Are you familiar with my Frugal Fashionista Looks for Less series? If not, scan the archives and join me as I show you Designer Outfits for Pennies on the Dollar. Did I mention that 90% of the items are second hand? That’s a Frugal Fashionista at its finest.

frugal fashion thrift store blogThis past month, the typical “clothes switch” began as I put away some summer clothes, and brought out the snugly long sleeves.  One little, lonely, sleeveless dress caught my eye as I realized I hadn’t worn it the whole summer season.  Poor thing, it had been neglected and that situation needed to change before I packed it away once again.

As I put it on, the Frugal Fashionista creative side took over as I thought through just how many looks for less this one $2 yard sale dress could sport.  So often we look in our closet and ask “What Should I Wear?” bound and determined there’s nothing there.  Trust me. I actually thought this as I was preparing for a conference in Chicago. I kept hearing all the people planning their attire. The majority of attendees were buying new clothes for the trip, but I remembered my mantra in a previous post that encouraged “shop my closet and get creative.”  So, I did just that and saved my money for some great accent pieces and accessories to highlight my core wardrobe this holiday season.
This post should really be title “One Dress, Four Looks,” but I forgot to take a picture of the original dress – an elegant, silverish dress that can be perfect for a fancy night on the town or dressed down like these first few looks. To give you an idea of what it would look like strapless, I took the above one in my hotel room. The strapless sleeves on this dress are adjustable, similar to a bra strap, so that I can make it longer or shorter. That’s a nice little feature to have since this would be way too short for my liking.

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This first look is a trendy, sporty, business casual.  Honestly, anything can look great if you have either a great pair of tall boots or a scarf. It’s even better when you have both for one frugal, yet fabulous look.
I’m going to have to admit that I exceeded my typical $15 guarantee, but I guess once winter hits, and a few more layers are necessary, I get an extra $5. J

  • Silver Dress – $2 yard sale (last year)
  • The long black shirt/jacket was a new “splurge” at our local Junior League thrift store – $6=
  • The leggings were actually new from TJ Maxx for only $6. I bought two pair in both black and gray.
  • These awesome Chinese Laundry brand boots were from Goodwill – $4 (last year).
  • The aqua scarf was incredibly inexpensive since I purchased it in Ecuador (so that price doesn’t count), but you can find cheap, yet gorgeous, scarves everywhere for $3-10.

Many looks this fall show boots, then skin, then leggings (as in the second picture above). If you want to give a slimmer appearance, don’t break up the line of sight unless you are going for a real fun, casual look. Look at the difference between the first and second pictures above  – there’s a noticeable difference.

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Since accessorizing can give you looks for less by just changing out a few things, this second outfit (taken really late at night…sorry) shows the ease of transforming a look simply by adding a belt and replacing the scarf with a long necklace. Now, this is a simple necklace, but it would be much more dramatic with a few layers of silver necklaces.

This last look for less shows just how elegant a Frugal Fashionista outfit can be for under $10. By adding a shawl and a necklace as a statement piece, it completely alters the casual look to something we can wear for a fancy evening.
The triple strand necklace was a $5 Black Friday steal from two years ago, while the shawl was a $2 yard sale treasure. Pair that with the $2 dress and some $1 yard sale pumps, the total comes to a whopping $10.

how to tie a scarfAnd this picture is just to let you know I WILL do another “How to Tie a Scarf” post or video. This shows you how difficult it is for me to take any of these pictures in peace. Our dog actually was ON TOP of the picnic table trying to get some attention from me. 🙂