Here's an example of how one quality, designer piece can really dress up and outfit. My skirt, shirt, and blazer were all under $35. In my opinion, if you're going to invest in a designer piece, pick something like a purse or a great pair of shoes that will go with almost any outfit. I had a hard time deciding on my purse, but now, I'm so, so happy with my purchase!
I also like adding a pop of red lipstick to an otherwise color-neutral outfit. I think it adds that final touch to pull the entire look together. I'm wearing Yves Saint Laurent lipstick above. I used to always buy drug store brands, but after trying this, I'm never going back! The texture, color saturation, and longevity of this kind of lipstick makes it well worth it!
Faux Leather Skirt: H&M | Striped T-Shirt: H&M | White Blazer: Forever 21 | Shoes: Zara | Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel (loving this color) | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Watch: Kate Spade | Bracelet: House Of Harlow | Necklaces: Urban Outfitters