Where InStyle Editors Shop (For Bargains)
Where InStyle Editors Shop (For Bargains)
Where InStyle Editors Shop
After much prodding and pleading, we got the stylish staffers of InStyle to reveal their best-kept shopping secrets. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or are searching for the perfect birthday gift for a friend, these places have the ultimate deals and steals. Click through the gallery for the best stores and websites to buy luxe looking vases, gorgeous wallpaper, chic dresses and so much more.
WHY "You'll always find inexpensive styles that reflect the latest trends."
—Cynthia Weber Cleary, Fashion Director
Faux-leather wedges, $75;
WHY "These adjust my bras so they work well even under racer-backs and strappy dresses."
?Violet Gaynor, InStyle.com Senior Fashion Editor
Bra clips, $1/8;
WHY "I love to stock up on fun of-the-moment pieces I'd never spend a lot of money on otherwise. There are things I bought here for $3, and I get compliments every time I wear them."
—Sheryl George, Editorial Assistant
Metal ring, $5;
WHY "An extra large in the kiddie line has a nice snug fit and costs half the price of adult ones."
—Patricia Alfonso Tortolani, Senior Editor
Cashmere sweater, $125;
Fatigues Army Navy & Surplus Gear
WHY "I find so many military-inspired basics like cargo pants, camo tanks, and army jackets."
—Clarissa Cruz, Contributing Senior Editor
Cotton military jacket, $49;
WHY "They're nice and warm and come in all sorts of cool colors. I stock up on them every fall."
—Nikki Ogunnaike, Assistant Editor
Cotton socks, $12/3 pairs; 877-486-4756 for stores.
WHY "I pick these up all the time from Duane Reade, a drugstore that seems to be on every corner in N.Y.C. They're simple, comfortable, and commitment-free."
—Hannah Morrill, InStyle.com Senior Beauty Editor
Faux-leather flats, $10;
Leslie Fremar for Fruit of the Loom Ts
WHY "These 100 percent cotton Ts drape on the body better than any expensive gown."
—Nicole Vecchiarelli, Senior Entertainment Editor
Cotton Ts, $18 each or $40/3; at select Bloomingdale's stores.
Jil Sander coats
WHY "The simple, clean cuts are amazing in quality. If I didn't know better, I'd think they cost 10 times more."
—Kahlana Barfield, Senior Beauty Market Editor
Wool coat, Uniqlo + J, $250; 877-486-4756 for stores.
U.K. street-chic attire
WHY "This British site has tons of cool stuff that looks very designer. I got a nice pair of slouchy pants for under $100 that I wear all the time."
—Amy Synnott-D'Annibale, Beauty Director amp Editor
Polyester striped dress, $80;
M & J Trimming
WHY "My favorite thing to do is buy feathers, ribbons, and jewels to dress up an inexpensive basic and turn it into something really special."
—Jenni Radosevich, Designer
Velvet ribbons, $1/yard;
WHY "HampM's maternity line is genuinely cute—not the typical matronly stuff you normally see. Plus, the clothes fit the body really well."
—Nicole Hyatt, Photo Editor
Cotton sweater, $25;
hm.com for stores.
WHY "You can put your favorite fragrance in one or use it to decorate a shelf."
—Anne Kim, Editorial Assistant
Perfume containers, $7–$10;
WHY "These are sleek and refined, come in a range of sizes and shapes, and make grocery-store flowers look like pricey arrangements."
—Jenifer Walter, Art Director
Glass vase, $7;
WHY "I love the assortment of plastic plane-ready bottles—all under 3 ounces—plus the fun pencil sets and notebooks to take along for the flight."
—Angelique Serrano, Senior Beauty Features Editor
Muji colored pencils in tube, $11/36;
The Home Depot
WHY "Orchids usually cost a fortune, but you can buy beautiful fresh potted ones here for a mere $20."
—Leah Karp, Accessories Director
Potted orchids, $20;
Discounted Le Creuset cookware
WHY "Le Creuset is the gold standard when it comes to cookware. The pots are made of the best materials, last forever, and look fantastic just sitting on your stove—the colors are amazing. The stock here is generously discounted, so it's worth the investment."
—Joanna Bober, Life, Etc. Director
Le Creuset enameled cast iron 5-quart oval french oven, $240;
WHY "Limited-edition works from artists like Kara Maria (above) for hundreds, not thousands, of bucks."
—Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker, Fashion Features Editor
Counterpassant print, 12" x 17"/$250 (with frame) and $100 (without frame);
Exotic items of all kinds
WHY "I love Pearl River for exotic gifts. I found body powder with a fur pouf and cute old-fashioned packaging. There are also nice garden stools. And great wrapping paper."
—Wendy Wallace, Senior Market Editor
Wrapping paper, $7/sheet; 212-431-4770.
WHY "Flash sales of really high-end, hard-to-find wine—sometimes up to 60 percent off. Cheers!"
—Lauren Tumas, Assistant Editor
Lot18 is having a private flash sale just for us: Go to lot18.com/instyle for access to a special reserve (only 360 bottles) of one of their top picks. 2007 Fotinos Brothers Carneros pinot noir; $28/bottle (usually $59).