Lets be honest, most mornings it is near impossible to find the motivation to spring out of bed and prepare for the day ahead. Most days I either hit the snooze button on my alarm clock or lay around for a few extra minutes wondering where my eight hours of sleep went! That said, putting together an outfit is the number one chore of all chores.
I am so excited to share bits of wisdom that I've collected throughout the years, which (luckily) hasn't landed me a spot on my friends' worst dressed list! My personal motto is all about maximizing efficiency, especially when it comes to catching great deals when I shop. I have maintained a clothing budget for years and I can say that it has made me a better dresser, given me peace of mind, and saved me tons of money. I try to be as creative as I can without being wasteful. For example, a new accessory can completely change the look of an outfit! I like to shop at many different stores that run the gamut when it comes to price.
Below I've put together a few tips that will help you fashion gals on a shoestring budget. Check them out and comment below with some of your shopping tricks!
(1) Shop With an Open Mind
When I shop with an item already in mind, it seems to takes me much longer to find something I am happy with. And, as if that's not bad enough, I almost always end up paying more than I want to. Keeping an open mind will help you to explore silhouettes outside of your comfort zone and I guarantee you won't feel like you are settling on an item. I have found great bargains all the while broadening my own wardrobe variety by keeping an open mind.
(2) Check Out New Stores
A few years ago I wouldn't dare step foot in "expensive stores." However, friends (namely, The Little Lady) would drag me into said stores. At first glance I'd roll my eyes at the tables displaying piles of over priced white t-shirts. It wasn't until I looked beyond the price and looked to their quality that I quickly realized what I was paying for. Also, it doesn't hurt to check out the sale room. If I've learned anything from shopping with Stephanie it's that she loves a good sale! Do you now understand our friendship?! I also learned that shopping in a nicer store can be a pleasant experience and sales are almost as frequent as you'd find in discounted retailers. For example, I had never believed that purchasing a designer handbag would be worth it. It wasn't until I received my first Coach handbag that I got my first taste of quality design and I've been hooked ever since! Check out a few of my outfit combinations below and shop the sale before they sell out!
(3) Consider Spending More
I know, I know, doesn't this contradict everything I have previously wrote about in this post? Yes and no. What I mean is, instead of buying multiple inexpensive items, spring for one or two really nice pieces that cost a bit more. For example, instead of buying one pair of faux leather/suede shoes at DSW, wait for Macy's or Nordstrom to have a sale and pick up one pair that will last awhile!
(4) Think Classic
Create a collection with classic items that can be mixed and matched with other items of clothing. For example, a little black dress or black trousers. Accessories like bangles, scarves and belts can make one item look like a completely different outfit.
(5) Be Smart About Splurges
If you’re going to splurge on jeans, purchase dark denim so you can easily dress them up or wear them with a casual top. While distressed denim might be the hottest trend right now, they tend to look a little too casual. Also, the trend won't last forever. Be smart about what you buy. Make sure you are putting your money towards items that will stand over time.
About the Author:
Corinne Ashley Benito lives in Wethersfield, CT. with her husband Justin and pup, Sally. Corinne enjoys DIY crafting, home decor, and bargains. In her spare time she takes on renovation projects (a la Joanna Gaines) and likes to spend time hiking with her dog.
Cover Photo: Priscilla Du Preez