I just wanted to let you know that posting is going to be very, very light this week - that is, if I have the opportunity to post at all. Between getting sick and moving, I haven't had the time to blog this week so far.
I'm going on a trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico in May for work. There is an awards night and the dress code is informal. I'm having a hard time finding something that is dressy enough without being over the top. I'm 5'8, 160 lbs, and a size 12. I have dark brown hair, blue eyes, and medium (olive-ish) skin tone. I'm curvy, but heavier on bottom. I like heels, but prefer them to not be too high. There aren't any colors I just hate to wear, but I do love the peachy/coral and the jade green I'm seeing everywhere. I'm a mom, so I tend to dress more conservatively. However, I'm only 28, so I still love to dress fun. I love Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston's classic style. Please help!
I hope that this outfit meets all of your expectations. It costs $94.29 and comes from Delia's, Forever 21, DSW and Topshop.
Heather's sleek black look is so versatile - with a different shirt, it's perfect for work. Then swap it out for her sexy cami and it's an adorable evening outfit! Get her look for a steal from Kohl's, Arden B, $15 Store and Metrostyle.
Sienna takes a summery dress and makes it perfect for cooler weather with the addition of tights, booties and a fuzzy jacket. Get a frugal version of this look from Forever 21, Target and Urban Outfitters.
My husband's colleague just bought a new condo, and we've been invited to his housewarming party. The condo is a very modern loft in a high-rise building downtown, so I want to look appropriate, but the party is fairly casual. I'm thinking of wearing a simple dress with tights, but I'm stuck beyond that. Any suggestions?
This mod-inspired look is just perfect for the party. It comes from Boden, Forever 21 and Nine West and costs just $97.58.
Olivia always adds something unexpected to her outfit - this time it's the yellow suede pumps - and it always works! Get her look for less with affordable items from Macy's, Urban Outfitters and $15 Store.
My husband and I will be baptizing our daughter this year. My problem is, I have absolutely no idea on what to wear. She will be baptized into the Roman Catholic faith in the height of the summer. I anticipate the weather to be in the 80's-110's. What can I wear that is fashionable and can keep me cool but is still church appropriate?
This dress is conservative enough for church but it'll keep you comfy in those hot summer temps. The outfit costs $99.50 and comes from Ruche, Wet Seal, ASOS and DSW.
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A khaki safari shirtdress is one of those classic pieces that never goes out of style, and Michelle looks adorable in hers. Get her look for less with items from NY & Company, Famous Footwear and Forever 21.
I'm heading to the SXSW Music Festival in Austin this week. I'm 27, and will spend most of my time looking around for free day parties with a group of friends - but I also have a day date planned so I want to feel feminine and hip. (I love Drew Barrymore's style as well as Mandy Moore's.) People have recommended dressing comfortably to SXSW, but, I'm lost when it comes to my outfit. I'm 5'3", a size 12 and have an oval shape. I usually feel best in cardigans and jeans or a skirt, but spring outfits totally stump me so I'd really appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!
This look is perfect for SXSW - it's comfy yet hip, and will easily work for all of your events. It comes from Ruche, Alloy, Urban Outfitters, Target and Forever 21, and it costs $95.57.
I've got an issue. I'm throwing my mom a surprise 50th Birthday party and I know I want to a dress or tunic with a pair of black leggings. I'm self conscious about showing my DRY legs so I'm opting for leggings. I need help on what type of footwear go better with this outfit. Please help!
I know that you've asked for leggings, but in my opinion, a pair of opaque tights will be much more sophisticated and upscale, perfect for such an event. But, if you like, you can easily swap out the tights for leggings. This look comes from Old Navy, Topshop, Bluefly, and Swell and costs $99.29.
Like Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Lawrence is another red carpet newbie who really made an impression on the red carpet this awards season. I look forward to seeing what else she comes up with, and if this bold red dress is any clue, we're in for a good run! Get Jennifer's look for less with pieces from ASOS, Nordstrom and Forever 21.
