If you’re heading to the Ex this week, don’t miss some of the unexpected highlights. In addition to the tempting presence of Tiny Tom mini-doughnuts (sigh), rides galore and the Iams Super Dogs show, there is also quite a volume of bargain shopping to be enjoyed. FF noted particularly deep deals on denim from Bluenotes (as low as two pairs for $15) and extra-long tanks and tunics at the Fairweather booth marked as low as $2.99 apiece. Lots of shoes, purses, coats and jewelry too — most deals are in the International Pavillion and in the Queen Elizabeth Building (Arts, Crafts & Hobbies).
Regular adult admission is $14 or just $5 after 5 p.m. midweek (Tuesday to Thursday only). More info at www.theex.com.
Early fall hits
It seems that budget retailer Reitmans is just getting stronger every season, delivering solid basics and trend-driven accent pieces in a range of sizes that are stylish as well as affordable. It’s a winning combination, and this fall won’t disappoint. Summer favourites, including billowy empire-waisted tops (some with sashes) and wide-legged trousers, resurface for fall in slightly modified incarnations. Expect to find numerous pretty tops cut to flatter petite as well as plus-sized women — with most items priced below $50. Denim and office-appropriate pants come in various styles that hit the waist at different points — a democracy of fits not always easy to find (www.reitmans.com).
Savvy British import Accessorize, a staple source for fashion-forward stylistas, is once again right on the pulse of all the fall trends. Accessorize offers up a medley of looks for the new season in rich colours and eye-catching silhouettes. Whether it’s an over-sized studded bag, a funky hat, an unusual scarf or beguiling baubles you crave, this U.K. fave is worth investigating. With mini-collections that range from 1970s retro to avant-garde looks of tomorrow all accessibly priced, it’s difficult to leave empty-handed. Besides, as every frugalista well knows, accessories are the quickest and least expensive way to update your style (www.accessorizeincanada.com).