High Fashion on a Shoestring Budget

If you’re longing for a champagne wardrobe but you’re living on a beer budget, we have some tips to help you acquire the clothes you adore without going into debt to get them!

First of all, don’t impulse shop. Instead, make a plan of exactly what you want and the colors you’d like to have. One good way to do this is to visit your favorite stores when the season fashions first arrive because you’ll have the biggest selection of the latest styles. Pick out what you love, try them on but don’t buy: instead, write down the brand, color, and size that you can’t live without.

Next, when you get home do a bit of fashion detective work. Look up each dress or outfit at several online stores and compare prices. A good example is LuLu, where you can find the latest at lower-than-average prices. To save even more, download the Groupon app and you can use the LuLu coupon to rack up more savings!

Once you’ve found your dream clothes at the best prices, bookmark the lowest three websites where you found each item. Make a note with the site, item, and price and send yourself a reminder to check again in a month.

Remember, fashions are seasonal. The styles you’ve chosen will only be at their original price for a month or two and then the stores will start to mark them down in order to make room for the next season’s inventory. That means you get to play a game, because there’s no guarantee your favorite colors will be available very long once the discounts begin.

It’s a good idea to decide ahead of time what you’re willing to pay, and once the item reaches that price go ahead and buy. You may miss out on a few items, but you may get super low prices on others, too!

This method of shopping works best of you plan carefully and look for styles that are classic. That means don’t choose something just because it’s the latest trend; instead look for styles that flatter your figure and coloring and are versatile enough to wear different ways to different occasions. The same rule goes for shoes and other accessories: choose ones that can be worn with different outfits, not just for a single special occasion.