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The Darling Detail wearing a white Topshop Poplin Bardot Top with AG “The Legging” Ankle Jeans and Steve Madden “Kierra” Platform Sandals—and holding the Chloe Marcie Leather Satchel.The Darling Detail wearing a white Topshop Poplin Bardot Top with AG “The Legging” Ankle Jeans and Steve Madden “Kierra” Platform Sandals—and holding the Chloe Marcie Leather Satchel.TDD Tuesday-8958The Darling Detail wearing a white Topshop Poplin Bardot Top with AG “The Legging” Ankle Jeans and Steve Madden “Kierra” Platform Sandals—and holding the Chloe Marcie Leather Satchel.The Darling Detail wearing a white Topshop Poplin Bardot Top with AG “The Legging” Ankle Jeans and Steve Madden “Kierra” Platform Sandals—and holding the Chloe Marcie Leather Satchel.Fashion Blogger The Darling Detail wearing a white Topshop Poplin Bardot Top with AG “The Legging” Ankle Jeans and Steve Madden “Kierra” Platform Sandals.

I live by two rules: 1. When it comes to trends: go for affordability  2. When it boils down to timeless staples and accessories: shoot for quality.

And I will say, these rules are absolutely essential when building a darling’s wardrobe arsenal on a budget. If you’re like me and you absolutely love a good trend (let’s say.. off-the-shoulder, or lace-up heels) like I s0-totally adore, it’s necessary to not get too carried away when investing in such items. I love this off-the-shoulder gem by Topshop because it’s priced under $50, but you’ll definitely get your wear out of it this spring & summer. So, denim. You could say distressed denim are a trend, but I feel like the ones I’m wearing here are minimally distressed and can definitely transition from season to season, and year to year. In this case, I prefer investing in a better-fitting and more comfortable high-quality pair.

Accessories:  These are important! If you’ve saved up for that #goals bag (like the way I did for the Chloe Marcie satchel) — shooting for a neutral, timeless handbag that will stay in style for-ev-er is key. It would be heartbreaking to spend a fortune on a bag that you want to say “see YA” to when one fashion season transitions to another.

Shoes:  The shoes I’m wearing in today’s post are total going out shoes. I’m talking hit-the-town, possibly 6th Street (ha — probably not) and have-fun shoes. So naturally I shoot for a price tag that is under $100. When it comes to kicks – you don’t want to go for too low of quality and price tag to the point where you have blisters (my college self made this mistake all the time) and then you end up kicking yourself (literally) all night for making the mistake of wearing them out AGAIN night after night, blisters and all.

What are your tips on scoring and scavenging high-quality and low-quality staples and trends on a budget?

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    1. I’m so glad you LOVE! Something I’ve been working on for quite awhile now! So glad it’s launched! Thanks Vanessa! XOXO Jessi

  1. Elsie London

    Your tips make sense and are very practical! I like the off-the-shoulder top; those always feel a bit Latin to me, and I love that style.

  2. Corbin

    I love love love those shoes! And just like you, I literally live by those two shopping rules. Loved this outfit and post gal!

    XO Corbin Tate
    Classy South Blog

  3. Jessica

    This is one of my favorite looks of yours yet ! Your top and shoes are SO pretty and the jeans just balance them out so well <3 Ugh, I'm also jealous your tan because I'm the pastiest human on this planet right now lol ! Stunning as always girl <3

    XOXO
    Jess
    http://jessprainstyle.com

  4. Abby

    Oh how, gorgeous! Love this off shoulder top on you! But seriously, is there ever anything you wear that you don’t look good on? Yeah, didn’t think so.

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  5. Jackie kremer

    Such great tips! I always try to follow these general guidelines as well. I also love that outfit!

  6. You are just an angel! This is one of my favorite looks on you of all time! I am so in love with the off the shoulder trend, I bought four Tops recently! You look stunning!!

  7. Morgan

    Totally agree with your high and low theories! Trends = saves and bascis = splurges for me!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  8. Minau

    Such a great look! I love the top!

  9. kelsey

    Which color of the Marcie bag is this?

  10. mb

    hi! what ring are you wearing in this pic?

  11. Brooke

    This is too cute – it’s the perfect ‘go-to’ outfit.

  12. Jasmine K

    This is such a cute outfit. I love the over the shoulder top and the Chloe bag! Thanks for sharing!

    – Jasmine K
    http://www.myeunoia.com

  13. R Hugh Sirius

    Wow!!!

  14. Rebekah

    Hi, The Steve Madden shoes you are wearing “kierra”, do they fit true to size or a little big?

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