Life On Sale – The Under $20.00 Outfit

Over at Life on Sale, Shelly shares her fashion secrets while coming up with the most adorable season-perfect outfits! Secret number one “always buy on sale.” Never paying full price for any of her clothes, Shelly shows us the ins and outs of what to pair with what, thrifty gems, and most importantly how to look great without breaking your budget! We are so pumped to have Shelly right here at OAM!

Lavender and Lace (The under $20.00 outfit)

While out on one of my thrifting days, I came across this gorgeous purple dress. I could tell someone took excellent care of it-not a single spot to be found! I always like to look up brands I am unfamiliar with and googled Gianni Bini. I found a similar dress on a website for 99.00, so the 4.00 I paid was a bargain! Simple solid dresses are my favorite to mix and match pieces with to create multiple outfit looks. I ‘accidentally’ created this outfit when lazily trying on pieces I had bought. I didn’t want to take the dress off, so I slipped on the lace top and was surprised when I saw how the pieces looked together. After finding a new way to tie the bow down low in the front; it was a brand new look. I’ve always been obsessed with lace as it displays my love for all things vintage. I’m glad it’s a current style and even if it wasn’t, you’d still find me wearing it. I paired it together with low cut boots and an over-sized brown handbag for a fall look. The boots were another amazing thrift find at 3.99 for Steve Maddens! I also like how I can simplify the dress with nude heels and minimal accessories, it makes the color stand out on its own. So next time you are feeling lazy, try on different pieces of your wardrobe and you just might surprise yourself with what you create!
Dress. Gianni Bini. Thrifted. 4.00
Lace Top. Express Apricot. Thrifted. 1.99
Boots. Steve Madden. Thrifted. 3.99
Handbag. Lillian’s Shoppe-Free (It was a BOGO clearance deal)
Earrings. 9.99.
LOFT, Total Outfit: $19.97

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11 Comments on “Life On Sale – The Under $20.00 Outfit”

  1. September 10, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    I LOVE shopping at our Salvation Army store. Some of my favorite pieces of clothing came from there – now I’ll be on the hunt for a lace top. Great outfit.

    • Shelly
      September 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      Thanks Emily! Lace tops seem to be everywhere now. I’m sure you can find one at your Salvation Army. I’d love to hear if you find one!-Happy thrifting! 🙂

  2. September 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    LOVED the outfit…Very becoming on you!!!

    • Shelly
      September 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

      Thank you!

  3. sheargeniousfashioneasta
    September 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    I love creating outfits. I have a style I call my own.everyone does. Some are just afraid to experiment. Rummage sales, goodwill, hand me downs, etc. Are fantastic places to refresh your wordrobe with a trendy, fashionable style with out spending. A fortune. Plus you can revamp those vintage and slightly worn items. Love the outfit!

    • Shelly
      September 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

      I completely agree! Thrifting is the best way to create fun outfits without spending a fortune. Plus, it boosts your creativity and makes your own outfit unique.

  4. kendraalyse
    September 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    That’s what I’m talking about. I love it when women are thrifty and creative. I really like this. Now, I’m all inspired to take one of my thrifting trips this weekend to come up with some flattering outfits. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    • Shelly
      September 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

      Yes-go thrifting and have fun!

  5. September 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    That outfit is adorable! i love how you mixed and matched and paired it with those boots.

  6. September 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    The outfits really suit you. And you’re right. Why spend hundreds of dollars? Keep keeping us informed.

  7. October 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Sweet! Love thrift stores and the like 🙂 I got a shirt for .60 cents the other day and the outfit I’m wearing ran me about 8 bucks 🙂

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