Best bargain boutique for trend-setters


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Cash-strapped fashionistas used to be relegated to rummaging through the racks at Forever 21 to find trend on a budget. But FAB'RIK changed all that in 2002 with the opening of its flagship Midtown store. Since then, the chainlet has expanded into a dozen outposts across Georgia and a handful of other states. The original, loft-like West Peachtree Street space is rife with sunlight, gleaming concrete floors and even a little bar tucked into the back of the store for a mid-spree libation — or to appease a restless significant other. A recent stop revealed pretty printed tanks and blouses, an awesome selection of fall jackets from Tulle, and a nice array of jeans like Rock and Republic, Paige and William Rast. While the designer denim may put you back a bit, the rest of the prices fall below $100, including a great selection of shoes running from $28 flats to $42 riding boots. While Fab'rik has all the makings of a fancy boutique, the prices instill the best kind of sticker shock — shockingly low. 1114 W. Peachtree St. 404-881-8223. And other metro Atlanta locations.

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