Affordable Aesthetic

By Mackenzie Bath

Whether it is our intention or not, what we wear makes a statement. It says something about who we are, where we’re from, and where we’re going.

This summer outfit is perfect for those refusing to believe that the sunshine will end. Sunglasses ($30) will only be appropriate for a couple more weeks, so for all those Californian students, now is the time. Shades will always add a carefree vibe to your look. These were won in an Instagram giveaway!

She’s not done accessorizing: check out the Sun and Moon necklaces (Icing by Claire’s, $5) — take note, Mother Earth lovers. The necklaces complete the nature theme of this outfit, complementing the roses on the stylish and ridiculously cheap black halter crop top (Wish.com, $2) and the embroidered roses (not shown) on the back of her white tall socks (Brandy Melville, $16). Step up, even socks can be a part of your look. Speaking of footwear, don’t forget about your shoes. She completes her casual summertime outfit with classic black Converse (Chuck Taylor, $30).

Her braids give off a whimsical feel, perfect for preserving summer vibes. A little effort can go a long way; it’s not about how much time you spend, but how much of you goes into your style choices. The little traces of elegance, the Swarovski crystal nose stud ($10) and the Rose Gold Watch (Nordstrom, $130), show that she cares about the little things.

Fear not, people don’t care about brands as much as they used to. In fact, they’re impressed by how little you spent on a good look. It’s all about finding the gems within a thrift store of old, drab flannels.

A key part of style on a budget is repurposing things to go with multiple occassions. For example, that crop top could be worn in class or on a date, depending on what you pair it with. Add a jacket and maybe switch out the Ross Shorts (Brandy Melville, $15) for pants or get some tights and you’re ready for some weather. Mixing and matching gets you ten looks for the price of three.

Let’s not forget, an outfit is not complete without accessories, and they don’t have to make a dent in your wallet. Check out places like Claire’s, thrift shops and cheap online stores to get a wide array of jewelry. That way, you can have full control of what your look is saying.

Black Embroidered Rose Crop Top, Wish.com, $2

Ross Shorts, Brandy Melville, $15

Rose socks, Brandy Melville, $16

Sun and Moon necklaces, Icing by Claire’s $5

Women’s black Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, $30

Swarovski crystal nose stud, $10

Sunglasses, free, Instagram giveaway ($30)

Rose Gold Watch, Nordstrom, $130

Whether it is our intention or not, what we wear makes a statement. It says something about who we are, where we’re from, and where we’re going.

This summer outfit is perfect for those refusing to believe that the sunshine will end. Sunglasses will only be appropriate for a couple more weeks, so for all those Californian students, now is the time.

Take note, Mother Earth lovers. The sun and moon necklaces complete the nature theme of this outfit, complementing the roses on the stylish and ridiculously cheap black halter crop top, and the embroidered roses (not shown) on the back of her white tall socks. Step up, even socks can be a part of your look.

Her braids give off a whimsical feel, perfect for preserving summer vibes. A little effort can go a long way. It’s not about how much time you spend, but how much of you goes into your style choices.

Fear not, people don’t care about brands as much as they used to. In fact, they’re impressed by how little you spent on a good look. It’s all about finding the gems within a thrift store of old drab flannels.

A key part of low budget dressing well is repurposing things to go with multiple occassions. For example, that crop top could be worn in class or on a date, depending on what you pair it with. Add a jacket and maybe switch out the shorts for pants or get some tights, and you’re ready for some weather. Mixing and matching gets you ten looks for the price of three.

Let’s not forget, an outfit is not complete without accessories, and they don’t have to make a dent in your wallet. Check out places like Claire’s, thrift shops, and cheap online stores to get a wide array of jewelry. That way, you can have full control of what your look is saying.

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