Designers would have you believe that dressing fashionable is a luxury that will cost you a couple of paychecks. Here are a few examples of this summer’s “it” accessories with prices as seen in the style magus:
If paying these prices is within your means, then go for it! If not, never fear. Austinites can find major savings while shopping for comparable gear. Island and tribal looks are seasonally appropriate and what fashion editors are currently drooling over. I visited a few stores that were little fashion meccas.Thousand Villages 1317 S. Congress Avenue,
This boutique is as eco-friendly and trade conscious as it gets. The prices are VERY reasonable (especially given their prime locale) and the cashier can give you a detailed background on each item’s origin and materials. I also want to plug the Austin Fair Trade Film Festival tomorrow (Saturday) at the South Alamo Drafthouse. Just think, you can contribute to world peace by purchasing a chic accessory and catching a movie!! Here are some of their gems:
Total: $ 108Tesoros Trading Co. 1500 S Congress Ave.
Brace yourself upon entering this establishment, which has all the flair and traffic of a street market. Thankfully it’s air conditioned and flows pretty well. The selection is totally worthy of a spin through the store.
Total: $91World Market Three addresses in Austin
Yes, a “big box” has entered the picture. The savings and on-trend fashions are there, so you must give it a chance. I found a number of cute items and took photos of these:
There are dozens of other funky stores with tribal and island apparel to discover, like
Oat Willie’s (a head shop on campus but loaded with Baha clothes & jewelry)
T Kennedy Shop (12th & Lamar)
The Khazana (9th & Lamar)
Ecowise (South Austin)
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