Stylish on a Budget


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Want to look your best but you just don’t have the money? Are you that office worker who wants to head back to work in style? Perhaps you are just needing a new look to show off your weight loss. Now that the world is slowly opening back up and people are getting back into the hang of things, style is once again becoming essential as people transition back into their day-to-day lives. So, if you want to show up and show out in style on a budget, here is a great way to do it.


First things first you must determine your budget. How much can you afford for 5 or 7 pieces of clothing? Consider the clothing stores you shop at or if you are considering a change of style search around online for clothing stores that may interest you.


Here is a list of online clothing stores to get you started.


Casual

  • 7 for all Mankind

  • AG Adriano Goldschmied

  • ASOS

  • Blank NYC

  • Express

  • Gap

  • Kohl's

  • Macys

Dressy/Casual

  • Alice + Olivia

  • Ann Taylor

  • Anthropologie

  • Azalea

  • Banana Republic

  • Saks Fifth Avenue

  • Bergdorf Goodman

  • Club Monaco

  • J.Crew

  • LOFT

  • Lord & Taylor

  • Madewell

  • Moda Operandi

  • Neiman Marcus

  • New York & Company

  • Nordstrom

  • Orchard Mile

  • ShopbopDressy

  • Ellie Tahari

  • L.K. Bennett

  • Milly

Footwear and Accessories

  • ALDO

  • DSW


Your budget will determine not only how much you can spend but also how many items of clothing you can buy and the quality of clothing as well. Keep in mind that cheaper is not always better and shopping for clothing is an investment so spending more will go a long way if you shop strategically and not just buy clothing because it is trendy. Also, keep in mind that a classic look never goes out of style, a classic trench coat will still be in style in 20 years compared to a trendy look everyone is wearing that will go out of style after 3 seasons.


Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with trendy clothing. I love some trendy styles especially an edgy look that is fun and glamorous, but these styles are not for everyday wear. Trendy styles are more for occasional wear, something you can afford to buy to only wear once. A classic look is for everyday wear because you will save more money on clothing that you don’t have to worry about ever going out of style and the higher the quality the longer it will last.


Always remember…


Classic over Trendy

Quality over Quantity


Now that we have that out of the way.


I cannot tell you want your budget is, I cannot determine what is the best budget to have because everyone is different. If you cannot afford anything right now, then create a budget and save for a couple of months. If your budget is $500 then put back a little money here and there until you reach your goal. You can create a savings account just for clothes. This can be any extra money you have after all your bills are paid. You never want to use bill money for anything that is not an immediate necessity and that includes clothing.


Once you have determined a budget that works for you and picked out a store whether online or brick and mortar, you are ready to go. Side note, I prefer both online shopping and brick-and-mortar shopping. Online stores are great for quickness and convenience. Brick and Mortar are great for trying on clothing and seeing firsthand what you are getting. This would be best if you have had any changes with your body such as weight loss or gain and need to try before you buy. Next, I want you to have a list, yes, a list of clothing you are going to buy just like a grocery store list. Having a list keeps you on track and prevents you from going over your budget. Have a list of 5 pieces of clothing.


1. A pair of pants

2. A skirt (if you like skirts of course) if not you can get another pair of pants or a pair of shorts that is a different style

3. 2 blouses (different styles)

4. A jacket/blazer


When shopping for these clothes, keep in mind that all of these articles of clothing will harmonize with each other according to style and color. Do not get completely different styles and contrasting colors that will not harmonize. All of these clothes need to go together because the ultimate goal is to be able to create as many different outfits as possible with very little.


With 5 articles of clothing, you can come up with at least 6 looks, let’s take a look at an example.




Depending on your budget you can do this with 7 articles of clothing and even up to 10. You can use scarves and other fun accessories as well to help differentiate the outfits. You can have different clusters depending on color and season. I would say start small and work your way up. Soon enough you will have many different clusters of clothing ready to go. In the end, you would have saved money, and you would have invested in classic, quality, and stylish clothing that will last for years to come.


BAW








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