Having Money vs. Having Style

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Just because you don’t have a big clothing budget doesn’t give you the right to look fugly! This is the only time I’m going to make this confession, so pay attention. I love clothes, but not as much as I love saving money. It’s not about having moolah, it’s about having style.

Take this outfit, which I had previously shown you in this post. Let’s break it down, piece by piece.

Glasses: $10 for three pairs at a flea market in Tampa’s Fowler Ave.

Earrings: $0. My mom’s.

Necklace: 15 euros (approx. $20) from my favorite fantasy jewelry store, “Venice,” in Montpellier, France. (Venice is the name of the store, as we all know, Venice is in Italy).

Shirt: Must-have basic! $5.99. Marshalls. A plain black t-shirt, 95% cotton, 5% elastic. I own three of these (this black one and two white ones). They can dress up or dress down any outfit.

Blazer: $11. Forever 21. It was on a packed sales rack on Black Friday at 5 a.m., hence the price. Don’t be afraid to really dig in there; you never know what sort of treasure you might find.

Jeans: $9.99. MAXrave. My fist pair of skinny jeans; at first they were really good but the more I washed them the weirder the fabric got. I still got more out of them than what I paid for.

Boots: I can’t remember how much these were, but they were from Rack Room Shoes and could not have been more than $60.

Bracelet: $11. Dillards. I think it was originally $18 but it was on sale :D.

Purse: $$$. Authentic Louis Vuitton. This is more than a bag; it’s an investment. That’s another story for another day.

TOTAL PRICE FOR OUTFIT (sans purse): Approximately $110. I rounded it. It’s my blog, I can do what I want. Not like anybody reads it anyway!

Getting dressed doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Remember that these are the types of pieces you can wear again and again to create completely different outfits. The combinations are endless.  Thanks to stores like Forever 21, H&M, Top Shop or even Target and TJMaxx, looking good is affordable to anyone.

P.S. Looking for cute, cheap shoes? Check out this post.

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