With the changing of every season comes a whole new wave of trends. Here’s how I
shop smart and freshen up my wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Living on a budget can feel limiting, but I love to indulge myself without going broke.
In fact, a spending limit often makes shopping more of an adventure! I use a few
smart strategies for dressing fashionably on a budget to make my summer shopping
trips fun, exciting, and unforgettable.
Buying clothes and accessories secondhand is a tried-and-true way to find great
pieces for low prices. It can feel like an archeological dig sometimes, but that’s half
the fun! Occasionally, people will donate high-end items because they need the
space. I take the time to peruse the racks with a sharp eye. Some of my favorite
finds include a Vera Wang cocktail dress and a crisp Brooks Brothers shirt. I’ve
gotten to know my local thrift stores and consignment shops, so I know what sorts of
items they generally carry.
Focus On Accessories
Sometimes, it’s the little things that tie an outfit together. Accessories are the perfect
way to update my classic pieces without buying an armful of new clothing. I’ve gotten
a few fun ideas for accessorizing already and converted them into a ready-to-go
shopping list. A new pair of sunglasses or a stack of bracelets fit easily into my
budget and breathe new life into my existing wardrobe.
Pay in Cash
I challenge myself to stick to my budget by eliminating the temptation to overspend.
It’s hard, but I leave my credit and debit cards at home, and I only bring cash along
on shopping trips. I can’t spend too much if I run out of money! This strategy
encourages me to look through clearance racks and ask myself, “Do I really need
this?” That way, I always feel confident coming home with purchases I know I’ll use.
Arrange a Swap
All my friends are shopping on a budget, too. Last month, we realized that all of us
have piles of clothes in our closets that we haven’t worn in years! We agreed to set
up a clothing swap, and at the end of the day, we all got to freshen up our wardrobes
for the tantalizing price of $0.00. Fashion doesn’t put a squeeze on my wallet. It doesn’t have to. Shopping on a budget has proven a creative and extra-fun way to spice up my wardrobe. Every time
I shop for clothes, I keep these strategies for dressing fashionably on a budget in
mind—and I’m becoming an expert at trendy and affordable styling!