It can be hard to maintain a nice fashion sense without breaking your budget. If you love fashion in the same way I do, you can understand exactly what I am talking about. It seems like clothes are in general, getting more expensive! But that’s ok, because there is such thing as frugal fashion sense. Keep reading for 7 ways that you can maintain your fashion sense, all while remaining frugal, super stylish and cute.
1. Go thrift shopping
This is probably my single most favorite frugal fashion sense tip. Thrift shopping is amazing, and everyone who cares about fashion should go to their nearest thrift shop ASAP. Thrift shops are basically stores where people can drop off anything they want, then the same items are sold for a very low price. There have been times where I go to Goodwill and get a literally TRASH BAG filled with clothes for less than $30.
Sometimes I go there and pick up 4-5 items, thinking my total will be somewhere in the $30s but I am always pleasantly surprised when it comes out to $10-15. The best part about thrift shops is anyone can drop off anything, so some items there are extremely high end! For $4! The worst part (to me, this may be fun to others) is having to look through the racks almost aggressively for a good find. All the thrifts stores I have been to don’t do the best job at organizing. Just make sure you allocate some time to go thrifting!
The worst thing you can do to a person with frugal fashion sense is rush them in a thrift store that is running a sale for everything 50% off! (yes, they have amazing sales as well).
2.Mix & match clothes you already own
This frugal fashion sense tip may seem more like common sense, but it’s not. I know so many people who wear something once, then never wear it again.
A true frugal fashionista does not do this; instead they mix and match their outfits so they can get the most wear out of all their pieces.
There are items in my closet that I have had for YEARS, but you would never know. I mix and match my clothes in a way such that when I do wear the same thing twice, I completely switch up the look I went for in the previous outfit with that piece.
This is better with an example. I have had this pair of camouflage (army style) pant-joggers since I started college 3 and a half years ago. But you would never know. Because every time I wear them, I wear them differently. Sometimes I’ll pull up the pant legs and act as they are capris. Sometimes I’ll wear them regular with a really tight body suit and jewelry, screaming femininity (aka amazingness) in my frugal fashion sense.
Other times I go full tomboy, I mean I did get them from the mens section. In my tomboy look, I like to pair them with an oversized graphic tee and some vans, or with a hoodie and timberlands.
Like literally there is so much you can do with just one article of clothing. My favorite part about this frugal fashion sense tip is that it truly exercises my fashion ability by mixing and matching, and it saves a ton of money.
Try mix and matching the pieces you already have, even make a fun fashion haul out of it if you want!
3.Stay away from the mall
This tip is important for the frugal part in frugal fashion sense. Every time I go to the mall, prices are higher and the latest trends are no longer the latest, as they are displaying clothing that is “trendier” (and most of the time more expensive). To me, the mall is a trap to get us to buy things we don’t need. There should never be so many places in one place to choose where you’re going to spend your money. My frugal fashion sense advice is to simply steer clear of the mall. This way, you don’t even have to worry about getting into the “mall shopping spree” hype.
4. Sell the items you no longer want
This frugal fashion sense tip is for those of us who have a lot of unwanted clothes, a desire to get some new clothes, and an inadequate amount of money in our bank accounts. There are many ways to sell your clothes. There are a lot of clothes selling apps, such as depop, and general selling apps such as let go that you can sell anything, including clothes to. If you want more clothes but don’t have the money, sell your old clothes. If you have style someone will buy it off of you eventually, especially at a reasonable price. Use the money you make from selling your stuff to buy new clothes, if you still desire some new pieces. This way you will not be wasting anything because you have injected yourself into the cycle of clothing market, in a sense. More you may like:
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5. Design your own clothes
But I don’t know how, they say. Neither do I.
I have never had any formal fashion training…just design my own clothes in a special, almost reckless way that I believe can benefit a lot of readers if I share.
Whenever I have a piece of clothing that I either:
a) am tired of
b) feel is really old I just take a pair of scissors and start cutting.
I cut and cut until I can make something out of the item I just tore apart. Sometimes it’s just a t-shirt, and I will do something as simple as cutting the bottom half to make a cute half shirt. Other times it is a bit more complex, and I will cut up an old crewneck or even hoodie. I cut my jeans to make shorter pants in the summer.
This tip is another one to help you save money while maintaining your self-proclaimed status of a fashionista. It is also perfect because literally no one else will have the same piece as you!
6. If you want to splurge on designer, shop discounted brands
Even though I coin myself as a frugal fashionista, I still have an undying love for some designer brands. Mostly just bags and shoes, but you get my gist. Anyway, if you share these love-of-some-designer feelings with me, then you may understand my dilemma. Designer brands are very…..expensive.
My recommendation is to shop discounted designer. REAL designer of course, just discounted, maybe from a different buyer
While on my search to find discounted designers, I came across the RealReal. I have been hooked since!
There is up to 90% off on all types of designer items. Even though the items are still pricy, they aren’t nearly as pricey if you were to walk into a Chanel or Gucci store. I recommend splurging on designers, but only when you have the cash to do so.
No point in frugal fashion sense if you are just going to go in debt buying designer that took way less than you think to produce.
7. Always, always stay in budget
This is a vital frugal fashion tip. Stay within your budget! At the start of each month, or every time you get paid, allocate a set amount to clothes.
This way you can be cute and practice healthy financial habits for financial freedom! I hope these tips for frugal fashion sense help you with staying cute and creating looks, all while staying on the right financial track!
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