The Quintessential Post Grad Guide to Shopping in New York City

Living in New York, it can be tempting to spend every dollar after rent on fashion….especially if you live or work anywhere near Soho.  After all, that navy suede blazer that you spent way too much on may be just what it takes to get you noticed by the “People of New York” crew or stopped by a fashion photographer!  With that in mind, here’s how I stay stylish without going broke.

Recycle your Shopping Money

Selling those size-too-small Jimmy Choo pumps that you bought at a resale shop uptown can free up some major cash for your next shopping trip.  To recycle my shopping money, I use eBay to sell items that I no longer wear.

Shop Resale Online

When I moved to New York, I pictured being able to leisurely browse through NYC resale shops to find amazing deals on vintage designer and one-of-a-kind clothes.  In reality, this is not the norm.  Although there are some awesome deals to be had (again, Jimmy Choo Pumps), more often than not the markdowns are low and the gems few and far between.

To get around this problem, I use a few quality websites.  A few months ago, a friend introduced me to the RealReal, and now I can’t imagine going back to traditional thrifting.  RealReal offers amazing prices on designer clothes and is very selective with brands and quality.  Best of all, they allow for returns.  So far, my favorite find has been an NWT Alexander Wang blouse that I purchased for $40.

Invest in Staples

A slouchy white tee is quintessential for any city girl’s wardrobe.  One way I make my money and wardrobe go a long way is by investing in versatile basics that can be dressed up or down.  I shop Everlane for all of my basics because of their transparent prices and awesome customer service.  I’m obsessed with their sleek sneakers, ryan tees, and striped shirts.   Best of all, they deliver within the hour in NYC.

Shopping in Soho, New York, New York

Know When to Shop

This may sound obvious, but knowing when to shop in NYC can save you a ton of money.   I plan my shopping outings based on what sales are occurring.  My favorite time is the end of summer.  Some of the best deals to be had are at Reformation, the Scoop NYC (Soho locations), Allsaints, & Other Stories, Cos, and the Calypso St. Barth outlet.

For amazing dresses, Reformation’s sale is my go to!  The brand does an excellent job of creating designs that look flattering on many different body types.  And because the clothes are all made from recycled fabric, your wallet and the planet will thank you!

The Scoop NYC Sample Sale & Allsaint sales are also two of my favorites.  Both stores are great places to find “it” pieces.  Allsaints usually has an excellent selection of leather pieces and Scoop offers fantastic deals on shoes.

For accessories, & Other Stories & COS’s sales are perfect.  Cos offers a amazing minimalist jewelry as well as soft hats and scarves, while & Other Stories’ end of summer sale is the perfect place to find trendy jewelry, bags, shoes, and hats.

While I love shopping at all of these stores, the Calypso St. Barth outlet on Broome Street is by far my favorite spot in Soho.  They offer steep discounts year round, however I’ve found some of my best deals during the summer, like the $19 pair of AG skinny jeans I found last year.  For boho beach clothes and designer jeans, this store can’t be beat.

Although the NYC shopping options can seem endless, these tips should help you sort through the chaos to find your perfect style.

X Smack

Summer days, Brooklyn, New York