Everyday Frugality: Frugal Fashion

Is it really possible to look chic on a small budget? YES! I absolutely love fashion, clothes, and accessories but I have found ways to express my love for fashion in a frugal way. I am overjoyed to offer you a few tips on fun and frugal fashion this week. Whether you’re a budding fashionista or you could care less about fashion, I hope that you will find a few helpful tips about shopping and keeping your style in tip top shape!

  • Get Inspired: Fashion magazines and websites are great inspiration for reinventing your style and your closet. Lucky Magazine is all about shopping and the subscription is very cheap. For online inspiration check out frugal-fashionistas.
  • Reinvent Your Closet: If your style feels flat and you’re out of money the best thing to do is to take some time to sift through your closet. How many new outfits can you create by mixing and matching some of your old pieces? You may even find that gem that stuck in the back of the closet!
  • Tailoring: If you really enjoy an old piece of clothing or a pair of shoes it is often easier to get them repaired than buy new ones. Just make sure to find a good tailor and/or cobbler.
  • DIY: Update something old. Put new buttons on an old jacket. Dye your old jeans. For inspiration check out these DIY fashion blogs. Last weekend I added some sparkle to one of my dresses using a silk sash and vintage pin that I already had in my closet.
  • Real Vintage: There is always talk of “vintage” style, instead of investing money in “vintage” clothing why not scour some of your mother or grandmother’s old clothes and accessories? Some of my favorite jewelry came from my great aunt; it is fashionable and it tells a story.
  • Clothes Swap: Clean out your closets, grab some friends and have a clothes swap. Your old clothes will find new life and you might just find a new treasure!
  • Borrow: In college I had an “open closet” policy, many of my friends borrowed my dresses for dances or dates. If you have a special event coming up, consider borrowing instead of buying new and encourage your friends to do the same.
  • Invest In Quality: Although it can be alluring to buy a lot of pieces from a cheaper clothing store, instead of just a few from a more expensive store it is often better to invest in quality over quantity. Invest in quality, versatile pieces that you can reinvent for any season. Then you can buy a few, cheaper, seasonal pieces.
  • Sales: My mom is a fantastic shopper and her cardinal rule is to beeline for the sales, you can see the other items when they go on sale. Collect coupons, many stores will let you combine deals just keep an eye on the small print. Limit yourself to shopping during big sales, just be careful not to overbuy.
  • Second Hand Stores: Second Hand Stores can be hit or miss, but often they are chock full of good deals if you are willing to sift through everything. My favorite second hand store in the Twin Cities is Second Debut 2. Check out the comments section for maps of the different second hand stores in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Shopping Online can often be cheaper than shopping in the store, where do you find the best deals online? Leave a comment and let us know!

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4 thoughts on “Everyday Frugality: Frugal Fashion

  1. Some website ideas for men, to get the conversation off to a good start:

    Members only (was once a invite only, now anyone can join) – top designer clothing for up to 60% off – must sign up for account
    http://www.gilt.com/sale/men

    Men and woman’s clothing – Another discount designer clothing store
    http://www.bluefly.com/a/men-clothing-shoes-accessories

    Like above
    http://www.brandalley.co.uk/?VF=Men

    Like above
    http://us.asos.com/Shop-mens-clothes-jeans-shoes-t-shirts-shirts-and-more-at-ASOS/w2z2h/

    Same as above – Euro though
    http://www.dress-for-less.co.uk/tmpl/en/shop.tmpl?main_cat=2&cat=2&et_cid=277&et_lid=1589378&et_sub=start1_20120213_H_men_top_Men

    Actually some really good deals here
    http://www.amazon.com/l/1040658/ref=sv_a_1

    Cool and unique clothing
    http://www.etsy.com/category/clothing/men

    Very cool place – purpose was to start a company that provided good quality clothing that’s easier to afford. The idea is to make your own fashions that’s why there are so many options. Not brand specific, but most the clothing is the same as logo equivalent except without the extra cost of buying the logo or brand.
    http://www.uniqlo.com/us/

    http://www.overstock.com/Clothing-Shoes/Mens-Clothing/26/dept.html

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