$139 (BACKPACK) = $139
When you’ve only got a little bit of cash to spare, it’s best to drop it all on one versatile accessory you’ll use all the time. Go for something really on-trend, like this streamlined black backpack—it’ll instantly update anything you wear it with.
LEATHER BACKPACK WITH METAL CLASP, $139, ZARA.COM
$140 (BUCKET BAG) + $28 (EARRINGS) + $60 (SLIDE SNEAKERS) = $128
A few standout accessories are your best bet here. Another smart move: going with sneakers instead of some sort of boot. Besides being the shoe of the moment, it’s way more affordable than most other footwear.
LEATHER DRAWSTRONG BUCKET BAG, $140, BAGGU, URBANOUTFITTERS.COM; PEARL 360 STUDS, $28, BAUBLEBAR.COM; CLASSIC SLIP-ONS IN PERFORATED LEATHER, $60, VANS, MADEWELL.COM
Budget: $500 $120 (BLAZER) + $69.95 (JEANS) + $115 (DRESS) + $130 (BOOTIES) + $49.95 (CROPPED SWEATER) = $484.90
Although $500 sounds like a ton of money, it’s really just enough for a few solid staples. First, you should focus on great ankle booties and jeans—you’ll wear those with everything!—and then divide what funds are left on a neutral blazer, cozy knit and day dress (which should, obviously, work with the aforementioned neutral blazer and cozy knit).
REVERSE LAPEL BLAZER, $120, TOPSHOP, NORDSTROM.COM; 1969 HIGH RISE CROP JEANS, $69.95, GAP.COM; JACQUARD DRESS, $115, COSSTORES.COM; PETTY BOOTS, $130, SAMEDELMAN.COM; CROPPED SWEATER, $49.95, HM.COM
Source: MSN Living