DRESSING ON A BUDGET

Saturday, September 9, 2017

How To Dress Cute on a Budget

OUTFIT DETAILS: SWEATER | DRESS (layered under the sweater) | BAG | MULES, similar

Since becoming a mom my clothes shopping budget has taken a big hit.  I have to be pretty deliberate when I buy clothes and to be honest, sometimes it's a challenge to put together cute outfits on a tight budget. But it can be done! Here, I layered this chic striped sweater over a strappy summer dress to create a Fall-ready and unique look with 3 ridiculously affordable pieces. My entire outfit (not including accessories) is under $100. Read on for 3 tips on how to create cute outfits on a shoe-string budget.

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TIP 1: The biggest key to putting together cute outfits on a budget is pretty simple. As they say in fashion (and maybe in accounting), it's all in the details. So, my first tip is to look for pieces that have strong details. This sweater for example has so many great details. It has stripes on the front only instead of all over, which makes it look more high-end. It has balloon sleeves - statement sleeves are a huge trend this year. It also has wrist cuffs which are perfect if you want to pull up your sleeves, (file that under "petite styling tip" to avoid being eaten up by your clothing). 

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TIP 2: The second important thing to think about is versatility. If you have a small budget, you need each piece to work hard and play well with other things in your wardrobe. This sweater has a great color scheme for Fall and works so well with classic neutrals as well as prints. It also helps to own things that can be worn across a number of different types of occasions - more on that in this post from last week. So, before you buy something, visualize where you're going to where it, and with what. Ideally you can think of something you already own. I find dresses to be particularly versatile because you can style them in different ways for very different looks - love this pretty dark floral dress with flutter shoulders (only $35) which can easily go from now through winter.


TIP 3: Get creative with how you're going to style what you buy. So in this outfit, I'm wearing the sweater over a midi dress, which makes the dress look like a skirt. When I posted this on my Instagram feed, a lot of the comments referred to it as a skirt (and guess what, everyone commented on the details). Another simple way to wear this dress would be to layer a fitted black turtleneck under for Fall/Winter, or wear it with a long open cardigan and these sock boots that go with everything. Speaking of cardigans, this slouchy one's my favorite right now - so warm and soft, and not itchy at all despite having alpaca in it.

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My brown leather bag has gotten so much wear this season. The design is minimalist and timeless. It also lends itself well to different styles of dressing so it's a great as an everyday, neutral bag that won't take attention away from your outfit. It's under $100 and the leather is incredibly soft. You can also see it styled in this post from the Spring.

And shoes. Even though I'm always itching to buy statement shoes, I mostly buy a lot of neutral shoes to make them go the distance all through a season. A pair of chic low heel bow mules are an a must-have. They add elegance to any outfit (and are comfortable for walking). They can even transition into winter with fishnet socks

OUTFIT DETAILS: SWEATER | DRESS (layered under the sweater) | BAG | MULES, similar 

Hope you liked this post - as always, thanks for reading! xo

SHOP SIMILAR ITEMS BELOW (can you tell which is the least expensive mule of the three pairs I linked - scroll right to see the other mules):

2 comments:

  1. On a budget, but very chic my dear! Great styling! Xo Ines
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    1. Thanks Ines! Hope you're having a great weekend! xo

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