What happens when you ask fashion heavyweights to scour one of New York’s most stylish neighborhoods for awesome fall looks but only give them $250? You’re about to find out.
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News flash: The Upper East Side is all about glamour. Which is why we enlisted plus-size model Iman McDonnaugh, who has rocked stylish looks for Target, Gwynnie Bee and Lane Bryant. Her posh taste—velvet threads, menswear-inspired shoes for fall—and gusto is perfectly suited for uptown. And she agrees: “Why wouldn’t you shop there?” Yet despite being known for jaw-droppingly expensive boutiques, there are some affordable and cool spots in NYC’s high-class ’hood. McDonnaugh smoked them out, discovering the black-and-white prints and funky wide-leg pants she thinks we’ll see a lot of this season.
Check out McDonnaugh’s must-have fall fashion items below!
Loft striped vintage broken-in tee, $27, at Loft, 1492 Third Ave (212-472-7281, loft.com)
“Black-and-white prints are so fun to layer. Not to mention this top comes in a range of sizes to fit any woman.”
H&M earrings, $4, at H&M, 150 E 86th St (855-466-7467, hm.com)
“Chunky jewelry was all over the catwalk for fall, some of which were chunky pearls.”
Vince Camuto Eliss-trimmed slip-on loafer, $119, at Vince Camuto, 667 Madison Ave (646-998-4444, vincecamuto.com)
“I'm all about menswear inspired women's shoes. These loafers are chic and sharp for a casual day or a classy night on the town, not to mention comfortable!”
Free People Sweet Dream layering top, $30, at Free People, 1319 Third Ave (212-744-0379, freepeople.com)
“Long sleeves are always essential, but this season is all about long lengths, and I mean extra long. I love the cozy feeling of sleeves that fall past my wrists and this top is fully-equipped with thumb holes.”
Zara printed velvet trousers, $70, at Zara, 750 Lexington Ave (212-741-0555, zara.com)
“These printed velvet pants quickly became my favorite. Talk about daring! Velvet is making a comeback and they’re the ultimate fashion statement for the funky fashionista.”
Photographs by Raydene Salinas. Styled by Jessica Lundgren.