Tips to Save Money While Being Fashionable

Sometimes when flipping through the pages of a fashion magazine, or checking out my favorite designer lookbook, I wonder how many people out there can really afford to wear designer products. Having the ability to shop at any boutique may be a dream for many of us, but we all know that it might be a long shot before we get there. Fortunately, fashion is not something you have, it is an attitude you hold. Fashion is about energy and creativity and the drive to create a look that expresses your unique beauty. A huge wardrobe budget helps, but isn’t required; here are some ways that fashion can be achieved without breaking the bank:

1. Get the basics. Before going all out and buying the hottest cocktail dress in style, first make sure you have the basics.  What use is a glamorous dress when you’re rushing to your classes or need to run errands?

The basics differ depending on your lifestyle, but make sure you have some good quality items that fit well and can be dressed up or down. A pair of perfectly fitting jeans, some causal but attractive pants and skirts, and the necessary little black dress will go a long way in stretching your wardrobe, and your budget.

Wardrobe Basics

A couple of my wardrobe basics that I make sure I have in my closet.

2. Shop the sales. When you fall in love with an amazing dress at your favorite boutique, hold off on paying top dollar for it. Wait for it to go on sale or search online and you may find the same piece for a fraction of the cost. Fall/winter shoes often go on sale right as the spring/summer collections come around.

Online shopping is also a good way to find a better deal, even if you have to pay for shipping. Visit RetailMeNot.com to find thousands of coupon codes available at stores such as Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s and Amazon.com. DSW frequently provides coupon codes for online shopping only, so I often find shoes I like at the store but actually buy them online for a better price. This way you get the best of both worlds – you can see the quality of the product and get a great deal.

3. Shop second hand.
Whether it is Ebay, consignment shops or thrift stores, buying second hand is easier than ever. Spend some time going through the stacks, racks and search results to find designer looks for less.

4. Replicate designer looks with less expensive brands.
Many affordable clothing lines are modeled after the hottest designer looks. Check out the latest trends and hit your favorite discount store and turn knock-off into knock-out! Handbag Heaven is a good example of a great place to look for bags that resemble brands from Balenciaga to Marc Jacobs at an affordable price.

Handbag Heaven has a great substitute for this Balenciaga bag that Kourtney Kardashian is seen with.

5. Accessorize. When you are ready to splurge, spend your hard earned dough on some great accessories. They offer the most bang for the buck and a beautiful ring, necklace or hairpiece will always be in style.

You don’t need to be ultra wealthy to make fashion a part of your life. A little patience, resourcefulness and creativity is all it takes to stay fashionable without breaking the bank.

About the author: Lesley Scott is a fashion writer and created the site outletstoredeals.com giving an overview of discounts and outlets of different brands like BCBG outlet, Polo outlet, Hanes outlet, Brooks Brothers outlet and more!

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12 Comments »

  • Eliza says:

    Great post!
    I always shop @ sales <333
    And last month I found a great 2nd hand store that has trendy clothes, EVEN DESIGNER WEAR!!! :O
    It's called WASTELAND. Google it. :D

  • Jamie Rose says:

    Great post with really good money-saving tips! I like to shop at thrift stores to find super cheap, but usable clothes. I just pair the interesting things I find there with basic items!

  • ediot says:

    hi!thanks for stopping by me so i could find you,
    nice post. i like being budget friendly when it comes to shopping, but i should stop it actually. the cheaper it is the more i get, and now i have a basement filled with clothes i have to give away, because of the bad quality..

  • Darlene says:

    I totally agree with you when it comes to basics! I have so many printed and fun items that it becomes quite difficult in the long run. Note to self: shop for more solids. hehe

    forte-espressivo.blogspot.com

  • Cassie says:

    Love this post–I wonder the same things when I look through teen mags and other fashion mags. Love your website by the way, super cute! Thanks for your lovely comment on my little blog…I’m still getting used to all this blogger stuff, lol. I’m learning ♥

  • Boglarka says:

    Great tips! I would die for those powder ballet flats!

  • anne says:

    Great post, being a student staying on top of my ward drobe is never easy. Loved the bag, think I’ll actually get it! :)

  • Madeleine says:

    Great post, I have started thrifting recently and it is insane that you can find so much designer items. I also have started to make my own accessories, in order to get them how I want and also it is cheaper.

  • Deanna says:

    great, useful tips! except I’m not too keen on buying secondhand. the feeling of wearing something used is unsettling lol.
    thanks for commenting on my blog! I look forward to more of your informative posts.

  • Karla says:

    Great post, I agree start with the idea of starting out with basics it’s so much you can do to dress it up with accessories. Have to be creative on a budget.

  • Amy says:

    In the UK we have http://www.fashionvouchers.com/ which is a life saver :)

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