Save or Splurge: Square-Toed Ballet Flat Outfit

Happy Tuesday, ladies. Last week’s save vs splurge post was very popular, so I thought we would do it again. This week we’re comparing a casual, polished outfit that could take you out to lunch or dinner. I know I’m pushing the season a bit, but frankly, I am sick and tired of my summer wardrobe. Today’s save or splurge square-toed ballet flat outfit features a red nylon tote, long white button-down, stretch pants, and square sunglasses.

Let’s start with why I love this look. The square sunglasses are a modern interpretation that will update anything you wear. I’ve been on the hunt for a pair to put my new RX in. I’m a big fan of ballet flats, and the new square toe updates it for fall. I always appreciate a classic white button-down that’s long enough to cover your backside when wearing slim knit pants. It’s comfy, stylish, and looks classier than a short one.

SQUARE SUNGLASSES / HAMMERED DOT AND PEARL EARRINGS / LONG WHITE BUTTONDOWN SHIRT / RED NYLON TOTE / SQUARE TOE BALLET FLATS / SLIM KNIT ANKLE PANTS / WIRE CUFF BRACELET / RED LIPSTICK

I added a bright red nylon tote for a pop of color with these neutrals. And because it’s lightweight, you can fill it to the brim with all the things you pick up during your day. The hammered silver detail on the pearl earrings modernizes the look, and the wire cuff is sleek and minimal looking.

budget friendly outfit with red tote, white shirt, square sunglasses and square toed ballet flats
SQUARE SUNGLASSES / HAMMERED DISC PEARL DROP EARRINGS / LONG WHITE BUTTONDOWN SHIRT / RED NYLON TOTE BAG / SQUARE TOE BALLET FLATS / SLIM KNIT ANKLE PANTS / WIRE CUFF BRACELET / RED LIPSTICK

I chose simple brown stretch pants because black felt too predictable. Brown will be very popular this fall, so I thought it would be fun to start playing with some styling ideas now. Red lipstick finishes off this contemporary look with modern touches on classic style.

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This week, some of the items could fit into the splurge or save outfit, so no one item skews the price significantly.

The splurge outfit totals $1,654, and the save outfit totals $411.

Are there items you would interchange in these outfits to make them fit your budget?

Thanks for reading, and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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