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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How to Do Classic Party Style On A Budget

Hey Fashionista!! I don't know what it's like to drip in Kate Spade dresses, or don a pair of Christian Louboutin heels (did I even spell that right???) or wear Tiffany jewelry. An occasional designer hand bag here and there seems to satisfy my thirst for luxury. But I DO know a thing (or two) about bargain shopping (but, um, not haggling. I've been told I'm a "salesman's dream." haha whatever!!) My specialty is picking out inexpensive clothes that appear pricier than they actually are. Not that I'd ever lie about the price. Just one compliment about my outfit makes me gush about how it was dirt cheap at some discount store! I'm kind of an open book -- for better or worse. ;) 

So, when I bought this navy blue strapless dream-of-a-dress for only $16 at Heavenly Couture (Downtown Manhattan Beach, CA) - I couldn't help but find other pieces to complete this classic look that were just as inexpensive as my dress! In fact, this entire look was only $50--- TOTAL!  I bet you can pull this same style off for the same price, Fashionista.  Read on to get all the details on how to do classic party style on a budget!

Find Your Favorite Discount Retailer....There are a hundred thousand retailers worldwide that provide head to toe inexpensive clothes, shoes and accessories that easily stick within a $50 budget.  You don't have to rely on ONE store. Mix it around. Pick and choose from large retailers to small independent local shops.  

My shoes are from Payless - and we're only $12.  My bracelet was from All Yoo - a local boutique in Manhattan Beach; priced at $14. My dress was from another local boutique called Heavenly Couture for only $16! My clutch? That was a gift from a friend. So that won't count in this equation. ;) BUT there are similar ones available for $20 (or less) at large retailers like Old Navy.  

Pick CLASSIC Pieces... Going for a strapless, knee-length dress in a DARK solid color instantly makes this a classic piece. One that could be mistaken for a high end garment.  So when you're scanning a store's inventory for the perfect classic piece, ask yourself: is it a rich color? As in dark, deep tones. Not superficial rich. lol Does this have a simple silhouette?? Is the color solid? Or a simple print? If you said yes to it all, then congratulations, you found yourself a keeper! this outfit was really, less than $50. Point is: If I created classic party style on a budget, you can TOO! I hope you take these two pieces of advice with you on your next shopping trip and make me proud! As always, I love hearing from you. Feel free to email me with your finds at info(at)thefashionistacoach(dot)com!  Wishing you a wonderful day, Fashionista!!

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