IN LOVE: Budget Wardrobe

Over the past few weeks I let you in on my not so little secret that I am NOT a high rolla. My husband and I both work part-time so you can only imagine that our budget gets pretty tight [but we totally manage]. I don't want you to think I'm super rich, and can throw my money wherever and however I want to. I think that's an important fact in a blogger's life because often times I suggest things that I like. The truth is, sometimes they are out of my own personal budget. I'm trying to keep it real here at bedsidesign and so today I am letting you in on one of my own personal projects. You see, I mentioned Thursday that I am not a fashion expert. Don't get me wrong, I love clothes but often the cost of them makes building a wardrobe feel like daunting task or unattainable goal. Today I'm here to say, it can happen on a budget! [Imagine me doing a little dance and waving my hands in the air like I just don't care!] I wrote out a list of classic items that I need to fill up my closet and are versatile. I work from the list every time I go shopping and it helps me stay focused. Behold the 12 key items to building a Christie Jones-esque wardrobe...the best part is no item is over $50 and hopefully you like some of them too:

in love: building a classic womens wardrobe on a budget

[ one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | ten | eleven | twelve ]

The top 12 items on the list: A snazzy blazer. A killer party dress. A classic chambray shirt. Standard v-neck tee. A fancy button-down. Comfy cords. Sexy black jeans. Dark-wash skinnies. A pretty belt. Oversized boyfriend watch - this baby is only $16.99! Let's face it, I live in Syracuse...glittens are a must [mittens + gloves]. Black loafers with a tiny heel - I love being short and I'm not really into wearing heels all the time. Numbers three - four, and six - eight are crossed off my list - hooray! Now I'm just working on building in the rest of the pieces...slowly but surely. What are your wardrobe must-haves? Do you work on a budget?

Don't forget to check the pinterest board when you can repin your favorite items!

UPDATE: I mentioned in a comment that the black loafers would look awesome with ban.do shoe clips. Well Erin from artsocial included them in her black & white IN LOVE roundup and you have GOT to check them out.

Also, I peeked into a local thrift store today looking for a credenza. I did not find one but I did find a $7 black blazer with white trim....booyah! Crossing #1 off the list.