5 under $50: Summer Dress
Take the guess-work out of summer outfits. With the simple summer dress, one can quickly and casually throw it on all summer long.
Look for universal prints and colors. If you choose a more trendy version, i.e neons and/or bold prints, it will be more recognizable and you will not get as much wear out of it. Let the summer dress be the base of any ensemble and change it up with different pairings: jackets, scarves, layers (crop-tops/slouchy tees) and accessories. These dresses will be in your closet for numerous summers to come. Here are five favorites all under $50.00.
Volcom ~ Festivus: $45.00
Element ~ Robin Striped Dress: $44.50
BB Dakota ~ Dora Stripe Dress: $49.00 (sale)
Hive & Honey ~ Floral Blousant Dress: $39.99 (sale)
Forever 21 ~ Casual Chambray Dress: $15.50
Easy Breezy: Summer Scarves
This summer leave your statement necklace at home and add a splash of color with a lightweight scarf. This finishing touch is versatile, vibrant and adds an extra layer of style to any look.
From bold, graphic prints to floral bouquets, adding something extra to your ensemble has never been easier. The breezy, effortless nature of a lightweight scarf is perfect for summer. It pulls together a chic look and also acts as an extra layer of sunscreen. Functional and versatile, here are a few fresh new ways to wear your scarves this summer:
Turban: Take a long scarf and tie it into one knot on your forehead, then cross the ends around each other and tuck them in place behind your head. (This look is great for bad hair days)
Mini Caplet: Fold the scarf in half, diagonally, and tie the ends together around your neck – scarf should be draped on shoulders.
Belt: Tie scarf around your waist or weave through belt loops to cinch the waist.
Experiment to find new ways to wear your favorite scarf: twist, braid, tie two scarves together… Here are a ton of different scarf options to choose from, separated into four categories: Stripes/Florals/Brights/Graphics.
Mango ~ Cotton Sailor Style Foulard: $19.99
Juicy Couture ~ Chevron Striped Scarf: $68.00
J.Crew ~ Lemlem Gama Gauze Scarf: $125.00
Marc by Marc Jacobs ~ Jacobson Striped Modal Scarf: $180.00
American Eagle ~ AEO Floral Scarf: $24.50
Forever 21 ~ Floral Scarf: $8.80
Rebecca Minkoff ~ Floral Explosion Silk Scarf: $210.00
J.Crew ~ Printed Summer Scarf in Bold Orange: $59.50
J.Crew ~ Italian Summer Scarf in Belvedere Red: $45.00
Love Quotes ~ Knotted Tassel Scarf in Sunshine: $88.00
Mango ~ Basic Cotton Scarf in Mint: $19.99
J.Crew ~ Italian Summer Scarf in Brillant Purple: $45.00
ALDO ~ Draughon: $22.00
Lucky Brand ~ John Robshaw Vines Print Scarf: $34.99
Tory Burch ~ Ikat Scarf in Turquoise Lucio: $155.00
Tillys ~ Aztec Pattern Scarf in Navy: $9.99
5 under $50: High-Low Skirts
A new style trend for skirts this spring/summer features a unique high-low hemline. The high-low hemline, short in the front/long in the back, is like wearing a mini-skirt and a maxi-skirt all-in-one. This playful look shows the perfect amount of skin without being too daring.
This style is uber flattering on any body shape. The asymmetric hemline creates a lengthening effect that instantly makes legs appear longer. Showing-off a little leg can be an effective way to elongate the entire frame.
Styling these skirts is simple. Depending on the color or print of the skirt, it is always safe to coordinate with pared-down basics. Try a simple tee, tank or my favorite – a slouchy grey sweatshirt top. The high-low hemline provides the perfect showcase for this season’s quintessential shoe. Show off your favorite flats, sandals, wedges or booties.
The high-low skirt is available everywhere in a multitude of colors, prints and textures. Here are 5 under $50:
Zara ~ Skirt with Asymmetric Hem: $39.90
Asos ~ River Island Heart Hi-Lo Midi Skirt: $38.27
Express ~ Hi-Lo Hem Maxi Skirt: $49.90
Forever 21 ~ Sheer Floral High-Low Skirt: $19.80
Nordstrom ~ Rubbish – Asymmetrical Circle Hem Maxi Skirt: $42.00
Mix-n-Match: Spring Suits
Mix and match your favorite coordinates to create the perfect Spring suit. The blazer and short combo is a refreshing way to transition into Spring. From statement making florals and prints to original color combinations, discover new outfit ideas for the warm season ahead. Here are a few pieces that will mix-n-match effortlessly to ‘suit’ anyone.
Net-A-Porter ~ Rag and Bone 42nd Street: $450
Topshop ~ Structured Blazer: $130.00
Net-A-Porter ~ Elizabeth & James Bruce Floral Print Silk Jacket: $395
Shopbop ~ Elizabeth & James Colby Shorts: $235
Forever 21 ~ Sweet Polka Dot Romper: Out of stock
J.Crew ~ Scalloped Short: $118
To The Max: Pleated Maxi Skirts
Add a bit of spring to your wardrobe… and step with a brightly-colored pleated maxi skirt. These pieces are popping up everywhere and are available in the most beautiful colors.
Wear these vibrant spring colors now by coordinating with bulky sweaters and cardigans. When the weather permits – transition effortlessly into spring with a simple tee or tank, sandal or espadrille. Wear a statement piece – necklace/earrings/bag/shoe – that plays with color scheme. Example – turquoise and red, royal blue and yellow, purple and lilac…
The shape of these skirts can often camoflauge the waistline, to avoid this, wear a belt or find a maxi skirt with a different color waist band (yellow skirt pictured).
Topshop ~ Pleated Maxi Skirt: $40.00
Piperlime ~ Hive & Honey Pleat Maxi Skirt: $59.00
Bloomingdales ~ Alice + Olivia – Shannon Pleated Maxi Skirt: $396.00
Shopbop ~ Tibi Maxi Pleated Skirt: $330.00
Forever 21 ~ Pleated Maxi Skirt: $24.80
5 under $50: Party Dress
New Years is right around the corner. A fun party dress does not have to break the bank. Play with colors and textures, accessories and shoes – to complete your perfect outfit. Pair these dresses with a rugged leather jacket or sparkly sequin blazer to add a little something extra. Try a pair of ankle boots or wildly bright pumps – just don’t skimp on shoes, dancing all night in cheap shoes is never fun. From form-fitting cut-outs to leopard print, here are a few ideas all under $50.00.
Lulu’s ~ Sail the Universe Little Black Dress: $43.00
ASOS ~ Exclusive Peter Pan Collar Open Back Dress: $43.63
Forever 21 ~ Love 21 Leopard Woven Dress w/Belt: $29.80
ASOS ~ Dress with Fringing Drop Hem: $32.72
Mango ~ Straight Cut Dress – Caspio: $49.90
5 under $50: Maxi Dress
The Maxi Dress is the perfect way to achieve an ‘effortlessly chic’ look. This dress comes in a myriad of colors, patterns, textures and styles. This item can be casual-wear, paired with flats, flip-flops, denim jacket or a cardigan. Or it can be modified into formal-wear, dressed-up with heels, blazer or a ton of jewels. Available everywhere this season, here are a few pieces that all range under $50.00.
Forever 21 Smocked Maxi Dress: $10.00
Asos Selected Femme Sleeveless Jersey Maxi Dress: $44.32
Heritage 1981 Ruffled Floral Maxi Dress: $29.90
Urban Outfitters Ecote Tiedye Maxi Dress: $49.00
Alloy Erika Maxi Dress: $34.90