What’s your favorite recent cheap and chic find?

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OK, so this gorgeous striped scarf is not exactly dirt cheap, but it costs half as much as similar ones I’ve seen from fancy brands like Loewe, and I think the color combination is just aces.

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    Caroline
    7 Dec 2022
    10:11am

    Not sure if this counts but I just ordered a pair of olive green suede Swedish husband clogs from Hasbeen for $84 dollars. They are usually $280 so merry xmas to me!
    Also I bought a charming duvet cover and throw pillows at target. Jungalow collection!

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    Tammy
    7 Dec 2022
    10:14am

    I found a pair of consignment Tod’s loafers on RealReal for $48.

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    cw
    6 Dec 2022
    10:19am

    The Target brand, Threshold, makes good flannel sheet sets. After sleeping on my daughter’s Threshold sheets last Spring I knew I wanted some and assuming Winter will come to Texas eventually, I purchased a set this past weekend. https://www.target.com/p/fall-flannel-solid-sheet-set-threshold/-/A-85386989?preselect=85239839#lnk=sametab

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      C.D.
      6 Dec 2022
      11:20am

      Target’s Threshold bathroom rugs are great too. After a much more expensive set shed all over my bathrooms for six months, despite washing and vacuuming — and with guests coming — I ordered some from Target. They’re soft, nonskid and, best of all, don’t shed.

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      Kim France
      6 Dec 2022
      11:28am

      I am such a Threshold fan—bought this shower curtain recently and it looks so much fancier than it is: https://rstyle.me/+MYtEBTiB8YBI2BBRizrufg

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        Bette
        6 Dec 2022
        11:32am

        Target has THE BEST shower curtains. There’s no need to spend hours looking elsewhere — if Target doesn’t have what I want, I just wait until they do.

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        Lisa
        6 Dec 2022
        3:57pm

        Red alert! I just got an email that J Crew is 50 percent off. They have some cute balaclavas in grey, sky blue and bright green. Balaclavas are weird but they appeal to me. I strongly regret not buying a leopard print one I saw at the end of last season. Domage!

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          Kim
          6 Dec 2022
          9:37pm

          My college freshman just knitted a balaclava and sent me a picture of herself in it. I thought she was crazy.! Now I realize they are having a moment. Once again, she’s ahead of me on the fashion curve.

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          MJ
          8 Dec 2022
          12:30pm

          I bought the H&M version. Balaclavas are perfect for wearing with winter parkas when it’s so cold you have to put the hood up: not too hot, and they replace a scarf. Pompom hats are not perfect in this way. January is almost here, so it will get a lot of use.

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        Kim
        6 Dec 2022
        9:28pm

        Threshold just has really nice things. I like so many of their items.

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        Tara
        7 Dec 2022
        7:16pm

        That looks like LemLem! <3

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      Jennifer
      6 Dec 2022
      6:37pm

      LOVE everything I have bought from Threshold – flannel and regular cotton sheets and towels – great colors and they wear so well!

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    Betsy P
    6 Dec 2022
    10:56am

    Target flannel pajamas and robes. Comfy but not to heavy and 100% cotton. Also, for those in need of additional Christmas décor, Target has some really cute pillows this year.

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    Margit
    6 Dec 2022
    11:14am

    You are in my brain. I have been eyeing a scarf like this and this might just be the one. Thank you!

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      Jenny
      6 Dec 2022
      11:41am

      Hey Margit, I really enjoyed your Oldster questionnaire responses. I’m enjoying the idea of the scarf with that pink Argent suit you linked to.

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    Bette
    6 Dec 2022
    11:30am

    I (re)discovered Longchamp small leather goods and purchased a gorgeous wallet in the seasonal color Cypress — so beautiful! I love how chic and elegant this line is — no doodads or excess hardware:

    https://www.longchamp.com/us/en/products/continental-wallet-L3044021139.html

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      Bette
      6 Dec 2022
      11:33am

      PS. I realize this wallet may not be considered a “cheap and chic purchase.” It’s chic, but perhaps not cheap. However, I will use this wallet every day for at least 5 years — and that makes it one of my best purchases, ever.

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        Heather
        6 Dec 2022
        3:26pm

        I think that is really well-priced for a nice wallet that you will use for years. I always think of Kim’s “cost per wear” philosophy. The color is pretty and seasonless!

