The Recessionista’s Summer Style Picks, Classic Picks for Less

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Last night I found out that Kaboodle was having a contest that involved winning $1,000 in summer fashions. Naturally, I heard the siren song of the free, and pointed and clicked right over to their site. Here are the details. You go onto Kaboodle and create a summer style storyboard for a look to enter the contest. I was determined to create a style board, but using only chic n’ cheap looks. Above is what I put together. I have to say–I am very pleased with the outcome, the quality of the pieces and the final look. I found a stylish maxi dress from Bloomies,a pair of chic Nine West sandals and some accessories from Forever 21 for well under $100.00. Below are my fabu-less finds. You can see my Kaboodle storyboard, by clicking here and giving me your feedback.

Following are the pieces I used to put together this look:

Angie & Lola Foldover Clutch – Bone , $29.99 from

Square Sunglasses w/ Metallic Detail from Forever, $5.80

Aqua Jersey Colorblock Maxi Dress , from for $29.99!!! Love it.

LashBlast Luxe Mascara by CoverGirl and CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers available at any drugstore or pharmacy for under $5.00.

Apricot Sandals from, now 30% off , so price is $29.99

Satin Wrapped Metal Headband from for $3.80. I love this look for summer, because it’s a simple way to pull your hair back and still look stylish. It also hearkens back to vintage styles of hairdressing in the early 19th century when ladies would wear a headband like this, but also wear their hair in a french knot at the nape of the neck or in an up do.

Flattened Floral Necklace from for $5.80. This piece really sparkles and looks a lot more expensive than it.

Pictured: Necklace. A good looking piece for a small price.

Total cost for this summer look: $ 75.78. Not bad, eh?


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.