Diva On a Dime: Fashion Buys under $25

Every glam girl needs to know how to impress for less. We help the recessionista put her best self forward with the top 25 fashion buys for under $25.
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 23, 2009

1 of 25 walmart.com

Haven’t totally gotten your summer wardrobe up to speed just yet? Don’t fret; ESSENCE.com has got you covered. We’ve rounded up the best fashionable finds on the Web to bring you 25 stylish items for less than $25 bucks. You’re welcome.

A fresh pedicure is all you need to set these gladiator sandals from No Boudaries, $7, walmart.com on fire. They’re such a fab find that you can splurge on a pair in every color!

2 of 25 forever21.com

Jumpsuits have a made a huge resurgence for summer and this bargain from Forever 21, $24.80, forever21.com, promises to be a hit wherever you rock it.

3 of 25 sears.com

Your friends will be green with envy when you tell them you scored this sophisticated silver belted jacket from Apostrophe for a mere $10.78, sears.com. It will transition well into fall and even winter over turtlenecks and long-sleeved tees.

4 of 25 walmart.com

Channel your inner Michelle Obama in this graphic shift dress from George ME, $15, walmart.com. Mix your look up with a brightly hued pair of shoes for an unexpected pop of color.

5 of 25 anntaylorloft.com

Add this golden-hued belt from Ann Taylor Loft, $9.99, anntaylorloft.com, to any of your standby summer frocks and watch your look go from boring to bangin’!

6 of 25 target.com

Stand out in this retro-inspired one-shoulder top with ruffle details from Merona, $14.99, target.com.

7 of 25 walmart.com

Turn heads in these L.e.i. wedge sandals with a statement-making heel and stud detail, $20, walmart.com.

8 of 25 kohls.com

This ombre blouse with side ribbon bow from AB Studio, $19.49, kohls.com, will be a welcoming surprise under your classic suits at the office or even church.

9 of 25 forever21.com

A full skirt is a flattering silhouette on virtually every body type making it a style staple for most women. The ribbon belt on this version from Forever 21, $17.80, forever21.com, is both practical and pretty.

10 of 25 kmart.com

These animal print thong sandals from Kmart, $10, kmart.com, are a no-brainer. Wear them day and night, dress them up or down, and still have money left over toward your fabulous summer vacay.

11 of 25 forever21.com

A pop of color is always welcomed especially in the warmer months. This feminine and flirty blouse from Forever 21, $19.80, forever21.com, will look just right with a pencil skirt and sky-high heels.

12 of 25 kmart.com

Every fashionista knows that accessories are key to standing out from the crowd. Keep your debt low and your style high with a smart accessory purchase like this necklace from Kmart, $6.39, kmart.com.

13 of 25 kohls.com

Flat-front slacks, a pencil skirt and even dark denim will look fab paired with this dropped waist pleated blouse from AB Studio, $22, kohls.com.

14 of 25 delias.com

Forget diamonds, dresses are truly a girl’s best friend and this color-blocked number from Delia’s is no exception. Plus, at $23.50, delias.com, you’ll have cash left for even more fabulous frocks to add to your closet.

15 of 25 overstock.com

A sleek clutch bag in an unexpected color will add the perfect dose of panache to your typical summer looks. Try a couple of these babies from Mundi, $20.49, overstock.com.

16 of 25 walmart.com

Searching for designer duds at discount prices? Look no further than this Norma Kamali peace tee for $8, walmart.com.

17 of 25 girlprops.com

Walk like an Egyptian in these gold-toned hoops from Girl Props, $9.99 a pair, girlprops.com. They are the perfect compliment to bare shoulders and open necklines.

18 of 25 gap.com

Bright denim might be just what the doctor ordered to cure those winter blues still lingering in your wardrobe. This skinny fuchsia pair from the Gap, $17.99, gap.com, will look great with metallic flat sandals or paired with pointed-toe pumps for an 80’s retro feel.

19 of 25 kmart.com

What’s not to love about this belted minidress from Kmart, $9, kmart.com? We adore the price, of course, but it is also versatile enough to wear on a date with the beau, to brunch with the girls or to Junior’s next playdate.

20 of 25 payless.com

Whether you’re chilling on a yacht or on a firescape, these nautical-inspired strappy heels from Abaete for Payless Shoe Source, $19.99, will make your feet feel right at home and stylish all at the same time.

21 of 25 kmart.com

Maxi dresses are all the rage this season, so look no further than this colorful halter style from Kmart, $24.49, kmart.com, to make sure you appear in the fashion know.

22 of 25 forever21.com

The hottest accessory on the fashion scene is the summer scarf. Don’t feel left out with this multicolored design from Forever 21, $7.80, forever21.com, that can easily be dressed up or down.

23 of 25 oldnavy.com

Nothing says summer like white denim. Pair this Old Navy pencil skirt, $17.99, oldnavy.com, with a tank and sandals for a relaxing stroll in the park or with a button-front blouse and heels to the office.

24 of 25 payless.com

You’ll feel like royalty in these metallic gold thong sandals from Montego Bay Club at Payless, $22.99, payless.com. They can easily be paired with shorts, a sundress or even jeans.

25 of 25 payless.com

This Payless ShoeSource funky handbag, $10.99, payless.com, is complete with artsy wooden strap and has a vintage appeal. The wallet-friendly price makes it a hot steal.

Where do you you score your best fashion finds? Leave us a comment and share your stylish secrets.

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