My girlfriend and I are in the initial stages of planning a sneaky elopement to NH to get gay married, shhhhhh....! She's going to get a tux, but I need to find a cute white summery dress. I'm 5' 8" with a short, extra busty torso, broad shoulders, and really long legs. I can't wear anything strapless without flashing unflattering amounts of the girls, and I prefer wide shoulder straps so I can wear my industrial strength bra. I wear a 16W - 18W. Also, she's 4 inches shorter than me, and I don't want to tower over her, so I need little kitten heels or cute flats. We just bought a house, so we need to do this on the cheap! Help me!!
Congrats on your upcoming nuptials! This soft, romantic ensemble will pop against your girlfriend's tux. This look comes from eShakti, Target, Forever 21 and ASOS and costs $94.88.
It's been quite a while since we've seen Agyness 'round these parts, and I have to say, I'm impressed. This is a very clean and sophisticated look for her, and that green bag is just fab. Get her look for less with items from Boscov's, Kohl's, Famous Footwear and $15 Store.
I go to a small technical college, and I'm an adult student (30). I was wondering if you could give me some ideas on what to wear for spring that looks stylish, but not over the top. I look young for my age, but I can't pull off some of the younger trends. Although they are great, higher heels look out of place in the classroom. I'm apple shaped, and not quite plus size but I'm no stick either. Any ideas?
You'll fit right in and be comfortable in this outfit. It's polished but still young and stylish. It comes from Forever 21, Macy's, Nordstrom, Alloy and ASOS and costs just $94.45.
Please allow me to take a break from frugal fashions to discuss something much more important. Layla is a woman I met through another blog that I write for. She needs our help, and this is her story:
One month after her 30th birthday, Layla was diagnosed with early stage cervical cancer (1A Adenocarcinoma). She was extraordinarily lucky that it was caught early, and had a simple surgery to remove the cancerous cells.
Three years later, Layla was in horrible pain that affected nearly every aspect of her life. Temporarily uninsured due to a job change, she paid out of pocket last October to go to the doctor and make sure the cancer had not returned. Thankfully, it had not.
However, her doctor believes that she has pelvic adhesions and Endometriosis due to the previous surgery, but it can’t be diagnosed until an additional surgery (laparoscopy) is performed. The doctor also found out Layla has cervical stenosis, which basically means her cervix has completely shut down due to the scar tissue from the previous surgery. These issues make her miserable most of the time, making simple things like going to the bathroom and menstruation horribly painful, and sexual intercourse impossible. He stated that if she wanted to have children one day, even sperm could not pass through her cervix, and she would have to have intrauterine insemination.
The doctor wanted to schedule surgery as soon as the insurance at her new job went into effect. Her company fired her the day her insurance became valid, ten days before Christmas, plainly stating that it was because of her health issues.
Fortunately, she got on her husband’s insurance, which went into effect February 1st. As soon as she could, Layla scheduled surgery for March 22nd. Then her insurance company dropped a bomb: because she went to the doctor (even as a self-pay patient) within a three month period prior to her enrollment date, they were considering her health issues to be a pre-existing condition, and would not insure any doctor visits, medication, or surgery for 388 days.
When you are in near constant pain and can’t work, 388 days is a long time to wait. The sooner Layla can have this surgery, the sooner she can return to work (hopefully with a nicer company!) and start living her life again. Her doctor has been nice enough to work out a deal with her if she can pay as a cash patient: he decreased the amount of her surgery to $4,000, and the cost of the anesthesia to $500, with additional fees for biopsies of removed tissue to be determined.
The problem is, Layla is unemployed due to this, has used her savings to pay for living expenses and medical bills, and has been denied loans for the surgery because of her unemployment status. She does not have close family, so she can’t ask them for help. Surgery is scheduled for March 22nd, and Layla and her husband are still trying to secure a loan through several banks.
