Budget Stylista: Rock The Retro

Much like sundresses and flirty skirts, ’50s retro looks are all over the place this summer. From high end designers to college-budget-friendly retailers, everyone’s working the fuller skirts with bodices nipped in at the waist, red patent shoes and, of course, red lipstick.

And I couldn’t be more excited. I mean, really, is there anything sexier than a pair of red patent shoes? Aside from Bradley Cooper I’m going to say, uh, hell no.

The best thing about this look is that it’s so easy to pull off and only requires two purchases:

1) A retro looking dress and
2) A pair of red patent shoes

And lucky for you, I’ve found both these options for you and for cheap. Add in a black bag that’s already in your closet, try big curls or a low bun with a side part and, if you’re daring enough, red lipstick, and off you go.

Daytime Retro
This dress screams summer on a boat… back in the day. Love the red espadrilles, which keep it daytime fresh. The overall look is totally modern but with a vintage feel.

Dress, Shoes

Retro By Night
This dress is a bit pricier, but also a bit fancier. And that pattern looks way more luxe than its $67 price tag. Plus, if you wanna get more wear out of it, you can definitely work it for a more casual affair by simply swapping out those heels for some flats or sandals.

Dress, Shoes

Rompin’ Retro
This is more of a romper, but who cares? It’s still paying homage to ’50s style, and doing it well. And with red slingbacks? Now I know how Rachel Zoe feels when she’s all “I die.”

Romper, Shoes

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