Today's Everyday Fashion: The Look for Less

 
Inspiration: Getty Alex Huckle via popsugar

Inspiration: Getty Alex Huckle via popsugar

 
 
Studded leather jacket, blue ruffle top
One shoulder blue ruffle top, black jeans
One shoulder blue ruffle top
Black tassel earrings, one shoulder blue ruffle top
One shoulder blue ruffle top, black jeans
 

Today's look is all about getting the look for less! I've been loving these one shoulder asymmetrical ruffle tops I've been seeing lately, but not the $300 price tag they usually come with. I found this one for $50, and with a coupon it came to only $35. I love that it has long sleeves, so it works in today's winter look, but can also work for spring with white jeans and colorful accessories. This jacket is another recent score. I had it saved to my "favorites" and noticed it was on sale for $99 (original price $399!). I snapped up the last one. My outfit wasn't inspired by Olivia Palermo's per se, but buying this jacket was. I have so many fun ideas for it. Check out some similar options below!

Top: H&M, $35
Jeans: American Eagle, $41
Jacket: Urban Outfitters, $99 (originally $399 - similar below)
Shoes: Charles David c/o (same)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off 5th, $288 (similar)
Earrings: H&M, $9 (similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 3 years ago. Purse is 6 months ago. Jeans are recent. Top, earrings and jacket are new.

Studded leather jackets on a budget

ASOS  /  Urban Outfitters  /  Forever 21
 ASOS  /  Macy's  /  ASOS    
 ASOS  /  Bloomingdale's  /  Shoptiques

Today's Everyday Fashion: 3 Recent Articles

 
Denim jacket, yellow floral, yellow pants
Denim jacket, yellow floral, yellow pants
Denim jacket, yellow floral, yellow pants
Denim jacket, yellow floral, yellow pants
Denim jacket, yellow floral, yellow pants
 

Give me all the yellow, all the time. (No, really.) Definitely one of my favorite colors to wear, so I was excited to find this top and pants recently. I instantly wanted to wear them together, and in person they did not disappoint (although I expected the top to be matte; its actually a shiny finish). The two yellows match perfectly, and with heels and a blazer this outfit would be perfect for work. Or wear it with a denim jacket and sandals as shown on the weekend! 

Jacket: J.Crew Factory, $51 (similar, similar, similar
Top: LOFT, $33
Pants: LOFT, $42
Shoes: Jessica Simpson c/o Macy's, $59 (samesimilarsimilar, similar below)
Purse: Aldo c/o Amazon, $40 (similarsimilar
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Shoes are 3 years ago. Purse is 1 year ago. Jacket is 6 months ago. Top and pants are new.

Also wanted to share three exciting press mentions! (Click blue links to read articles in full.)

1. The Huffington Post - I was totally surprised and honored to be named one of the 10 best Instagram accounts for "street style and fashion" in this recent Huffington Post article. Ahh!
2. Lake Mary Life Magazine - A local print magazine did a story about blogging and interviewed me and and two other bloggers. Really cool how each of our blogging paths are so different!
3. ShopStyle - I'm one of 5 bloggers interviewed in this International Women's Day article. I shared some thoughts on what makes a strong woman and why I support other women!

My Clothing Budget Update - Past 6 Months

1. Leopard coat, $80 2. Stripe dress, $23 3. Jumpsuit, $20 4. Halter sweater, $12 5. High-waist jeans, $40 6. Leopard top, $15 7. White ruffle top, $43 8. Bomber jacket, $25 9. Ramones tee, $20 10. Pink stripe skirt, $22 11. Dress, $94 12. Jumpsuit, $40 13. Dress, $76 14. Dress, $20 Total = $530

1. Leopard coat, $80
2. Stripe dress, $23
3. Jumpsuit, $20
4. Halter sweater, $12
5. High-waist jeans, $40
6. Leopard top, $15
7. White ruffle top, $43
8. Bomber jacket, $25
9. Ramones tee, $20
10. Pink stripe skirt, $22
11. Dress, $94
12. Jumpsuit, $40
13. Dress, $76
14. Dress, $20
Total = $530

This is everything I purchased with my clothing budget since my last update on August 2nd! I haven't been posting about my budget as frequently, however, I've definitely still been keeping up with it. I find that having a budget is the most helpful tool in making purchasing decisions! It encourages me to plan ahead and consider the big picture. And knowing that I've earmarked money to be spent on clothes gives me the peace to pursue creative expression through fashion, because I feel confident I'm staying well within my overall finances and personal values. (Also see: "How to Set a Clothing Budget.")

These recaps are also an essential part of the process for me - because it's a way to reflect on what I I bought and to find ways to make improvements. Lately I've been making a concerted effort to buy a much smaller number of items overall, and to make thoughtful purchases that I will want to wear for many years to come. Doing the math on this recap, approx. 40% of my budget was used for a small number of big purchases (like the leather jacket, handbag and several special occasion dresses). There's plenty of room for improvement, too. Like the purchases that didn't turn out as well as I had hoped and haven't worn much or at all: #6-7 above, #8 and 12 below, and #2, 7 and 11 at the end.

1. Leather jacket, $150 2. Stripe top, $25 3. Turtleneck, $36 4.Β Plaid skirt, $40 5. Sequin dress, $67 6. Red coat, $58 7. Plaid dress, $40 8. Maxi dress, $20 9. Red sweater, $29 10. Sequin skirt, $38 11. Black purse, $288 12. Lace trim top, $21 13. Black belt, $15 Total = $827

1. Leather jacket, $150
2. Stripe top, $25
3. Turtleneck, $36
4. Plaid skirt, $40
5. Sequin dress, $67
6. Red coat, $58
7. Plaid dress, $40
8. Maxi dress, $20
9. Red sweater, $29
10. Sequin skirt, $38
11. Black purse, $288
12. Lace trim top, $21
13. Black belt, $15
Total = $827

1. Dress, $110 2. Dress, $52 3. Swim coverup, $30 4. Cape blazer, $35 5. Dress pants, $42 6. Vest, $29 7. Bodysuit, $25 8. Tee, $19 9. Jeans, $79 10. Denim jacket, $51 11. Sweater, $34 12. Red flats, $49 Total = $555

1. Dress, $110
2. Dress, $52
3. Swim coverup, $30
4. Cape blazer, $35
5. Dress pants, $42
6. Vest, $29
7. Bodysuit, $25
8. Tee, $19
9. Jeans, $79
10. Denim jacket, $51
11. Sweater, $34
12. Red flats, $49
Total = $555

Overall, I averaged 6.5 items and $318 per month. That's slightly over my $250 monthly clothing budget, but I had 4-5 months of budget saved up and still have a positive balance of $1035. (I treat my budget like an allowance and at the start of each month I deposit $250 into an "account" and then spend as I go.)

How to set a clothing budget

Also - important to note that these budget posts only include things that I purchased myself, that fall into the "clothing" category of my budget, and do not include:
- Stella & Dot items. I'm a 1099 employee and earn products and discounts.
- Items that were returned.  
- Any free items I get from working in the fashion industry. (Although I do return items from sponsors whenever possible - see Disclosure for more info - I also wind up keeping some for personal use.)
- Several athleisure items I received as Christmas gifts this year.

Have you ever set a clothing budget? What are your current clothing budget goals?

My two goals for next time are to keep buying fewer items, and to have an even fewer "regret" purchases!