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The Cape Jacket


This is the perfect jacket for this time of year! It is a fun and playful way to set yourself apart from the fashion crowd. The cape has been around forever and might be seen as much more of a classic piece, but rock it out ladies by adding your own personal spin. Choose a fabric that is bold and stands out among the other sullen looks that surround you:) I know you can’t wear a hand bag over your shoulder so it may not be the most practical, but as an evening jacket it is perfect with a clutch. And, there is no need to spend a fortune on this unforgettable piece. It is a trend that comes and goes, but will continue to come back well into your grand daughter’s high fashion days…..

NY and Company Plaid Swing Cape
$89.95

Riding boots

I can certainly understand that in this time of recession you have to be thoughtful about what you buy. Time for investment pieces ladies! Shoes and bags are go-to pieces that, if chosen correctly, should stand the test of time. Save your pennies this season for an AMAZING pair of riding boots. This is not a style that is going anywhere. I would stick to a basic brown or black to really make this purchase last.

The ultimate brand in boots is none other than Frye. They may be a bit pricier than the others, but trust me, you will still be wearing these boots in twenty years! I am not exaggerating, I seriously have clients who own Frye boots from the 70′s. They are meant to look distressed which adds to their longevity.

Black Leather Frye Dorado Riding Boot
$458.00
Plazatoo.com

The little BLUE dress


Of course we all know the the LBD is a wardrobe must, but what about another color ladies? Put some punch in your look by adding a staple piece that can be styled many different ways based on the simplicity of its silhouette, not just the color.This Black Halo dress has been seen repeatedly on the red carpet for a reason, it is a great, basic dress. The price may be a bit higher then some are used to, but the thickness of the material and great pencil shape will look great on different body types. With the interesting neckline it adds individuality. Pair it with purples, blues, greens, black and white. Think different shoes, belts, waist-length cardigans and blazers.

Black Halo Classic
Jackie O Dress in Royal Blue
$345.00

Sassiest Style

Brooke, 28
Fashion illustrator/desiger
www.brookeahrendsen.com

Why it works: This is a $30 dress from Old Navy!!! Brooke takes this dress to new levels by mixing together inexpensive with expensive. Her necklace is a vintage piece from her mother and her bag is vintage leather. Nicer accessories are the key making your whole look feel more luxurious!
Right for you? When is looking like a million bucks without spending it not right for you? Never! Shop high for items that you will love, cherish and use regularly. Find trendy items for less so you never break the bank.

Stores to match your budget:
It is easy to find trendy pieces for less these days with chain stores like H & M, Zara and Forever 21. Finding vintage jewelry without breaking the bank is also easy with tag sales, estate sales, ebay and your grandmother’s jewelry box!