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      Marie
      6 Dec 2022
      6:35pm

      That is v tempting! So elegant and the color…I am using a continental now and think I want a smaller wallet though.
      I just realized a rather amazing thru line
      My main wallet in rotation for 15+ years has been a commes de garçons black imprinted wallet that Lucky magazine stated was THE one to have .I understood the call. It was a clear directive 😊 I dragged my husband to Dover Street Market on a London trip. It was an intimidating level of arty sophistication for us both .
      That we laughed about at a pub later . I got it ! Was my splurge for the trip. I also got a unique old enamel bracelet in the antique market nearby I still cherish . So thank you -lucky mag lists i
      HA. You never know the impact… goes on

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    Francine
    7 Dec 2022
    3:59pm

    Two big wins for me. Discovered Source Unknown (such cool-girl stuff) and snagged an oversized blazer for $68. And scored a men’s Dior Tuxedo suit for $12 at a vintage shop. Yes, $12…gorgeous, slouchy goodness!

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      Dee
      8 Dec 2022
      8:43am

      Am I the only one who wants to tell those models to stand up straight? “Posture!” As my mom used to say.

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      Mimi A
      7 Dec 2022
      5:23pm

      I love Source Unknown, love their style and the quality is pretty good. My online shopping MO is when I’m not sure of a size I order two, and hopefully keep the one that fits. But their returns are a nightmare. They used to have a U.S. warehouse but have permanently closed it, blaming COVID. That means returns must be sent to Seoul, which cost a freaking fortune. I paid $55. to return a pair of $112. pants. Nuts, right? So I just won’t let myself shop there anymore. Quel dommage.

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    Donna
    7 Dec 2022
    9:23am

    I’m living in a heathered light grey, men’s Champion crewneck sweater I got for $20 at Costco. It’s so cozy and warm. I just wish it came in more colours because it only came in black and a charcoal grey.

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    Liz
    6 Dec 2022
    1:32pm

    I bought a simple black Henley from JCrew Mercantile recently with an Amazon Gift Card, and it looks great paired with my Vince green cords. My sister also bought me a Kirkland Signature grey cashmere sweater that looks a lot like the Everlane one, and I love it.

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      Michele
      7 Dec 2022
      10:19am

      Where does one find J Crew Mercantile? I tried Googling but it took me to dead links. Thanks!

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        Liz
        7 Dec 2022
        11:46am

        You can find them on Amazon. Someone gave me an Amazon gift card and I used it for the shirt.

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        E
        8 Dec 2022
        9:50am

        JCrew mercantile is what they called the factory store for a bit. My mercantile in SJ , CA Westgate is now back to factory.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    6 Dec 2022
    1:39pm

    I haven’t gotten it yet, but I have high hopes for the Christmas present for my MIL that I ordered just now from Quince, the Bold 14K Gold Hoops. My MIL has sensitive skin with certain metals so she has to stick to gold. So, the fact they offer it in white gold means she can wear a metal color she likes, but usually can’t wear. Meanwhile, I am digging all the comments. I am now off to investigate J.C. Penney pants: thank you, Lisa!

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    Viajera
    6 Dec 2022
    1:42pm

    Also not quite on topic, but, I don’t think Beth takes Summer in a fistfight (Yellowstone). She drinks so much and never seems to work out. Whereas Summer has probably been doing a lot of pushups. I’m just saying. … … … … But the scenery is still killer.

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      Jenny
      6 Dec 2022
      6:40pm

      I have never watched Yellowstone but this comment made my day.

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        Viajera
        8 Dec 2022
        2:38am

        Glad to oblige!

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    LisaC
    6 Dec 2022
    2:20pm

    Sadly sold out, but I just received this Gap striped scarf (it’s an Andrea rec):

    https://www.google.com/search?q=gap+striped+scarf&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS881US881&oq=gap+striped+scarf&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i22i30.3376j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#imgrc=9eUSnb1VLZ12sM

    So much happy for $35!

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      Heather
      7 Dec 2022
      8:27am

      I got this scarf too for a gift!!! I liked it so much I was able to snag another for under $20 before Thanksgiving so I can have one for myself too even though in Texas there is not a lot of need for scarves, but it is so pretty at least it will look festive on my coatrack.

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    6 Dec 2022
    2:41pm

    Is the Cos scarf soft?? I find some of their stuff a little itchy and I’m done with itchy scarves. An itchy sweater I can occasionally tolerate, but not around the neck– thanks!

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      Ellie
      8 Dec 2022
      6:27pm

      Had a similar qualm. I loooooove the navy/burgundy color in that scarf, but that much mohair seems like a recipe for an itchy chin. Which is probably a good thing, because I need another scarf like I need a gaping hole in the head.

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    Wendy
    6 Dec 2022
    5:04pm

    I treated myself to a Naadam cashmere boyfriend cardigan in black. So cozy, chic and downright useful.

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    elise
    6 Dec 2022
    8:00pm

    Another vote for Naadam cashmere as a “somewhat cheap” self-gift. Got the zip hoodie on Black Friday sale for $150 and v pleased with quality & fit. Hope it wears well!

