Confession: I’m a budget shopper. And here’s something I LOVE doing:
- Dissect expensive and/or designer outfits that look good on apple shapes;
- Figure out budget-friendly alternatives that have the same effect.
Sound fun? Let’s do this!
Birdsnest has an amazing search mechanism, allowing you to sort their entire inventory by body shape. They also have over 1,100 preassembled outfits flattering for apple shapes. Oh, and did I also mention they offer Missi through Plus Sizes on almost all of their clothes?
Ok, ok, enough gushing, and back to the task at hand. The birds are chirping, and it’s getting warmer at long last … so let’s start with a nice Spring look, something we could wear on a lunch or coffee date.
The actual retail price (*said in my gameshow host voice*) of this outfit:
Satchel Bag: $275.00
$479.80 is a lot of $ for one outfit! Let’s get in under $150 for the budget look-a-like.
Starting with the pants, apple-appropriate easy-fit Capris by Lee, available in Missi and Plus:
Next, the gorgeous peasant blouse. This is the hardest piece to replicate, since it’s the most unique. I present FOUR different budget options similar in style, color, and cut (paisley design and peasant blouse – very apple-friendly):
Next, accessories (pretty proud of the close matches on these, and throwing in a pair of apple-flattering wedges to boot!):
AND jewelry. let’s include a matching necklace to highlight for our pretty apple faces!
If you choose the most expensive options among the alternatives, it’s a grand total of $165.15. The least expensive option is $130.15. Each of these outfits includes pants, shirt, handbag, shoes, and jewelry. NOT bad.
What do you think?
Send me the looks that you love in the comments (or shoot an email firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll write a post about how to replicate those looks on a budget. Let’s keep this party going, and thanks for reading!