Need to add to your wardrobe? Do it on a Budget.

Let’s look cute on a budget…

Do you love the feeling of slipping on a new article of clothing? I do, I do!!!  Ahhhh yes, retail therapy.  I love it too, but my wallet doesn’t!  I love to look fashionable and stylish but I don’t like breaking the bank  (or my budget) to do it.

Stay in shape.

I am not asking you work out everyday or 5-6 times a week (if you do that’s awesome) but that is not where this is going.  But I do try to stay in shape so that I don’t have to frequently buy more clothes due to weight fluctuations.  What this may mean for you is just staying within a particular weight range.  For me, gaining 5 -10 pounds doesn’t really matter in the way my clothes fit.  Anything more than 10 pounds and it starts to get a little snug in areas I don’t like.  It also helps to make the clothing that I have look great.  Who cares if I have last seasons dress on if I look amazing wearing it,…right?

Try New Looks!

Don’t be afraid to step out of the box and try new things.  Whenever I order clothes online I imagine it on me and not the model.  Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how something will fit but try it anyways, you can always return it. 😉

My co-workers’ sister moved and cleaned out her closet.  He brought me some of the things she was getting rid of because we were similar in size.  She had expensive style so I lucked up and got some REALLY great pieces.  On the flip side, she and I didn’t seem to totally have the same style in clothing.

But since it was FREE I took everything in hopes that my teenage daughter and I could put everything to good use.  And boy was I right!!!  There were outfits in the pile that I never would have brought for myself in the store but when I tried them on they were amazing pieces.  Had I just looked at those outfits and tossed them to the side I never would have discovered that my style is more open than I thought 🙂

Don’t limit you wardrobe.

Patrice from Looking Fly on a Dime is the ultimate stylish clothing thrifter.  I go to her blog to see what great thrift finds she has put together all the time.  To be honest, my mom should get most of the credit for me dressing on a budget though.

I won’t say that I grew up poor because we usually always had what we needed.  I never went without the essential basics, but my mom was very resourceful.  Although my step-dad made a decent living she never purchased name brand, she was FRUGAL and she loved to shop at thrift stores and garage sales.  So I guess, she is responsible for the Financial Shero in me.

To this day, I can spend hours upon hours thrift shopping at Goodwill.  It’s the thrill of getting an essential need (clothing) at such a cheap price that I love.  Then, putting it together to make it look like something out of a magazine for less; that drives me.  I love saving money!!!

Shop online.

I do love to thrift shop, but I can’t always get what I need thrifting.  So I combine it with my other love…online shopping.  But the same rules apply.  I won’t break my budget shopping online either.

Below I have put together a list of some of my favorite fashion blogs I use as a style guide and inspiration.  All these ladies are amazing and look amazing, while doing it all on a budget.  Using their tips along with the budgeting tips I provide here at “The Financial Shero Blog,” you will be looking expensive, stylish and cute in no time.

**This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

The first is Mimi G’s Style Blog (she’s my favorite!) you may remember me first mentioning Mimi’s blog in this post about ways to save money.  This is an awesome blog where Mimi shows you how to make your own VERY fashionable clothing as well as how to re-purpose your current wardrobe.  She’s super talented, gorgeous and her style is budget friendly. Check her out by clicking the link or the picture below…

1. Mimi G Style

 

Being on a budget doesn’t mean your clothes have to look like you found them in a dumpster.  Kathleen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied shows us that expensive taste can be replicated with less expensive options. She even has giveaways on her blog where you can win some cool, high end pieces and accessories. And she’s beautiful!!  Check her out by clicking the link or the picture below…

2. Carrie Bradshaw Lied

 

Want to talk about saving a buck?  Patrice at Looking Fly on a Dime can save you plenty! In this post she is showing off an awesome dress she purchased for just $7!   Check her out by clicking the link or the picture below…

3. Looking Fly on a Dime.

Don’t like the idea of sewing, re-purposing, or doing it yourself when it comes to clothing? Then, Kimberly’s website Penny Pincher Fashion; is the place to go.  Kimberly puts together chic and feminine outfits that look designer but cost much less. Whatever your style she has an outfit to match. Check her out by clicking the link or the picture below…

4. Penny Pincher Fashion

 

You are looking sharp (for cheap of course,) now you need some great accessories and shoes to go along with that great (cheap) outfit. Every outfit deserves amazing accessories and shoes and Richen at High on DIY has plenty of DIY’s to show you how to get just that within your budget. I love her version of these $900 Oscar De La Renta  Aubree Feather-Detail Suede High-Heel Sandals. Check her out by clicking the link or the picture below…

5. High on DIY

From Financial Shero’s to Fashionista Hero’s!!! (on a budget of course)

I hope you’re no longer intimated by your budget…get out there and make waves with your fashion!

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Thanks for including me, Taya. Much appreciated 🙂