You say you want good deals? Skip the outlet malls, and go to Palm Beach in June, when the "season" is over and the rich people have headed north again. Every designer has a store along Worth Avenue, not to mention the Nieman Marcus and the Saks Fifth Avenue that sit squarely across the street from each other; and every store is dumping their merchandise to make way for Next Season. It is a shopper's Shangri-La.
I bought these Kenneth Cole dress sandals:
Kenneth Cole isn't the most hard-core fashion label, I realize, but I love their clothes so I embrace theirlack of status with glee. I enjoy the "gladiator sandal" trend. These are super-comfortable. (update: the edge of the leather is rubbing on my foot! How do I soften the leather so it doesn't slice through my skin?) I don't like wearing shorts with sneakers, as the white-socks/shorts combo looks lame, yet I can't handle wearing sneakers without socks, and I REFUSE to wear ankle socks. Why are you trying to hide your socks? I see you are wearing socks. Just wear socks.
FYI, I did not buy any socks. Moving on--
I purchased a shirt at Hugo Boss:
This is not the shirt I bought. I got a traditional-cut shirt in a really cool blue and white woven texture, with faint little pinstripes. And there were no funky seam-pleats down the chest like this one has.
I'm posting this picture to point out how the new trend in menswear is the tiny collar, to be coupled with the 80's-revival skinny tie. Love the skinny tie, hate the little collar. I will be happy when that fad goes away and I shant be expected to wear it. It reminds me of the collarless jackets in Aliens, when clothes in the future didn't have collars at all. So ugly.
And PS: What's with sock ties for hundreds of dollars?
This is a cheap one from Land's End, but I saw one somewhere for, like, $160. Made of SILK. I could feel my fingernails snagging on the threads before I touched it.
I'm back on the socks theme. They are evil and they must be destroyed.