But that doesn’t mean you can’t look (and feel) like a million bucks! In fact, budget-conscious shopping can actually be fun. You get to challenge your creativity and pop into places you may not have thought of going into before. Plus, there are many pieces that look like their luxury counterparts but ring in at much more manageable prices.
If you’re a frugal fashionista looking to style on a budget, here are some of my best tips for finding fashion that won’t break the bank.
Always look for sales
There is nothing wrong with checking the sale racks. When you get to the store, the best tactic is to head straight for the back and work your way to the front. Clothing is usually arranged so that the newest and priciest pieces are placed right when you walk in, and the bargains are in the back. Loading up with cheaper pieces before you fall in love with an overpriced “brand new” jacket will help you make more reasonable buying decisions. Chances are pretty good that you’ll find something similar that’s almost half the price.
Use online shopping filters
A similar tactic to the one above is to use filtering techniques when you’re shopping online. Web-based stores have made it easy to sift through the things you can afford and eliminate the ones you can’t, making your shopping experience more streamlined and less frustrating. So next time you’re shopping online, look to the left sidebar, because there is often an option that you can personalize your search results. On this website, for example, you can browse prices with a filter as low as $0-$19.99. It helps to not be distracted by clothing you cannot afford or don’t want to splurge on.
Rent special occasion clothing
For those special occasions like weddings or fancy dinners, the urge to buy a new dress is real and evident. But before you hit the mall, consider renting your special occasion wear to get a great deal and look fantastic for much, much less. Many special occasion dresses are stunning, but the chances of you wearing them more than once are unfortunately slim. This article says renting high-end clothing instead of buying it is the way to go, and there are even options for men!
Remember consignment shops
There are stigmas that come with shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops, but there really is no need for the negativity. Sure, the clothes are “used,” but in many cases, you can find well-taken-care-of clothing in these places if you know how to look. This post offers some really great advice to help thrift store shopping go much more smoothly for you. Some of the tips include mapping out your stores to save time and wearing something that makes it easy to try on clothes, as some places don’t have dressing rooms.
How do you style on a budget? Let me know in the comments. As always, thanks for reading. XOXO!