There is no free in fashion. Buying trendy outfits can be difficult at times, especially if you are living on a budget. The only time fashion is free is when it is hassle-free. Just because celebrities are spending their hard earned money on a 500 blouse, it does not mean that you cannot get 10 of the same exact blouse for less than $200 dollars. The word you are looking for, honey, is “DEALS”. Be one of those people who cry for joy when they find a pair of red bottom heels for $50 bucks.
These tips should help you save money and get you looking stunning without getting a headache.
Tip 1: Your favorite color is going to be red. When you walk into a department store, look for the big red signs. They are clearance items. It does not mean they are damaged goods. It means that they are most likely going out of season and need to make space for other goodies. A shirt that would have cost $100 dollars might go for $25 bucks.
Tip 2: Buy Multiuse clothing. Spend $20 bucks on that beautiful summer mini-dress. You can use it for many outfit ideas. Tuck it into a nice pair of shorts, put some leggings on, or wear it on with your favorite jeans. Trust me, you need a summer informal dress on a neutral color.
Tip 3: Hit up the discount stores. Well, I do not mean hit up the store like you are going to rob it. Go to your local T.J. Maxx, Ross, Marshalls, and Burlington Coat Factory. You can find great high-end bags for up to 75% off. I have found brands like Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Kors, Calvin Klein, YSL, and countless others beckoning my wallet to take them home for less than $50 bucks. No one has to know that you splurged over some Louis’ at Marshalls.
Tip 4: On-line versus in the line. You can find great deals to scream over while shopping on-line. The only bad thing about that is the possibility of the item not being in stock. Online shopping is great for the impulse buy items like jewelry, belts, scarves, make up, one-of-a-kind items because of the up to 70% off sales most companies offer. Splurge items like handbags, blazers, unique leggings, button-down shirts, and basically anything that needs to be tried on before purchase is better bought in-store. Why? It is better to see if it fits your style before you buy it, and stores often offer different promos than those on-line.
Tip 5: Bring a personal look book. Cut out picture of the articles of clothing you want to find. If you know what you are looking for then shopping will be hassle-free and fun. Plus when you do find it for a great deal you will jump right into your new jeans with excitement.
Tip 6: Plan a budget. Put a price that you are willing to pay for each item. You will have the urge to splurge when you find the perfect jacket; however, the difference in money will affect the price of other items. Remember that you do not have to buy everything at once.
Tip 7: Add it to your wish list. Someone might be nice enough to get it for you.
You have seven ways to help you squeal when you see the deals, either by purchasing the item yourself or getting it as a gift. Steal the deal but keep your wallet real.