Fashion Week on a Dime
Fashion Week may seem like the perfect excuse to dress up in nothing but fabulous (not quite practical) items, but it actually goes three ways.
1. You want to look stylish, not over-the-top, but unique enough that the street style photographers get excited that you came out of the venue.
2. You have to be comfortable so that you don’t get caught tripping on cobblestone while all of those excited street style photographers are out with their fingers on the shutter button.
3. If you spend all your money on designer items, you won’t have any money left for cab fare, rent or food.
I chose to put together an outfit that was stylish, comfortable, but most importantly – affordable. The ensemble I’m wearing in these photos was under $100. Yes, accessories and all.
I wore slacks in a brilliant blue that I picked up from H&M on sale for only $15. To play up on the color lock trend I paired the slacks with a colorful top that I thrifted for only $5 at Buffalo Exchange. I really love the zig zag pattern because it gives my look a fun twist. The collar was emphasized with the spike chain necklaces I picked up at Forever 21 for $4.
The white coat added a subtle touch without subduing any of the bright colors. I got it for $10 at a Goodwill back home in Virginia.
The blue suede heels with silver wedges were snagged from Aldo for only $40. I almost did backflips I was so excited when I saw them glistenin on the sale rack calling my name. The wedges make them a lot more comfortable than a stiletto heel, but the suede and silver detail never let me sacrific style in the name I comfort!
My bag is a new favorite of mine – I picked it up at Forever 21 for $15. Its neon detail is what sets it off. Neons are hitting the runways and streets, so incorporating a pop of color will always help you stick out from the crowd.
I try to never leave the house without shades on and these tortoise sunnies have a slight cat eye shape that give the look an effortless cool. I got them for $5 near Canal Street in NYC. I topped it all off with a bright red lip and a high bun to seal the chic.
Hope this inspires you to look past the price, and remind you that you ever have to sacrifice style for comfort! When you’re running around in heels, posing for street style photographers, and tweeting outdoors in February, dressing for Fashion Week doesn’t have to break the bank. Stay chic, ladies (and gents)!