ARM'S LENGTH: Clutches are moving from the hand to the elbow, and are growing in size accordingly. This is great news, as oversized clutches accommodate more stuff but still look clean and feminine. Newcomers can test-drive the trend with the faux snake-skin version at Mimi & Red in North Park (under $30), while the BCBGMAXAZRIA's Jimmy Wrap Clutch ($278) is a good candidate for those ready to commit.
PERSONAL BRANDING: What puff paint and fake rhinestones tried to do for custom clothing, Aldo has taken by storm. Their Design It Yourself (DIY) collection offers ideas for how to make baseline model shoes, bags and accessories look like a million bucks. Check out their website for some ideas then visit the shoe and accessory stores in Horton Plaza to make footwear and accessories that are uniquely yours.
IN THE CLUB: Cold weather has come and you're breaking in the new boots, but don't forget that weekends out still call for something sassy on top. Bebe is having an extensive 50% off sale on quite a few racks of select items, including the Metallic Knit Spotted Tank Dress ($63) which will look great on it's own or as a layering piece for fall.
BACK TO BASICS: Leggings, jeans and jackets will be steady staples over the next few months. Stock up by visiting Arden B. and cashing in on the TWO sales they are currently running. First, all jeans and jackets are buy-one-get-one for 50% off. Second, their clearance rack is currently buy-one-get-one for $5 and stocked with layering pieces and $20 denim. Finally, their extra comfortable leggings are two for $28 or $18 each and they come in black, brown and grey.