A touch of elegance—at a very good price!

Staying within a budget often presents unexpected challenges. While it’s true we all like to save money whenever possible, it is also true that we want whatever we buy to look good. Even if we pay very little, we do not want whatever we buy to look cheap or tacky.

I find that this challenge arises when it comes time to buy inexpensive-to-moderately priced shoes, handbags and costume jewelry. Since the outfits these accessories will coordinate with are also bought on sale, at jobbers, church sales or close-outs my rule is not to spend more on the accessories than I spent on any of the clothing.

This is why I usually bypass gimmicky jewelry, bags and belts and prefer to use the good gold and silver jewelry I have instead. Sometimes, though, a real bargain is to be had and when it is I’m sure to consider the purchase.

Faux pearl necklace by Kong Li Fashion.

Pearls are always a good choice because they go with everything and are suitable for even the office. The thing to watch out for is the way the pearls look in daylight. There should be a soft sheen about them and not a glare or dullness. When I saw these pearls on sale at a local 99 cents store I did not hesitate to buy them. Shown here is the cream colored pearl necklace by Kong Li Fashion.

Pink tinted pearls by Kong Li Fashion with my recently completed Dirndl Dress.

There are also pearls with a slight pinkish tint by the same company which I used to accessorize a 1950s inspired dress I recently made.

Necklace with buish-white pearls by Apple Fashion Accessory.

Apple Fashion Accessories makes a bluish-white pearl necklace also available at the same store.

Clasp closing at the back of the pearl necklace.

Each necklace costs $1.49 and has a clasp closing at the back. At that price I decided to splurge and bought all three. They already have a place amongst my current wardrobe and will definitely work well with whatever type of dress or blouse I make in the future.

The pearl necklaces shown here are available at Chen’s Discount Store, 55th Street and New Utrecht Avenue, Boro Park, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Note: I am not affiliated with any store or manufacturer.

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