Reader Summer is headed to New York City in a couple of weeks and she needs to know where to get her shop on.To quote Phyllis Nefler fromone of my all-time favorite movies,Troop Beverly Hills,"I've got a black belt in shopping!" You've come to the right place,Summer my dear...

Okay,so it's not so much a style problem...but I couldn't resist solving this one!I shared my favorite places to shop a few weeks ago,so a lot of those same stores will show up on this list.But I'm going to break it down into the splurge-worthy spots,the not-usually-reasonable-but-what-the-hell-I'm-on-vacation emporiums,and the cheap and chic stores you just can't miss.Here we go:


Bergdorf Goodman,Barneys New York,Henri Bendel.These are all in the same-ish neighborhood (up near the beginning of Central Park and The Plaza hotel),and you should set aside at least a full afternoon to make your way through all three.Start on the top floors and wind your way down.__

Kirna Zabete.This is big-league 威廉希尔备用网址fashion--we're talking Lanvin,Balmain,and Proenza Schouler.But there's also a great selection of quirky,affordable goods at the front of the store,and I've almost never walked in there without asking what they've got on the soundtrack.Even if you're not prepared to blow a lot of cash,it's worth a visit just to soak up the scene.While you're down in the Soho/Nolita area,you should also check outI Heart,Steven Alan,and of course,an endless stretch of high-end designer flagships (Marc Jacobs,Chanel,Michael Kors,Louis Vuitton).

Pas de Deux: In my opinion,the best store for casual men's clothes in New York City is definitely Odin.I was majorly jealous of this fact until the shop's owners,Paul Birardi and Eddy Chai (his brother is designer Richard Chai) gave us gals the same treatment with the opening of the East Village's Pas de Deux.They carry 3.1 Phillip Lim,Alexander Wang,and just about every other label that's on fire right now.[Find out why i call it "my ultimate fantasy closet" here!


Rare Vintage: It ain't cheap (at all),but the name definitely says it all.If you're serious about vintage and you love couture,call Rare and make an appointment to dig through their treasure troves of Herve Leger,Ossie Clark,Givenchy,Chanel,and more.



Edith MachinistandDaha Vintage: You guys already got the backstory on my favorite pair of vintage shops a couple of weeks ago--these were once just one store,but now there's twice as much to love!I've gotten the best vintage finds of my life here,including a YSL Rive Gauche top from the 60s (for under $100!) and some amazing riding boots that cost less than $50.While you're down on the Lower East Side,definitely pay a visit toTG 170andFoley + Corinna.

Duo: You've got to do a little shopping day in the East Village (with a lunch stop at Dumpling Man!),and I suggest starting at Duo,where almost everything is under $100 and mostly made by local Brooklyn and NYC designers.You can scoop up more great vintage stuff atCobblestoneson East 9th Street (ask for Delanee and tell her I sent you!),and I haven't found a better place for supercute frilly undies thanAzaleas.

Bird: If you venture across the bridge to Brooklyn (and I highly recommend you do--how else will you get your mitts around a slice of pizza from DiFara's,AKA,the best thing you'll ever put in your mouth!?) then you must hit upBirdin Cobble Hill.We're talking A.P.C.,Loeffler RandallVena Cava,and Acne jeans.I dare you to walk out of there without a package in your hands.


The 25th Street Flea Market: I actually find the "annex" to the original Hell's Kitchen Flea Market to be the one of the best places to shop in New York City.Recent finds: a Mayle dress for $25,a fur stole for $40,and an amazing set of art books for less than $10.I could get lost in there for hours.Bonus--it's been raining like crazy in the city,and the annex flea is housed in a huge garage space,so you won't get wet while you search for buried treasure.

Muji: This Japanese import has a very simple concept: Amazingly well-designed goods at very low prices.You can score everything from a spaghetti strainer to a LBD.A must-see.

__Century 21: This place gets a bad rep because it's crawling with tourists and way too far downtown,but I think they have the best mark downs on designer denim you'll find anywhere.I also scored a pair of Chloe boots and some Alexander Wang sweaters and Ts there recently,so it's worth the subway ride!

I can't wait to hear all about your trip,Summer!Let me know if you need any more info on where to shop,eat,sightsee,you name it...and please send us some photos!What did I leave off the list,dolls?What are some of your favorite spots to shop when you're in New York City?Share!

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