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Photos by Taylor Gardner of Dallastyle
This look can best be described as Courtney Love meets Rihanna and I am FEELING IT. Sometimes “effortless” looks like this can be insanely expensive, especially when celebrities wear them. It hurts me to see how much people pay for a dang t shirt. So for this look I wanted to go ahead and break it down so you know exactly how much I spent and how you can recreate it yourself!
The coat – You’ve probably seen this coat before, but I seriously love this coat so hard. It is vintage (isn’t it weird and sad that the 90s are vintage?) and I could not love it more. Gonna try to make this thing last foreverrrrr. It was actually thrifted for my by Dionne Dean – if I remember correctly, it was around the $50 range. Obviously way more than I would normally spend on a thrift purchase but this one was worth every dollar. The month or two before and after winter are a great time to thrift coats because people are either clearing out to get ready for the winter or clearing out the stuff they didn’t wear all winter!
The t shirt – Sadly, not vintage. I actually grabbed this shirt at Hot Topic on Black Friday for $10. I originally bought it to make it into a cold shoulder top but since it’s chilly I am wearing it as-is for now. I rarely pay more than $10 for a t shirt because you can almost always find them on sale as long as you’re not being too picky. Of course the best deals will come from thrifting but I haven’t really run into too many band shirts while thrifting so keep your eyes peeled! I like buying t shirts from Threadless (when they’re on clearance), Hot Topic and thrift stores if I get lucky.
The bag – This is an old Target find, I got it on sale for around $20. As a general rule, I try not to pay more than $20 for a bag unless it’s designer (and even then I only buy them on clearance or at discount stores like TJ Maxx). My favorite places to buy inexpensive bags are Target, thrift stores, DSW (their clearance bags are bomb), TJ Maxx and Marshall’s.
The shorts – I bought these shorts at American Eagle last year, another sale find. Honestly I can’t remember exactly how much these were but I think they were in the $15 range. I bought these shorts in the middle of summer – if you shop sales you know that often times, sales happen in the middle of the season (not just the end). That means you can buy something and still get plenty of wear out of them before the season ends! Honestly I haven’t had great luck with shorts for my body type anywhere besides American Eagle, but theirs are really great and go on sale often.
The boots – OH, THE BOOTS. I bought these over the knee boots from Boohoo on Black Friday (when I bought these black OTK boots), assuming one of the pairs wouldn’t fit and would have to be returned. I was very wrong and ended up keeping both because shipping them back them would’ve been pricey and…come on. These boots are AMAZING. This is another one of those items where I can’t really recommend anywhere else unless you get lucky thrifting. I’ve purchased great boots at DSW and Target that were budget friendly, but no OTK boots. Boohoo is my fave when it comes to OTK boots and most of the time you can find them for less than $30.
And in case you didn’t want to read all that, here are some great places to shop budget friendly items:
- thrift stores (duh) – consignment shops, Plato’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange are a little less overwhelming since they sort items and choose what to accept but regular thrift stores will have lower prices
- DSW (mainly the clearance section)
- Hot Topic (for t shirts)
- American Eagle for shorts (I like buying jeans there too!)
- Threadless (shop the sales)
- Forever 21
- Asos (especially for basic tees and tanks)
- Charlotte Russe (I buy lots of shoes and skirts there)