Uniqlo, Zara, H&M, ASOS, Target, Joe Fresh, Kohl’s, Topshop — these are just a few of our favorite fast fashion (and affordable!) stores. It’s not just the enticing merch that does it for us: each place offers irresistible perks, whether it be endless designer collaborations, free personal shopping experiences, or a constantly updated new arrivals page. So, we combed through all of our favorite retailer’s fall offerings and picked out the hottest stock for a one-stop shopping experience. The best part? Every piece ranges from $20-$200, from the finest classics (think structured blazers and boots), to leading on-trend pieces like leather pants (yes, under $200!), and the best seasonal accessories, including calf-hair clutches and to-the-elbow-gloves. With this as your guide, you’ll be in and out of the stores or checking out your virtual shopping cart in no time—giving fast-fashion a whole new meaning. Read on for shopping tips straight from our editors and insider secrets (like when the sales hit) on each of our favorites.
Your morning talk shows getting a dose of InStyle! Today at 8:45 AM EST, our Senior Beauty Market Editor Kahlana Barfield will be stopping by the set of The Today Show, where she’ll be giving tips on how to recreate looks worn by Jessica Chastain and Rosario Dawson for under $100. With chic offerings from Zara, Topshop, Macy’s, and more, you’ll be able to pull off red carpet ensembles at real-life prices! Tune in to NBC at 8:45 AM to catch Kahlana’s appearance, then scroll down to see where you can shop each featured look from head to toe. More
Rashida Jones epitomized casual cool when she showed up to the City Year event in Los Angeles this week in a crisp white blazer, pleated cropped pants to match, and a soft gray cotton tee. “This is Zara actually,” the Parks and Recreation star revealed to InStyle.com. “Zara is literally my favorite place. I love it.” Jones paired the brand’s linen blazer ($90) with the faux leather-topped trousers ($60), and then layered a basic ribbed T-shirt underneath ($20). Rashida’s style stayed true to her love for “architectural clothes and menswear” without being overly masculine. Head to zara.com to start shopping her look now.
Plus, see more of Rashida’s best looks.
— Andrea Simpson
This dress is a true showstopper. It’s made by my friends [Connie Majoros and Fannie Chan] who run their own New York-based label, Femmes d’Armes. The first time I saw it on the hanger, my jaw dropped! I paired it with super cheap Zara studded heels that I’ve had in my closet for years, some plastic bracelets I got at the Valentino party last year, and a crazy ring from Topshop. I love to mix high and low. For the hair, we wanted to give it a messy boho vibe to balance out the glamorous feel of the dress, so for the first time ever, I tried a braid. At first we added a hair piece, but it made the braid so long and full it felt unnatural, so last minute right before I was due on stage, we whipped it out and threw together a new braid. I love how it turned out!
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The Designer Behind Olivia Palermo’s Sunny Look: “I Love Her Ability to Make a Style Completely Her Own”Apr 11, 2013 @ 10:30 am
Olivia Palermo brightened up the New Yorkers for Children Spring Dinner Dance in this sunny design—“I feel like Big Bird!” she told InStyle.com—and also brightened the day of its designer, Katie Ermilio. “She’s one of the younger designers I really want to support,” Palermo said of why she chose the look, a silk cap-sleeve piece with a jewel neckline and tulle-lined skirt, which she accessorized with a jeweled Zara belt and a clutch and shoes by Jimmy Choo. And Ermilio appreciates the style star’s encouragement: “I love Olivia’s ability to make a style completely her own,” the designer said. (Fun fact: Ermilio is the granddaughter of Grace Kelly’s personal clothier.) “She’s always making me see my clothes in new ways which is amazing.” This look also affirms women should be unafraid of yellow: “It’s one of the best colors for spring! Mix up a little yellow dress with a jeweled belt—it makes for a perfect spring date night outfit.” A version of the dress with a shorter skirt is available exclusively at Barneys New York ($2,750 at barneys.com).
Plus, see the rest of Olivia’s best looks ever!
InStyle‘s editors scoured the racks for the perfect spring accessories—and this is one you should definitely add to your list: a black statement tote. While the piece is an obvious classic, it’s also the perfect match to spring’s bold graphic prints (like these Marc Jacobs‘ stripes) that you wouldn’t want to distract from with an equally grabby accessory. To try the look yourself, pick up this Zara bowler, available for $90 at zara.com.
Plus, see more spring accessories we love!
“I love peplums!” Maria Menounos told InStyle.com when she showed off her peplum top at the L.A. launch of Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s charity, Tie the Knot. Her outfit for the bash was quick, easy, and simple—“it’s a little peplum action with cute pants, which I love,” she said—and most importantly, wallet-friendly. Her Forever 21 pants cost $17 (visit forever21.com for a list of stores), while her Zara top can be found for $99.90 at zara.com.
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— Lindzi Scharf
Just like her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton is getting in the fall spirit by shopping her closet. The red animal-print dress the royal-in-law and soon-to-be author wore to party with her sister at Loulou’s in London this week, is actually a look from Zara that we first spotted her wearing last November. This week, she paired the dress with a short blazer, Comptoir des Cotonniers’ Nelle boot, and a camel bag, though we much prefer the original debut, with black knee-high boots and a longer jacket. See more of Pippa’s best looks in the gallery.