Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Outfit under $100- on the Case!

At the beginning of this month, Ms Mystery Case put forward the following challenge.

Mystery Case

The idea is to put together an outfit under $100. I have chosen to work with New Zealand dollars for this challenge, which I hope is OK!

I was very excited to take part, since most of my outfits are under $100 anyway due to thrift shops, secondhand online retailers and swapping clothes with friends. To challenge myself more, I am going to put together an outfit using items that can currently be found online or instore, featuring the latest Spring trends. This way, the outfit will be more relevant to other people looking for ideas on how to put together an outfit for under $100.

Two two trends I have focused on are monochrome and floral- two of my go-to looks for Spring anyway, so I am glad they are trending again.

Outfit under $100 Spring challenge

The top is so cute, and black and white together are always easy to wear with any other clothing item. This particular top is from one of my favourite online stores, Sammydress, and is a bargain at only $14.94.

The shorts are also from Sammydress, and come in at a cheap as chips $11.03. These will be great for spring and summer to be on trend, yet not spend a lot of money keeping up to date with what is popular.

 I always try to spend less on "trend" items, and splurge a bit more on the staples and accessories to go with each piece. This is why the shoes and sunglasses are my two most expensive items, as they will be staples with most outfits throughout the season. Number One Shoes and Ezibuy are well known in Australia and New Zealand for great basics at affordable prices.

Lastly, a fun bracelet works with bare arms to add interest, and once again this piece can be worn with a number of other items in my closet. Colette Hayman is a relatively new store to Christchurch, and it has come across from Australian shores, so I am sure a lot of you will be familiar with their on-trend accessories and bags! I could spend all day in that shop- but here I have shown restraint and just gone with the bangle.

Here is a full breakdown of the items and cost:
Black sleeveless blouse: $14.94
Floral shorts: $11.03
Sandals: $34.99
Sunglasses: $29.99
Bangle: $8.98
Total cost: $99.93

This outfit just scrapes under budget, but is full of versatile pieces that can be worn in different ways. the shorts would be great with a plain white t-shirt, the top would be very cute with black pants and heels for an evening get together, and all of the accessories have been chosen with multi-tasking in mind.

If you think you are up for the challenge, join in with us!

Linking up with Wardrobe Wednesday and What Wives Wear.


  1. The color of the floral shorts is perfect with the top! Great outfit for under $100! I also really like the white bow on the top.

  2. I love this look and was hoping you would jump on board our latest style challenge. NZ dollars and all :)

  3. Love the cute shorts!

    Thanks for joining Wardrobe Wednesday xx

  4. Love those shorts and how you've styled them - and you didn't mention the cute back detailing on that blouse, it's gorgeous!

  5. That is such a cute and chic mom outfit. Loving the floral shorts very much. Hope all is well cute Lauren.

    <3 Ada.

  6. Love the colors of your floral shorts and the top is so cute with the bow! Such a pretty look!


  7. Thanks again for joining our Outfit Under $100 challenge. We have just announced our winner and opened up our latest style challenge. Now found at Agent Mystery Case.


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