$150 Challenge: 5 Ensembles That Are Easy On The Eye...And Your Wallet
MISSION: To create five stylish outfits for $150. STATUS: Complete

Jul 01, 2013 02:53
by Natasha Saroca


What’s your shopping style? Are you a savvy shopper who lives for the thrill of snapping up chic clothes on the cheap, or do you tend to splurge on the must-have buys each season?

Well, here at Missy Confidential, we fall smack bang in the middle: while we love bagging the latest finds from our favourite designers and high-street labels, we also take pride in our ability to hunt down a bargain (or two). In fact, we think our shopping smarts are so top notch that we decided to set ourselves a challenge: to throw together five killer outfits that come in at $150 or less.

The rules? There were only two: as well as coming in on budget (okay, we may have cheated a bit with one of them), the pieces had to be sourced from a mixture of high-street stores, online boutiques and more affordable fashion labels.

Don’t think it can be done? Look, it was tricky, but we’re happy to say that the exercise has proven that it is possible to replenish your wardrobe with a whole new ensemble, without emptying your pockets completely. Oh, that and the fact that we truly deserve our savvy shopper status!

But first, before we get to the finished looks, we thought we’d quickly share some of our smart shopping tips with you:

- Choose one transseasonal investment piece, and then complete the ensemble with other pieces and accessories from affordable fashion chains and discount department stores.

- Pay attention to when your favourite brands go on sale, some start discounting only 6 weeks after new items first become available. 

- Many designers have a premium range, and a diffusion line, which is considerably cheaper. For example, the Leona Edmiston "Ruby" range. 

- Sign up for the Missy Confidential newsletter to get the scoop on upcoming fashion and beauty sales, exclusive new sesaon discounts and VIP offers - this way you won't need to clutter up your inbox with numerous emails from your favourite brands, Missy's newsletter has up to 15 sales per week, so you'll always be able to find something on sale. Also follow Missy on Facebook and Twitter (@FollowMissy) for info on last minute flash sales and exclusive sales previews.  Finally, stay tuned for exciting new members-only offers coming soon!

So, ready for the final reveal? Which less-than-$150 look is your favourite?

 *All prices correct and products available at time of publication.

Shop the looks:

Urban chic

Maison Scotch Sequin Collar Shirt from ecod, $99 (from $139), ecod.com.au; Mix Apparel Side Zip Cropped Trouser in Black, $25, mixapparel.com.au; Rubi Shoes Eva Cut-Out Point Flats, $19.95, cottonon.com; Rubi Shoes Allie Weekend Bag, $5 (from $29.95), cottonon.com; Sportsgirl Molly Round Studs, $3.45 (from $7.95).


Sass Miranda Disco Dress from Freez, $10 (from $69), freez.com.au; Brown Sugar Biker Denim Jacket, $39.95 (from $159.95), brownsugar.com.au; Therapy Shoes Hastings Boot, $59.95, therapyshoes.com.au; Surveillance Hat in Gold from Beginning Boutique, $25, beginningboutique.com.au; Decjuba Rosie Sunglasses, $15 (from $29.95), decjuba.com.au.


Brown Sugar Baroque Keyhole Dress, $59.95 (from $99.95), brownsugar.com.au; Jacqui Zip Jacket in Salt & Pepper, $50 (from $129.95), decjuba.com.au; Rubi Shoes Selena Boot in Blackberry, $10 (from $39.95), cottonon.com; Lovisa Rose Hold Lightweight Chain Link Necklace, $14.99, lovisa.com.au; Lovisa Peach Teardrop Diamante Studs, $9.99, lovisa.com.au.


Skyrocket Skirt from Beginning Boutique, $39, beginningboutique.com.au; Brown Sugar High Low Hem Basic, $19.95 (from $49.95), brownsugar.com.au; Spurr Angie Heels from The Iconic, $39.95, theiconic.com.au; Sportsgirl Kiss Me Love Me Scarf, $24.95, sportsgirl.com.au; Diva Golden Skinny Double Cuff Pack, $14.99, diva.net.au; Equip Bow Ring, $3.99, equipyourself.com.au.


Mix Apparel Long Sleeve Cosy Cable Crew Knit in Cream, $25, mixapparel.com.au; Ladakh Animal Within Pants in Zebra Print from Glue, $35 (from $69.99), gluestore.com.au; Wandering Souls Emily in Orange from Glue, $27 (from $39.99), gluestore.com.au; Forever New Brodie Ombre Beanie, $24.99, forevernew.com.au; Bracelet by Majique (FBM579) from Alibi, $29.95, alibionline.com.au.



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