By Maria Tettamanti
Economic bailout plans, unemployment rates at an all-time low, sky-high gas prices, pay cuts aplenty - it's a chic-onomical mess out there, peeps. Fashionistas are now recessionistas. Lucky for you, we've got the 411 on looking fabu-less on the Web and streets of South Florida.
Fashion junkies love a cheap fix and Addict is sure to give you that shopper's high. L.A. labels such as Do&Be, Bertinni and Collective Concept are the main attraction for the store's clientele. Dresses by Entro, Rubber Ducky and Sole Mio. Elegant flowy blouses and sexy evening tops from Trac and The Hanger are also aplenty - all under $110. Ca-ching.
Addict, 15544 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach; 305-945-5323
Twenty-eight dollar skirts? Sixteen dollar tees? Eight dollar panties? Sign us up. With stores on Lincoln Road and Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, American Apparel amazes even the thriftiest of shoppers.
720 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach; 305-672-1799; 3030 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove; 305-442-7550.
Pinpoint anything - and we mean anything on eBay for less. Savvy shoppers can win IT handbags, Choos, bling, Chanel rings - you get the idea - on eBay. Sure, you've got to wait a week and pray to the Auction Gods that no one else drives up the price on your item, but heck, no one said looking good was easy.
Cheap n Chic
This outlet boutique sells designer labels at closeout prices. Expect to find Sass & Bide dresses, True Religion denim and Dolce Vita shoes for at least 60 percent off. Score!
Cheap n Chic, 6560 Bird Road, Miami; 305-665-0764
Fashionista Consignment Boutique
Is your closet crammed? Need some spare change? Gain some much-needed space and bucks at the Fashionista Consignment Boutique. The shop sells your clothes for a cut and hawks high-end designer digs for less. Talk about a win-win.
Fashionista Consignment Boutique, 33138 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove; 305-443-4331
This Boston-based bargain behemoth is setting up shop in Aventura come October 15th. Shoes, accessories, active wear, designer jeans, intimate apparel and the best in ready-to-wear are yours for the taking. Grab Gucci, Armani, Fendi and Prada for next to nada.
Filene's Basement, 17651 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305-936-2497
No recessionista guide is complete without a shout out to Forever 21. With prices like $20 for a tunic, $5 for a necklace and $29 for jeans, a splurge at Forever 21 won't have you eating Ramen for a month.
The Shops at Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Dr; 305-740-6410; Dolphin Mall, 1455 NW 107 Ave; 305-594-4441.
Don't kick this habit. Habit boutique boasts au courant clothing, accessories and shoes for women and juniors. Find flowy frocks from Rubber Ducky, Hanky Panky lace panties, darling dresses from Yag Couture, Bianca Coletti killer bikinis and sky-high wedges by Sergio Zelcer without breaking the bank.
Habit, 256 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables; 786-294-0825
Consider Kore Addict's sister situated on Biscayne Boulevard. Snag some sweet and cheap clothing, shoes and accessories here - did we mention everything is under $110? Yeah, thought we'd emphasize that.
Kore, 2925 Biscayne Blvd, Miami; 305-573-8211
Every gal loves herself some Loehmann's (minus the scary dressing room, that is). With inventory marked at 30 to 65 percent off department store prices, who wouldn't? Ladies adore their Back Room, where chichi labels like Theory, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana and Diane Von Furstenberg are begging to be bought.
3201 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-571-9503; 18701 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305-932-0520.
An outlet institution of sorts, this Bird Road haunt houses both low and high-end looks. Dig up labels such as Sweet Pea, Rampage, Laundry, T-Bags, Sanctuary, Bisou Bisou and more for a fraction of the original price.
Maruchi, 7861 Bird Road, Miami; 305-266-7136
We sound like a broken record here, but Mia is Addict and Kore's other sibling located on Bird Road. So if you live down south, go to this outpost for trendy L.A.-based brands at tres reasonable prices.
Mia, 5786 Bird Road, Miami; 305-668-7737
Nordstrom's BP section
Yeah, the merchandise in the BP section AKA "tween floor" is teeming with adorable clothes at prices a 13 year old can afford. Be sure to hit the accessories table, too. Feel like a Homecoming Queen again in this junior's shopping heaven.
Aventura Mall, 19507 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-356-6900; Village of Merrick Park, 4310 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables; 786-999-1313.
Yes, one used to indulge in Target therapy for its Febreeze air fresheners, Glade Wisp flameless candles, gnome garden sculptures and other gobbledygook for the home, but the clothes at Target cannot be missed anymore. Their Go International and Design for All lines offer a dazzling array of designer duds for peanuts. Handbags by Monica Botkier, bikinis by Mossimo, blouses by Isaac Mizrahi, maternity clothes by Liz Lange and more are in store.
21265 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura; 305-933-4616; 8350 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami; 305-668-0262.
This Spanish retail chain has got it going on. Infamous for its low-priced look-alike products of popular, higher-end clothing fashions and with locations in Dadeland and Aventura Malls, Zara's a sure fit. Que bella!
590 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-8002; Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd; 305-466-2661.
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Botkier for Target Hobo in Fuchsia, $39.99.