Bougie on a Budget – Under $50 Fashion Challenge

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen BeeBack when I was a teenager (we don’t have to discuss how far back that is exactly), I was OBSESSED with magazines. I loved looking at all the pictures of how celebrities put their outfits together. One particular segment I loved was when they would put together an outfit from head to toe under a certain dollar amount. That’s definitely where my love of putting together great outfits on a dime came together. Today’s guest post, written by Vanessa Wood from Green Acres from Paris, is all about that – putting together an outfit for under $50.

Fashion has always been a passion of mine, but it wasn’t until I received an antique dress form for Christmas in 2011 that I decided to start a blog {“Green Acres Meets Paris”} to feature not only my dress form but some of my fashion finds.

I met Lana of Lifestyle Queen Bee through Facebook when she was looking for guest bloggers. I pitched her the idea of an “under $50 fashion challenge,” where I would only spend $50 at one store and then use items from my personal wardrobe to take the outfit from day to night. Check it out!

To fully take advantage of my $50, I went to Old Navy. {Note: This is not a sponsored post.} I had seen their commercials about their summer dresses and decided to head over and see what I could find for this challenge. I left with two dresses, a plaid tunic button-down shirt, and a navy shirt with a screen print of the Eiffel Tower. But the real challenge features the two dresses I purchased.

First up is this heather gray fit & flare jersey-knit dress. I paired it with my Ann Taylor denim jacket and silver flip-flops. I would wear my silver Gorjana necklace, which I received in my Winter FabFitFun box.

Then to take it from day to night, I paired the dress with a darker gray pashmina scarf, my Aldo platform wedge sandals, and a chunky Kim Rogers necklace. Another day look features a LOGO by Lori Goldstein vest {which I purchased at a thrift store in Florida} with my silver flip-flops.

The second dress was this sleeveless cutout-back shift dress in “lost at sea” navy. Once again, I paired this dress with my Ann Taylor denim jacket and my pink Converse chucks. The night outfit pairs this dress with my G by Giuliana Rancic jacket, Me Too! lace-up wedges, and my Laguna Adjustable Lariat necklace from Gorjana {which I purchased at BlogHer #16 in Los Angeles last August}.

For another night-time look, I topped this navy shift dress with a patterned scarf and my lace-up wedges.

I could wear either the plaid button-down shirt or Eiffel Tower t-shirt over my navy shift dress, which would give the dress a totally different look from the once pictured above. I could pair a cute pair of light tan booties with the navy dress for a chic boho look.

Right now, both of these dresses are on sale, and they come in several colors. In total, I spent less than $30 on both dresses. The extra $20 went to purchase the Eiffel Tower shirt (in “lost at sea” navy) and a blue and pink plaid button-down shirt {similar style here}. My total for these four pieces was approximately $46.

My advice is to take advantage of the great sales at Old Navy and purchase several colors and styles of summer dresses. I promise that you’ll wear them all year long if you style your dresses for each season.

Yours Truly,
Vanessa

Thanks, Vanessa for sharing your tips on how to put together some great outfits from some affordable pieces!

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Guest Bio:

Vanessa Wood is the blogger behind “Green Acres Meets Paris,” which is a women’s fashion and lifestyle blog. She has been blogging since 2012 and regularly blogs about fashion, beauty, style, travel, and celebrity styles. She lives just outside of Knoxville, Tenn. She is married and has two fur-babies. Although she works as a Registered Medical Assistant for a surgeon, her real passion is writing and blogging. You can follow her blog at www.vanessahwood.com.

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