Dressing On A Budget

“Fashions fade. Style is eternal.”

Yves Saint Laurent

Saving money is hard. It’s a fact. We all know it. Saving money can be especially difficult if you a weakness like myself and so many others: shopping. I have put together some of my tips to save money but still looking good.

Fast Fashion

One of my favorite types of fashion is fast fashion. Fast fashion is your stores such as Princess Polly, Pretty Little Thing, and FashionNova. Stores like these sell trendy pieces as well a few staple pieces that can be worn every day. Their prices are great so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank over a top or a pair of shoes that you won’t be able to wear next season.

Consignment Stores

Shopping at consignment stores is a great way to get designer goods for less. Sites such as The Real Real, Net-a-Porter, and 1st Dibs are great for when you’ve had an eye on those Golden Goose sneakers for a few months but can’t justify spending $500 on a pair of sneakers.

Designer Dupes

Forget everything you’ve heard about knock-off hand bags. Amazon, eBay, and Purse Valley are great places to visit when you’re dreaming of Dior but still can’t convince yourself, or simply can’t afford, to swipe the card on designer goods.

Capsule Wardrobe

Personally, this is a task I simply do not think I could accomplish. A capsule wardrobe is comprised of one nice dress, two tops, four bottoms, a few pairs of shoes, and the necessary accessories. All of your pieces will go together, making it one hundred times easier to create different outfits.

Buy Neutral Colors

By purchasing neutral colors, you allow yourself to have pieces that are timeless and will never go out of style. Sure, neon is in right now. But will you really wear that neon green sweater next fall?

Black on Black

Boujee on a budget or not, black on black is always a good idea. By wearing your black staples, you can instantly create a chic outfit that can be worn time and time again. Throw on a black bodysuit with some black ripped jeans and your favorite black booties and I promise you will immediately look and feel like the girl boss you are!

2 thoughts on “Dressing On A Budget

  1. What are your opinions on the ethics behind fast fashion and designer dupes? Regarding fast fashion: Do you think that the consumer should be aware and weary of fast fashion brands that may sell products from an overseas manufacturer that may not have as many regulations protecting the workers within the factory? Regarding designer dupes: Should fashion and the consumer not respect the originality and creativity of a designers piece in order to simply “look good” or “trendy”, or do you think that the replication of designer goods is innovative and benefits name brand designers in the long run (example: Gucci influx and their drop in worth due to being replicated and more attainable to the general consumer, but their gain in popularity because of all of the replication and attainability)? I’m interested in your opinion on both of these topics.

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    1. Good morning! I do apologize for the untimely response. When it comes to the ethics of the matter, I do not particularly agree with some of the ways products are made (sweat shops), but I do believe that if products are being made without harming others in any way it is more than okay to make a purchase. This goes along with your second question. Consumers should always be aware of how a company treats those who produce their products and base their decision of whether or not to purchase from said company on their own moral beliefs. I cannot say I am against knock-off designer items because I do own a piece or two from Amazon. I do believe in the innovation of replication because it allows for someone who can not afford or justify spending $500 on a belt to make that purchase without breaking the bank. I also believe that it is good for someone who plans on buying a genuine piece but wants to try out a dupe of the item to see how much use they will get out of it before they make their final purchase. Yes, some genuine pieces may have lost value due to easy access on Amazon and eBay, but this has in turn paved the way for other brands to gain popularity again as well. I hope this all made sense and that I was able to answer all of your questions thoroughly.

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