The sixth look that I wore to New York Fashion Week this season was ALL about texture. I couldn’t resist the intricacy of this gorgeous lace top, as well as its practicality: 100% cotton AND machine washable! It was poised to be paired with an old fashion week standby, this black crochet skirt that I’ve worn to a handful of fashion events and never lets me down. Although heels would have been a nice addition to the look, my feet just wouldn’t have it. I’ve been wearing these comfy espadrilles all summer long as my favorite go-to sandal, and the smooth leather of the uppers kept the outfit vibe on the sophisticated side. I really wanted to exemplify a look that was effortless, and expensive. Who doesn’t want to look expensive?
I managed to get the top on sale and it was an amazing deal ($37), but I was still hoping that it looked as if I’d spent a small fortune on it. Having an eye for what is passable as luxury designer clothing and accessories while not breaking the bank is part of the fashion game that keeps me on toes and challenges my aesthetic sensibility every time I walk into a store. If my hubby, mom, or best friend ever tells me that something looks “cheap,” that’s an instant indicator that it will remain on the rack, not in my closet!