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Saturday Night Fever (on a Wednesday)

Robert Tate

• Who he is: Robert Tate

• What he’s wearing: Brown jacket (made in Belgium), butterfly-collar button-down shirt and narrow gold tie, all from Ragtime. “I was at a benefit show [there],” Robert explains. “Someone had put this outfit together and I walked in and said, ‘That’s nice.'”

• Why we love it: Not afraid to rock a little retro, Robert eschews the stuffy, conventional jacket-and-tie look for something infinitely more hip. The patterned shirt, loosely knotted necktie and leather car coat are dressy — but not in a nice-boy-bring-him-home-to-mom kind of way. Someone mix this man a Tequila Sunrise and pop “Stayin’ Alive” in the 8-track.

Try this on

Have a closet full of clothes you can’t stand the sight of (unfortunate gift, cute-but-not-my-color, loved it three dress sizes ago), but not enough spare cash to spring for a new wardrobe? Try consignment stores. These second-hand boutiques buy and sell good-condition clothing, often with high-end labels. Trade your quality cast-offs for credit toward items you really do want to wear. Here are some local offerings:

• Clothes Encounters (340 Merrimon Ave., 251-5651) — Specializes in women’s, bridal and formal wear. Look for designers like Ann Taylor, BCBG, DKNY and Clifford Wells.

• Mine & Yours Consignments (234 New Leicester Hwy., 251-9231) — Specializes in family wear and customer service. Designer labels include Calvin Klein, Liz Claiborne, Coach, Louis Vuitton and Laura Ashley.

• The Enchanted Forrest (235 Merrimon Ave., 236-0688) — Specializes in women’s wear; the store includes a yarn shop (new, not used). High-end labels include Bebe, Betsey Johnson, Blue Fish and Flax.

• Etc. Consignment Shoppe (1500 Patton Ave., 251-1160) — Specializes in family wear. Look for Coach, Louis Vuitton, Donald Pliner, Kenneth Cole and Perry Ellis.

• Excellent Seconds (959 Merrimon Ave., 251-2332) — Specializes in designer labels as well as mall brands with an emphasis on boutique items and recent styles. High-end names include Eileen Fisher, Ellen Tracy, Gucci and Armani.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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