Mandi Norwood, editor in chief of Shop Etc. magazine, offered a mix of affordable examples and pricier ones on The Early Show's Chic on a Shoestring Wednesday.
The series features two versions for each look: one a splurge, the other a steal. It can be awfully tough to guess the difference.
LOOK #1: THE WRAP DRESS LOOK
High total: $582
Diane von Furstenburg dress, $275. The Diane von Furstenburg wrap dress has been an icon since the '70s, and it's still hot today. The oversized polka-dot print is woven into the luxe fabric, which clings to your curves in all the right places. Darts at the bust and waistline ensure a tailored and flattering fit.
Stuart Weitzman shoes, $265. Shoes are made of patent Italian leather. The straps are lined with soft leather that won't dig into your skin. The platform cork heel is a major trend for summer.
Banana Republic necklace, $42
Low total: $161.80
Zara Dress, $79. The pattern is screen printed onto lighter weight fabric. The cotton is stiffer and doesn't stretch as easily.
Aldo Shoes, $79. We love these great-looking peep toes. They are made of a lower-grade patent leather that doesn't mold to the foot as easily as a more expensive version will. The soles are also plastic, not leather.
Forever 21 Necklace, $3.80