(Previously Published by Maggie Paine on September 3, 2014
It's a mean, mean retail world out there. This scene from the movie "Confessions of a Shopaholic" captures it perfectly: the main character, the shopaholic, who is overwhelmed with credit card debt lies down amidst a sea of "hate mail" (aka credit card statements) and wallows in sadness and confusion as it was just a few short weeks before that the same retail stores made her feel like she was their long lost fashionista friend. I mean, c'mon, friends don't send friends bills! It makes me laugh and cringe at the same time.
So, how do we avoid the retail trap, but stay on top of our style game? Bargain shopping, I suppose. But, geez, hunting for stylish bargains can take a lot of effort, especially when you need to create an entirely new professional wardrobe. Combing sales, tracking down discount codes, and finding the right consignment pieces - it all takes a lot of time, something that most of us do not have a lot of these days! But, whatever you do, please don’t compromise your style and certainly do not compromise your budget! Instead, read on for a few tips to help you reach your style goals on a budget.
First, Budget Blogs. Let these amazing women do the legwork:
Penny Pincher Fashion. Kimberly is truly a budget shopper who knows how to look absolutely amazing - from head to toe, including hair and makeup - using only affordable products. As a result, she has garnered quite a following and some noteworthy press. I especially appreciate how she puts together a list everyday of all the go-to sales. It's practically one-stop shopping! ;) Check out her daily sales alerts here.
Cheap Chica's Guide. Lilliana claims to be "a little bit budget, a whole lot of style" and she proves it on the daily with her fabulous "Daily Deals."
Second, consider these budget friendly brands that don't compromise style:
Third, go to the wealthiest neighborhood in your hometown and become friends with the local consignment shop.
It absolutely amazes me some of the fashion finds you can land at consignment shops. It makes me want to hunt down the women that consign these items and ask to see what their closets look like. :) At any rate, if you don't want to pay full price, but long to wear brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Givenchy, etc., consider consignment shopping - you can find some gently use gems!
Until next time...