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Recessionista Fashionista

How to stay fashionable in bad economic times

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    Remember the good ol' days when you would round up the girls and go on one of those all-day shopping sprees?

    Well, unless you're Ivanka Trump -- or working for AIG -- those salad days are long gone, as everyone seems to be tightening their non-designer belts.

    These days, the goal seems to be finding a way to stay fashionable without breaking the bank.

    Latino lifestyle magazine Cafe spoke with Erin Creaney, stylist and owner of the local fashion Web site Studio-808.com, who coined the term "Recessionista Fashion."

    But Creaney doesn't suggest hitting the H&Ms or Forever 21s of the world and picking up disposable clothing. She says the key is to shop smarter, and a good way to start is by seeking out local designers who make quality items with unique takes on classic looks.

    An example is designer Orlando Espinoza, who has a showroom in Pilsen. Espinoza says the key is finding pieces that can make the transition from day to evening by adding some different accessories.

    At the end of the day, it's all about quality over quantity.

    Find more fashion tips on Cafemagazine.com.