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If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know there’s a magical moment when you go from squeezing into stupid skinny jeans to gliding into roomy, stretchy, weirdly flattering maternity clothing. It’s so comfortable, it makes you wonder, Why don’t I wear this stuff even when I’m not expecting? Don't tell, but we totally do. Everything in Hatch Collection's sleek fall line is wearable for the non-preggo set.
When it comes to jewelry, we’re ordinarily believers in the you-get-what-you-pay-for adage. Not so with Aldo, maker of surprisingly on-trend and made-to-last costume baubles. Nobody would guess that this minimalist necklace costs a cool 18 bucks.
If the name Clarks brings to mind old-man loafers and chunky Mary Janes, it might be time to rethink the shoe company. In addition to its dorkier offerings, the comfort-first brand has long offered footwear that?s remarkably cute. We?re loving these blissfully cushioned stacked booties.
You are not forever 21. In fact, you haven’t been 21 in, like, forever. This doesn’t mean you can’t shop at the teen-targeted favorite. In particular, we find F21 fitness apparel to be way sophisticated and functional. Certainly, it’s of better quality than the price tag would imply.
Forever 21 ($18)
No woman is proud of her tummy-tucking, thigh-firming, boob-lifting garments. But the shape-wear stigma is only made worse by clothing that’s dowdy or ho-hum. With Ruby Ribbon’s chic tops, skirts and dresses, you can girdle your jiggle without forgoing style.
Ruby Ribbon ($129)
There’s nothing cool about a trashy celeb “designing” for a mass-market retailer. (Kardashians for Sears. Ick.) But every so often we spot a collab that’s remarkably on point. Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s: Check.
Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s ($36)
What? Stop laughing. The for-dudes section of everyone?s favorite Swedish import stocks really cool accessories. Nobody has to know you didn?t get this leather bracelet from a street artisan on the Left Bank.
We can all agree that dickeys are creepy. (Hi, Uncle Herb.) But we can also agree that sometimes you want the look of a high-necked sweater without the bulk of a high-necked sweater. New York sportswear line Veronica Beard has created the unthinkable: a blazer-dickey combo you’d be proud to show off. Hey, if it’s good enough for SJP...
Veronica Beard ($795)
There are certain articles of clothing you’re proud to own. “Oh, yes, this is Hermès,” you might explain. Or, when probed, “well, my Rolex is actually a family heirloom.”
And then there’s the stuff you’d rather not cop to. (Cough, cough: Wet Seal.)
Ladies, you are not alone. When it comes to fashion, we, too, have our secret shame. Because, hey, if it looks good, who cares?
From the high-end coat that’s secretly maternity wear to the rocker bracelet that costs $10 in the men’s department, check out our list of top guilty pleasures.
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