5 Affordable Bags That Look Expensive

Posted 10 months ago by

The secret to looking stylish and affluent on a budget isn’t necessarily about your clothes — it’s about your accessories. And your bag’s the most important accessory of all.

If you’re carrying around an expensive looking bag, you’ll look sophisticated, stylish, and a bit fancy. The key word in that sentence was “expensive looking.” Below are five bags under $50 that look expensive, as modeled by our lovely friend, Madeline.


This top handle bag from ShoeDazzle is the perfect mix of edgy and feminine! Pair it with your favorite Spring outfit for a model-off-duty look.




Everyone thinks the gem below is a Céline bag. The look on their faces when they’re told it’s from Aldo is always priceless. If you’re hunting for a chic bag that’ll go with everything, check out Aldo. They do a really good job with imitation leather. You can barely tell the difference!


  • Bag: $50.00 via Aldo
  • Vest: $24.95 via H&M
  • Pants: $65.00 via Topshop



This perennial satchel from ShoeDazzle is finished with an oversized hardware adornment for true charm. Keep it ladylike with an angora sweater and sparkling baubles. For a Downtown cool look, pair it with chambray and your favorite black skinnies.




Don’t let the size of this Old Navy bucket bag deceive you. It can hold a bunch of stuff!




This over-sized bag from Promod is extremely stylish! It’s also large enough to hold anything and everything — from your yoga clothes all the way to your laptop and charger.



If you’re looking for a bag under $50 that looks more expensive than it is, check out Old Navy, ShoeDazzle, Promod and Aldo. All four companies do an amazing job at creating on-trend bags with imitation leather that look like the real thing. Another store to check out is H&M — their bags are looking better every season!


Sneak Peek: Old Navy’s Summer 2014 Collection

Posted 11 months ago by

We got a chance to view Old Navy’s summer 2014 collection and Oh. My. Gosh. It’s adorable! Many collections out there are pretty to look at, and that’s about it. Either it’s too fancy, too expensive or just not practical for the average girl (or guy!) to wear.

This collection is flirty, feminine, a tad preppy and extremely wearable! Perfect for the beach, sight-seeing on vacation, and night outs with friends. Just see for yourself!

Women’s Collection


Long Sleeve Tee: $14.94
Pants: $29.94
Canvas Sneakers: $22.94


Crochet Top: $26.94
Overalls: $36.50


Striped Tee: $19.94
Cut-off Shorts: $29.94


Swimsuit: $32.94


Camo Shirt: $26.94
Flirt Cut-off Shorts: $19.94


Sleeveless Tee: $14.94
Skirt: $24.94


Denim Vest: $29.94
Cross Body Bag: $22.94
Cropped Jeans: $29.94


Striped Silk Top: $22.94
Polka-dot Shorts: $24.94


Cami Dress: $29.94


Jumpsuit: $34.94

The jumpsuit is my personal favorite! Pairing it with a white blazer, open-toed pumps, and red lipstick would really make someone stand out in a crowd.

Men’s Collection

We love the hipster meets jock feel of the men’s collection. Tons of red, white, blue and printed shirts!


Print Chambray: $26.94
Roll Cuff Short: $19.94
Lace-up Shoes: $24.94


Button-Down: $29.94
Shorts: $19.94


Striped Crew: $12.94
Shorts: $19.94


Button-Down: $24.94
Swim Trunks: $24.94

Everything in this collection is under $40 and will be available in stores this May! What do you think of Old Navy’s summer collection? Let us know in the comments below.


Here’s a Sneak-Peek of Old Navy’s Spring 2014 Collection

Posted 1 year ago by

We may be smack dab in the middle of a polar vortex, seriously, have you seen those photos of Chicago and Lake Michigan? A bit The Day After Tomorrow if you ask me.

Despite the cold, we have a little present for you! Below is a sneak-peek of Old Navy’s Spring 2014 collection. Even though it seems like a million years away, Spring is indeed close.

Old Navy’s Spring 2014 Collection

We found this collection to be extremely refreshing with a mix of nautical prints and girly details. Just see for yourself!








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I’m personally all about that striped weekender bag! What item was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

*Find these items online and at your local Old Navy starting in late February. 


Sneak Peek: Old Navy’s Holiday Collection

Posted 1 year ago by

We got a little sneak peek of Old Navy’s holiday collection and wowza — totally impressed! Everything was trendy and on point; stylish parkas, button-ups with detailed collars, sexy ankle boots, winter whites, printed chambray and fall/winter friendly colors like dark blue, olive green and burgundy.

