How to Dress Well on a Budget

If you’ve ever spent a short amount of time on Instagram, or dare I say, get sucked down the Pinterest rabbit hole, I am 100% sure you have come across a fashion blogger or even just a person with really good style. Most people I know think, I would never spend that amount of money on that bag, or those shoes. Which leave them asking the question…

“How can I dress well, without spending a lot of money?”

I have an answer for you, but first let me say those ladies you see on Instagram or Pinterest do in fact dress really well, but I want to ensure you there is a difference between dressing well and have really good style. Here are my tips to dressing well.

  1. Build up your basics if you have a crisp white tee shirt (Target has great ones) and a pair of great fitting jeans (American Eagle has affordable jeans that fit great), that is a great base to a really amazing outfit. The same thing happens if you have that perfect little black dress we all need in our closet (hello Old Navy or H&M), you will be all set for your fancy events as well.
  2. Add accessories now that you have your base outfit, it is time to accessorize. Let’s talk about the white tee shirt. If you put on a scarf or statement jewelry, you have a well put together look! I like to add a jacket because I am always cold, but it also completes your look. You can find fun jewelry from ANYWHERE, Target, Amazon, or even the thrift store.
  3. Focus on fit No. Matter. What. Your clothes have to fit well. There is no way of getting around it. You can have the most expensive pair of jeans but if they don’t fit well, why pay that much for jeans you don’t want to live in? They will be uncomfortable and will make your legs look horrible if the fit is off.
  4. Avoid trends. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good trend, but if you are working on having a great wardrobe add the trends after you have everything you need. Trendy accessories, bags, or shoes will help bring out your personality in your wardrobe. I just have an issue if a person buys a pair of wide-leg fuschia crop pants but you don’t own a pair of dark wash denim jeans or even a pair of black pants. So…. you plan on wearing your fuschia crop pants every day? That’s not going to work in a great wardrobe. So lets hold on the trendy items until we are ready.

I hope these tips help you at least get started in what you need to have a well put together wardrobe. Send me a message if you have any questions or if you need more help creating a wardrobe.

Shop the Look:

Wearing All Black

I love jackets! They may be my favorite item of clothing. But this time of year when we are rushing the spring weather, I like to breakout my lighter jacket. I found this jacket back during the fall Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

When I saw this jacket I really loved it because it fit well with my style. Over the last couple of years I have really had a love for all black outfits. I love the way they make me feel. I love how an all black outfit is so chic and classy.

Of course, wearing the same color every day can get really boring really fast. One way I avoid boring black every day is by not wearing all black every single day. I love it but, a girl needs some variety. I also like to find that having items with embellishments helps keeps things from being so boring as well. These shoes again, some of my favorite this year helps makes the look more fun.

Sweatshirt: J.C. Penny similar here and here ~ Jacket: Nordstrom ~ Jeans: Old Navy ~ Shoes: Steve Madden

Loving Lavender

Every year there is a color that we see over and over, this spring we are seeing my favorite color, lavender. When I saw lavender was the trending color this year, I did a bunch of backflips in my head. It has been years since lavender was back on the map, with that said. Take a look at the widget below to see some of my favorite items form this years trend.

Spring Jackets

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One of my favorite things about spring fashion is the jackets. I have always loved jackets, in my opinion, they just complete any outfit. They are also perfect when you have chilly moments throughout the day. Here in the DC area, I think we have finally entered into the spring season. Que, all the cute jackets.

If you are looking for the perfect jacket for spring think about the type of spring weather that will take place in your area. It rains a lot here in the spring, and some days it’s cold, some days hot. So I like to find jackets that can either be layered over a sweater on those cold days or can be worn over a simple shirt. I also like to wear a lightweight faux leather jacket as well. Whatever your style, any jacket would work as long as you’re warm.

Also, think about the color of your jacket. You want your jacket to go with a lot of your outfits. For me, I picked olive, in the warmer months I wear a lot of navy blue. Olive will also look great with white, black, and even yellow, some of my favorite colors to wear in the spring or summer.

 

Chambray Top

 

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Shirt: Old Navy similar here and here ~ Pants: Old Navy ~ Shoes: DSW similar here and here

Black Cold Shoulder Dress

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I think this may be my favorite addition to my spring wardrobe this year (so far). I tend to have a hard time finding spring or summer dresses that are long enough. I love this dress because it covers my arms.  Dresses on the shorter side with long sleeves adds balance to a dress. I also love the idea that this dress is casual simply because I love wearing sneakers with dresses. Comfort is always key 🙂

Dress: Nordstrom Rack similar herehere and here ~ Shoes: JC Penny similar here, here, and here ~ Sunglasses: Five Below similar here

March 2018 J Crew New Arrivals Wish List

Do you ever go on your favorite clothing website and just wish if you had no obligations for your money and you could just buy everything that catches your eye. If you can shop like that more power to you, I can’t so I like to make a wish list. Sometimes I do go back and purchase my favorites. Today, i’m sharing with you some of my favorites currently at J-Crew. I hope this helps when you all are planning your spring wardrobe. I also plan to do more of these post from other stores I shop at. Let me know if you have a certain store you would like me share my favorites.  Pink Cashmere Sweater ~ Gingham Bathing Suit ~ Leopard Headband

BEST OF 2017 REPOST: Floral and Denim

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Hi Friends,

I hope you all had a great weekend. Honestly, I am shocked I was able to get this post edited and live today. Last week was such a crazy week. I felt like I didn’t even have a chance to sit down. I am glad to start the week off fresh.

On another note, lets talk fashion. This skirt I have been waiting to wear once stockings were no longer necessary. I wanted to pair it with a simple t-shirt and a denim jacket. There is still a chill in the air here hence the light jacket. Plus, I love denim with everything 🙂

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I love to be comfortable! Pixie Pants are comfortable, and they are cute! The first time I tried pixie pants they were from J-Crew. If you are looking for a more affordable option then I recommend you try Old Navy’s Pixie Pants! I bought these last year but they have a very similar pair in store now.

Jacket: TJ Maxx, Similar Here ~ Shirt: Banana Republic Factory ~
Pants: Old Navy, Similar Here