Recently, I was out shopping for a slightly formal dress that was inexpensive AND stylish — one that I could wear to a ~special event~. I tried on this dress and fell in love. Unfortunately, it cost $290. Needless to say, I didn’t buy it. But as I stood there in the dressing room, I thought to myself, “Purchasing this one dress would cost me around the same amount as it would to upgrade my wardrobe (if I were being selective) with summer essentials that I needed.” On the walk home from the shopping trip, I considered the challenge of how to update my wardrobe for the summer for under $290, including everything from shoes and bags to bikinis and maxi dresses.
After I scoured the internet for essentials that were both versatile and inexpensive, I came up with a list of the following ten items that you can get for the same price it would have cost to purchase that single dress.
3. Pair of easy-to-wear shorts. ($50)
4. A sturdy beach bag. ($15)
6. Maxi dress. ($18)
7. Bold, printed bikini. ($30)
8. Colored sunglasses. ($8)
In total, all of these items would cost you $274 to purchase — $16 under the original price of the dress. Of course, no one is telling you to go out and drop nearly $300 on new clothes, but it’s useful to think about how far your dollars can go if you spend them wisely.