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    Kay Erikson
    6 Dec 2022
    9:11pm

    On a tip from Andrea at “I Want to Be Her” I ordered a bunch of Uniqlu men’s Fine Cotton Button down shirts. Love them. The wrinkles steam out very nicely and they look great with my Nili Lotan “Paris” pants. I also just bought a bunch of Uniqlo Heatech socks in fall colors which have gone into rotation with a bunch of sweaters that coordinate. The green pair even match my new Arizona Birks which I spent WAY too much on, but love. I am feeling pretty stylish these days. 🙂

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    Susie Q
    6 Dec 2022
    11:40pm

    I’m bad with links, but the material on that scarf looks like the one Free People uses as well. The Skye Stripe fringed scarf or the Piper Plaid fringe scarf is $58.

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    Rebecca
    8 Dec 2022
    5:51pm

    I cleaned up last week at the Xirena sample sale, restocking my button down collection (theirs are my fave) and getting a gorge cashmere sweater for waaaaaay less than retail.

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    Ellie
    8 Dec 2022
    6:31pm

    Not wearable, but scored a pair of lovely hand-painted Victorian vases at my local thrift/antique store that somehow fit perfectly into my decidedly non-minimalist living room without making things look more crowded and are therefore making me soooo happy.

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    Ashley
    7 Dec 2022
    9:10am

    Gorgeous gold buttons to replace the black ones on my black wool coat.

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      Kay
      8 Dec 2022
      7:43am

      I want to do the same thing! Where did you source your buttons?

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    Allison
    7 Dec 2022
    9:18am

    I love the scarf in this post but I’m very petite in height and can’t wear a big scarf. It makes my head look like it’s the size of an orange. Recently I was on the couch under a blanket I bought decades ago in Ireland from Avoca Mill. It’s bright shades of blue, green and pink and I thought it would be lovely as a scarf so I went to the website. They have gorgeous soft wool scarves that aren’t too voluminous. I bought one in a bright pink and black plaid.

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      anne
      7 Dec 2022
      4:13pm

      i was in Ireland this summer- love the Avoca stores!

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    Joannawnyc
    6 Dec 2022
    11:34am

    I read in The Strategist that Target has a really good weighted blanket for $99 in lots of colors so I’m contemplating buying one. I bought a Marni x Uniqlo raincoat in September and it’s been excellent (sold out alas)
    https://www.target.com/p/heavyweight-linen-blend-quilt-casaluna/-/A-79148461 for the quilt

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    MarlaD
    6 Dec 2022
    11:41am

    Not exactly cheap ($198) but worth it is the Eileen Fisher Eggshell Recycled Nylon Quilted Vest. Not for super cold climates but it’s sleek and beautiful. The look of puff without real puff and cut to accommodate curves (which most puffer items are not) without being oversized at all. My long time dream come true! Beautiful quality. Size down at least one, maybe 2 if you don’t need to accommodate ample boobs. EF has been mostly miss for me in recent years but this piece was a happy win.

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      Jennifer
      6 Dec 2022
      11:47am

      Eileen Fisher’s outerwear is all gorgeous (at least online) but so expensive! I know coats last for years and years so I’m working up the nerve to invest. Thanks for the rec!

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    Mary Alice
    6 Dec 2022
    12:20pm

    Sort of off topic but I’ve really been feeling COS lately. Got this bag yesterday and I have to say, I’ve seen similar bags for MUCH more https://www.cos.com/en_usd/women/accessories/bags/product.padded-shopper-bag-brown.1059558004.html

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      Betsy P
      6 Dec 2022
      1:44pm

      Love COS but the sizing can be hard if you have to order. If anyone has pull in the retail fashion industry ask them to put a store in Richmond!

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        Mouse
        7 Dec 2022
        6:54am

        Indeed. Love COS but order carefully if you have boobs! The styles often seem to be narrow on top with flare below.

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    Jessie
    6 Dec 2022
    12:21pm

    I will put in a plug for Eileen Fisher Renew as a great place to find EF clothing including outerwear that is gently used. I live in Seattle where we happen to have a Renew store, which is a treat!

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    Lisa
    6 Dec 2022
    12:29pm

    I have become a fan of J.C. Penney pants. They have some well fitting stuff amazingly cheap. I just got burgundy colored khakis for 14 dollars! You can get old school, straight leg corduroy pants in lots of colors and in petite. What I personally like is the flattering (for me) classic fit, not high waisted or trying to do bells and whistles. Pretty streamlined which is slimming. I spend a lot elsewhere but I actually prefer their pants, and the prices are astounding.

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      Jan W
      6 Dec 2022
      12:59pm

      JCPenneys is great for winter under layer 100% cotton longsleeve tshirts and turtlenecks.

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      Ellie
      8 Dec 2022
      6:29pm

      Yes! The only reliable source of pants for actual grown women! Especially those who are not served by higher end brands whose range tops out at a 12.

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