Petite Fashion Challenge #13: Stylish for under $100

This month’s Petite Fashion Challenge, hosted by Really Petite (thanks for hosting!), was to put together a professional outfit for under $100, with bonus points if you included shoes and accessories in the price. I managed to meet the challenge, shoes and all!

I’m including two photos, but they’re basically the same outfit. I got these beautiful argyle-knit cardigans from New York & Company several weeks ago, and I’m enjoying trying to figure out how to wear them. I couldn’t decide what looked best here, so I thought I’d include both and ask for opinions. What do you like better? Blue or Yellow? Tucked or untucked?

Outfit Breakdown

Cardigans: New York & Company Pointelle Argyle Pattern Cardigan in Olympic Blue and Yellow (yellow is sold out online now). Originally $49.95 each, but on sale at buy one, get one half off, and I also had a 30 percent off coupon, making each one $26.25.

Skirt: Banana Republic pencil skirt. Found at Goodwill for $5; total cost with alterations about $20.

Tank top: Old Navy Jersey-Stretch Tank in Russian Navy, $10.

Pumps: Payless (old), $20.

Earrings: Cracker Barrel, of all places, approximately $6.

Necklace: Gifted, $0.

Total outfit cost: $82.25.

I had a great time with this challenge. I know I try to shop smart, price-wise, but I never really think about how much an entire outfit costs. Because I’m a college student, most of my clothes are inexpensive, but I guess it all adds up! A fun learning experience. Can’t wait for the next challenge!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cynthia Cheng Mintz
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 20:12:59

    It definitely looks better tucked in! Otherwise, it’s kind of sloppy.


    • MG
      Feb 29, 2012 @ 01:04:11

      I think so, too. I could probably do untucked with a pair of jeans, but pencil skirts work best with streamlined outfits, and an untucked cardigan doesn’t really work there! Do you think I could wear the cardigan with a belt, or would the belt and argyle be too much?


  2. Marisabel R
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 11:51:06

    I like your outfits! I prefer the tucked in look. I think adding a belt to the untucked cardigan would work.


  3. Thu
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 13:10:15

    Both great outfits, I love the yellow left out, the only thing I might add is a belt to cinch the waise a bit. But you already look great it in as is 😉


  4. shystardreamer (@shystardreamer)
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 12:53:06

    Great jobs on the outfits and for keeping both under $100.


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