“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” ~Karl Lagerfeld
Listen up, ladies. You need a little black dress in your wardrobe. I don’t care if you’re a factory worker who rarely has occasion to dress up–you never know when you’ll need to attend a special event, go on a date or even just dress up for the holidays or a fancy family get-together.
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Blissful Style Guide: How to Find the Perfect Little Black Dress Within Your Budget
Here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way for finding the right little black dress to fit your budget.
Shop the sales: Since a little black dress is a timeless piece that can be easily dressed up or down for nearly any occasion, there’s nothing wrong with hitting clearance sales, especially through the online venues.
For example, I purchased the dress I’m wearing in the photo to the right at KMART.com from the Sofia Vergara collection and absolutely love it!
And it was on clearance. (Worth mentioning: since I got such a deal, i also picked up the same dress in an alternate, trendier orange color.) For the record, I also love NoMoreRack.com for stuff like this.
Need labels carefully: Listen, as the proud owner of several “real” designer handbags, most of which were second-hand (and a few hand-me-downs), I totally feel you on the need to have “real” labels.
Sometimes, you need a label–but MOST times, a label is a luxury that may not be necessary.
For example, if you wanted to dress down your look with a shawl or scarf, you could consider one of these options based on your budget.
*NOTE: I consider this one the “best bang for your buck” because the quality matches even the Hermes scarf listed above, but the fact that the company’s not well-known yet means the label can’t drive up the price.
The fine quality and attractive designs of the scarves and shawls offered by Scialle has seen demand for its products rising, and the special deals available mean that those looking to enjoy the luxury of a designer scarf can get a great deal.
“Our scarves and shawls are all of the finest quality, which means that our customers can benefit from great style and a fabulous addition to their wardrobes,” said Jane Cuddehe, Scialle owner and stylista. “Our sale items provide even more affordable access to our fine products, giving customers the chance to enjoy our superb quality at a significantly reduced price. We also offer free shipping, which means that customers can save even more on the cost of their purchases.”
Note from the editor: I’m the first to admit that sometimes, a bargain buy is a better bet than a designer buy. Trendy items that will fade out within a month or two, for example, aren’t a worthy buy for me. But some items are less seasonal and more versatile, especially things like designer throws. Find out why Scialle Shawls owner Jane Cuddehe says designer throws are the way to go, right here.
Reasons Owning Designer Throws are Worth the Investment
But really, is it worth your money to own one or more designer throws? The answer is a big YES, and below are the reasons why:
1. You get to enjoy a throw with timeless style.
If there’s one major difference between mass produced and designer throws, that would be the lasting effect. A typical throw may look old and withered over time, while a designer counterpart may last for years and changing fashion trends without looking off.
This is because designer patterns and styles are made with a touch of strategy. The people behind these covers make it a point to come up with patterns, color layers and other details to make them last for years in the fashion world. With this kind of design, you are able to hold on to one throw and establish a signature style without pulling too much effort.
2. Designer throws last longer-literally.
Another important reason to own such a throw is that you are able to enjoy its durability for many years. Most designer scarves, stoles, and throws are made with high quality materials, so that even if they look and feel delicate, they do not easily tear apart.
Most branded throws are low maintenance; this means you can wash and keep them without using special products and procedures, and still their beauty and durability will linger throughout time.
3. Designer throws help you save money.
If there’s one mistake most fashionistas commit, that would be buying more scarves, throws, and shawls every time the fashion trends change. This only makes them spend more, albeit unnecessarily. You don’t want to commit the same blooper, right?
It would then be a better move to purchase one or a few branded throws in one blow, and from there you get to use them according to your own preferences. Sure, spending for these throws can be expensive, but you are saved from buying more and more throws in the future, as you are already settled with what you already have.
4. You have an ultimate status symbol.
Designer throws are a favorite status symbol of many homeowners, particularly those who are aiming to add a touch of class in their living room. Since throws can be used as covers for sofas and center tables, you can place one as an adornment to your favorite couch.
Having such a throw on your sofa gives the impression that while you may not be after the latest fashion trends, your home (particularly your living room) is able to channel a classy, timeless, and ever stylish look.
When shopping for designer throws, you may want to go with a name that matches your character and style. This way you are able to live up to its designs and not simply follow the brand.
To look like you’ve just stepped off a college campus, add a colorful rugby or striped cardigan to complement a pair of pleated wool pants with a natural waistline.
Save money by digging into your old coed gear at the back of your closet or in the attic–they’re begging to be revamped and worn! Pull out your favorite long, chunky scarf that you loved to sport during freshman year and match it with a pair of skinny denims, add an oversized knit cocoon coat and embrace the warmth and style of the season.
Back to Basics
Covering up your legs this season is a must. Hosiery is a great way to spice up any outfit. Select from a wide range of patterns and textures to accent your look and choose a neutral color palette such as heather gray, oatmeal or brown.
These colors are perfect to mix and match with other pieces in your closet. Eye-catching leggings or especially opaque tights and hosiery can be worn under a knee-length pencil skirt or a tailored pair of Bermuda shorts. Don’t forget to finish the look with an important “must-have” accessory–a wide, woven belt, cinched at the waist–to give you the chic, trendy look seen in all the fashion magazines.
Designers to Watch
If you are wondering which are the best designers to snag these accessories from, fashion magazines have been touting the work of six, hot, talented designers.
Trendsetters Rodarte, Rag & Bone, Vena Cava, VPL, Hanuk, and Brian Reyes have each won the prestigious Ecco Domani® Fashion Foundation Award, a grant given by Ecco Domani Italian wines to the most promising new designers.
These six fashion designers have made quite a splash at Fashion Week in New York, and by simply incorporating just one or two of their designs into your wardrobe, you can look like a fashionista overnight.
And Jane Cuddehe, the designer behind Scialle Shawls, has really been making a stir in many circles with her hand-made Italian scarves and shawls–they are so luxurious that I couldn’t believe she was selling them for a fraction of the cost celebs pay for similar styles.