Blissful Style Guide: The Right LBD for Your Budget

Blissful Style Guide: The Right LBD for Your Budget

lbdfromkmart“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.

High-End* Option: Hermes Paris Broderie Hermes Stole

Hermès

Retail Price: $1,025.00

*Awesomely luxurious, but I can’t say I’d ever spend this much on a scarf, even if I was loaded–but I include it for people who can and will choose the higher-end options when they’re available.

 

 

Upper Echelon Option: Jill SanderStole in Cobalt

 

Retail Price: $448

(Current Sale Price: $315)

 

Mid-Range* Option: Faliero Sarti Oblong Scarf

Faliero Sarti Oblong Scarf - Scarves - Barneys.com

Retail Price: $235
*Slightly lower quality but worth the price for a one-season wear.

 

Best Bang for Your Buck*: Scialle Large Unito Royal Blue Scarf

Large UNITO Royal Blue ScarfRetail Price: $185
*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.
Woman Fashion Lady Cobalt Blue Long Crinkle Soft Chiffon Wrap Scarf Stole Shawl
Retail Price: $4.99
*I found this pretty chiffon wrap on eBay for less than $5 with free shipping. Only concern: quality is lacking.

 

How do you choose the right little black dress for your budget? Share your thoughts and experiences (and your relevant links!) in the comments section, below. 

 

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Women’s Shoes Don’t Always Have to Be Expensive

 

outfit_medium_8933ed75-a8d8-434b-8381-d700a6172ebc“A pair of new shoes might not cure a broken heart or soothe a tension headache but they will relieve the symptoms and chase away the blues.” ~ Fashion critic, Holly Brubach. 

She’s right–and we all know it. Truth is, shoes are more important than many realize–they can make or break an outfit.

Women have always loved shoes, and in many circles, they are a status symbol–but ultimately, even though we love all of these beautiful designer shoes, stores like Torrid.com, Payless.com and even the new monthly shoe clubs like the one Kimora Lee Simmons started are offering these deals.

And if you feel like you need the label, you can always dig into sites like eBay (the only reason I own a real Coach purse and wallet–not gonna lie!) and Overstock.com. I also really like NoMoreRack.com for the occasional crazy-good deal.

Personally, I have a slightly wide foot, and that can cause issues–so hey, designers! Hook us wide-footed girls up with a few more options, k?

But I digress…

As you can see from the slide show, each shoe designer’s creation offers a fresh take on the traditional–with some added innovation and twist in design.

More Shoe Tips

  • Cheap women’s shoes are not only affordable but they can be designer inspired and in vogue.
  • There are a wide variety of styles and brands of shoes available for less than $25. Just do your research before you buy!
  • Try doing a Google image search with a pic of the shoes you REALLY want and find similar ones for less.

Keeping these tips in mind while shoe shopping will make you the owner of a huge collection of some wonderful pairs of women’s shoes at cheap prices. Spend some time but less money and you can definitely bag the best picks one could ever find.

And now, for all of shoe lovers, please enjoy our #shoeporn gallery of the day!

 

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