Sunday, October 22, 2006

Fashion in New York and London

Since I left London in order to relocate in NYC, I had to seriously declutter my closet (or wardrobe I should say). I got rid of short-sleeved t-shirts, long-sleeved t-shirts, sweaters, skirts, gym clothes, shoes and many more I no longer remember. And now, in a new city that is approaching without any fear to winter, I realized that I need to replace all of the above. I need short short-sleeved t-shirts, long-sleeved t-shirts, sweaters, skirts, gym clothes, shoes and everything else that I no longer remember. So that was my project this week and it will continue to be for the new one. Where to buy them?

Once again, I can't help comparing. In London, you have different ranges of clothes stores that can satisfy all tastes and various bank accounts. Starting from Primark (the very cheap one that touches poverty level), moving to River Island and H & M, to Top Shop, Miss Selfridge, New Look, Jane Norman and Wallis and then moving sligthly to the next level, Next, Dorothy Perkins, Principles, Mango, Zara and Oasis passing through Gap and Benetton. That marks the end of affordability. Afterwards you move to the higher level of stores as French Connection, Whistles, Monsoon (for the hippy types), Hobbs, Ted and Baker, Reiss, L.K. Bennett and my very favorite Jigsaw. Maybe I forget a couple. If your wallet can take it, you can go even higher to Karen Millen and various department stores like House of Fraser and Fenwick where you can top up your credit cards.

In NYC, it seems that it's either very cheap or very expensive. Will it be Old Navy or Banana Republic? It's like going from H & M to Reiss? It's not acceptable. It's not fun. It does not involve a lot of window shopping. Of course there are the discount stores like Duffy's, Marshalls, Century 21 and T. J Maxx. Ok, I agree, you can get designers clothes very cheaply but you will have to spend a day to find your size. If it is your lucky day, otherwise, go back again in a few days or weeks.

I don't know. Not yet. I haven't located my favorite store in NYC. Maybe because I haven't explored everything. I haven't tried the expensive ones either. Who knows, maybe tomorrow might be my lucky day and will get a Prada coat for peanuts.

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