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Expect to find numerous pretty tops like this one that are cut to flatter petite as well as plus-sized women at Reitmans, our columnist says.

Stylish bargains

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).

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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 (

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Accessorize offers up a medley of looks for the new season.

Accessories galore

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 (

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