Equipment BLAZER//Converse sneakers//Ray-Bans//Chicnova dress
This Equipment blazer is on the pricier side (opt for lower-end ones at Nordstrom BP, Francesca's, Forever 21) and works perfectly paired next to affordable items. Summer style is all about mixing new trends, and I love a preppy jacket with a pair of quaint Converse and a pretty white dress. Who said you couldn't be pretty and bold?
BANANA REPUBLIC blazer//Romwe skirt//Delia's top//Modcloth heel//GUESS clutch//ASOS bracelet
For those looking for work ready attire, invest in a black blazer. This one from Banana Republic is under $150, and will remain in your closet for season after season. The best part about blazers is they never go out of style, so splurging on it won't hurt your wallet. A sporty clutch and sexy pair of stilettos is a mix between fancy AND sporty, showing you're not afraid to take risks and give people a reason to talk about your outfit. Don't be the girl who leaves people with nothing to say.
You know how much my closest is maven for mixing high and low end pieces. On a teen budget, I'm not looking for a $1700 Gucci blazer (though will never say no to a gift…) but instead an affordable, investment piece that will grow with me as my closet grows. Every time you're looking to drop a few extra dollars on a piece that you wouldn't usually find yourself spending money on (a great fitted blazer, or a pair of denim) take a minute and think: how will this piece make my closet stronger, or make me feel more confident? $100 for a blazer might seem out of reach, but I guarantee once you find a piece that can accomplish everything above, you won't regret it.