Tieland Over the Knee Boot: Stuart Weitzman // BOOT DUPE: A New Day – Penelope Heeled OTK Boot: Target // Reversible Check Cape in Blue: TopShop // Vintage Brown Leather: Coach // Caramel Long Sleeve: Old Navy // Nirvana White Perfume: Elizabeth and James
I’ve always been the type of shopper that pairs fairly expensive items with other pieces that are a total bargain. I’m not exactly sure where it came from, but my family is rather frugal, and we still like nice things. (I guess I literally just figured out where it came from.) It’s not easy to find nice clothes at an even nicer price, but it is possible if you play your cards right.
This outfit is no exception. I’ve paired the hottest trends with my wimpiest wallet and still managed to pull together a look that feels high fashion. I’ve tested out several different ways to get an expensive look for less, and I’ve compiled the list below for all of you bargain babes!
Search the Internet for Trends
I used to recommend getting a magazine off the news rack and looking there, but that’ll cost you an extra $7 and Pinterest is completely free. The best way to go about this is to see a look you like, then proceed to pick it apart saying “how can I make this my own?” I saw adorable $800 Stuart Weitzman boots (which everyone has right now, by the way) and I knew I could find them for less with a little work. Target was selling them for $45 (they’re actually on sale for $38 right now) and they look almost exactly the same! This means I can pay my rent and wear cute boots instead of just one or the other.
Pick Versatile Pieces
I have to admit that this one was sort of an afterthought. It wasn’t until I was linking the TopShop cape for you that I realized it was REVERSIBLE! Picking Items that can be worn several ways make it easier to splurge for the piece. I’d rather pay a little more for a cape I know I love and is multi-functional, than a few pieces that are cheaper but don’t fit as well, can’t be worn as often, etc.
Make Discount Stores Your Friend
It’s fine if you really want those name brand items even though you know you’re paying for the label. You just have to be smart about it! Nordstrom Rack carries high-end brands like TopShop and others at a much more affordable price. Ebay and Etsy also carry quality vintage items like the leather Coach bag you see above!
It’s all about compromise when you’re putting together a look.
Can I see myself wearing this again?
Do I get more than one use/look out of it?
Is it really necessary for me to have this right now?
It’s easier said than done, but it helps you get to your goal: Nice clothes at a nicer price.