An Autumn/Winter 2017 'It Girl' Look for Under $200

Every season there are a those staple pieces and distinct outfits that you see all the celebs and fashion bloggers wearing, otherwise known as an "It Girl" look. The mini skirt paired with over the knee (OTK) boots, a trendy sweater, and a petite purse just so happens to be one of them. I can't tell you how many times I've seen this look re-done on Instagram. But not everyone has the kind of money that celebs do, so I decided to take on the challenge of re-creating this outfit in the most affordable way possible (without sacrificing quality)! I gave myself a budget of $200, lets see how I did..


1.  The Mini Skirt

My Choice: Checkered Mini Skirt from Zaful -- $20.99

Mini skirts are back and I'm not mad about it. The more winter-friendly ones tend to be the popular plaid ones that are made of wool-blends. This very economical option from Zaful exceeded my expectations. The material is thick and the silver detailing was secure. Overall the skirt appears high-quality but without breaking the bank.


4. The OTK Boots

My choice: Black Over The Knee Boot from EGO Shoes -- $54.99

If you were wondering if OTK boots were coming back this winter, the answer is YES YES YES. I'm quite a fan of them, so I'm very happy that they're not going away any time soon. The thigh high design makes these boots the perfect footwear option for miniskirts during these next few cold months. My go to footwear brand lately has been EGO Shoes. They are always up to date on the latest trends. Their collection of OTK boots is extensive, but my favorite is the Harmony boot, which unfortunately just sold out, but I'm liking up my second favorite pair here.


3. The Trendy Sweater

My Choice: Lantern Sleeve Mock Neck Sweater from Zaful -- $17.49

If you need a trendy sweater for under $20, Zaful is my #1 recommendation. This Lantern Sleeve Mock Neck Sweater was exactly what I was looking for. It's cropped design and conservative neckline contrast well to the high-waist mini skirt design. My first concern with buying knitwear online is itchiness. Luckily, none of the Zaful sweaters I've order thus far have given me any trouble!


4. The Petite Purse

My Choice: Leather Bracelet Bag from B-Hive Creations -- $71.25 (with code "Priscilla" at checkout)

Small handbags are all the rage right now, especially ones with metal detailing. There are plenty such bags for under $30, but these generally aren't the best quality.  That's why my number one pick today is this Leather Bracelet Bag from B-Hive Creations. Although, it's the most pricy item on today's list, it's high-quality makes the purchase worthwhile. This ethically-sourced-genuine-leather handbag is actually inspired by the Chloé Nile bag, except it's a fraction of a cost! Seriously! A drop from $1,690 to $71.25? That's a no brainer! I had the opportunity to speak with Ina, the owner of B-Hive Creations, who is a strong advocate for affordable fashion. Like myself, she believes "that being stylish and loving fashion doesn't man you have to go broke," which is why she's created this line of reasonably-priced, high-quality handbags! I highly recommend you take a look at the rest of her collection, you won't be disappointed. 


Okay so now it's time to add it all up. ($20.99 + $54.99 + $17.49 + $71.25 = $164.72) That's almost $40 under budget! I'm gonna call that a success. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment below. Happy shopping everyone!

Outfit Details

Skirt // Top // Boots // Purse // Watch


Stylist, Model, Photographer, and Writer



Designer Looks For Less - 4 Products Under $40

1. Classic Maxi Dress

The black, sleek, maxi dress is an elegant look that many designers include a variation of in their collections -- take this MIU MIU Silk Dress for example. But instead of spending over $1,000 on a dress, I'm sharing with you guys this Front Slit Maxi Dress which is only $34 (with code DA50) from Tobi, an affordable online shop that always has the latest fashion trends! 


2. Long-sleeve Ribbed Turtleneck

Ribbed turtlenecks continue to be a popular fall item. With long sleeves and a slim fit design, the turtleneck can be both flattering and on trend. This Vince Long-Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater is everything we could ever want in a turtleneck, except that it's over $100. If you're trying to not break the bank with this purchase I highly suggest this H&M look-alike, which is only $9.99. 


3. Faux Leather Metal Ring Bag

Handbags with metal ring detailing have taken the fashion industry by storm, with Chloé being one of the largest contributors to this trend. While some of these designer handbags can cost thousands of dollars, I found this incredibly stylish Faux Leather Metal Ring Crossbody, at Zaful, for only $20.99, a fraction of the cost! That being said, this purse is not made with real leather or to the same standards that a designer handbag would be made. But for the price, this handbag is more than worth it, I can assure you! 


4. White Tennis Sneaker

Every fashionista has a white tennis shoe nowadays, and with good reason. They are trendy, comfortable, and go with just about everything. While I would love a pair of $600 Gucci kicks, the Adidas Stan Smith is a much more affordable option. What's more is that instead of purchasing a 7.5 women's shoe, I went with the identical "big kids" shoe in a size 5.5 instead, bringing the price down about $20!


And there you have it, 4 trendy products for under $40, because you doesn't love a good buy right?! More designer-dupes to come on BTFL, so stay tuned!

Outfit Details

Dress // Top // Purse // Kicks // Sunglasses


Photographer #1,

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)


Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer