INDIANAPOLIS - Fashion is supposed to be fun, but when you are worried about how your wallet may feel after this year's springtime shopping trip, the fun seems to disappear.
With a little searching – and a little help from me – you can find deals for some fabulous items under $50 to create fantastic, eye-popping outfits and liven up your drab winter wardrobe. After all, spring is here and that means it is time to start wearing bright, cool colors.
Outfit: Spring has sprung
Pieces: Dress, shoes, belt, necklace and bracelets
Total cost: $114.25 (does not include shipping if purchased online
This outfit is sophisticated as well as playful. A mixing and matching of textures on a smooth, simple dress creates a look that can work for both the workday and catching dinner or a special date after you have clocked out.
1 - The Dress:
H&M - $24.95
The vibrant green chiffon gives an airy, soft feel to your look. With an elastic waist, you'll feel comfortable whether at work or at play. Bonus: You can still maintain that office-structured style once you add the right accessories.
2 - The Necklace
Style&Co. @ Macy's - $34.00
Blue beads meshed with exotic shells create a chunky look that works well with your color scheme and adds some drama, playing up the vermillion green of the dress.
3 - The Belt:
Forever21 - $4.50
With so much softness going on with this outfit, you need to add some texture. This faux leather braided belt cinches in the waist, giving you a more defined shape while adding needed structure.
4 - The Bracelet:
Need Supply Co. - $14.00
Bring this outfit together with the addition of a handmade set of bracelets imported from Mali. The bright blues, greens and oranges tie the color scheme together, while their braided texture pairs well with the belt.
5 - The Shoes:
Rocket Dog @ Macy's - $37.80
Carry on the silk/chiffon theme with these retro-style Thai silk-wrapped pumps. The lower heel works great for the office, lending a comfortable height with a touch of texture with the layered silk.
Mix and match any of these elements with jeans, or add even more pop with colored tights – yellow, blue or even a complimentary shade of green. You'll get more bang for your buck.
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