Recreating the Look for Under $30, Striped Dresses

July 12, 2011 2:23 AM

Photo credit, from left to right: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Marc Stamas/Getty Images, Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images, Andrew H Walker/Getty Images

By Adrienne Smith

Striped Dresses

from left to right: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Marc Stamas/Getty Images, Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images, Andrew H Walker/Getty Images

The striped dress is a classic way to stand out and flatter your figure. Perfect throw on for a trip to the farmer’s market or a night on the town, any striped dress is a versatile alternative to the little black one.

Pick thin stripes in a horizontal pattern, or thicker stripes in a diagonal or vertical pattern for the most slimming fit. Make your ensemble funkier with pops of color or contrasting patterns. Just don’t overdue it – one addition should be the standout. If you’d rather keep stripes as the star of the show, pair with muted neutrals, a simple belt and ballet flats.

You can build your own outfit off a classic striped dress without breaking the bank. Here’s an
outfit for under $30 that will keep you looking sharp.

Styles for Less striped dress

Styles for Less

Classic Striped Dress

Folsom Premium Outlets
13000 Folsom Blvd. Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 985-0312

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm</p> <p>Folsom Premium Outlets has a plethora of outlet stores about a half hour drive from Sacramento to fill your fashion craving for less. With over 80 stores in a variety of price ranges, Folsom Premium’s stores range from Banana Republic’s Factory Store or BCBG Max Azria to Styles for Less or Aeropostale. You can find discounted sundresses from any of the outlet’s<br /> offerings. Styles for Less, for instance, features a simple summer dress with thin stripes and a flattering shape for just $11.99.

H & M flower hair clip or brooch


Red Flower Hair Clip or Brooch

1151 Galleria Blvd #2220 Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 780 4611

Hours: Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm</p> <p>A bright brooch makes a statement both sophisticated and funky. The flower keeps your look summery and feminine, while the dash of red makes you stand out from the crowd. For only $3.95 from H & M, this accessory can’t be beat. Pin the flower into your hair if you want to mix it<br /> up a bit. Or, fasten to a headband or belt!

Dottie Brand Accessories earrings

Dottie Brand Accessories

Dottie Brand Accessories

Sacramento Midtown Bazaar
1616 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 317 6017

Hours: Saturdays 12pm-5pm</p> <p>The flower pin functions as your outfit’s standout accessory. Complement the bold burst of color with these whimsical earrings, modeled after jacks. Dottie Brand Accessories features these, and many others, at both the Midtown Bazaar every Saturday and on Etsy. Her earrings go for $8<br /> each or 3 pairs for $20. While you’re there, browse the dozens of other vendors. You’ll discover crafts, antiques, candles, jewelry, clothes and more for great prices.

Red belt from Macy's


Red Belt

2621 Marconi Ave Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 283 0361

Cinching your waist with a belt is an easy way to tailor any dress. Sling it loosely around your hips or tighter at the thinnest part of your waist. Macy’s red belt runs for $5.99, and comes in a multitude of colors. This red belt is a more muted accompaniment to the fire engine red brooch<br /> you can sport.</p> <p>Your total for all of the above is $29.93, not bad for a cute outfit.

Adrienne Smith is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Media. She earned a Bachelors degree in English and journalism from Lehigh University.

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