and choose what they want to (or need to, if they’re advertisers) shoot. EVERYTHING goes back where it came from after the shoot, and a lot of clothes are “damaged”—usually ripped up the back—to insure that they are returned to their rightful owner. The closet is manned by an army of assistants.

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      cw
      15 Jul 2021
      9:26am

      I loved the Sex In The City episode where Carrie goes into the Fashion Closet (I believe at Vogue) and her mouth was hanging open the entire time as I know mine would be…

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    cw
    15 Jul 2021
    9:24am

    We’re going to hit 81 degrees here today and the humidity is 86%––joy––I’m standing here in a spaghetti strap sundress knowing I need “a little something” to cover my back, chest and arms so this COS option is spot on perfect!! (do people still say “spaghetti strap?”)

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      kimbersam
      15 Jul 2021
      9:43am

      We’re also in that wretched monsoonal moisture weather pattern with temps in the low 80s and humidity in the 80s. We don’t have aircon so it’s like existing in a bowl of minestrone soup. The weather is really affecting my cranky. I wasn’t very nice to a client the other day. But I am constantly reminded “in SoCal it’s a dry heat.” Yah. Right. Oh, and the cardie is cute!

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        D.Morgendorffer
        15 Jul 2021
        10:58am

        Tip from my husband for those without air conditioning: roll up a dry towel and put it in the freezer for a good while. Then, when needed, pull it out of the freezer, unroll it, and rest on the cold towel.

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          kimbersam
          15 Jul 2021
          11:19am

          Thanks. I’m reusing those gel packs that ship with anything cold and sitting at the midpoint of three fans 🙂 aannnddd looking forward to December!

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        Viajera
        15 Jul 2021
        12:14pm

        It *did* use to be a dry heat though … now, not so much. kimbersam, I feel the same way as you – I can’t wait for winter! We don’t have AC either, except for a window unit (get one! they do help …) Used to be, we didn’t need AC. Cue the Joni Mitchell. And, cue the geoengineering … while we get ourselves off carbon fuels…

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