I know we’re all on a low budget when it comes to shopping these days. I was having a conversation with some of my good friends, both with 4+ kids, and the topic of shopping came up. I mentioned that some skirts at Anthropologie could run upwards of $100, and she was flabbergasted.
This topic is one that I’ve always had a firm position on. Here are a few rules that I always remember. Don’t worry. they’re quite manageable!
Rule #1: Buy Less, So You Can Spend More
If you come across an article of clothing that you absolutely adore, will fit perfectly in your wardrobe (maybe even complete your wardrobe), is of great quality, has many uses and possibilities of styling, and you absolutely ADORE it, then I say go for it, even if it’s on the pricier side. The reason is simple: think about its use-value. How many times are you going to wear it? How long could it possibly last you? Does wearing it make you feel confident and beautiful? These items that cost a bit more should be the ones that we consider “investments”. Basics, dresses, coats, work shoes… these are all definitely great items to have, that we can wear for years to come.
Rule #2: Don’t Buy Trends
One mistake I see when it comes to shopping is that women are far too prone to purchase pieces that are too “trendy”. What I mean is, we sometimes get caught up in owning the latest trends, peplum for example, that we wear these items for a season or two, and then we grow tired of it. Has that happened to you before? I know I’m guilty of it. I heard someone say recently that the faster you like a piece of clothing, the quicker will grow tired of it. Ofcourse, it’s not true in all cases. We should always trust our gut feelings and emotions when it comes to our personal style. But if our goal is to build a good, lasting wardrobe, then we have to put on a filter of some sort. One way is to stay away from trends. Yes, you heard right!
Instead of wasting money on things that will be given to charity in a year, buy items that have more lasting and classic features to them. You’ll be surprised at how many different ways you can wear them, and how good you feel in your clothes! Plus, you will wear your items for a lot longer instead of always having to replace your wardrobe with “in-season” stuff.
Rule #3: Make a List of the Items You Need to Complete Your Wardrobe
….and only buy those things! This rule has to do with being very observant about the key “completer” pieces of your wardrobe. For me, it always depends on the season (right now for example, since we are in rainy/transitional weather, I have been on the hunt for a cool rain jacket). Or perhaps all you need to complete an outfit is a skinny belt? Some kakhi pants? A red cardigan? Take note of a few things when you are putting together an outfit - what one thing do you need that would make it just right? This pretty much always happens when I’m getting dressed in the morning. When you come up with something, write it down! As a week or two passes, you will see how that one item will be of much use to you. Now you have the missing ingredient, and it will help you to stay focused when you are shopping. Or what usually happens to me is that I always find that “one piece” when I least expect it. Good thing that I was saving my monies for it all along… :)
Blouse: Local Thrift Store // Pants: Gap // Heels: Steve Madden // Hair Clip: Anthropologie // Bracelet & Earrings: gift from Mom
So excited about this cutie I found at a local thrift store in Montclair. I stopped in the night before a big event for my job (I don’t recommend last minute shopping, but I was determined!), not really knowing if I would find a blouse professional enough for the occasion.
I was lucky enough to spot it, and it was my size! That’s the hard thing about second-hand shopping I guess; finding what you like that actually fits you. It’s sort-of a thrill at the same time - rummaging through racks and racks of clothes, having something particular in mind but not really knowing how to describe it.
And I especially love how the items there are not what you typically see in stores, so it forces you to think outside the box a little. Using your creativity in a store that is not meant to showcase all the latest trends… I think I’m hooked!
Blouse: Anthropologie // Jeans: Banana Republic Outlet // Loafers: DSW
Hello all and happy Wednesday!
Seeing all the street style photos from fashion week always makes me wonder how these girls do it. These bloggers must spend ALL of their money on new clothes, right? I mean, I even took on a second job this winter so I could have a little extra spending money (I was a sales associate at Anthropologie = best job ever!) but I still had very little leftover for extra clothes.
Luckily, having more clothes and spending a fortune on them is not always the best solution to attaining a great wardrobe. Hence, I am proud to say that I do shop at more expensive stores like Anthropologie when I am able, but most of the time I am looking for a deal.
My go-to place is always OUTLET stores. You can find wonderful and modern pieces at outlet stores like JCrew, Banana Republic, Nordstrom Rack…. These jeans are from Banana Republic, originally about $78, but got them during a half-off sale. They are always having major sales, especially around holidays. It’s a great way to still get the quality of the brands you love, and still find it affordable enough for your lifestyle.
I hope you are able to find some great deals, especially around all these holidays coming up. Oh and my other advice to you when going to outlets: try to shop earlier in the day when there are less people. No lines in the dressing room, the stores are clean and organized, close parking…these make the sopping experience more enjoyable, right? ;)
I had a wonderfully awesome visit to LACMA yesterday with my friends Caroline and Marcia. Our mission? Visit the “Journey of a Dress” exhibit on Dian von Furstenberg and see all the free art we can (I tried looking for the free food too but Caroline just laughed). The exhibit was everything I thought it would be - festive, inspiring, historical, and totally GIRL POWERed out! Oh yes, images of the Spice Girls kept popping in my head, haha…
This exhibit was celebrating the 40th anniversary of the WRAP DRESS, originally designed by Diane von Furstenberg. The opening hallways were bright pink as you can see, and featured large prints of famous women wearing the wrap dress in it’s 40 year history. It was pretty cool to see how classic and universally flattering it is on everyone.
Then we came to this room, featuring dozens and dozens of original wrap dresses from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and through the 2000’s. I was blown away at all the different colors and patterns.
Even the floors were covered in print.
We made it a point to pick our favorites. Caroline was bored to death with the black and white ones, and gravitated to the colorful geometric prints. Marcia was more of a floral gal. I myself loved these:
The show is running until April 1st, so please make a visit to LACMA one of these weekends. We also made sure to stop by the floating rock, the spaghetti noodles, and the Berlin Wall. Hahah, these are absolutely NOT what these exhibits are called, but maybe it will entice you to go and see what I’m talking about! Hope you enjoy it!