You don't have to have a ton of money to look good. In fact, I believe the most interesting looks combine high and low fashion.
1. Here's the trick to dressing stylishly on a budget: be very selective about the fabric and cut of the items you choose.
The outfit below (minus sunglasses and shoes) cost $50! The sweater is from Target ($19), the skirt from H&M ($21), and the cute little pink box bag is from Ross ($9).
2. When dressing on a dime remember to punctuate the budget items with special pieces that are more high-end. Choose a great pair of shades or shoes or a designer bag. Those items have a way of elevating even the most inexpensive look.
And since we're talking bags, this particular one is anything but designer AND it's not even a real bag. I found it at Ross and it's actually a jewelry box! I saw it and immediately saw its potential as my new personal "It" bag! ☺️
3. Finally, pay attention to details. The chunky weave of this sweater and the interesting asymmetry of the skirt is what make these low-budget pieces stand out.