The enormous Fall issue of Lucky showed up on my doorstep this weekend, and not surprisingly ¬†fashion on a budget was a big focus. One of the trends I especially liked was bib necklaces – they can glam up a tunic for night or give your work outfit a new look, from glitzy to bohemian. If you’re interested in any of the pieces of these outfits, visit my profile at Polyvore for the details (almost everything is under $50!).

Peacock Party Outfit

This gorgeous BR necklace was what originally caught my eye in Lucky, but it’s one of the pricier versions at $150. Still, it would make an amazing piece for a night out on the town!

Punky Preppy

Arden B has a slightly punk version with interlocking chains for $28. I think this would be perfect to give a classic outfit like a pencil skirt and button-down or a sheath dress a little edge.

Bohemian Weekend

On the more bohemian side is this pretty coral necklace from Anthropologie for $38. I would wear this with jeans, a boyfriend tee and flats for a comfy weekend outfit.

Party of Opposites

If you’re into shiny things, this necklace from Forever 21 definitely has the bling factor and could dress up an otherwise plain top.


I found this dress on the clearance rack at Target for $4! I love the plum color, pockets, and the exposed zipper in back. It’s definitely an easy piece to throw on and go out to dinner which is where I wore this with a burgundy belt and Michael Kors two tone burgundy pumps that I snagged at last year’s Nordstrom sale. Very simple but mixing ridiculously cheap pieces with more quality items is one of my favorite style tricks.

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I go back and forth about posting outfit pictures on my blog. I usually don’t think to take pictures even if I’ve put thought into what I’m wearing and I’m actually pretty camera shy. But I like getting outfit inspiration from other the other sites on my blogroll so much that I figured one or two posts can’t hurt!

I got my new issue of Vogue this weekend and it seemed full of Victorian inspired looks for Fall – lots of delicate patterns, lace, ruffles, and a softer color palette with lots of lavender and mauve. It can be hard to pull off this style without looking dated and overly feminine, not to mention most of looks in Vogue are not what you would call recessionista friendly. Here are a few more budget friendly ideas I put together.


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Boyfriend blazers were all over Paris when we were there this Spring, and I definitely think they’re a great piece to pick up for Fall. They go with everything from dresses to jeans and this one adds a casual modern edge to an otherwise very girly look. Plus I’m kind of in love with these dark green boots. The whole outfit costs just over $250.


shoes top skirt cardigan cameo ring

It’s a classic look but the small touches like cut out detailing on the mary janes, cameo ring, and lace and tweed textures are antique without being fussy. This whole outfit costs $194.85 – the tweed pencil skirt is only $29!