I’m a bit of a budget fashionista. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on one particular item of clothing. There are various reasons why. The first relates to my status as a full time student. I currently average casual to part time hours at my retail job and therefore if I was to buy everything I liked then there would be a lot of weeks where I don’t save anything. Unlike a lot of Gen Y people, I am actually interested in saving my money. I’m not one of those people who are like “Oh my gosh, I only have $12.75 cents in my bank account”. I’ve heard these stories sooo many times. Some people work more than I do and appear to have less. Sydney house prices scare me too. Today somebody told me that people basically have to starve to afford a deposit for a house. Although I’m not looking to buy a house or apartment soon, it’s still something that’s at the back of my head that makes its way to the front every once in a while.
I don’t mind spending money on items such as leather wallets or designer watches. After all, these items are of a high quality and they do last a while. I’ve had a real leather Oroton wallet for about 5 years now. If I was to buy a real leather Prada or Givenchy bag I know I could have it forever. But for now, as these bags are a lot more expensive than a designer leather wallet, I’ll save those purchases for later on in life when I work more than 10-16 hours a week.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that although I don’t spend ridiculous amounts of money on clothes, there are some things I don’t mind splurging on and I’ll save the expensive stuff, like a Givenchy Antigona bag in black leather *drool*, for a later stage in my life. I guess you could say I’m a realist, not an idealist. And that I don’t live on credit.
Despite my budget tendencies, I do look at clothing from a WIDE range of stores and designers because they are a GREAT source of inspiration. You don’t need to buy expensive clothes to emulate a luxe look. So, keeping all this in mind, I’ve decided to share some pictures of one luxe top I recently fell in love with and some budget friendly alternatives for it. I also decided to include some affordable accessory ideas for it.
As mentioned in previous entries, I’m a little bit addicted to Instagram and Splice Boutique is one of my favourite accounts. I drooled as soon as I saw the top in the outfit below. I felt as if I was star struck. It’s just so luxe and beautiful. It would be perfect for summer with a pair of colourful shorts or even a plain pair. I would wear it with gold accessories. It’s so versatile it can be worn from day to night.
Add the Following Bag or Accessories…
Or layer some thin bangles like this Sportsgirl Slimeline Clean Bangle $12.99
Almost all the items listed here are under $50! Stay tuned for some more wallet friendly outfit ideas!