Post-Holiday Shopping on a Budget with Stacy London

Holiday season is over, and it may seem like the worst time ever to buy clothes for yourself. (Credit cards maxed out anyone?) But the truth is the post-holiday season is precisely the time to buy yourself a little something. Why? To ward off the post-holiday blues of course. The good news is you can do it without spending a fortune. (Just skip a few store-bought lattes this week!) Below, Stacy London helps you find affordable but stylish items that will carry you through to spring.

"This truly is budget shopping 101," says London. "We're not talking about sale items. These items are available year round but are especially appealing after the holidays when we're all trying to save a buck (or 10)."

 

Stacy's First Pick: Shorts for Less Than $30

"It was warm in New York City last week, so instead of showing this cute outfit with tights, we've already got an eye toward spring with these great walking shorts. Pair with a feminine blouse and a cardigan and you've got a great weekend outfit. The entire outfit is from UNIQLO and the shorts retail for less than $30, which makes them a great investment piece. They look great with heels or wedges, as we've shown here, and [they] can actually work for some office environments. Of course if the weather dips, you can just add some textured wool tights, and you are good to go. Remember, shorts are like skirts: The same hemline applies to both in the office: just above or directly at the knee."

As seen on Today:

Cardigan: UNIQLO, $39.50
Shirt: UNIQLO, $39.50
Shorts: UNIQLO, $29.50
Shoes: Nine West
Earrings: AV Max
Ring: Gerard Yosca

 

Stacy's Second Pick: Coat for Around $150

"We've talked about great basic coats before, but for around $150, this one is a great steal with mucho style. I love this rust color, without too much orange. It's flattering on a multitude of skin tones and yet goes with oodles of colors. It looks much more expensive than it is, as the color is so interesting and versatile. Should it ever get cold, this coat will do double duty and look great with office attire and jeans on the weekend. Look at these brown trousers. So chic, again, both appropriate for office and weekend life. Can you think of a better reason to go to JCPenney right now?"

As seen on Today:

Coat: JCPenney, $159.99
Shirt: JCPenney, $30
Pants: JCPenney, $40
Boots: JCPenney, $100
Bag: JCPenney
Necklace: AV Max
Earrings: Gerard Yosca

 

Stacy's Third Pick: A Total Look for Less Than $80

"At this time of year in particular, I think we're all over our work wardrobes. But what about a great suit in navy with an adorable shell to get you through to spring? We've shown how great the pieces Mark Eisen is designing for Wal-Mart are in past segments, but this season he has really outdone himself. This is a versatile navy suit and the prices will put a smile on your face no matter how weird the weather is! Around $23 for the jacket, $20 for the trousers and $17 for the shell and the shoes! A really fab work look for less than $80? And the shell is my absolute favorite. I love the print, the color. It will look great come spring, with a little canvas skirt and espadrilles. Be sure to check out the other pieces that are available in this print when you hit Wal-Mart. There are great dresses as well."

As seen on Today:

Jacket: George ME by Mark Eisen for Wal-Mart, $22.82
Shirt:George ME by Mark Eisen for Wal-Mart, $16.82
Pants: George ME by Mark Eisen for Wal-Mart, $19.57
Shoes: George ME by Mark Eisen for Wal-Mart, $16.74
Bracelet: Gerard Yosca
Necklace: Rockras
Earrings: Gerard Yosca

 

Stacy's Fourth Pick: A Cotton Trench Coat for Less Than $40

"I love this cotton canvas trench; it's basic but chic because it fits well and goes with everything. It's a comfortable mid-weight fabric which makes it versatile. Pair it with a cute denim skirt or with a pinstripe trouser and wear it to the office. Don't be afraid of basic beige when it comes to a trench. Yes, colorful trenches can be lovely, but beige is the classic color for a trench. (Think Burberry.) You can always punch it up with a brightly colored underpinning or accessories like a scarf or bag."

As seen on Today:

Jacket: Old Navy, $39.50
Shirt: Old Navy, $19.50
Skirt: Old Navy, $26.50
Boots: JCPenney
Bag: JCPenney
Earrings: AV Max

 

Stacy's Fifth Pick: A Mini-dress for Less Than $50

"Okay, who doesn't want to look like a cool modern version of the quintessential swinging '60s girl? We can always count on H&M to give us modern, reasonably priced pieces in the trendiest styles. The '70s vibe is a big trend for spring, but by no means are we leaving the '60s behind. I love this mini 'sack' dress with tights and boots. Great for the weekend and parties, and so easy! Dresses are my favorite item of clothing. Put them on and you're done. It helps to be tall to wear these shapeless kinds of dresses. Your legs will look a mile long. Or try wearing this dress with high platform heels, or belt it to get more body definition. Come spring, wear it with some patent or metallic flats. Looking for a great bargain on new jewelry accessories? Check out enamel bracelets and rings from J.Crew's new jewelry line; all very reasonably priced!"

As seen on Today:

Dress: H&M, $49.90
Leggings: H&M, $19.90
Necklace: Rockras
Bracelets: J.Crew
Ring: J.Crew

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