After posting a short video on Instagram, a follower commented “Looks like Madewell.” As a personal fan of Madewell, I totally agree! Now you can get those stylish yet simple looks for a fraction of the price, thanks Old Navy!

These are our top six favorite looks:

This open-front cardigan paired with a fitted chambray shirt and black pants…the perfect winter look!


This floral printed chambray top needs to be on everyones winter wish list! It’ll make looking stylish easy on lazy days.


We’re in love with the detail on this collar! I still love studs, but I think sequins will be the texture of choice this winter.


We love this classy mix of white, beige and grey. Perfect for the 9-5 young professional.


Green and dark blue parkas are going to be in for yet another season!


Monogram is going to be extremely trendy this winter for both bags and jewelry…be prepared!


Below is more from the preview that didn’t make the top six:

This collection will be available in stores starting late October. To stay tuned, follow Old Navy and Broke & Chic on Twitter! What was your favorite look from the Old Navy preview? Let us know in the comments below!


Allie’s Downtown Cool Style

Posted 3 years ago by

Not only does Allie have an awesome bedroom, she has an awesome wardrobe too! If you don’t remember her, Allie is a student living in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

She moved to New York City over a year ago with her mom from a small southern town, and her hobbies include reading, photography, music, independent movies and knitting!

This won’t be the last you’ll see of Allie. We liked her so much that she is now Broke & Chic’s very own Social Media Manager! Give her a twitter follow.

  • Leopard Sweater: $10 Old Navy (sale)
  • Leggings: $10 Uniqlo
  • Moto Boots: $30 Prima Donna
  • Levi’s Jacket: Mom’s old high school jacket!

Q & A

B&C: What was your favorite winter trend?

Allie: Moto boots, moccasins and large knit head bands!

B&C: What is one trend you can’t stand?

Allie: Leggings with uggs. I like leggings, but paired with Uggs…no!

What do you think of Allie’s downtown style? Tell us in the comments below! PS: We’re digging the shatter polish!


Trend Alert: Are Flare Jeans Coming Back?

Posted 3 years ago by

Victoria Beckham was recently spotted wearing dark wash bootcut jeans. Believe it or not, she rocked them!

Flare and bootcut jeans have been taking a vacation in our bottom drawer for about five years now — that’s a long time! Since then, skinny jeans have really stepped up to the plate, becoming our our go-to pair. Not only do skinnies flatter most figures, they actually highlight the awesome shoes we wear, while flares have always hidden our rockin’ heels and adorable flats.

So is it okay for them to come back? I think this resurge is all on us! Are we going to follow in Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes’s footsteps? Or are we going to keep that pair of flares under our beds for a few more seasons?

Does age have anything to do with it?

Flare and bootcut jeans have never permanently left the closets of Katie Holmes (33), Jennifer Aniston (43) or Victoria (37). In the fashion world, this suggests that the 30+ crowd can rock them, while the 15-30 crowd can’t. That said, Disney star Vanessa Hudgens hasn’t really stopped wearing flare jeans either.

What do you Like More?

Katie in flare jeans or skinny jeans?

Vanessa in flare jeans or skinny jeans?

A guy friend of mine, who recently turned 21, told his mom she was wearing “out dated” jeans. An e-mail session began:

They are not waaay flared, just medium.   I just bought them from Banana Republic and love the way they fit.  Am I wearing OUTDATED jeans?

My response? No! It can take years to find that perfect pair that fits you in all the right places. If you love how your jeans fit, wear them!


In NY, the fashion capital of the world, I’ve made an effort to pay more attention to what people were wearing these past few days. So far, I haven’t noticed anyone wearing jeans other than the skinny variety…except for tourists. But the thing is, they didn’t just wear a cute outfit that happened to include flares. It was awful. Picture flare jeans, running sneakers, an “I ♥ NY” t-shirt and an LL Bean backpack.

To flare or not to flare is a messy question, and really doesn’t have one solid answer; it just has rules. If you never really gave up your flare/bootcut jeans, then it’s time. Stop at your local Forever 21 or Old Navy and snag a pair of affordable skinnies. If you’ve been wearing skinnies, then don’t be afraid to play around with other types of jeans: bootcut, flares, boyfriend, wide leg, high waisted. Just have fun and mix it up like Katie and Vanessa! Keep in mind that fashion is always repeating itself.


