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Girl you know it’s true - you’d rather look fly than have good credit. Well, if you still think you’re worth it, no matter how bad the economy gets, take a gander at this list of fashion designers that promise to keep you looking so fresh and so clean even in a recession. (Prices as of August 20, 2009.)
Kimora Lee Simmons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fashion Designers Worth Blowing Your Rent Money On
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President & Creative Director of Baby Phat

She’s a mom, mogul, model, and Fabulousity expert. Kimora’s fashion line is completely versatile - a jean outfit can easily go from casual to glam and back by simply swapping out stiletto heels with patent gym shoes, and with size lines that range from girls to plus, anybody can look fabulous with any body. So, is it worth risking eviction in order to look this good? Signs point to yes, according to my personal advisor, the Magic 8-ball.

Baby Phat or Rent?

Spend-o-meter:$9 - $250
Size lines:Girls, Juniors, Plus
Style:Urban, Trendy, Playful, Bohemian
Athletics:Wide assortment of athletic shoes in low, mid, high, and knee-high styles
Moms:Maternity wear, baby accessories, diaper bags
Work Wear:Baby Phat medical scrubs!
Jeans:Several lengths, cuts, and styles available
Travel:New Baby Phat luggage collection
Beauty:Perfume, makeup
Social:Facebook, YouTube, flickr, twitter
Fashion Emergencies:Same-day shipping available

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Creative Director of Liz Clairborne

Born and raised humbly in Detroit, I didn’t know much about designers like Isaac Mizrahi until he and other designers started lower-priced clothing lines at retailers like Target. Very soon thereafter, I was in love. The one thing I especially loved about Isaac Mizrahi fashions is that bright, bold colors, intricate patterns, and rich textures blend with shapes and styles that are still classic. One outfit can easily take you from office to after-5 with just the change of a jacket or handbag. Case-in-point, my current go-to shoe is a pair of goldenrod Isaac Mizrahi croc embossed kitten heels I bought a while ago. They go with my favorite gray power suit, my favorite jeans, my favorite white bermuda shorts, and my favorite little black wrap-around dress.

Isaac Mizrahi or Rent?

Spend-o-meter:$20 - $200
Size lines:Petite, Women’s, Plus
Style:Classic silhouettes, 1920's inspiration, bright colors paired with neutrals
Denim:Classic cuts in classic washes
Athletics:Liz Clairborne golf collection
Social:Facebook, twitter, YouTube
Advice:Click on the "Liz Loves" link for fashion tips

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Vera Wang is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fashion Designers Worth Blowing Your Rent Money On
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American Fashion Designer

I had to add Vera Wang to the list, because I’m getting married and I want to be a princess. *stamps foot* The couture line maybe out of many of our budgets, especially if the choice has to come down to clothes or rent, but never fear. For the budget conscious and the simply broke, Vera Wang brings her fashion sense to Kohl’s in a more practically priced clothing line simply called Simply Vera.

Vera Wang or Rent?

Spend-o-meter:$5 - $Wowzers
Size lines:Petites’, Women’s
Style:Simple yet elegant, jewel tones
Home Collections:For bed and bath
Wedding:Selection of couture fashions
Vera Wang Lavender Label:Medieval meets mod in this urban inspired line

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Max Azria is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fashion Designers Worth Blowing Your Rent Money On
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Designer, Chairman, CEO of BCBGMAXAZRIA

Wow, that’s alotta letters. BCBGMAXAZRIA, AKA BCBG first attracted me to this line with an unbridled use of the colors black and bright pink. They had me from jump. There’s already a black and pink mini-dress with my name on it - but I can’t tell you where because it’s on final clearance and I’m still saving up money to get it and I don’t want any of you buying my dress! Anyway, if you really can’t bring yourself to spend your life’s savings on the BCBG line at Macy’s, there is a lower-priced junior’s alternative available at Wal-Mart.

BCBG or Rent?

Spend-o-meter:$80 - $500
Size lines:Petite, Women’s, Plus
Style:Urban rock, Edwardian influence, Trendy
Formal Wear:Full collection of evening and cocktail dresses
Office Wear:Trendy yet sophisticated day wear
Wedding:Selection of bride and bridesmaids’ attire
Bargain Hunters:"Final Cut" features slashed prices up to 70% off
Social:Facebook, twitter, YouTube

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