Shopping on a Budget

Today we’re talking about a topic near and dear to my heart — shopping on a budget! As a graduate student, I know firsthand the struggle of wanting to get the most for your dollar. This means that I typically look for pieces that I can mix-and-match and wear for many occasions. Each item in my closet has to do at least double or triple duty…

…like this JET striped button down top. For $128, this makes a great work-to-weekend piece. You can tuck it into a pencil skirt, or dress it down like we did here by pairing it with jean shorts (these shorts are by Dylan and ring up at $98).


Another great option that we have in store at TSALT right now is this Stateside ruched dress ($122). Here we show it with sneakers for a casual look, but you better believe you can add a blazer and heels for other occasions. Complete the look with a funky necklace, like the one shown by G. Spinelli.


When you get sick of being so practical and utilitarian, don’t worry! You can find fun pieces like these boldly printed Zero Degrees Celsius pants ($148) that can still take you from day to night. Wear them with a white tank like this one from Feel the Piece ($149) and sandals or with a cropped blouse and wedges. A budget wardrobe still needs some statement pieces. Plus, with all the other mix-and-match pieces in your closet, these will be an effortless outfit maker!


Don’t think I’m going to end this post without a dash of our favorite trend — athleisure. This striped open-back top from Sundays ($132) is great for barre class or happy hour. Wear it with leggings like the Peony & Me ones I have on here ($98), or dress things up a bit with white jeans.

These versatile pieces — all under $150 — make a great addition to any wardrobe. Remember, it’s quality, not quantity that matters. Focus on fit and utility to cut costs and streamline your closet.

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