18 Ways to Look like a NYFW Street Style Star for $100 or Less
Street style at New York Fashion Week is unparalleled. Equal parts eccentric flair and NYC-in-February styling savvy put bloggers and front row darlings in an elite league of their own that’s as buzzed about as the designers the event is celebrating. So, in the spirit of this major fashion moment, we say there’s no better time to follow through on that “dress to impress” resolution than right now. And you don’t have to look any further than the virtual racks of five of your favorite budget-friendly retailers. We’ve hunted down the most fashion-forward pieces from H&M, Forever 21, Target and more that are all $100 or less. Here’s how to step up your sartorial A-game even if your front row invite got lost in the mail.
1. H&M Short-Sleeved Jumpsuit ($60): Give major ’70s vibes in this flared jumpsuit that’s a head-turner all on its own. The no-accessories-required style makes it a top choice for the lazy girl set.
2. H&M Flared Coat ($80): This varsity striped kimono-style coat is a minimalist dream. Keep it all about the coat in a dress that can disappear under the open front jacket, or make it all about the oversized silhouette over a full maxi skirt.
3. H&M Tights With Text Motif ($9): Make a literal fashion statement with something much more unexpected than a graphic top.
4. Forever 21 Textured Culottes Jumpsuit ($35): This is as of-the-moment as a jumpsuit can get. Let it stand out by styling it with ’90s-feeling accessories like platform sandals, a sleek choker and a vampy red lip.
5. Forever 21 Tribal-Inspired Statement Necklace ($13): When your statement necklace collection starts looking all the same, shake it up with a stunner that takes inspiration from your DIY supplies. Clasp this pom pom collar necklace over a white tee to turn your everyday outfit into a look.
6. Forever 21 Heathered High-Slit Dress ($20): This is how to do ’90s grunge in 2015: with a high-slit tunic that adds a more dramatic look to your outfit with every step.
7. Zara Fringed High Heel Sandal ($100): This could be the most fun way to wear fringe ever. It’s a no-brainer way to dress up your denim, or to make that LBD over-the-top flirty.
8. Zara Leather Effect Layered Skirt Dress ($80): Besides giving off major #girlboss vibes, this A-line faux-leather dress might be the most figure-flattering way to make your high-fashion mark. Keep it classy with strappy stilettos, or go for the all-leather-everything look with heeled, over-the-knee suede boots.
9. Zara Dotted Top With Contrast Cuff ($80): Let one garment do the pattern clashing for you (though we’d kind of die to pair this top with a bright tartan pencil skirt).
10. Target Illusion Wide Leg Pant ($25): Wide leg trousers won’t feel impossibly bulky when they’re extra sheer. Keep this look from feeling too beachy by styling it with menswear-inspired shoes and a boxy blazer.
11. Target Ruffle Sleeve Blouse ($14): One of the more out-of-the-box ways to wear ruffles is also one of the dreamiest. Just don’t lose the ethereal effect by slipping on a jacket. Instead, keep your middle warm with a belted long-line vest.
12. Target Mesh Beach Tote Handbag ($10): Take your athleisure game to the next level with this made-for-the-beach tote bag reimagined as a sporty mesh carryall. To get the serious sartorial makeover, just toss it over your best set of sweats.
13. ASOS Faith Jolly FLoral Embellished Slider Sandals ($60): If your sandals are embellished with neon gems, then they’re appropriate no matter what the season. Slip on a pair of colorful socks and you’re set to take these slide sandals for a wintry spin.
14. ASOS Vera Moda Bold Stripe T-Shirt Dress ($47): Bold color is sure to get you noticed in the crowd, so you know you’ll make an impression with three of ’em in one dress. Keep the rest of your accessories stark for full effect.
15. ASOS Peach Cross Body Bag ($34): There’s no better time to go totally over the top with your accessories than when you’re channeling your inner street-style star. So, why not sling a peach-shaped purse around your shoulders?
16. Urban Outfitters Quay Frankie Sunglasses ($40): Put down your wayfarers and pass up your aviators. A more sculptural pair of sunglasses is the easiest way to redefine your entire look.
17. Urban Outfitters BDG Denim A-Line Mini Skirt ($30): Diversify your denim by thinking beyond the jeans with a sexy, ’60s-inspired denim skirt that feels flirty no matter what you top it off with.
18. Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal Recycled Sleeveless Kimono Jacket ($79): take your boho vibe to the next level with a floor-length kimono that practically make your entrance for you. With a jacket this head-turning, it doesn’t matter what you wear underneath.
What standout pieces have you bought from your favorite retailers? Tell us in the comments below.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com