• Jessica

Socialite Clothing Makes Summer Fashion Essentials on a Budget

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

It goes perfectly with my affordable Amazon hat.

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Ever since making a "splurge vs. steal" post inspired by my FabFitFun swim trends article, I have been studying up on which affordable, everyday brands are worth investing in. When the inexpensive Panama hat from Amazon fell right into my lap thanks to BuzzFeed, my beginner's luck encouraged me to check out a non-luxury fashion label carried at Nordstrom called Socialite Clothing.

Photo via Socialite Clothing

Socialite is the type of line I could imagine shopping at Revolve, which carries a wide-range of trend-conscious labels at an accordingly large range of price-points. To give you a sense, Socialite's apparel is more expensive than Forever 21, but cheaper than J. Crew.

I have long been on the hunt for a black jumpsuit, but one that would be versatile enough to wear casually during the day, yet polished enough to dress up to go out to dinner at night. I envisioned a wide-leg jumpsuit with a strapless top, but knew it would have to be smocked in order to fit.

Enter: Socialite Smocked Bodice Jumpsuit, $55.

I can't believe that this jumpsuit is under $100 or that it fits. It has pockets, falls nicely, and is the perfect length to wear with espadrilles and other wedges. It's exactly what I've been waiting for.

I also wanted to check out some of their everyday styles. Since animal print is so on-trend RN, I decided to take a look at the neutral-loving tiger print on one of their staple styles, Socialite Lace Trim Camisole Top, $35.

After so much loeopard and zebra, I love that this print is unique. This is definitely the pocketbook-friendly take on the boudoir-inspired, silk camisoles I love so much. Although it's less delicate, it does have adjustable straps.

BTW, animal prints can be tricky to style. You can pull off a sophisticated look with understated animal prints on a budget, but I do not advise budget-shopping non-luxury animal prints unless they are very tasteful. It takes away the novelty of the safari-inspired design, and starts to bring back painful grade-school memories of neon, leopard-print Lisa Frank school supplies.

The bottom line is: I am unfortunately very difficult to please, which makes me a discerning consumer. I think Socialite is one of those rare, pocket book-friendly brands that gets the look, fit, and design right.

What are your favorite fashion labels? Tell me on Instagram.

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