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Frugal Fashionista: Holiday Party Chic for $50

Welcome to’s newest style feature, the Frugal Fashionista. Much like its sister series, the Frugal Foodie, it aims to minimize the money coming out of your pockets and maximize the return.

Every other week, we’ll ask a local stylista to complete a task—some seasonal and some just for fun—on a budget. Think of it as a Washington-focused “The Look for Less,” the Style Network TV show that creates a particular look on a budget.

For our inaugural issue, we’ve asked resident DC blogger Makeda Saggau-Sackey of the Glamazon Diaries to come up with a holiday party outfit for under $50.

We gave her an easy go of it for this round, saying she could wear any simple black dress she had in her closet.

Saggau-Sackey, who counts Max Azria, Karl Lagerfeld, and Oscar de la Renta among her favorite designers, says that the simple strapless A-line dress from J.Crew ($98) should be a staple in any Washingtonian woman’s closet.

You can pair it with heels or pumps, hose or bare legs, and wear it just about anywhere, provided you bring along a wrap or sweater for more formal occasions, she says.

Instead of hitting her usual online retailer Gilt Groupe (which also offers bargains), department-mecca Nordstrom, or local Georgetown boutique We One You Two, Saggau-Sackey headed to cheap-chic retailers like Forever21 and Target, which offer impressive selections of trend pieces.

Target and H&M are her favorites, particularly when the stores showcases collaborations with notable designers like Commes de Garcon or Botkier.

The look she put together shows off her signature style, a mix of high fashion and polished preppy, for a price that nearly everyone can afford. Even better, the accessories can be worn individually or paired with a more casual outfit for a night on the town.

Here’s what she chose:

Polished Petal Ring - $3.80

Magnifique Rope Necklace - $11.80

Mossimo Heidi Satin Bow Heels – Black–$15.99

Forever 21 Croc Clutch - $15.80
Total: $47.39

Why we love it: It’s the perfect blend of classy and stylish, and the gold accents add a nice holiday sheen. The necklace and ring tie the look together—and she actually found a purse and shoes on the budget!

Think you’re a budget-balancing babe (or boy)? Send a note to if you’d like to be featured in an upcoming segment.

Next up, Chandler Ramelli of the blog A Not So Capitol Idea tackles a head-to-toe New Year’s Eve outfit for under $100.

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