Petticoat Lane

Neighborhood: East 80s
Type of Place: Handbags Women's Clothing Jewelry

Um...freezing rain? In October? Not funny, Mother Nature. But it does raise an important wardrobe point: The time for shoes without socks, or skirts without tights, is gone for a while. Considering this, I took a look at Petticoat Lane, which specializes in the interesting combination of hosiery, bags, and lingerie.

Fortunately for skirt-wearers who don't want to freeze, the hosiery offerings here will give you a good leg up (pun intended, I suppose!) on your tights collection and are currently 20%, with brands like DKNY, Calvin Klein, and Spanx. Also in this section, I saw brown leggings with adorable button detail at the ankles, from MeMoi, normally $29 and currently 20% off.

Bag-wise, I loved the metallic tote bags made of "microfiber" (not sure what it consists of exactly, but it looks great), for $189, in copper, silver, gold, or black. I also admired Orla Keily's vinyl tote in a lollipop-like print—a brown background with a white, light brown, orange, and blue design. In general, there were lots of yummy fall colors to dive into here; we just need to hope for a fall in which to enjoy them, rather than a quick stumble into the lap of Old Man Winter. Lightweight fall scarves are here too, in pale orange and grey ($49)—wear them now, before we're socked with an unexpected blizzard.

I'll admit that as I type, I'm sitting under a blanket and feeling none too brave about the cold, especially because my landlord doesn't seem inclined to acknowledge it yet with reliable heat. If you, too, are having the urge to burrow under layers even at home, there are toasty-looking pajamas here. And if (brave soul!) you feel like turning the heat up with less coverage rather than more, there's great lingerie (always a personal choice—but I will site for special mention a fun and festive pair of underpants from Betsey Johnson, in hot pink with black polka dots, for $18). Mixing comfort with style is a cozy shrug from Lauren Hansen, in a black wool-cotton blend, $139.

I was on my way out when I noticed the jewelry case by the door—and almost bought a black bangle with a big, brass-studded flower ($25), for which I may well return. There's a small but charming array of affordable bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, perfect to warm at least the heart when there's a chill in the air.
  - Pamela Grossman; Oct 19, 2009

Petticoat Lane
1184 Lexington Ave (81st St)
New York, NY
(212) 744-5344