Whether you’re in college or not, all of us understand that it’s just not fiscally responsible these days to buy head to toe designer pieces season after season. While I am all for buying high and low and mixing it together, sometimes it’s nice to be able to put together what looks like an Oscar de la Renta to the world but feels like a trip to the Salvation Army to your wallet. With that said, I would like to introduce you, my loyal viewers, to one of my favorite online stores, Akira.
I had the pleasure of working for Akira over a year ago in their warehouse, styling many of their online looks that are similar to those that you will see posted here today. The name Akira originates from one of the owner’s names, Erika, who decided that her name phonetically pronounced backwards (and “artistically altered” a little bit) felt like the perfect fit for a distinctly original name for the stores.
In addition to having online stores, Akira also has unique and consumer conscious boutiques all around the Chicago area. Today I am specifically focusing on what is available on the online boutique so that those of you who don’t live in this treacherously windy city can have a taste of the fun, too. I have compiled outfits from their website, ShopAkira.com, that for under $100 are meant to emulate exactly what you are seeing on the runways and red carpets. Buyers beware though; Akira’s turnover rate is EXCEPTIONALLY high so if you see something you like today, there is a very good chance it may not be there tomorrow. As Erika might say, NUF EVAH! (backwards for those of you slow catcher-oners).