Thursday, May 29, 2014

30PlusStyle: The $30 Challenge

The #30PlusStyle Collaboration is back, and this time we are bargainista focused! The aim of this post was to put together a look for our readers that was purchased for about 30 bucks, USD (accessories not included). 

If you've been following this blog, you know that I love a good deal. Yet, this post was a challenge for me. Why? Well, I had difficulty in picking a look that I felt would resonate with readers. Being a lover of vintage style, I decided to go with one of my classic dresses and a few simple accessories. 
Less can be more =)

From personal experience, I know that stylish, quality clothing does not have to cost an excessive amount. 
Because I am primarily a brick and mortar shopper, here's a quick rundown of some options for the bargainista inclined. 

Every major department store has designated times throughout the year to reduce their inventory significantly to make way for new merchandise. When merchandise doesn't move at major retailers, it often ends up at bargain stores such as Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, Lord & Taylor outlet, Dillards outlet, TJMaxx, Marshalls, Ross, Burlington Coat Factory and so on. These stores too also mark merchandise down even further in an effort to make room for new stock. 

And then of course there are a few outlet mall stores that actually sale merchandise from their flagship stores. 
Sometimes the selection can be limited, as a number of retailers have begun making specific items to be sold at their outlet locations.

Finally, there is the thrift store and vintage boutique option. Going this route may cause for additional patience, as well as some prior knowledge of brand name clothing and attention to quality stitching. This is where I come to life! Although I shop sales just about everywhere, high end to low end, thrift store shopping has become a hobby, and I enjoy it ;)

Here's the rundown on what I'm wearing:

Sunnies: Tod's 
Pinstripe dress: Vintage, thrifted $5.00
Belt: Banana Republic, thrifted $4.00
Booties: Steve Madden, DSW $20.00
Handbag: Coach

All in all, with some effort, clothing that aligns with your personal style can certainly be obtained at a bargain! What's your favorite way to score a bargain?!

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  1. Those booties are amazing! But then again so are you! I love this look it's so pretty! I also admire that you are a brick and mortar shopper. I am not, it's probably because I live in Alabama and the shopping experiences here are extremely limited.

    1. Thank you so much Jeniese! These Steve Madden booties are a favorite of mine, and a go-to for so many looks :)
      I need to gather more courage to shop online, you find wonderful pieces!
      There are quite a few shopping options here in Cali- oftentimes too much so!

  2. I have never seen an outfit on you that I didn't love and this one is a true Joi. You look Lovely in everything you wear and I look forward to more. .

  3. Oh I love the idea of this post, I totally agree with the concept that being Fashionable doesn't mean you need to spend lots of money. I'm a shopaholic with a budget so I'm always looking for sales and deals. But yeah I love this look, it's very classic and chic!


    1. I love it: "a shopaholic with a budget"! I shop within a budget as well, and rarely buy things that are not on sale. Thanks Nina!!

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    1. Thank you- I had the same feeling when I tried it on!!

  5. that dress looks so great!! i really like how you styled it to.