Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Low Budget Style

As promised, I've rounded up some affordable fashion finds for those of you in search of style on a budget. Budget shopping shouldn't necessarily conjure up images of dreary bargain basements and last-season's castoffs. A fashion find is a fashion find, regardless of your discretionary income. As previously mentioned, some of my most stylish friends are those who spend the least on their wardrobes, and I've also seen a lot of people drop top dollar for hideous ensembles. Though it might require a little more elbow grease and thinking outside of the box, savvy shoppers with a keen eye and an inventive streak are bound to find some great deals.

One potential goldmine that's often overlooked by shoppers (and for good reason) is the junior's section at department stores. Though sizes run smaller than for contemporary womenswear, a little adjustment can yield a perfectly acceptable dress or top. Between the racks of too-juvenile looks, one can often find a simple black dress or fitted cable knit sweater at a fraction of what it might cost you elsewhere. Here's a roundup of some easily convertible looks from the teen department:

This lace sheath dress from Velvet Torch is just $48 @ Nordstrom. Grown-ups should pair it with black tights.

Johnny Martin Houndstooth dress, $43.50 @ Macy's.

Kenzie Girl cable knit sweater dress, $68 @ Macy's. Skip the girlish thigh-highs and opt instead for tights and boots.

Kenzie Girl trapeze sweater, $58 @ Macy's.

Photo Credit: 1. www.nordstrom.com. 2-4: www.macys.com

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