How to look chic on a road trip – for $30 or less

Hey everyone! I’m traveling to New York this weekend for the Her Campus Intercollegiette Conference! Since I’m out of town, Ilyssa Panitz from will be guest blogging on River City Chic today. She’s going to give us the low down on how to look fabulous on a road trip!
By Ilyssa Panitz,
My mother always says, “No matter where you go, always dress to impress by wearing things that make a statement.”

Mom’s words have stuck. Even if plans call for a long road trip in the car, you can still look like a million bucks for less than $30.

No, I’m not pulling your leg. It’s true! Having a flair for fashion, while bargain shopping, is my forte and you won’t believe how easy it is to look expensive and still have money left over for a round of drinks with the girls (or enough gas to get you to that roadside inn).

If you haven’t familiarized yourself with, I suggest you become fast friends. The site is like a virtual one-stop-shop for coupons, deals, sales, free shipping codes, Cash Back offers and more. So, when you can find even more savings at already affordable shops like Asos, Target, DSW and more? Well, guess who’s picking up the tab?
Here are two road trip looks that will get you where you’re going in comfort, on budget and, most importantly, in style.
Short and sweet
For a summer road trip outfit that’s comfy and cute (and won’t cause you to break out in a sweat when the AC breaks down), ditch your old yoga pants and college T-shirt for this Old Navy button-front tank (on sale for $5 – and you get up to 5 percent Cash Back when you shop the store through, Merino pink print shorts for just $17.99 at Target (nab 3 percent Cash Back while you’re at it) and these $5 Old Navy tie-dyed flip-flops. Total cost: $28, plus money back in your pink little pocket!

Dress for success

Some women, myself included, love the relaxed look of a smocked dress. Cool and comfy during a long car ride, this style is not only trendy, but the possibilities as to how many ways you can wear it are endless. You can scoop it up at Kohl’s for only $12.99 – and get 3 percent Cash Back from
Another important lesson Mom taught me: No outfit is complete without the proper accessories.

Since color is the rage on the runway, and this dress needs a little somethin’, somethin’, score this Michael Stars straw fedora with a pretty pink band from Cusp (hats are in, by the way) for an additional $15, although you’ll be getting 3 percent Cash Back from, so it’s actually even less than that. Add pink flip-flops – just $2.50 at Old Navy, and forget looking like a 10, you are off the charts and sailing past 11. And all for $30.
Cheap and chic? Mom would be so proud.

Ilyssa Panitz writes for

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  1. Courtney wrote:

    I need to check out this site! 🙂

    Posted 7.26.13 Reply
  2. Dora wrote:

    Love the shorts in the first picture!

    Posted 7.26.13 Reply
  3. nancy graham wrote:

    I really like the first outfit. I also have the Old Nacy flip flops in the second picture. They're so cheap!

    Posted 7.28.13 Reply