The Beer Index: Or, You Know It's A Recession When...

Hemline indexes are so last year — you know, the old saw that the economy rises and falls with skirt length —especially since fashion designers apparently don't read the papers » 10/20/08 3:30pm 10/20/08 3:30pm. So without measuring ladies' dresses, how the hell are we supposed to tell what's going on with the economy?! Luckily for you, the Sunday …

The Complete Idiot's Guide To The Recession

When the market crashed in '29, people were probably kind of shocked. But when our » 10/15/08 4:00pm 10/15/08 4:00pm Recession hit, we were ready! Within five minutes, experts were cranking out lists of ways to stay 'fabulous' on a budget, become a "recessionista," treat the economic downturn like the opportunity for fun and self-celebration that…

Recession Bliss: Is Your Big Day Worth Picking Up Trash For?

Gemma Scott wanted a big wedding so much that when her fiance, Dan, a plumber and fireman, told her he couldn't afford the event she envisioned, she broke up with him. Eventually Dan won her back after the couple worked out a plan » 10/13/08 5:00pm 10/13/08 5:00pm: bartering. It was decided that in their spare time, the two would work doing building…

Slow Hand: Native American Dresses, Forever21, Kilts, And The Recession

Take a look at what you're wearing right now. Chances are it's not gonna give many clues to your personal history; for my part, Levis, American Apparel tee and a thrift store cardigan mark me as anyone working from home on a Wednesday. In this era of fast fashion, whose sartorial history doesn't go much beyond last… » 10/08/08 3:00pm 10/08/08 3:00pm