If you squint really, really hard or muster up the energy to open the calculator app on your smartphone, you’ll realize that the outfit I wrote about yesterday totaled at just about $1040. If you did that in your head, here’s some advice: nobody likes a show-off.
Who out there is a student? Who out there is a struggling writer with a sweet, ever-fulfilling day job as a barista? Who out there works a reliable 9-to-5 office job, but, I don’t know, has to raise a child, pay student loans, or make your mortgage?
I’d venture to guess that, actually, this portion of women makes up the majority, if not the vast majority, of readers. I’d venture to guess that, really, this portion of women makes up the vast majority of readers and non-readers. What’s my point?
I don’t have $1040 to spend on a new outfit. Do you?
There are, of course, several key pieces off of which you could base many outfits for many seasons to come–the trousers, especially–but you can do this look in a way that leaves money to spare. Who am I kidding? You can do this look in a way that leaves money to spare to spend on other stuff you never knew existed but suddenly have to have.
My theory has always been that it’s OK to buy inexpensive trendy pieces, because you simply won’t get the use out of them that you’ll get out of a pair of leather riding boots, tailored jeans, or a fitted blazer. However, you still benefit from the same vintage appeal of the fluid femininity and neck tie on the top; the same classic style from the structured, pocketed straight-leg trousers; the same matchy-matchy flats for extra feminine oomph and varied texture; the very same bag and belt. The earrings are simple enough for everyday but modern enough to formally update the classic look. They bring out the gold detail in the belt but in no way overwhelm. Here, you want to accentuate your collarbones, a bare neck, delicate wrists. Don’t overwhelm your frame with too much clunk; it’ll take away from your innate allure.
Whip out that calculator app one more time; bear with me. How much lesser of an evil is this tighter, dare I say, budget-friendly tenue (using French words always balances out the use of the word “budget”)?
You can pick up the entire getup for $121.50. Add the earrings, for fun, and you total at $156.50. I can do that. I can do that, and my boyfriend won’t even get mad at me for ordering dessert at dinner the same day.
Check out how to buy these pieces here.