Trendy On A Budget

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Slow Down!

lucite necklaceI have been in a mad dash over the past few weeks to wear the remaining summer pieces from my closet (some still have tags on them!). With a bridal shower to attend, it was the perfect opportunity to wear my newest Lilly dress. I have to say, my Lilly dress collection has grown thanks to Rue La La. Read below to find out how much I ended up paying for this number.

What I love most about this dress, aside from the print and fit, is its versatility. For the bridal shower brunch, I gave the dress a casual treatment by keeping my jewelry simple and pairing it with a T-strap sandal. I could easily wear this same dress to a wedding by simply swapping out the sandals for a pair of silver pumps and adding some sparkle, like a jeweled necklace and bracelet. Remember, versatility immediately reduces the cost per wear, making a purchase worth every penny.

I was able to fulfill my bridesmaid duty that day not only in style, but comfortably. Did I mention this dress has pockets? Somehow, pockets make a dress that much cooler. I was able to keep all sorts of knickknacks in those pockets, making a purse unnecessary. Sadly, it is time to retire this dress along with all my whites. Yes, it’s true, I do follow the no white after labor day rule!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (starfruit yellow wing man jacquard) from Rue La La, $34.90! I could not believe how little I paid for this dress, considering that it was tagged at $298! Definitely keep an eye on Rue as Lilly does make frequent appearances. Here are some options in the meantime: (1) Pim & Larkin neon jacquard strapless dress in green or pink from Piperlime, $22.97; (2) Devlin Strapless Dress from Nordstrom $76 and (3) Kate Spade New York Betsy Dress from Bloomingdale’s, $116.40. Use code BIG20 thru 9/2 and save an additional 20% ($93.12).

Bubble Necklace: I purchased this necklace a few years back from a great boutique in Woodstock, VT. Sadly, it has gone out of business. For a similar look, try this clear faceted bubbles necklace I found on Etsy, $40. Since this necklace is colorless, it can easily be paired with many outfits. Remember, cost per wear!

Sunglasses: Warby Parker, $95. I am wearing the Thatcher in greystone.

Silver Braided T-Strap Sandals: Nine West Outlet, $20. Nine West has a great selection of silver sandals currently on sale. For a limited time all sale items are buy one, get one 50% off.

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