Fashion On a Budget

Sometimes being fashionable, while swimming in student loan debt, car payments, insurance, and everything else, can be a bit difficult. We all want to wear the designers we know and love, but we don’t necessarily want to pay that high price tag that comes with it. Luckily, there are many ways to get designer clothes, at bargain prices. Now, before you get too excited, you’re still going to have to pay a little more than you would at a normal sale. But, if you think about it, you are getting classic outfits that will last you for years. That trendy suede mini skirt will be out of fashion next season, but the shift dress will never go out of style. That right there is what makes it worth it to spend a little more now, because you will ultimately be saving yourself money in the long run.

So for all the budget-conscious fashionistas out there, here are some tips to save some money and still have a fabulous wardrobe.

  1. Buy during sales. Sure, that’s easier said than done, especially for some places like Lilly Pulitzer who doesn’t often have stuff on sale. But let me tell you, when they do the semi-annual sale, you get some amazing deals. I got a whole bunch of new items, dresses, tops, skirts, scarves, all for under $400. Now, for those who aren’t familiar with the brand, one full price dress can run for half of that. However, I know that while I’m spending the money ahead of time, I am getting work appropriate outfits for years to come. I also got a few nice dresses for the upcoming holiday season, since we all know dressing up for a Christmas party is mandatory.
  2. Buy from the outlets. Yes, yes, I know, the outlet isn’t necessarily what is fashionable this season. Who cares? When you’re buying from outlets like Steve Madden, you don’t need to have this season’s shoes, especially if you’re looking for a great pair of pumps for work. Or maybe you need a new pair of sandals for your weekends. Those items don’t change too much depending on the season, so you’re safe grabbing them in the outlet. Save some money, and get the amazing shoes.
  3. Buy from stores like Ross and TJ Maxx. You would be amazed at what you can find at these places if you try. For example, I just got a new Kate Spade crossbody bag for about $60, when it is normally around $150. That’s a steal! It’s gorgeous, and perfect for me, and I get the classic look her brand is all about. I couldn’t be happier with it. Plus, I know it’s a bag that’s going to be around for a while.
  4. Build a capsule wardrobe. For those who aren’t sure what I mean by this, a capsule wardrobe is full of the classic staples that every woman needs in her closet. So that means a little black dress, a great interview suit, some solid button down shirts, etc. I’m not saying throw out your crop tops, but spend your money where it will be most beneficial to you. Spending a little more on a great suit means that you will look great, and your confidence will help you nail that job interview.
Another great way to always have an amazing outfit, but without having to have all designer pieces, is to choose certain pieces to accent others. Ok, so for example, let’s say I have a basic black skirt from Macy’s, and I pair it with a dressy top from Express, and my beautiful new Kate Spade purse. Add a nice pair of no-name flats, and I have a cute, work appropriate outfit that will get plenty of compliments. Sure, the skirt is a no-name, but I went with a cute top, and a great purse, and those pieces are what make the outfit pop. In some cases, whether it’s a brand name or not, it’s just a great wardrobe piece to have. A solid black skirt being one of those. I got compliments on my outfit, and I felt great about it. I stood out and looked great, while spending the money on certain pieces, not the entire thing. Same thing with an awesome Lilly dress. Find a great shift, add a cute pair of wedges and a clutch, no name or not, and you have a beautiful outfit that will catch everyone’s eye. You don’t have to be in designer from head to toe to still look great. Just grab the right pieces, and your wardrobe will thank you.
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