Budget Babe: How To Stick To Your Budget And Still Look Chic As Ever

By Kristen Booth

Now that the holiday craze is over and things are getting back to normal, you may have realized how much damage you did to your bank account. Are you on a tight budget, but you (obviously) still like to look fashionable and chic? Fear not, you’re not alone. Trendy items are awesome, but we simply cannot justify spending $2,000 on an outfit that will on be in style this season, and then have to throw it to the side and hope that it will maybe come back in style in the future. So, in an attempt to help you stick to our budget without depriving ourselves of new clothes and keeping up with fashion, we have a few tips and tricks on how to build your wardrobe on a budget in 2015.

Classic Black Pumps (Jimmy Choo), $575

If you’re going to buy designer items, make sure they are classic pieces that will never go out of style.

One of the biggest mistakes many people make when shopping amongst designer goodies, is that they find something they really love that is super chic and fashionable, so they buy it. But what they don’t take into consideration is the fact that the $1,500 bag they just bought is extremely trendy and will (probably) not be “in” next season. Our solution? Stick to the classics when splurging on a designer item. Whether it is a classic pair of pumps, a little black dress, or a signature bag, you really can’t go wrong. It is inevitable that these items are not going to go out of style, and by purchasing a luxury item, you are much less likely to have to go back out and get another pair of black pumps next season because the $50 pair you bought in the past is falling apart.  In reality, while you may be dishing out a considerable amount more up front, making these investments will actually save you time and money in the long run.

Nordstrom Rack Logo

Don’t skip the trendy pieces, but shop at more affordable stores.

When we say “more affordable” we mean stores such as Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx, along with Forever 21, Lulu’s (online only), and Tobi (online only).  All of these options offer super trendy and stylish clothing and accessories, but they are more in the realm of what you can comfortably spend without having to eat peanut butter sandwiches and drink only water until payday.

Although some of these stores (i.e. Forever 21 and Tobi) are notorious for selling clothes that are “disposable” or tend to fall apart after only a few wears, that is the downfall and the risk you take when shopping there.  They may not always be the highest of quality, but the clothes they sell serve their purpose and help you stick to your budget. (After all, these super trendy items probably won’t even be in style next season, so it doesn’t really matter all that much.)

Stores like Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx help you get your designer “fix” with extremely discounted prices. So really, you kill two birds with one stone at these types of stores!

J. Crew Black Skirt - Versatile Option

3.  Purchase versatile pieces that can easily be worn with a lot of different things in a plethora of different ways.

If you make a conscious effort to purchase items that are a little more versatile (say a pair of black pants, a simple skirt, or a chic but somewhat “plain” top), you are able to pair them with a variety of different statement items to give them a completely different look then they may have had just the very day prior.  If you ask us, that is the way to shop, friends!

Do you have any other tips or tricks that you use when attempting to stick to your budget? Let us know what you think of our suggestions or what you find to work better for you!

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