You don’t have to have a massive budget to put together a killer fall wardrobe, so I’ve teamed up with Nordstrom today to share my top five tips for mixing both high-end, designer pieces and affordable, budget pieces to give you an outfit that looks like a million bucks! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Nordstrom is my favorite online retailer to shop because you can find BOTH sets of price ranges plus those that run in between all on one website.
(Everything linked in today’s post can be found at Nordstrom!)
1. Elevate Your Outfit with Accessories
You don’t need a wardrobe full of designer labels when you can have an arsenal full of fun accessories instead! My favorite way to make an outfit unique and my own is through my accessories. The ones in today’s post like the fur pom keychains and my black round frame sunglasses are trend items that I scored for less than $20 a piece on Nordstrom. Accessories allow you to add in your own personality, and you don’t have to spend a ton on them to make an impact – which is why I love them!
Here are a few of my favorite accessories to fit every budget:
2. Avoid Prints That Are Quickly Dated
Whether you splurge or save on a solid-colored item – even if it’s a basic white tee – you know that it won’t be dated by its pattern later down the road! I mean is anything more effortless and chic than a crisp white button-down? Best of all, it will never go out of style, and there are several variations and price points available, so no one really knows if you spent $100 or $20 on it – keep people guessing! The white, ruffled button-down I’m wearing in today’s post is from Nordstrom by Topshop, a brand that always has designer inspired pieces for less!
I also love these classic white tops:
3. Invest in the Classics
This is a rule that I live by – I never splurge on trendy pieces! If I’m looking at a big ticket item, I make sure to calculate it’s cost per wear first. I basically try to determine if that purse or pair of shoes might only be worn with a certain color or if it might be limited to one or two seasons of the year. If I don’t foresee getting enough use out of an item over time to even out the cost per wear, I normally tend to pass on it. For example, I have a designer bag that I bought 10 years ago that I still wear today – the cost per wear of that item has far exceeded many cheaper handbags that I’ve purchased! The same goes for shoes – even my wedding shoes. I chose a classic Jimmy Choo Luna open-toe heel two years ago that I can still wear with ANY cocktail or formal dress in my closet.
Here are some investment pieces that I think are completely worthy of the splurge:
4. Add a Red Lip (Bonus points for pretty nails!)
Never underestimate the power of lipstick – especially a red lip. This simplest step is one that’s often skipped but can sometimes make the biggest impact. Even if you have your hair in a low ponytail or a messy bun, a little color on your lip can instantly make everything feel a little more polished. (Trust me, try it in the mirror when you get a chance!) Any time, I feel a little amiss or rushed getting ready, I’ll add a quick red lip – and if lipstick is too much, you can dab on a lip stain too!
The same can be said for your nails! Even if you aren’t wearing a colored polish, clean and trim nails are an easy way to appear more put together as a whole.
You know that saying “You’re never fully dressed without a smile?” Well, it’s totally true. Confidence is what completes any outfit, so no matter what the price is or what the label says, feeling comfortable in what you’re wearing and embracing your own personal style is always priceless.
Sorry for the corniness guys, but I truly believe in this last one!
See the rest of this look in today’s full post!
Shop the post:
Topshop ruffle blouse / under $100
Articles of Society distressed skinny jeans c/o / under $100
pom keychains in multiple colors / under $20
black round frame sunglasses / under $20
photos by Jordan Hefler
Thank you to Nordstrom, a brand that I love, for partnering on today’s post! As always, thoughts and product styling are all my own.