10 Tips for Being Fashionable on a Budget

I was inspired to write this post by a great contest from Twittermoms and Gap . These days, it is hard to be a fashionista. Stores are shuttering, and you barely have the money to put gas in the car. But you don’t have to dress like a bag lady!. Use these ten tips to look like you spent the big bucks (but didn’t)

1. Outlets, outlets, outlets. Visit the outlet stores and/or malls – places like Gap Outlet and The Banana Republic Factory store have great deals and great selection. Sign up for their e-newsletters to get 15% off your 1st purchase.

2. Think consignment. Do some research and find out which vintage and consignment stores near you carry name and designer brands. Pick one or two key pieces to match with your existing wardrobe.

3. Avoid impulse buys. If you need a new dress for an office party, don’t end up buying a skirt. If you are still thinking about that skirt a week later, maybe rethink it.

4. Do your research. If a department store has a garment, a lower-priced boutique may have it for less. This is especially true for trendy pieces.

5. Shop in your own closet. I bet there is something in there you either haven’t worn (ever) or haven’t worn in a few years.

6. Do a clothes swap with your friends. This is a great way to get rid of your “trash” and find some “treasures.”

7. Browse discount stores like H&M, T.J. Maxx and Target. These places are especially great for accessories like hats, belts and handbags.

8. BOGO = BFF. Be on the lookout for buy one get one and buy 2 get one free promos run by malls and stores.

9. When you purchase a “key” garment like a tank top, cardigan or skirt – make sure it is in a neutral color like black, brown, navy, taupe, gray, beige or white. That way, other pieces will be easily matchable.

10. Learn how to sew (or find a friend that does). Do you have a stash of pants that need to be hemmed and shirts that have lost buttons like I do? See if you can trade another task with a crafty friend. I’ve offered to do some marketing for a friends WFH business in exchange for her fixing my mending projects.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Gap Outlet blogging program to be eligible to win a $20 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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