Style, Decor & More: STAYING FASHIONABLE ON A BUDGET

STAYING FASHIONABLE ON A BUDGET

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There are many wonderful things that motherhood changes in your life - some big, some small. One of the, albeit small things that you come to realize is that looking good has to take more time and less money. We all know the importance of feeling confident as you go about your daily routine, and motherhood most certainly does not have to mean you have to get all frumpy. Since we’ve been there, we’re in the perfect position to give you a handful (or more) of ideas on how to stay fashionable on a well-defined budget.

First Things First - Write Down Your Style

This helps you to crystallize the most pertinent elements of your preferred personal style. It also makes it easier to roughly gauge what your budget will be. This information can be weaned from your favorite fashion magazines, television, or attractive ensembles that you recall seeing on someone at work or at play. Even better; these days, the web is filled with image curation sites such as Pinterest and Instagram; visit the particular categories to see some dazzling potential additions to your new wardrobe. You can type in almost any keyword to see a multitude of fashion options pop up.

You Can’t Go Wrong With Neutral

Remember; you’re on a budget. As such, you cannot afford to grab everything you see since many of these will go out of style as the seasons change, and you cannot expect them to be back in-style three seasons from now. Neutral colors and styles are exceptional at creating layered, sophisticated looks when done correctly; just as importantly, they tend to remain style-constant for decades or even longer. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that neutrals only refer to solid colors; rifle through the rack to find neutral patterns that won’t clash with the other options you intend to pick up - hence the importance of making a list.

Use eBay, OfferUp or Amazon

The short list above is just a suggestion; you can sell your clothes anywhere that makes sense. If you’re anything like most people, then you’ve got some beautiful things that, for some reason or other, rarely make it into your clothing rotation. If they’re in excellent or good shape, then there’s no reason that you can’t offload them and use the spare cash towards your new, stylish wardrobe. We’ve found that eBay is one of the most accessible places since you can find similar items and get an idea of the price before listing - assuming you want to avoid the auction feature.

Similarly to the above, you can also get together with some of your girlfriends/ fellow moms and see if you ladies have anything to exchange. It’s a better deal than having your stuff sit in the closet all year.

Do Some Closet Cleaning

This is the closest-equivalent of house cleaning; basically, it means that you should start throwing out clothing that you might have hoarded. Your “favorite” shirt with the holes in it? Tank it - in all likelihood, it has become dated stylistically, anyway. Get rid of any bras and underwear that you’ve had for half-a-decade or more; this allows you to update your undies and enjoy the new wash-proof fabrics, and perhaps get a little more risque for that special someone.

Save Time and Money with Budget Stores

You probably already guessed this, but of course, there are department stores that sprung up just for this budget-shopping purpose. You can make out like a bandit at some of these establishments; Kohl’s, TJ Maxx and Neiman Marcus are a handful of the available options. These stores have entire swaths of real estate dedicated to all manner of quality budget clothing; enough so that you could get the bulk of an entire wardrobe in 1-2 shopping trips - and all without breaking the bank. Because they are quality (above thrift store level), you can expect the well-stitched clothing to last for years.

Taking care of your family also means taking care of yourself; this is something that a lot of wives and mothers forget. When you’re feeling on your A-game, your family will benefit, as well. Take some much-deserved time out for yourself to revamp your wardrobe for the coming season. We can guarantee that you’ll feel (and look) like a new person once you’ve got that squared away.



40 comments :

  1. This is perfect timing to read your post as I am currently moving to a new home & purging out my closet...which means time for new clothes! Thanks for sharing your tips! I love thrift shopping too!

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    1. Hi Angella! I hope the tips helped and good luck with you move! :)

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  2. Is all black count as neutral? haha. Honestly, Im not sure I really KNOW what my style is. I do know what it isnt though so maybe that is a good starting point.

