Carolina Herrera

If I were a slave to fashion, I might be wearing items from designer Walter Van Beirendonck’s Summer 2006 collection (pictured): a raffia coat, white organdy shirt and fitted orange cotton trousers. But it’s July 16, 2013, and I’m not a slave to fashion, much less a fashionista. The temperature is above 90 degrees, and I’m in a striped button-down and nondescript khaki shorts. Blah as my outfit is, if I were in Van Beirendonck’s threads, I would be shvitzing. Instead, I’ve just spent some time in the air-conditioned comfort of The Museum at FIT, looking at Van Beirondonck’s clothes and scores of other garments and accessories made by the world’s top couturiers, then and now.

New York City shopping can be intimidating, especially when your destination sits on a chic cobblestoned street in SoHo, with neighbors such as Rag & Bone and Ivanka Trump. But Roundabout, the discount and consignment retail store for the financially-conscious fashionista in you, only conjures up a sense of delight (and fiscal relief) once inside. The store is actually 25 years old, founded by Laurie Perren, and started in Greenwich, Connecticut (there are a total of four stores: one on the Upper East Side, the Soho locale, and two in Connecticut).

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