Extra cash. Who couldn’t use a little some of that? We certainly wouldn’t mind a bit swinging our way… Which is why we’ve put our very best bargain-hunting abilities up to the test: rounding up one workweek’s worth of wardrobe, strapped with only a $100 to assemble each Monday through Friday look.
While we did utilize some of the more obvious budget-conscious and easily accessible fast-fashion retailers out there–namely Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe–we think it’s important to keep your sale-sniffing radar alert to all possibilities by taking the time to investigate your options (stores you may not necessarily equate with ‘cheap’). After all, everyone’s got merchandise to move, especially during transitional periods like these that are sure to save you boatloads of ka-ching.
We find that Etsy is a consistently dependable, fertile, and budget-friendly shopping resource (supporting small businesses too, is a definite plus); the selection is seemingly endless and the price point range is one that can accommodate most anyone’s wallet. ASOS (basically our right hand when it comes to thrifty online shopping) if you didn’t already know, pretty much brings it in terms of quality vs. price. Be sure to designate it as your one-stop shop for any trend you’re feeling up to tackling this season, because their eyes and ears are open to it all–and at prices which are dangerously within reach. Last but not least, how can we neglect to mention the omnipotent, omnipresent Urban Outfitters? Sure, some of you may be hesitant to admit it, but you shop there. We all do. If you live in the city, they occur almost as often as Starbucks and you practically have to go out of your way to not be inside of one. But the thing that usually pulls me in? The sale section, hands down. Sure, a trip to UO can be testing at times, but the bargain-bin dipping is usually pret-ty fine.
So without further ado, we present to you our VG-curated collection of wardrobe-winning savers–compiled from these aforementioned sites–all for less than $500. Are ya feeling the love around here or what?
MOSTLY MODEST ON MONDAY, Bottom Line: $99
Topshop Cream Spotted Scallop Collar Dress, $55; AJ Paul Jessie Leather and Jute Flats, $22; AJ Paul Vintage Sterling and Amethyst Necklace, $12; Jade Elise Vintage Brown Woven Mini Bucket Bag, $10
ART NOUVEAU ON TUESDAY, Bottom Line: $100
Outrageous Rags Handwoven Cotton Kaftan, $60; Montego Bay Club Prenger Strappy Flat Sandal, $20; Babooshka Boutique Phantom of the Opera Turban Headband, $20
WILD LIKE FIRE ON WEDNESDAY, Bottom Line: $93
Insight Kanga Skirt Dress, $60; Forever 21 Sweater Leggings, $15; Deena & Ozzy Studded T-Strap Skimmer, $15; Sincerely Nellie Turquoise Cross Ring, $3
PAINTED BLACK ON THURSDAY, Bottom Line: $98
Forever 21 Lace Yoke Knit Top, $16; Forever 21 Vertical Stripe Skirt, $19; Forever 21 Workman Lace-Up Bootie, $28; Fudu Mudu Triangle Earrings, $35
PATENTED PRIM ON FRIDAY, Bottom Line: $95
ASOS Bell Sleeve Shift Dress, $54; Charlotte Russe Structured Suede Heels, $33; Vintage Earrings Black Velvet and Gold Clip-ons, $8