Tuesday, August 21, 2012

5 Ways to Look Fab on a Budget

Contrary to popular belief, one does not need to drain their savings to stay up to date on the latest fashion
trends. While i am sure we all wish we could have a celebrity’s closet, the reality of the matter is that we can’t. But don’t fret! It is easy to feel like an over paid and pampered celebrity without spending like one!

1.) Set a shopping budget.

-First things first. Set a budget and stick to it. Make a list of what you need and create a budget based on that list. Do you need shoes for a upcoming event? A new jacket for
the upcoming chilly months? A new belt to go with that dress you bought but never wore? Figure out how much you can afford to spend and then divide that amount up with the items you need to purchase.

2.) Hit up the sales and shop the clearance racks.

-This should be a no brainer. I dash to the clearance and sales racks upon entering a store and spend most of my time there. (Sad, i know.) I have found items at as much as 90% off. I once got a pair of true religions for $25. Yeah, you read that right. When certain items are out of season or have been sitting for a while, a store will throw them on the clearance rack at a ridiculously low price just to get rid of them.

3.) Don’t splurge on trendy items.

-It makes no sense to spend big bucks on clothing items that will probably only be “in” for a few more months. Clothing goes in and out of style faster than milk goes sour. It is pointless to splurge on items like a floral skirt or lacy shorts when you’ll probabaly only wear them a few times. I like shopping Forever 21 and H&M for items i know i will only get a few months of wear out of. They have a huge variety and great prices. However, i do suggest splurging on staples like jeans, a good pair of heels, a comfortable jacket, etc.

4.) Recycled clothing shops and Thrift stores.

-Many people shy away from thrift stores because they can’t bare the though of wearing used clothing. Um, washing machines were invented for a reason. To wash clothes. Thrift stores are a great place to find both trendy items and staples. Remember, one mans trash is another mans treasure. Recycled clothing stores are also a great place to find trendier clothing items. Recycled clothing shops are different from thrift stores because they buy slightly used clothing rather than accepting donations. You can also sell your gently used clothing and accessories to these shops for a little extra cash to spend on new clothes. Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

5.) Invest in the basics.
-Having a stash of basic items such as camis and solid tee's handy will make life so much easier.  You can use basics to layer and create different outfits.

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