Affordable and Elevated

I'm not one to talk about specific price points too often, but guess what? I'm wearing an outfit that cost a total of $100 in this post. That's right! And what I love most is the versatility of each of the pieces.

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The most expensive piece I've got on is actually the Splendid slides, which I purchased for $40 at Nordstrom Rack at the beginning of spring.  I'm not much for trends, but the idea of an elevated flat for a dressier look is definitely something I can get on board with.  I love a good pair of heels as much as the next fashionista, but when I'm with my kids, they are just totally impractical.  And the same goes when a lot of walking or standing is on the event menu.

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This slip dress is from the Who What Wear collection at Target.  I found a lone one left on the clearance rack for $10 in my size.  A plain black satin slip dress? Yes, please. It's such an easy piece to use a million and one different ways.

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For this look, I repurposed the garter belt from a gorgeous pinstriped Marlies Dekkers set that I received from my friend Kate at French Theft Lingerie. It adds nice definition, and kind of gives a nod to the current corset trend. I love the juxtaposition of a piece with menswear details and the classically feminine style slip dress.

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I got this Panama straw hat at J.Crew for $50 several summers back and it is the hat I reach for all summer long. The classic shape of the hat makes it an easy pairing with all sorts of looks. If you treat a straw hat nicely, it will hold up for quite a long time.  Mine is starting to show some wear from times I treated it too roughly, but overall, I have been thoroughly pleased with how well it has survived several seasons of major use.

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My husband saved this silver clutch from the dumpster for me.  It's a great little evening bag! What a shame it would have been for it to go to its eternal resting place when it still has plenty of accessorizing life left in it. It's unbranded, and I have to admit, I like the total mystery of it. A little dash of metallic goes a long way, and this clutch delivers.

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There you have it! An affordable evening look for $100 made of versatile basics. 


J.Crew hat // Target dress (sold out) // Splendid slides // Marlies Dekkers garter belt