6 Ways To Be Stylish On A Budget And Make Better Shopping Decisions
I am very frugal when it comes to buying clothes. I’ve never purchased a single item higher than $50 and I plan to keep it that way. I love fashion and I love dressing up.. but I’m also an adult— I’ve got bills to pay.
I have to admit, fashion can cost money, and this factor alone can hinder girls to not experiment on their style. “There are better things I can do with my money”, is what I often hear from people. While all of that is true, I believe that fashion should not be expensive. You just have to be cautious and learn how to make better shopping decisions. In fact, there are lots of ways on how to be stylish without spending an enormous amount of money… and I’m here to share with you some of them :)
Know Your Style
Do you prefer wearing dresses and skirts? Or are jeans and shirts your kind of thing? Your style defines your look on a regular basis. It doesn’t make any sense to buy clothes that don’t match your style because you’ll only end up getting rid of those clothes without even using them once. It also saves you time on hours of shopping because you already know what you want and what you want to get.
Think Long Term
Before I buy clothes at the mall or online, I always picture myself wearing those items. I try to imagine when and where am I going to wear it and what can I pair it with. That way, I’d know whether it’s worth to spend my money on those items or I’m better off moving on to the next. I know it’s tempting to buy clothes especially when you love the style. However, if you want to save money, you have to start thinking long term. If you can’t see yourself wearing a clothing item for at least three times in the next few months, then maybe it’s not something you need as of the moment. Maybe it’s something you don’t need to spend money on.
Consider Thrift Shopping
I understand why some of you may not be comfortable buying second hand or pre-loved items. I won’t deny the fact that some thrift shops can be shady and we don’t really know where those clothes came from. The good news is.. not all thrift shops are shady! There are thrift shops that are totally legit and sell unique and fashionable clothes at a budget-friendly price. What I love thrift shops is that the styles are not similar to what we normally see at the mall or online.
Invest in Basic Staples
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it once again, shopping the basics is the easiest way to improve your style without spending too much. It's no doubt that you make the most out of your money because it can be paired with literally anything. One of my favorite basic staples is the classic black dress. A classic black dress can range anywhere from $10 to $200, depending on the brand, but it can be styled in so many ways.
Sure, you have to wait for you to wear off- season clothes, but waiting a little bit more won’t hurt you.. and your wallet. Besides, you’re still gonna wear those clothes at some point. Retail stores always sell off-season items at a discounted price. And I’m not talking about the usual 10% or 20% discount-- sometimes, off-season clothes are discounted as big as 50% to 70%. Of course, I won’t recommend you to buy clothes that are off-season all the time. However, you must know when to buy timely clothes and when to buy clothes that are off-season. Personally, I prefer to buy winter coats and jackets when they are off-season. They can be really expensive during October-February so I try to buy them in spring or summer, when it’s discounted.
Don’t Be Defined By Labels
Signature clothing brands are a great investment... but what if there’s no money available to invest? I’m still amazed by some girls who are willing to purchase a single dress for $150 when there’s another dress of the same style that is available for more than half the price-- the only difference is that it doesn’t have a signature label. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting those girls down, in fact, I do admire girls who can afford signature label clothes. But as a budget shopper, I don’t think I can spend that amount of money on a single item. I can probably save half of that money for a trip, or maybe use that extra for grocery shopping. Clothing brands should never define your style. In the end, it’s about how well you wear your clothes and not how expensive your clothes are.
Hello there! My name is Krizzia and I'm a style blogger based in Edmonton, Alberta. I hope to inspire women to be more confident with their style, one outfit at a time. 👸🏻