Sticking to a budget and being a responsible human being? Sometimes difficult—especially when you work in fashion and spend a not-so-insignificant portion of your workday scanning your favorite retailers' new-in sections in search of (often fabulously extravagant) pieces from emerging brands that are about to blow up.
You can start the day with the best of intentions (and even ask your co-workers to hide your credit cards from you—true story), but by 3:37 p.m., after one too many cups of (likely Postmated) coffee, you find yourself crafting a really well-reasoned argument as to why that wildly impractical It bag you've got in your cart is the definition of a solid investment that will definitely, definitely be worth the credit card bill you're about to run up.
If that's you (I mean, obviously I'm not speaking from personal experience here), I implore you to A) take a deep breath, B) visit our sister site MyDomaine for plenty of budgeting advice, and C) bookmark this story for a less guilt-inducing experience next time the shopping bug begins to eat at you. Below, I've rounded up 27 picks that ring in under $15 (which seems like a reasonable total, unless you go wild and add too many to cart).
Ah, checkerboard, the non-animal print of the season.
Surprised to see the price point on these? Same.
My new favorite beret.
A subtle way to step out in zebra print.
Yes, you do need a belt bag (or three).
Space-age sliders, anyone?
Patent finishes are clearly in.
I'll be wearing these under my favorite Mary Janes.
In case berets aren't quite your speed…
Yes, I will accept this rose.
The neckline of the season.
For added interest, call…
For my fellow Monogram Studio fans.
My kinda basic.
A painterly pick.
Mock croc continues to reign.
Similar styles often ring in at $$$.
Just add fun socks.
A holiday-ready pick if there ever was one.
A bright spot in your winter wardrobe.
Festive cheer incoming.
In case you missed the tie-dye memo.
To go with all those heart-shaped earrings we've been seeing.
Next up, check out 21 low-cost basics that are still high quality.