How I Style on a Budget

Photos by: Annabels Way Photography

DISCLAIMER

The following information is strictly my opinion and should be taken with a grain of salt. I understand that not everyone has the same financial status and taste in fashion. This post is tailored to the needs of a broke gal like myself trying to stay stylish while being on a budget.

As millennial the biggest struggle that we face is financial stability. Drowning in student loans, credit card debts, financing a car and still trying to manage to go out for ladies night can be overwhelming. We try to finesse our way with everything through discounts, sales and even being guilty of leaving tags on an outfit, wear it for one night only to return it the next day.

I get asked a lot about my clothing and where I get it and for what price. Every time I respond with “I got it at Ross for $6.00” they are shocked!! The Rosses of the world are shaking right now.

One thing I highly preach about is “YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND A LOT TO LOOK LIKE $$$$.”

It’s such a common misconception that you have to wear “high-end” brands to dress well. In all honesty, why would I spend so much money on high end clothes if my bank account says otherwise. Now, if I’m ballin’ with stacks of money than I’ll be able to afford all the Yeezys and Gucci fanny packs in the world.

You have to be realistic with the amount of money you make. If you aren’t making enough money to even pay your bills why would you spend $500 on a shirt with holes just because Kanye West wears it.

Currently my top favorite stores to shop:

  • Discovery Clothing
  • Forever21
  • Charlotte Russe
  • Papaya
  • Missguided
  • Fashion Nova
  • Ross
  • TJ Maxx
  • Thrift Stores

 

How to beat the system..

Sales racks are your best friends:

We often look down on the sales rack because usually the items are mostly the unpopular ones, but in reality those items were at regular price a couple of weeks ago.

Every time I walk into the store, I immediately draw my attention to the sales rack.

Sometimes the sales rack can be extremely messy and unorganized, but if you’re patient enough, you’ll be able to find some good items.

 

Accessorize your outfits:

Adding accessories can make your outfits pop!

Try to stick with basic tops with statement necklaces or vice versa. I always switch up my accessories by adding statement earring with the same top. Basic outfits are easier to accessorize because you can mix and match without having to spend money.

I also purchase necklaces that bring more than 1 so that I can switch them around for each outfit. Mainly stick with gold and silver jewelry since it’s easier to play with.

 

Neutral colors:

Stay neutral when it comes to clothing because it’s easier to mix and match. The point is to be able to match your top/bottom with any other item and not have to buy a new outfit every time. On occasion you can have your statement top and bottom and match it with neutral items.

Prioritize how much you would like to invest depending on the article of clothing:

There are certain articles of clothing that I would only spend a specific amount on. Basic tops such as tank tops, crop tops and tees I’ll only spend no more than $5.

Now I know what you’re thinking, cheap clothes most likely will come with low quality material. You’re right, but since I’m not ballin like Mike then that’s the best I can do for now.

I’m not saying that I can’t afford quality clothes, I can but for special occasions.

 

Essentials you should spend big bucks on:

  1. Jeans
  2. Shoes
  3. Underwear
  4. Bras

There’s a difference between being cheap and investing wisely. You can’t be cheap with the items above because of convenience.

Uncomfortable shoes will break your feet, rough undergarment material is a health hazard and the wrong jeans won’t shape your body right.

In Conclusion…

All in all, I do my best to get creative with my closet but I have my days where I splurge a little because I literally have “nothing to wear”.

That’s okay though, whatever makes you happy at the end of the day. Whether it’s being bougie with a Gucci belt or rocking a Forever21 belt. At the end of the day, this is what works for me and hopefully for you as well.

 

Until next post… LOVE ALWAYS, LO

1 Comment

  1. Yesss girrl. I’m on the same boat and honestly it forces me to get creative so it’s sometimes fun lol *sometimes. And it’s been a minute since the last time I went but thrifting is always good too! But regardless, you always rock what you wear! 💕

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