Woo-hoo! The cold shoulder craze continues!
Just like off the shoulder tops, cold shoulder blouses are stylish, feminine and sexy. They have an interesting element to them, so you can add simple bottoms and still have a look that’s enticing and chic.
For this outfit, I’ve added my favourite checked shorts to my rust-orange blouse because they really make the colour pop. I’ve said this before, black and white checked shorts are a fabulously versatile piece. You can pair them with so many things, including florals and stripes, for an eclectic, yet funky, look.
Because fashion trends like cold shoulder tops don’t last long, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on them. The one I’m wearing in these pics was just $9.95 from Valleygirl. I’ve already worn it a few times, so I believe I’ve gotten great value from it already.
It is entirely up to you what you consider good value for money. That’s a personal thing, and will depend on your spending habits and budget, but it’s a smart idea to use the ‘cost-per-wear’ method. This means you divide the cost of the item by the number of times you wear it to determine its value. For example, if I purchased a top for $20 and wore it four times, then its cost-per-wear would be $5. Though I’m not always going to be accurate, how much I’m likely to wear something is definitely a strong consideration when deciding on a purchase. I prefer to keep my cost-per-wear well below $5 but, in all honesty, sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Some items will be higher because I never find the occasion to wear them, while other times I will wear something so often its cost-per-wear becomes almost negligible.
The cost-per-wear method is a great way to be budget savvy. Having said that, if you want to splash out on something that you know you’ll only wear a few times on special occasions, then go ahead and do it. You only live once!