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    1. Absolutely! Black is a neutral in my style book, lol! Most of my wardrobe consists of black and white and a few colorful blouses. :)
      Thanks for stopping by, Amber!

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  3. I tend to invest in classic pieces and then shop at places like TJ Maxx to add some trendy pieces for less. These are such great tips for shopping on a budget.

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    1. That's great, Alli! Buying those trendy pieces on sale is the way to do it!

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  4. awesome awesome awesome! love this article esp for my friends who are just getting in the corporate world and on a budget- black is always my go too!

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    1. Hi Cait, I agree. My closet is loaded with black and white - timeless, versatile, etc.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Now would probably be a good time for me to assess my summer wardrobe. These are great tips! I definitely want to save money where I can.

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    1. Hi Liz, I'm glad the article could help! Many summer items are now on sale, too!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. These are great tips! I love building a foundation with neutrals. And I think we could all benefit from a good closet clean out!

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    1. Hi Justine! I agree. I go through my closet every spring and donate items I know I will never wear again.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I am all about sales and being on a budget! I don't care about being fashionable, but my daughter does, so I get her stuff when it's cheap. If she wants expensive stuff, she has to save her allowance.

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    1. That's great that you make your daughter save up her allowance for the expensive items. It will make her appreciate them more. Don't forget to spoil yourself from time to time. When you look good. You feel good.

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  8. I am such a non fashion person. Even when I try, I fail miserably. I just stick to the basics like solid colors and try to blend in. :)

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    1. I'm sure you look great, Terri!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  9. Staying on a budget is the only way I know how to do it. I love the idea of still being fashionable though, I really need to up my game!

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    1. Hi Melissa, I agree. I rarely splurge on an item that isn't on sale!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  10. Great advice! I often wonder how some women can look fabulous while not breaking the bank. Great tips. (Rena)

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    1. Hi Rena, Unfortunately, I think some people do spend a lot of money on their wardrobes. If they have the money, it's fine, but often times they are living paycheck to paycheck. You really can look great on a budget!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. These are all great ideas. I'm always trying to stay on a budget. I'm not huge in to fashion, but there are many pieces I really love that can get expensive. It's always great to have cheaper options.

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    1. Hi Kathy! I agree! I love scoring a deal, too!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  12. Oh, yes! You can be fashionable and look great without breaking the bank. I don't pay full price on clothes. I always wait for it to go on sale.

    -Lynndee

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    1. Hi Lynndee! I agree! I rarely splurge on an item that isn't on sale!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  13. I am a huge fan of the budget stores. I find some of my favorite pieces there that I get compliments on.

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    1. Hi Rachel, Me too! I love my TJMaxx and department stores that have a lot of sales!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  14. Most of my clothes are black or white. I think it's easier to pair with anything.

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    1. Hi Ruth, That's my feeling, too! Most of the clothes and shoes in my closet are black and white! :)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  15. Neutral is always a good choice. I try to stick with neutral pieces most of the time and then use bright accessories for a pop of color!

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    1. Hi Jenn, I love the pop of color, too! Red is probably my all-time favorite!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  16. I've been spending a lot of time hunting for deals at TJMaxx and I've found some AWESOME finds. So discount stores are definitely my jam.

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    1. Hi Rachel, TJMaxx is one of my all-time favorites as well!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  17. I'm not much of a shopper, but my mom and sister have great luck at TJMaxx. They've found some great deals for me there as well.

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    1. Hi Beth, You are right! TJMaxx is the best! Don't forget to check them out for event dresses. I've scored incredible deals on long gowns and formal dresses.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Great post, I am not good at personal style. Your tips are great. Next time when I shop I will keep this tips in mind.

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    1. Hi Swathi, I hope the post helped!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  19. I've been purging away over here and donating bags of clothes. Everything new that I've purchased is a neutral.

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    1. Awesome! That's my goal. I love color, but I'm working toward neutrals.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  20. I would say Poshmark would be a great addition to this post. I buy and sell there all of the time!

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