In this economic climate, we monitor our spending, hoping that although we can’t splurge on every fashionable trend that swings our way, we can still stay on-trend and be fashionably conscious.  Luckily for us, the Spring/Summer 2011 collections reflected the customer’s need to keep within a reasonable budget, but carefully coddled our desire to indulge in wardrobe essentials. Designers were mindful of not only our tightly pulled purse strings, but also our hectic schedules, on-the-go mentality and demanding careers.  Fusing both fashion and functionality is a rare feat in the design world, but during New York Fashion Week, the unlikely pair created a match made in fashion heaven. Strutting down the runway were endless options for our everyday look and wear.  What was once overpriced and unattainable is now affordable and accessible.   A delicate balance of luxury and practicality, the trends coming out of NYFW are exactly what the everyday woman needs.

The Working Woman

Jill Sander, Tory Burch, Rachel Roy, Nanette Lepore and Erin Featherstone know a thing or two about womenswear.  Once again they wowed the crowds with fitted blazers, suit shorts, bespoke dresses, lightweight cardigans and feminine blouses that not only serve as separate, functional wardrobes items, but keep you on trend as well. A ladylike nod to former days of 50’s and 60’s style of suiting received a myriad of modern updates full of prints, ruffles, florals, patterns and of course, impeccable tailoring. Say goodbye to the days of boring office attire and say hello to a bright future where professional wear is sexy , sophisticated and, most importantly, easy to assemble.  Whether you are layering each piece or keeping simple with just a beautifully fitted dress, you can take comfort in knowing next season’s collection are for the working woman on-the-go.

The Girls Night Out

Let’s face it ladies, too much stress in our work week can make us go crazy. So when Friday rolls around, we need to let loose.  Our dear designer friend, Marc Jacobs, knows that our inner playful self is in desperate need of some time in the spotlight.  His Spring/Summer 2011 collection is the perfect vehicle for heading to the famed Studio 54. Okay, so that might not be attainable, but a girl can dream, right? The collection featured a flowing array of 70’s glam, luxuriously fabulous dresses and party wear that will have all us swooning with delight.  To recreate this look, seek out gypsy blouses, below-the-knee length skirts, wide-legged trousers and drape-y maxi dresses with extravagant prints, bright colors and luxury fabrics like silk and chiffon.  Don’t forget the flower corsages and oversized sunglasses and hats.  Mimic the styling of Bianca Jagger and DVF back in the day and you’ll be the subject of envy.

The Budget Fashionista

Keeping up with the Joneses is tough work! While we would all love to have an endless supply of clothing like some of our favorite style icons, sometime it’s just not feasible.  Our fantasy fades, and we’re left feeling depressed about our wardrobe.  However this Fashion Week, designers made every attempt to keep us effortlessly chic and fabulous.  Their collections carefully harmonized both our financial constraints and woes with our passion and curiosity for fashion.  The best way for us to stay stylish and not break the bank is to go with what we know is timeless.  Fortunately for us, neutral colors, classic wardrobe pieces and strategic layering ruled the runway during Fashion Week.  It’s a femininity meets functionality approach, but one that works for our pockets.  Find your inner budget fashionista by searching for items such as a khaki blazer (see Tory Burch), a white shift dress (see Calvin Klein), a classic button down (see Donna Karan) and dress pants (see Michael Kors).  All of those work well together, but separately can be worn as statement pieces. Chic minimalism with a budget friendly creativity; a fashionista’s dream come true!

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