For decades, possibly even centuries, women have gone straight to the LBD for all of their fancy schmancy events, and while I’d still fall to my knees with gratitude for Coco Chanel, can we please not all succumb to a life of only one option? There are so many affordable alternatives that will make you a welcomed stand out in a sea of black dresses, more than one of which was probably worn to an elderly Aunts funeral, lets be honest.

Here are four options I adore!

The Cool Girl

The jumpsuit is arguably the most feared article of clothing currently in existence. It is a common misconception that only tall, lanky women can get away with this kind of silhouette, that, like most fashion horror stories, is completely false. The biggest issue most women have is using the toilet, it requires a full-nude scene and quite frankly, I think we all need to get over it. A jumpsuit is a Chic step in the right direction for someone looking to collect a few envious glances without being too distracting.

This cut-out black jumpsuit is best paired with a bold accessory.

Forever 21 $29.90



There is not one human being on planet earth that does not look good in bright colors, there has to be some Harvard study out there that proves it. This Canary yellow, long-sleeved number is the perfect option for a Spring or Summer shin-dig. It comes in black too, but how can anyone deny the mood enhancing qualities of this stand-out hue.

H&M $59.95

The Tree Hugging Hippie

Floor length dresses are not only reserved for black tie events. A long, floral, flowing halter, is guaranteed to give you princess-like feels throughout the night. Plus, the forgiving silhouette will give you free-range over the dessert table. Perfect for a beach wedding or garden party.

Nordstrom $158

Floral gown

You Gotta Keep-em Separated

Working with separates is a great way to mix and match prints/colors/ textures while still making the most out of your wardrobe. Invest in a few different cropped tops and skirts and you could have an endless array of outfit options. I particularly love this pairing from Nastygal.

Nastygal $168


Hope you enjoyed!



The bags you covet for under $100.

I’ve been combing stores lately looking for the perfect bag to replace ole faithful, my cross body black faux ostrich beauty I’ve been dragging around with me for the past year. It was stylish, comfortable and was able to hold valuable things like my laptop and mid-day hummus snack. But unfortunately she is starting to show wear and will soon be sent out to pasture. And as i’m sure you know it could take weeks, months even, before you find that perfect bag, and when you do, its $1,800. Then you cry.

Not really, but you get the point, with designer bags costing two months worth of rent its hard to justify such a splurge. Luckily for us there are plenty of places out there that offer designer inspired duds for way, way less. Here are some of may favorites. They’re all under $100, so feel free to treat yourself and still be able to afford groceries.

This stunner is big enough to carry a work-days-worth of essential items, without sacrificing style. Can you say C-H-I-C.

$34.95 H&M

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This patterned clutch is a show-stopper at any event. Pair it with you favorite LBD for some serious pop.

$29.99 Zara

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The perfect brown bag is a must have in every girls arsenal. This is the perfect shade at the perfect price.

$84.99 ModCloth

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Everyone needs a colorful tote in their life, and this snake skin pattern is sure to turn heads at the poolclub this summer.

$49.99 JCPenny

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Looking for a bag to bring to Coachella? This crocheted darling has your name on it.

$68 Urban Outfitters

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This structured cross-body bag is a prepster dream. Wear it to your Harvard interview, or at least for a campus stroll. It also comes in mustard and cream.

$19.80 Forever21

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The slouchy bucket-bag is the epitome of effortless style and looks perfect paired with your favorite jeans and T.

$34.99 Target Limited Edition

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This black and white satchel may be the definition of class.

$59.90 Express

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A pop of red never hurt nobody.

$36 Nordstroms

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Happy Shopping.