Good Looks for Less
There is an upside to having traits of OCD (not to be confused with the actual disorder), for me it’s consistency. Taking a systematic approach to life has allowed some ideals from childhood to remain with me to this day. One of those things is my belief that you do not need to mortgage your home to look nice.
Back in August of this year I poked fun at my view of the word cheap (you can view the post HERE). This outlook I carried with me into adulthood and as a matter of fact the only designer clothes I wore came from consignment stores. It’s not that I don’t have an appreciation for high-end apparel, (there is a world of difference between designer and off the rack clothing) however, with a little ingenuity you can look great for less than half the cost of branded wear.
Previously I’ve talked about my inbox overflowing with enticing subject lines from numerous retailers. Each of these email communications are vying for my dollar which can be a good thing in that it provides me the opportunity to be very selective.
So yesterday I noticed that H&M was having a 60% Mid-Season Sale through the online digital coupon marketplace, RetailMeNot, (you must be a registered user to receive RetailMeNot emails). The one thing I should mention here is when receiving emails with significant discounts the merchandise moves very quickly as the retailer is making way for new goodies. I pulled together 10 different pieces (each item links to H&M) ranging in price from $5 to $25. Following are descriptions of the clothing and accessories:
- Knit Sweater
- Coral Knit sweater with a deep V-neck at front and back has three-quarter length sleeves.
- Short Necklace
- Silver colored hammered metal statement necklace in antique-finish featuring tribal print design. Adjusts from 18 & one-half to 21 & one-half inches.
- Trumpet-sleeve Jacket
- Natural white, lined, fitted jacket in textured woven fabric with a slight sheen and three-quarter length trumpet (flared) sleeves. Concealed snap fastener at front.
- Sweatpants in Glossy Jersey
- Light gray mélange, sweatpants made from glossy jersey with a quilted texture. Elasticized waistband with a grosgrain tie, side pockets, and ribbed hems.
- Bootcut Pants
- Black, slim-fit, bootcut pants in woven stretch fabric with regular waist, hook-and-eye fastener, and no waistband.
- Bowling Bag
- Black, lined, bowling handbag in embossed imitation leather with double handles. Zip and detachable, adjustable shoulder strap at top, and three outer compartments with zip. Size 7 inches wide by 12 & one-quarter inches long.
- Silver colored metal chain bracelet with a sparkling rhinestone-studded clasp.
- Jacquard-weave Scarf
- Burgundy, jacquard-weave scarf with fringe on short sides. Size 29 & one-half inches wide by 70 & three-quarter inches long.
- Butterfly-sleeve Dress
- Black with tiny polka dots, jersey lined, knee-length, fitted dress in airy, woven fabric with short butterfly sleeves. Seam at waist and concealed back zip.
- Fitted Dress
- Black, lined, knee-length, fitted dress in woven fabric with cap sleeves and concealed back zip.
Outfit Combination Ideas:
- Knit Sweater, Sweatpants in Glossy Jersey, Jacquard-weave Scarf
- Knit Sweater, Bootcut Pants, Short Necklace
- Trumpet-sleeve Jacket, Bootcut Pants, Short Necklace
- Trumpet-sleeve Jacket, Fitted Dress, Bracelet
- Fitted Dress, Jacquard-weave Scarf, Bracelet
- Butterfly-sleeve Dress, Short Necklace, Bracelet
- Bowling Bag can go with any or all of the above combinations
Throughout the spring, summer and still going strong is the sweatpants trend. You can wear them with ankle boots, heels, loafers or sneakers for a sporty chic look.
I’d love to hear some of your combination faves. You can leave a message in the comments or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.” ~Tammy Faye Bakker
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