Faux Leather Moto Jacket Under $40

I’ve long wanted a faux leather moto jacket, but even those I liked were a bit above my budget. What’s even worse, because I am petite, many of the jackets I found didn’t fit me right in the sleeves. But when I stumbled upon this faux leather jacket from Nordstrom Rack and realized it was only $32, I added it to my cart immediately! Since it was so affordable I was even able to take it to the Nordstrom Rack near my house and get it altered so it fits me perfectly.

I decided to pair my jacket with my favorite black turtleneck for this look, although I have worn it with a black silk cami and loved it also. These black pointy toe booties from Forever 21 are the perfect addition to this edgy look.

SHOP THE LOOK

Philosophy Faux Leather Moto Jacket (wearing a 2) | Susina Long Sleeve High Rib Cuff Turtleneck (wearing a PXS) – only $20! | LOFT Petite Modern Skinny Jeans in Black | Forever 21 Faux Leather Chelsea Boots (under $35!) | Danielle Nicole Gretchen Satchel (similar)

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Shopping Trends On A Budget

I love a good trend. From bell sleeves to off-the-shoulder tops, style trends are such a fun way to update your wardrobe each season. But trends are called so because they don’t last forever. So whenever I am shopping for something that’s considered trendy, like this black peplum top, I try to find budget-friendly options.

FIND YOUR GO-TO STORES

When I am looking for new clothes, but am on a budget, I’ve got my go-to stores that I know will have what I need. Nordstrom Rack, LOFT and Zara are a few favorites of mine. The peplum top I’m wearing is from Nordstrom Rack.

KNOW WHEN TO SPLURGE

While I definitely like to save on trendy items, I will always try to pair my trendier pieces with nicer staples. For example, the Tory Burch sandals and bag I paired with this top balance out the look. (I bought both the sandals and bag used. I’m planning a post soon on how to score great finds second hand.)

WAIT FOR A SALE

If you’ve got your eye on a piece that is just above your budget, wait for it to go on sale. Most stores will offer promo codes and sales regularly, so it’s only a matter of checking back often to see if your item has been marked down.

GOOGLE IT

Believe it or not, I find some of my best deals by Googling descriptors of the item I want. For example, I found these gladiator sandals under $30 by searching for “studded gladiator sandals” (after swooning over the very similar Valentino version for $975). PS I styled these sandals here and here. They get so many compliments every time I wear them!

I hope these tips help y’all the next time you go shopping. Thanks for reading!

SHOP THE LOOK

Ro & De Black Peplum Top | LOFT Boyfriend Jeans | Tory Burch Small Parker Tote | Tory Burch Moore Sandals | MICHELE Deco (with bracelet) | Baublebar Maxim Cuff Set c/o | LOFT Square Sunglasses