Happy Monday everyone! For today’s post, I want to share with you my tricks on being stylish without having a lot of extra spending money.
Let me start by saying this – NOTHING I OWN IS DESIGNER.
Now, I am in no way against designer brands or spending money on designer clothes, handbags, etc. I just simply cannot afford it. Therefore, I do what I can to stay on top of trends and look the part, without breaking the bank.
My first and favorite recommendation for cheaper clothing is going thrifting. I am a HUGE Goodwill fan. I have shopped there for almost a decade and bought old pieces that can be reconstructed into something more stylish, or I simply buy things that people would deem unfashionable and make it cool. I also am a huge fan of any second hand clothing store. I lived in Lexington, Kentucky all through college and every Friday I would do some retail therapy at Street Scene Vintage. This store is incredibly cute, affordable, and has great unique pieces. I love the vibes of places like this and I love how they’re always getting new stuff, so you can always expect different items.
Another suggestion are apps like Poshmark and Depop. If you pay attention to some of your favorite bloggers, I would bet they have a Poshmark account selling their old pieces. This is a great way to get their style but at a discounted price. A lot of times, they only wear the items once for a shoot and then put them up for sale. Another great example is Depop. Depop has some awesome vintage sellers on there, like one of my best friends, ChampagneHippie. She, like many other sellers, have the coolest stuff at a great price.
Some of you readers may be against fast fashion or clothing of lesser quality and that’s fine. But, for the sake of this article and me sharing what I personally do, I will say that most of my wardrobe comes from Forever21. I have been a huge fan of Forever21 since I was very young for many reasons. They are a Christian retailer and promote the Christian faith in a subtle but respectful way and I love supporting that. Along with them, I also get a lot of my wardrobe from places like SheIn, H&M, Altar’d State, Zara, Lulu’s, and other retailers/boutiques that are reasonably priced.
You definitely do not have to scrape pennies to dress like a blogger. I save a lot of my pieces too, hoping they will come back in style. This is not always ideal because of space limitations, but it can save you money later on. I have always been ahead of trends, so a lot of things I wear now, I wore in high school as well.
I rarely wear the same outfit combination twice. If I wear a top and bottoms, the next time I wear it, I’ll completely change the dynamic to make it a completely different look. Have fun with what you already have and get creative with it. You’ll realize you have more options than you think. 🙂
Pictured below I’m wearing pants from Goodwill, a top from 7 years ago, a belt handmade by my uncle, and shoes from H&M that I got roughly 6 years ago.