1. Stick to the dark wash variety.

2. Wear bootcut jeans — avoid the flare’s for a little while longer.

3. Always wear some sort of heel with them. Flats and sneakers will give you a 1999 look.

4. Try and wear a dressier top. If you’re in a t-shirt mood just accessorize with a statement necklace and a blazer.

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!


Fashion Advice: How to Appear More Fashionable

Posted 3 years ago by

Style isn’t for everyone. Many girls like playing it safe with the usual “jeans and t-shirt look,” especially during the college years. It’s quick, easy and…lacks style. If you’re that girl but want to start entering the world of fashion, style and trends, then read this guide on how to appear more fashionable.

The Three Don’ts

1. Flip Flops

They are lame, sorry just lame. They work when you are in need of a pedicure in the winter, are lounging at the pool or beach all day in the summer and if you have to shower in a communal bathroom…aka “dorm life.” Other than those three things, stay away from them. Why wear something that’s unfashionable AND bad for your feet?

Opt for a pair of sandals instead! They’re a much better alternative, and are just as easy to put on as flip flops.

Gladiators will still be hot for Summer 2012!

Try out a sexy pair of T-strap or Thong sandals.

If you must wear flip flops, get a pair like these ($14.80 at F21). They still have style & appeal to them!

2. Uggs

Yes, they are comfortable, but so are lots of other boots. In the fashion world, Ugg stands for Ugly. Unless you live in Greenland, don’t wear them. Opt for a cute pair of lace up or moto boots instead!

Motorcycle boots have a tough yet classy look to them.

Unlike Uggs, moto and lace-up boots work in the summer too!

Rachel’s lace-up boots would look adorable with a dress.

3.  Denim Skirts

Let’s put it this way: if you wore it when you were in middle school, don’t wear it now. Instead, try a cute maxi or bodycon skirt! They are trendy, fashionable and just as easy to put on as your 12 season old denim skirt from Old Navy.

The Three Do’s

1. Accessorize

Accessories are such an easy way to make any outfit more trendy. Rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces…they all work. Just stay away from the bling.

2. Red Lipstick

It’s a quick way to look fashionable and sophisticated. Red will never go out of style. Go to your local e.l.f. retailer and get a striking red for only $3!

3. Vintage

Worried about what’s in this season? Not sure if your outfit will work for the event you’re going to? When in doubt, wear vintage! Not all vintage has to be expensive, and sometimes you can even find a vintage treasure at a thrift store for under $10!

Read More: How to Vintage Clothing + Accessories at a Thrift Store & Off Season Shopping

What’s an outfit that would deem somebody “unfashionable?” Leave your comments below. We would love to hear from you!


Gap’s New S/S 2012 “Be Bright” Campaign

Posted 3 years ago by

Gap, the casual American retailer known for their affordability and quality has just launched their new Spring/Summer line this past week. Headed with the title “Be Bright.”

Gap’s “Be Bright” Spring/Summer collection encourages you to have fun with color and to have fun with fashion. From candy colored jeans and khakis to bright and fun trenches. Their new collection allows you to let loose so your true colors can shine through! It’ll be a breath of fresh air when we start seeing ladies and gents sporting jeans in colors other than blue and red!

 “Be Bright speaks to what has always been the heart and soul of Gap—casual American style that’s relevant for today and rooted in optimism,” said Seth Farbman, Gap’s Global Chief Marketing Officer. “We’ve been infusing a new energy and confidence into our product and how we express who we are to our customer. It started with our 1969 jeans and premium black pants and continues this spring with our colored denim and khakis.”

Why is Gap’s new campaign worth talking about?  Styld.by – a first-of-its-kind digital collaboration between Gap and six well-respected fashion and lifestyle blogs including Refinery29, WhoWhatWear, FabSugar, Lookbook, Rue and MOG. Using clothes from the new collection, each of the six partners styled unique looks from their point of view. The looks will live on the partners’ sites within a Gap branded experience where people can get style inspiration, learn about the products featured, and click to purchase right from the experience.

This is truly the future of online shopping, with Gap leading the way!  The idea of a large retailer working with bloggers to create an online shopping experience is amazing!

Styld.by is an evolutionary way to take the idea of a traditional catalog and deliver it in a way that encourages people to engage with it in a place where they’re already spending their time, like fashion blogs and music sites. By asking our partners to curate our favorite pieces in a way that’s relevant to them, we’re giving consumers more than just our point of view,” added Farbman.

