A Recessionista's Guide To At-Home Chic

After six straight weeks of bubbly, baubles and blinding hangovers, most of us are ready to spend the month of January hiding out at home—especially since our party-plundered bank accounts are suffering just as much as our energy levels. But that doesn’t mean we have to give up all traces of fabulosity during the first weeks of 2009. From deeply discounted cashmere sweats to Frette blankets, our guide to at-home chic will make you more excited than ever to go into hibernation mode, only to emerge more refreshed than ever in time for the autumn/winter ’09 collections in February.

Get The Look
Even though we may associate them with Mrs. Roper and our crazy great aunt, kaftans can be the most glamorous form of loungewear—plus they’re economical, doing double duty as beach cover-ups when the weather turns warm. Look for gypsy-inspired versions by Diane von Furstenberg and Tara Matthews.

If you’re skimping on the heating bill to save for next season’s Prada platforms, invest in something cozy to keep warm. Aloha Rag is having a new years sale, where you’ll find Thomas Wylde‘s zippered sweats as well as two-for-the-price-of-one sweater/scarf hybrids by Jasmine de Milo and Golden Goose. If you’re more inclined toward cashmere, Oak has taken 40% off Vince’s oversized cardigans, while 3.1 Philip Lim wraps are 30% off at La Garçonne and APC’s cashmere sweats for men have been marked down at Liberty of London.

As for accessories, Brooklyn’s Bird boutique is hawking Rosa Mosa‘s wool and calfskin slippers for 25% off. Assembly is home to Life with Bird‘s subtle geometric print cotton boxers and Tabio‘s Nordic-print knee-highs, which bring a little bit of cabin living to even the most modern of lofts.

Get The Gear
We don’t expect you to spend the entire winter holed up alone in your designer jammies—there are plenty of bargains to be had in the entertaining sphere as well. Skip a night out at overpriced, overcrowded restaurants by having a tapas fiesta at home. Pick up Sagaform‘s tapas serving dishes and a slightly worn, yet deeply discounted dining table from BoConcept, which is unloading select floor samples in its regional showrooms.

If you’re planning to have guests, be sure to invest in Dean & DeLuca‘s martini set for a DIY cocktail night, and check out ABC Carpet and Home for 40% off upholstered furniture and 30% off TV cabinets. And don’t forget to flaunt your cultural cred with a subscription to Filmmovement, a DVD-of-the-month club dedicated to indie cinema.

And, of course, don’t forget to really treat yourself right with cashmere, velvet or cotton sateen bedding from Frette.

—Erin Magner




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