Fashionably thrifty, is there such a thing? Everyone loves looking good and following the latest fashion trends. But with the economic slump and our dwindling cash; How can we afford to be fashionable?
Do not despair. Saving money has never been this fashionable. Just follow these SAVE tips!
S – Style. Have your own personal style.
Personal style simply means wearing certain pieces that have become your trademark. Having a signature accessory (like a big ring or a red faux jewelry bobby pin) will save you a world of trouble. How? You do not have to agonize over choosing your accessories anymore. Moreover, you can go to a dollar store or a thrift shop and find just the right accessories for you!
Having a trademark will help you streamline your clothes shopping too! You do not have to blindly shop trend after trend, you can stick with pieces that go well with your trademark style. You can find great scarves, vests and other pieces Having a signature bag or a pair of jeans that always make you look good extremely spells out fashion maven.
A – Attention. Create a focal point to your outfit.
Creating a focal point in any outfit is easy. Choose a part of your body that you would like to draw attention to. A good focal point will not stand out. Instead, it will make an outfit complete. Going to online to draw inspiration from the latest on runways is a great start. If you already know what you need (a brooch, a great necklace, a scarf, etc). head on to the nearest consignment store. You can buy what you need at half the price offered inalls.
V – Versatility. Try online pre-loved shopping.
Pre-loved is just another term for "secondhand". Try shopping online for pre-loved items. These usually sell for half the original retail price. A great place to find pre-loved items are sites like craiglist.com, prelovedjunkies.com and even social networking sites like multiply.com. Do not be scared to try this out. You'll get lots of bargains!
E – Embrace. Talk to other thrifty fashionistas.
No man is an island. Consequently, no fashionista should brave bargain shopping alone. Connect with other fashionistas through online forums, blogs and social networking. By doing so, you'll be updated not only with the latest trends but also with the hottest sales and fashion steals. Need I say more?
Thrifty does not mean ugly with bargain shopping. Be fashionably thrifty, bargain shop!