The last few weeks have been expensive; holidays and moving are costly. So this week the theme of the Recycled Restyle is budget! The challenge was to style each outfit from vintage clothes keeping the total cost under $100.
My best find this week was definitely this Pink 50s Swing Coat, a steal at just $36. Not only is it a bargain but the style and colour are very on trend. Pastels are becoming increasingly popular for winter, and this long swing shape is popping up everywhere. To keep this outfit looking modern I chose to match it with equally contemporary items. In keeping with this pastel scheme I chose this High Neck Blue Top.
When creating winter looks with pastels I think it is important to break them up with neutrals and whites. I chose these Cropped White Pants to keep the look fresh and bright. To finish the look I added a pair of Nude Heels with a slight pink hue to match that of the jacket. All four pieces together totalled just over $87–an absolute bargain!
While winter is definitely approaching there are days when the sun manages to peep through. It’s days like these where a careful balance of summer and winter items must be assembled, to make the most of the warmth while still keeping your feet safe from the lurking puddles. This trans-seasonal outfit features this super fun Cruise Ship T-shirt Dress. The print is so quirky, and the primary colours in this dress lend it to layering, so on a colder day you could easily throw a red or navy thermal shirt underneath.
To keep you toes dry I added this pair of Green Quilted Ankle Boots. Quilting is a winter must; it just makes these boots scream cosiness. I added this 80s Geometric Scarf as a head wrap to tie in with the colour scheme of the dress. Scarves are great for autumn. You can wear them as a head wrap to keep your ears warm, or drape them around your neck and shoulders for warmth! This outfit comes in just under budget at $98.
I love this outfit, because it proves you really can look a million buck on less than $100 *cringe*. I’m a lover of all things sequinned and the playfulness of the pattern on this 80s Sequinned Party Dress meant I couldn’t resist. This dress is more modern than a lot from that era but I find that the cut, particularly the sleeves, can date it. I decided to add a jacket to cover the sleeves and to add a more modern, tough aspect to the outfit. I chose this Faux Leather Biker Jacket to take this dress from gaudy to edgy. I chose this particular one because not only was it in budget at $30, but it had interesting tough details like the belt and press stud collar.
Initially I had finished the look with a bargain cheap pair of Red Leather Pumps to come in under budget. As I was writing this post, however, I decided it was looking a bit matchy-matchy so I chose this pair of Black Studded Ankle Boots to tie in with the toughness of the jacket and keep the whole look modern. They were a little over budget but worth it, and the total for this outfit is just over target at $108.