My antrepid readers will have noticed that Style Saturdays took a brief summer hiatus; I took a break for my brother’s wedding and some summer travel. In the meantime, I’ve heard from some formicid fashion fans that becoming a fashion-ant-sa is surprisingly expensive. Taking your lab look from drab to fab is probably always going to involve some measure of investment. Fashion – like most art – is beautiful but expensive. However, the truth is, you don’t need to break the bank to get a colony-couture look. Some of the myrmecological pieces featured thus far in the Style Saturdays series are genuinely unique, but it’s often pretty easy to get the rest of a look for less as long as you’re willing to improvise.

Take this gorgeous ensemble pairing Yves Saint Laurent with beautiful jewelry from Alolo:

The Lauren with Yves Saint Laur(a)nt

Leather jewelry
alolojewellery.com

18k jewelry
alolojewellery.com

Fourmis
lesqueuesdesardines.myshopify.com

 

Here’s how to get a similar look for less. (With a little more surfing the web, or a willingness to thrift — you could get a similar look for even less!) These tights are expensive, but also amazing, and paired with less expensive clothes and jewelry, formicid fashion can be fab and frugal!

The Lauren For Less

J Crew j crew dress
$93 – jcrew.com

BP. black shoes
nordstrom.com

Claires jewelry
claires.com