Style Tips for the Frugal Fashionista

Everyone wants to look good. The problem with looking good is the price tag. So how do you look your best with only a limited fashion budget? It is a lot easier than it sounds. Here are a few tips and tricks for your consideration. These help both men and women to look their best.

Build a Solid Base

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That might sound like a plan for building a house, but it is a sound philosophy for building a stylish wardrobe too. What is a solid base in fashion? It is a number of garments that support other garments. A good example of a base item is a pair of quality black slacks or maybe a navy skirt. Using either of those pieces, you can build your outfit. Base items are timeless, so you do not have to replace them every time that the season changes.

Base items work because they go with nearly everything that is currently in fashion. It is easy to pair a print or brightly colored top with a pair of black slacks. It is equally simple to pair most sweaters or tops with a navy skirt. These pieces are often wearable without it seeming that you only have a few outfits. Base clothes build up your options for your entire wardrobe.

Shop for base items at thrift stores. High-quality thrift stores represent huge savings to customers. What might cost $100 in a department store may only cost $5 at a thrift store. That is a significant savings to you. If you love to shop for clothes, then hit up the thrift stores as often as possible. Their inventory changes often, and new items don’t last long.

Don’t Be Shy About Using Coupons

In 2012, Americans saved more than $800 million dollars using coupons. Coupons can make average sales prices turn into great deals. Keep your eye out for coupons for your favorite brands. Many brands have a coupon someplace. Coupons are easy to use, and they help you save even more money on the cost of fashion items that you love. Coupons also work for things like free shipping. If you are going to order a new pair of shoes online, you might find a coupon for free shipping. Coupons work, and there are apps and websites that devote themselves to coupons.

Consider a Consignment Shop

Consignment shops sell used clothing that is high quality. They are more expensive than shopping at a thrift store, but they still offer deals on clothing. A consignment shop is an excellent place to find deals on accessories and shoes, especially women’s shoes (which can get pretty pricey). At consignment shops, you will also find a lot of options for base clothing, such as skirts, dresses, and slacks. It pays to know where the consignment shops are in your area. Consignment shops work well for men’s clothing too. Suits, ties, and dress slacks are usually available for guys.

Tips For Shopping for Clothing

Avoid following the latest trends. Most high fashion stays in style for about a millisecond. That is a waste of money. Instead, focus on clothing styles that are timeless. A perfect example of a timeless piece of clothing is the famous “little black dress.” It does not matter what is in style when you wear a little black dress. Buy a couple of little black dresses.

A little black dress always looks nice. It always seems fresh. It mixes and matches well. It looks good at a range of functions. Wear it to work or to a party. Wear it on a date or to the opera. It can dress up with accessories and jewelry, or it can dress down with a pair of leggings. As a single fashion item, it has options. Those are the kinds of clothing with which to fill your closet.

Everyone wants to look his or her best. When you build your base wardrobe, you have tons of options to look as good as possible. Even for men, these tips and tricks work well. There is no need to spend a fortune on what you wear. You can look amazing for cheap.

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