When hunting for outfits that won’t break the bank, I make sure to put my money where the piece will be the strongest or the most versatile. In this collection, I focused my money fairly evenly between the dress and the shoes. Why? Because these are pieces that could easily be worn in a variety of seasons, to the office or on the weekend, and can be mixed with other pieces for different looks.
H&M Cocktail Dress: $39.95
Grand Total: $98.95
This look is centered around a lovely, simple black cocktail dress from H&M that could be used in multiple ways in your wardrobe. Is your office a little more casual than other offices on Casual Friday? Skip the cardigan to cover your shoulders and splurge on a pair of dangling earrings or a thin gold chain necklace. Looking for the perfect neutral shoe to wear with a variety of dresses you have for weddings this spring? The White House Black Market slingbacks could be worn with many of the dresses you already own in your closet. Headed to the farmer’s market this weekend? Wear the dress on its own with a floppy straw hat and a tote over your shoulder for instant ease. All together, this outfit is flowing, comfortable, and pulled together for the office, without breaking the bank!