How To Feel Like a Million Bucks in an Eleven Dollar Dress

I have been planning this post for quite some time (these photos are from my professional shoot done back in July with Sarissa Marissa Photography), all the while planning to title it “How To Look Like a Million Bucks in an $11 Dress”. But something in that title was not sitting well with me. Who am I to say that I look like a million bucks? It felt sort of pretentious and arrogant. And that is so not me. Plus, how I look is completely subjective to the viewer’s eyes. And I am never one to dictate to anybody what they should think, perceive, feel, like, or dislike. But I was really liking the play on words. And I wasn’t sure where to go with it. And so I kept putting off the post.

When I finally decided to sit down and write the post, I was looking through the photos and I thought, “No, in fact, I don’t look like a million bucks at all. But you know what? I sure as hell feel like a million bucks.” And isn’t that really much more important than how I look? I think it is. So here you go…my take on how to feel like a million bucks in an $11 dress.

Yes, this dress was $11! I found it taunting me from the clearance rack at Kohl’s for 90% off its original $110 price tag. And, as you may already know, I had been on the hunt for the perfect red dress. (I had shared posts featuring other red dresses here and here, but they were too casual for what I really had in mind.) So for that price, I brought it home with every intention of styling it for my photoshoot.

So how to feel like a million bucks? Add some killer accessories. Who wouldn’t feel crazy magnificent with a giant black feather in their hair? This headband with the bow and feather always make me imagine that I am some old time Hollywood glamour queen. I don’t even care if it looks ridiculous and a bit over the top. It makes me feel freaking fabulous! And these shoes…(another clearance item for under $10 from DSW). I love the delicate ankle strap and scalloped edges for creating a super feminine vibe. And the heel is high enough to elongate the legs but low enough to allow you to strut your stuff without looking like a giraffe on stilts.

I contemplated adding some shapewear under the dress because the sheath style is a bit more fitted than I normally wear, but then Melissa said, “To hell with shapewear, just rock your curves.” So I did. All of my curves. Even the ones that may prevent someone else from saying that I look like a million bucks. Well, to hell with those people, too. I feel like a million bucks in my red sheath dress with every curve and bulge and roll on display. And once you can grasp that concept…loving your body with all of its marvelous imperfections…you can feel like a million bucks in just about anything!

How to do you make yourself feel like a million bucks? ย Are you wearing the appropriate amount of confidence and smiles? Because sometimes that’s all it takes!

I owe a huge thank you to Sarissa Melissa Photography for helping me feel so fabulous! And also to Hair by Chantel and Anna’s Chop Shop Hair Studio for the beautiful hair and make up! You can see more photos from this session with Melissa here and here.

Please stay tuned this month as my article “The Midlife Sex Conundrum” will be featured with some more amazing photographs by Sarissa Marissa Photography in the Fall issue of Resilientista Magazine! Coming on September 22!

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Keeping it on the edge,


*I have no specific product links as everything I am wearing was purchased on super duper clearance! This is not a sponsored post.

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

52 Responses

  1. You need to wear more Red Shelbee! Red hot mumma! You look stunning here xx

  2. Love it!! You look like a billion bucks!!

  3. I am always a fan of red and I LOVE going through the clearance racks at Kohl’s! This dress is totally proof that it is worth every second. Is it sad that one of the things I miss the most about living in the states is going crazy at clearance racks in my fave stores? You look fabulous in this dress! Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!

    • Kristin, thank you so much! And no, that’s not sad at all! Who doesn’t love peeling through clearance racks? It’s like the American dream! hahaha! I am enjoying my weekend, thank you!


  4. I love the tittle of your post !! and that dress….definitely a catch ๐Ÿ™‚ Really beautiful and so easy to wear in different ways and the fabric looks really great.

  5. Right on, sister! You LOOK like a million bucks cuz I can tell you FEEL like a million bucks!!!


  6. You look fantastic in that dress Shelbee, you have the joie de vivre to really rock that color!

  7. You’re looking beautiful in red. Kohls never disappoints.
    For me feeling like a million bucks is all about confidence as you say.

  8. You look beautiful shelbee! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Red looks lovely on you! Loving the dress!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

  10. Shelbee this pictures are stunning! Wow! You look absolutely fabulous in this red dress. Roarrrr :))
    Xo Tina

  11. Wow you did get a bargain here! I do love a good deal, I’m always on the lookout for one. You also look great in this dress red really is your colour. x Jacqui

  12. You’re looking fine, fierce, and feisty which is priceless in my book. You look fabulous in red and the dress is a classic that you’ll be wearing for years. I must now bow to the queen of bargain shopping. You get the crown ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘


    • Ah-ha! Rena, thank you so much! You totally just made me laugh out loud by crowning me as “the queen of bargain shopping”! I do love a great bargain, but I cannot claim queendom as I too often cannot resist a bargain and as such spend way more money than I should on accumulated bargains! But I do appreciate the lovely compliment and the “crown”!


  13. Not sure if I like the dress more, the fabulous deal you got, the way your photo shoot pics came out, your confidence, the title, how you look in red, the feather, who knows. But I love the vibe and actually, mostly, all of these fabulous comments. You can feel the love. In the photos amd in the comments. And I love it all! #spreadthekindness

    • It’s the feather, Aimee! It’s all in the feather! If you can wear a giant feather in your hair with confidence, you can conquer the world (I think, maybe)! You are too sweet, dear friend. And I love you tons! Thank you for all of your support…all of the time.


  14. I think you look amazing in these pictures and a red dress is always a good thing as far as I am concerned


    • Molly, thank you so very much! I agree that every girl needs a fabulous little red dress. As well as a stunning little black dress. A perfect little white dress. And an amazing little green dress! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have the most wonderful day.


  15. You are stunning here Shelbee!
    Woweee….that dress is a smasher.

  16. What a steal! This dress looks great on you!

    Isnโ€™t That Charming.

  17. Not only do you look like a million bucks, Shelbee—but you really are the most wonderful person on the inside too!!
    And that dress??? Absolutely incredible!!
    And thanks for linking up with the Ageless Style group!

    • Jodie, thank you so much! I try to remain true to my inner child who was taught to always be kind! Sometimes, I fall short, but I really do try! Spread the Kindness! I appreciate the lovely compliment, my friend!


  18. You look fabulous!

  19. hi shelbee
    Red suits you so well
    Thanks for joining our link up too!
    Ashley x

  20. Red is your color! That dress is such a great find and looks amazing on you!

    Doused in Pink

  21. Looking fabulous in that red dress, Shelbee! Red is definitely your color! And what a steal!!!


  22. You look amazing!!

  23. Thanks for linking up to the Top of the World Style party. This is my favorite look of all your outfits so far. You look stunning in that LRD with fascinator.

  24. You look great, i love the color of the dress!

  25. Such a lovely dress. I love red. Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. You do look like a million bucks in your gorgeous red dress! The black bow and feather headband (+ your confidence) are the perfect accessory and are such a great tie in with your black heels. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

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