A designer belt is a great way to posh up a bread and butter outfit. The last two designer belts I've purchased was a GG Gucci belt from an outlet mall...
...and the one I most recently bought is a black elastic Prada waist belt for under $40 off Poshmark!
The thing these belts both have in common is that they were wayyy too big when I originally bought them. You can get a lot of clothing items altered, but the great thing about belts is that they are so easy to alter yourself, or super cheap to take into a cobbler! The Gucci belt was way too long, so I took it into a shoe cobbler who only charged me $5 to add a couple more holes and trim the end of the belt off.
The Prada belt consists of an elastic piece that I had to take about six inches of material away from. I didn't want to actually cut up the elastic band in the event I wanted to do anything different with the belt in the future (or gained weight lol) so what I did is, I sewed u where I would want the belt to end with dental floss, then sewed down the ends for a cleaner look. Almost looks like a bow!
A great way to find some killer designer deals is to start looking outside your usual size!
Yesterday I was walking through downtown San Francisco when I popped into Banana Republic to glance through clearance. I was shocked to find these adorable pendant letter necklaces for under $10! (plus I used my BR card so I got an extra 10% off!) These are so in right now! They are perfect for your own initial, or maybe your spouses or kids. I got super lucky because the store I was in only had the "S" and "E" letters, but there are a lot more available online! They are final sale, so make sure to scoop up your letter now before they sell out! You can shop directly below by just clicking on the picture!
The Burberry nova check pattern is classic and so recognizable. It is also preppy chic and will really elevate your outfit! I always totally related to Blair Waldorf, so I've naturally been growing my own headband collection. I'd been on the hunt for a nova check Burberry headband, and came across this one listed for $50 + free shipping on Mercari. I offered $42 and the buyer accepted! Such a steal for a designer headband in excellent condition.
It's hard to come across authentic designer pieces online, but I actually found two super similar Burberry headbands through The Real Real that you can shop below! They have their own authentication experts so you know you are getting the real deal. Plus TRR is having 20% off with the code REAL right now! These are the only two being offered on the site right now, so I recommend scooping it up before someone else!
But I totally get that spending that much money on one single headband can be out of reach. Below I've linked some other cute plaid check alternatives that also give some serious Burberry vibes! You can shop by just clicking the pics below.
Aritzia Wilfred Ruched Dress [new, $18] St. John Cardigan [secondhand, $18] Nude Block Heel Flats [new, $50] Ralph Lauren Leather Crossbody [secondhand, $1]
I'm not too adventurous when it comes to my outfits or accessories, I like classic and versatile pieces I can mix and match. When it comes to my hair I'm the same way! My favorite hair accessory right now is a tortoise clip or barrette. It's a very easy accessory that goes with any color you are wearing, and very timeless! It gives off a total Audrey vibe.
I've linked a lot of really cute tortoise hair accessories at really great prices below, a lot of which are on sale! The first one below from Banana Republic below I also have, and it is actually a ponytail holder that goes around your hair! It is a really great way to spice up a simple pony. Scroll through the pieces below and just click on any of the pictures you are interested in buying!
I will be the first to admit I love a clean, classic, neutral look, but sometimes you just want to add a dash of something special! And when I am feeling spicy like that (yeah right I can't really handle spicy but you know what I mean) I love to use a silk scarf to tie up in my hair, around my neck, or on one of my handbags. I recently wanted to find a few cute new ways to integrate a scarf onto my purse and discovered a couple cute and fun ideas!! Keep scrolling to see a couple how to dos!
First off, all these cute styles start off by folding up the scarf longwise. Like this!
And from there just tie away!
These first few are SUPER easy but still cute in just seconds:
So easy! **I am definitely NOT a DIY type of person so you can trust me**
The scarf I used is 100% silk AND only $9.99 AND comes in over 14 different colors and patterns! It is a total Hermes lookalike without the 4 figure price tag. Pick up one below before they sell out!
ALSO I've scoured the internet and found a variety of Longchamp La Pliage totebags similar to the one I used above secondhand for great prices! I love this bag because it is a great quality bag that is timeless and chic and goes with everything. I don't see them around the US as much as I see them in Europe (it's a French brand) but those Europeans know whats good when it comes to fashion! These are all from TheRealReal, and when you sign up you get a $25 credit, making some these bags only $25!
Secondhand Starting at $50!
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- Marie Claire, September 2016