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Black Tie on a Budget

July 10, 2012

A budget can definitely be the bane of any glam girl’s closet. For those who live in big cities where being fashionable is almost a requirement, looking great can be especially challenging on your wallet. Fear not, in our opinion great style doesn’t always have to equal high price tags. Mixing lower priced items with one expensive piece can cinch together an entire look without sending you into a fiscal meltdown. Below we’ve done just that using an amanda k. black onyx and rhinestone bow tie necklace as the focal point.  The rest of the pieces are around $150 or under, proving you don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. 

Inspiring this look is the glittering age of the flapper: The Roaring Twenties. We imagine a Gatsby-esque party full of fabulous people and equally fabulous clothes and jewels. The champagne is flowing, the band is swinging, and everyone’s got their eye on you- the girl in the bow tie. 

This fun and flirty beaded mini dress is from Dress Up Topshop and the jeweled heels can be found on Piperlime. Both run a cool $150. The pavé earrings are from a designer called Shashi and sell on Shopbop for $72. The BCBG mesh clutch is priced on the higher end at $168 but could easily be replaced with a cheaper alternative. The woven and jeweled bracelet by Sabine is a steal at just $36- again, another superb Piperlime find. Holding together the entire runway-worthy look is the black onyx and vintage, rhinestone bow tie necklace (contact for pricing info). The bow tie could be worn in the front, a menswear inspired look, or paired with an up-do as a fun surprise in the back. Stunning, either way and a sure conversation starter. Now you’re styled to the nines and ready for the biggest party in town!

How would you wear the bow tie necklace? It’s a versatile piece that could also be dressed down, adding a little sparkle to a simple outfit. Tell us your ideas below!

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