I have a request: I'm 20 years old and attend college in Atlanta. I'm 5'6'', 120 lbs and I have a fairly conservative style (which basically means no style at all). My boyfriend recently told me that the outfits I wear (generally jeans, a t-shirt or tank, and a cardigan with flats) don't really show off my personality. I was just wondering if you had any suggestions for adding some classy flair to an outfit I could wear day-to-day as a college student (ideally, no heels since I have to walk pretty far). I have brown hair and a fair complexion and have been told that yellow doesn't look good on me. Thanks for your help!
Here is an outfit that will help you to update your style without venturing too far from your comfort zone. It's still a cardigan with flats, but the puffed sleeves, the subtle sequins on the tank, the floral shoes, and the black skinny pants instead of jeans bring the style up a few notches. It costs $99.58 and comes from Delia's, Aeropostale, Wet Seal and Sephora.
This morning, I teased a big birthday announcement, and here it is:
Fashion Under $100 now has a secondhand store!
It's always been a dream of my mother's and mine to open up a thrift store, where fashionistas can get stylish clothes for a low, low price, and we decided - why wait? So, the Fashion Under $100 Store is now up and running!
Our inventory is pretty small right now, but don't worry - we'll be adding new items every week. Right now, we've already got some dresses, tops, sweaters, shoes and handbags listed, and there are more on the way!
For questions about the store, shipping, etc., check out our store policies, and feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Hailee Steinfeld has emerged as one of my favorite fashionistas of the season - and she's only 14! This is how a teenager should dress (are you listening, Taylor Momsen?). Get Hailee's look for a steal with pieces from Forever 21 and Modcloth.
I've been invited to a St. Patrick's Day party. It will be at someone's home - casual, nothing formal. Of course we are required to wear green! I want to look hot & classy, but age appropriate as I'm 41. My go to outfit is jeans (straight leg or boot cut & dark wash) wedge or heels and a top. First I thought about wearing a kelly green polo or my "lady luck" t-shirt, but I'd like to step it up with a cute top. It can be short, quarter length or long sleeve. It can accentuate my chest, but camouflage my mid section. Temps will probably be in the 50s or 60s so no need for a heavy sweater or jacket. I'm open to any suggestions you can offer.
I'll be honest: I searched high and low for a cute green top but couldn't find a single one that I liked for your party, so I put together a casual dress outfit instead. You'll still fit in perfectly at the low-key party, but you'll look extra special! The outfit comes from Delia's, Kohl's and Wet Seal and costs $96.66.
It's been a while since we've seen Ashley Greene around. She looks fantastic, even in this ultra-casual look. Get a frugal version of her outfit with items from Quicksilver, $15Store, Urban Outfitters and Forever 21.
My husband wants to take me out dancing, and I have no idea what to wear. I'm in my mid-30's so something age-appropriate would be great. I am about 5'2, 110 llbs, more of a pear and very small chested. I tend to wear neutrals, blues and greens. I would really appreciate any suggestions you can give me!
This outfit is age appropriate without being stuffy, and is perfect for a night out on the town. It comes from Ruche, Forever 21 and DSW and costs $97.34.
I am a California girl who will soon be attending a winter wedding in Des Moines, Iowa. It will be my first time meeting a bunch of my boyfriend's college buddies and their wives/girlfriends so I want to look cute and make a good first impression but I also don't want to freeze my butt off. We are leaving in a week and a half and I still have no idea what to wear. Please help! I am in my early 20s, 5'3", slender, and I love heels.
This sophisticated, sexy look is perfect for meeting your boyfriend's friends and dancing all night long. It costs $96.19 and comes from Tulle, the Gap, Forever 21 and Wet Seal.
Olivia has a knack for taking pieces that most of us would never consider putting together and making them look fantastic. Get a similar look for much less with items from Urban Outfitters, Guess, Amazon and Forever 21.