Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Shoestring Chic

"Furlough" is such a dirty, dirty word. And unfortunately it's one that many of us have had to come to terms with during the economic downfall. Most of these pay cuts don't affect the crucial line items in our budgets - but it sure wrecks havoc on our discretionary spending!

So, I challenged myself. If I had only one crisp $100 bill to spend on clothing for the month, could I create an outfit that I would actually want to wear? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" But there's one caveat: tight purse strings mean taking much more time to research potential purchases than working with an unlimited budget.

(pictured clockwise, starting from upper left)

Forever21, Whispy Rosette Top, $17.80
Forever21, Double Hoop Rhinestone Earrings, $5.80
J.Crew, Wool Twill Club Pant, $39.99
Forever21, Studded Velvet Pump, $25.80
Forever21, Lacquer Wing Cuff Bracelet, $5.80
Total: $95.19

Just enough money leftover for a Starbucks run.

Don't forget to enter to win a glitzy little ring from Forever21!


  1. Did you ever watch that show "Look for Less"? You should bring the show back and be the host. You have quite the eye!!!

  2. No matter what happens, we can always shop at forever 21!

    I love those studded pumps, but I've yet to have a positive experience with f21 shoes, and I don't know that I'd try again.

    The top and the earrings however, will most likely end up in my shopping bag.

  3. Le Sigh of a Fashionista: I forgot all about that show! I wish reruns were still aired!

    LyddieGal: Forever21 can be a godsend sometimes. Although, I wish they weren't overly represented in my outfit above! Oh well. I've never tried F21 shoes, but I don't hear too many things about them. Shoes are probably worth a splurge.

  4. I adore the top. great outfit pick.

  5. Great collection! Furlough is a dirty word! So is staycation! and recession! and depression! you get the jist...! :)

  6. Looking up that gorgeous top right now. Thanks lady!

  7. this outfit is SLAMMIN! Jessica, I really like the Keurig! It makes tea too...lovely stuff!

  8. Love the top! You have to look like a million bucks without spending it! way to go!

  9. This is such a great idea for a post. I love seeing people still live their life on a modified budget.

  10. i love that bangle- it looks like butterfly wings. and the pants are SO cute! i've been wanting a pair of cropped trousers, so these could be just right. ~joelle

  11. I always forget to look at forever 21 online. so smart! That cuff is kind of amazing.

  12. such a cute cuff! i love forever for affordable trendy jewelry, haven't heard the best things about their shoes, but for the price they're probably worth a try!

  13. Love love love that top! I have the forever 21 bracelet in gold and I always get complements on it!

    ps- thanks for the comments on my blog! :)

  14. This outfit is so classy and chic. You make it look so easy!


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