 Gap’s “Be Bright” Lookbook

Broken-In Straight Khakis ($49.95) in fuchsia.

Always Skinny Cropped Jean ($69.95) in fuchsia.

Sexy Boyfriend ($69.95) in mint grey.

Broken-In Straight Khakis ($49.95)

Slouchy Slim Fit Jeans ($69.95) in yellow.

Denim Washed Khakis($59.95)

Always Skinny Cropped Jean ($69.95) in surf pipe blue.

What are your thought’s on Gap’s new “Be Bright” collection? We at Broke & Chic are loving the colored khakis for men! Men deserve to have some color in their lives too!


The Broke Fashionistas of the Upper West Side

Posted 3 years ago by

New York City is a beautiful city filled with unique neighborhoods and boroughs, each showcasing its own sense of style. Today, Broke & Chic spent time in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan, taking photos of fashionable ladies on a budget!

The Upper West Side is home to Central Park, The Dakota and many colleges and universities including Columbia, Fordham and The New School, so of course this neighborhood would have great style. Go see for yourself!

  • Blazer: $16 Strawberry
  • Jumper: $24 Forever 21
  • Boots: $180 Macy’s
  • Hue Socks: $6 Ricky’s 
  • Belt: $30 Zara
  • Hat: $26 Urban Outfitters


Q: What’s your favorite winter 2012 trend?

A: “I’ve seen a lot of guys in bow ties lately, I love it.”

  • Shirt: $17 h&m
  • Pants: $54 Urban Outfitters
  • Necklace: $8 Forever 21
  • Boots: $80 Journey’s


Q: What’s your favorite winter 2012 trend?

A: ” Wedge heels and leggings”.

Q: What’s one trend you’d like to see go away forever?

A: “Those awful MC Hammer pants”.

Broke & Chic can agree with that!

  • Shirt: $32 American Apparel
  • Tank: $2.80 Forever 21
  • Leggings: $40 Nike
  • Bag: $60 Urban Outfitters
  • Ugg Boots: $120
I’m a dance major, I have to live in workout clothes. I’ve had to learn how to incorporate my dance class outfits with my everyday outfits so I don’t always look like I’m going to the gym. I have numerous pairs of Nike running leggings, to save money I wear them when I go out with friends too.


Q: What’s your favorite winter 2012 trend?

A:Circle scarves for sure!”

Q: What’s one trend you’d like to see go away forever?

A: “Highlighter yellow skinny jeans. All neon colors really.”

  • Dress: $25 h&m
  • Cardigan: $10 Old Navy (sale)
  • Tights: Ricky’s
  • Boots: $20 Macy’s (sale)
  • Belt: “It was attached to another dress!”


Q: What’s one trend you’d like to see go away forever?

A: “I have quite a few, men in extremely tight skinny jeans, not fitted with a slight taper, but skin tight barely breathe skinny jeans. Ugg boots, they’re expensive slippers that stand for ugly. Last but not least, expensive clothes that look used. Just go to a thrift store please.”

This isn’t the last you’ll see of the Upper West Side. Stay tuned for more broke fashion from here and in other New York City neighborhoods. Can’t wait? Check out The Broke Fashionistas of Greenwich Village!

PS: We’re not just about NYC. Think you’re a Broke Fashionista? Send in your photos to hey@brokeandchic.com



When is the Best Time to Buy a Bathing Suit?

Posted 3 years ago by

Right now! Fall is just a few short weeks away, meaning swimming season is just about over. Stores are trying to get rid of anything summer related to make room for fall attire. You can now buy a quality $80 dollar suit for next to nothing (50% to 75% off). The better the quality, the longer it’ll last. Check out Kohl’s, Macy’s, Everything But Water and Nordstrom’s.

If you’re to impatient and can’t wait the 8 months to wear your suit, try going to H&M, Target or Old Navy when it starts getting warm again. They have the cutest suits for a great price, but they’ll only last you one season.


Broke Fashion # 31

Posted 3 years ago by

This girl knows how to dress!

  • Shirt: $13 H&M
  • Jacket: $25 Old Navy
  • Skirt: $10 Mystique Boutique Manhattan
  • Sandals: $7.50 Forever 21

  • Dress: $19 Motel

Do you have great style on a budget? Submit your pictures to hey@brokeandchic.com


Broke Fashion #30

Posted 3 years ago by

  • Hat: $10 Forever 21
  • Dress: $12 Old Navy
  • Bag: $25 Prima Donna
  • Sandals: $11 Prima Donna