Happy September everyone. This is the month that marks the coming of a gorgeous autumn season and the end to a sweaty summer. Woohoo! Bring on the cooler temperatures and of course even more fashion!
Kmart is currently doing a campaign under “Money Can’t Buy Style” – aiming at empowering shoppers to embrace their individualism when approaching fashion rather than focusing on brand names. I wholeheartedly agree with the phrase.
Most people (including myself) don’t have the money to splurge on luxury goods but by no means want to sacrifice style due to limited shopping funds. Some people manage to look amazing in secondhand items costing only a few dollars while others can be dressed head-to-toe in luxury brands ending up on a worst dressed list. Figures!
Style truly is how you wear it, your attitude, confidence, creativity, and everything else that makes you… YOU. Not necessarily the price tag
of your wardrobe. One of my style crushes is Kate Moss, she is a great example of pulling off a cool style from flea market finds to one-of-a-kind couture pieces. There is nothing wrong with investment pieces here and there – but relying solely on brand names (to make you look good) is quite lame, rich or poor.
As a budget shopper, I challenged myself to create an entire outfit from items bought from Kmart. Here is the ensemble for under $50. The dress, shoes and the tights are all from Kmart.
Cheap thrill to the max! Guess how much I got this dress for? The dress was on clearance for $5.99, less than the price of the tights! Tip: No matter what you pay, make sure you look and feel fabulous in it!
It’s really a comfy dress overall. I changed out the belt it came with and took out the shoulder pads (a little alteration never hurts). The grayish snake print is right on trend. Went with one size larger (medium) so it would be a bit loose which I found to be a much cooler fit with this particular dress. Tip: Developing a keen eye for scouring out quality and durable material helps get you the most for your money especially from mass retailers.
With bold prints on the dress, I decided keeping the rest of the outfit simple with black tights ($6.99) and red pumps ($24.99) was the right look.
Below, another gal dressed in Kmart apparel and accessories. She’s wearing items from the latest fall collection. The faux fur vest and the clutch are both cute.
So, what’s your take on Kmart’s recent approach to fashion? Are you a savvy fashionista who can rock a hot style on a limited budget? Or, perhaps you want nothing but high-end fashion? Do tell please.
It boils down to the fact that dropping a ton of cash on a trend isn’t an automatic to cool. Style is a cocktail. Part confidence. Part creativity. Part risk. When you got it, you got it. And that’s why others want it. Because money can’t buy style.
“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sears Holdings Corporation via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears Holdings Corporation.”