Outfits under $100: 4 swimwear looks for every style

In the lexicon of phrases that describe clothing, "going out" is one of the most odious. It's near-to-impossible to disassociate a "going-out top" from the smell of stale vodka crans, the feel of heels clapping against a sticky floor, and the sound of a droning hit song that promises tonight's gonna be the best night evaar. But, as your taste in venues has evolved over time, so, too, has your preference in after-hours clothing. You may be over bandage dresses and spiked platforms, but you still want something that makes you feel like you could have a dance-off with Beyoncé — and win.

We armed four of our editors with 0 each and asked them to shop for a complete, head-to-toe, night-out outfit. They needed to be able to move in the clothes — without feeling like they were perpetually one tequila-fueled wobble away from busting out of them. Ahead, check out how these four gals with very different styles made do with their challenge.

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CheapChallenge_AnniePhotographed by Erin Yamagata.

Annie Georgia Greenberg, style editor

"Let's be honest: Everything in this store could be worn on a night out. But, I was surprised by the range, the price, and in some cases, even the quality of the pieces at outfits under 0: 4 swimwear looks for every style Necessary Clothing. The shoes, which combine equal inspiration from Tabitha Simmons and Schutz, were the first things I saw and loved. I balanced them out with a more feminine pencil skirt and a comfortable T-shirt — both of which could be worn separately. The earrings (which were actually on sale for.99) topped everything off and made the look a bit more glam for night."

CheapChallenge_ConniePhotographed by Erin Yamagata.

Connie Wang, style director

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"I haven't set foot into a Wet Seal since I was in high school, when I had a slight obsession with collecting 'going-out' tops in every single color, to wear with bolero sweaters and low-rise jeans (it was a dark, dark time). I was apprehensive about being assigned Wet Seal, but I found my shopping experience to be way more pleasant than I had anticipated. Since most of the dresses and shorts were hilariously butt-cheek revealing, I stuck with a small-but-fruitful range of simple jumpsuits. The 'You Can't Sit With Us' tank I paired with the jumpsuit is a classic conversation starter ('Is butter a carb?'), and the shoes are surprisingly comfortable, given how high they are. The single Wet Seal location in NYC was well-stocked, clean, and organized — and the staff was incredibly helpful in explaining the million different sales they had going on.

"It seemed like everything was either half off, buy-one-get-one, or style marked down with some other variation of a deal. Heading up to the cash register with my bounty, I had anticipated pricing in at just under 0 based on the sticker prices. However, after everything was rung up, and all the deals were taken into account...the total was shockingly low. I could have easily picked up a second outfit, no sweat. The quality is definitely subpar — I'd be surprised if these clothes last me through a few times of wear — but I didn't expect anything more substantial, considering the price. The only thing I couldn't find was a clutch, so I used one of my favorites, a mini Meredith Wendell wristlet. The hefty iPhone case is also a must-have; as someone who loses her phone at least quarterly each year, the more obnoxious the case is, the less likely I am to leave it at the bar."

CheapChallenge_GinaPhotographed by Erin Yamagata.

Gina Marinelli, associate fashion features editor

"I can't say I shop at Forever 21 as much as I did in college. But, being that it used to be the place for picking up almost all my 'going-out' ensembles, I'm well-versed in shuffling through the racks to find the gems. Still, it seems like my skills have gotten rusty; at the location in Soho, I definitely panicked when I came up with nothing but mountains of body-con everything and big festival florals (pretty, but not very me). I don't know what made me try on this dress — considering it resembled a slingshot on the hanger — but I was pleasantly surprised at how subtle the crop-top detail was once it was actually on my body. I finished the look with an ankle-strap pump with a great gold feature on the heel, a chunky pair of drop earrings, a few bangles, and a sparkly clutch. I definitely kept it on the classic side — Forever21 does of-the-moment trends so well, I didn't want to just pile them all on at once. Actually, I think that's a good trick when shopping at mass retailers: Look for classic pieces that have a little quirk, or test drive just one trend (in this case, the crop top) to see what works best."

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CheapChallenge_RachelPhotographed by Erin Yamagata.

Rachel Besser, fashion assistant

"This was my very first Cheap Challenge, and boy was it a challenge. You'd think that putting together an outfit at Urban Outfitters would be a cakewalk, but its prices sting a little when it comes to doing it under 0. My saving grace was the floral dress. Call it beginner's luck, but ringing in at.99, that dress saved me. When I head out at night, I usually sport a frock, because its my idea of low maintenance. Throw it on and bam! You're essentially styled. That being said, the most important part of this look is the shoes. I hate heels, and I love dancing, so functionality is key. My splurge was definitely on the open-toed booties, because the heel is a manageable height, and they look chic with or without a sock. Sold. The last necessity for any nighttime 'fit of mine is a trusty crossbody bag, so I grabbed the least expensive one. Messing around with clutches is a no-go because I'm notorious for setting things down mindlessly. Until there's a Find My iPhone app for bags, I will stick to the crossbody."

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Источник: http://www.refinery29.com/cheap-going-out-outfits



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