Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ten Tips for Being Fashionable on a Budget

We would all love to have closets full of great clothes with matching shoes and accessories. It would be great fun to update our wardrobe on a weekly basis. Sadly, however, most of us are on a budget. So how can you maximize your fashion dollar? Twitter Moms got me thinking and here are some tips that help me:

1. Think second hand. Visit garage sales, thrift stores, Goodwill etc. Yes it will take some digging and yes, a lot of what you will see will be junk. Scoring a great brand new sweater for a quarter makes it all work it however. Just last week I bought a brand new pair of jeans for a dollar, a pretty sweater top that couldn't have been worn much if at all for a quarter and a pair of capris tags still on for fifty cents. Did I mention all were designer items?

2. Go directly to the sales racks. Don't even let yourself wander into the not marked down merchandise. Start shopping on the racks with the deepest discounts and work your way down from there. If I am just shopping without the pressure of having to have something for an occasion then I won't even consider anything less than 50% off.

3. Get the Sunday paper. Watch for sales on the items you need or want.

4. Look for discount codes. Before ordering online search for codes for discounts. You could save a percentage off your order or free shipping etc.

5. Pick a basic color and build from there. By sticking to a main wardrobe base color you can save on the need to buy lots of shoes in various colors to coordinate with all your outfits. You can also mix and match clothing and accessories this way to create new looks.

6. Lose weight or keep your weight consistent. A lot of people have lots and lots of clothes that they are waiting to fit in again someday. Losing the weight suddenly give you a whole new wardrobe again. Also, gain weight and you no longer have anything to wear.

7. Avoid trendy. Fads and trends become dated and out of style quickly. Try to keep your selections basic enough that they will have more than one season of a life span within them.

8. Use your washing machine. Buy clothing that can be machine or handwashed rather than dry cleaned. Dry cleaning is expensive. A few trips to the cleaners and you could have bought another new outfit.

9. Make sure you are getting a bargain, not cheap. The difference? A bargain is a good price on good merchandise. Cheap is something that doesn't cost a lot of money...and is worthy of nothing more. Cheap items wear out quickly and usually don't look as flattering on.

10. Shop at outlets! Great bargains await at outlet malls. You can find many of your favorites like Gap, Levi, Ralph Lauren etc all at discounted prices. Planning on doing some bargain shopping soon? Here are some special savings you can take advantage of at your outlet!

Gap Outlet Offerings
Gap Outlet is offering summer dress and cardigans for $15 and up to 40% off other select items from May 7-24, 2010! Also, Gap Outlet is offering an exclusive coupon code to the TwitterMoms community for an additional 15% discount on all purchases, with a minimum spend of $75. This exclusive additional discount is available to all TwitterMoms friends and family from May 11-May 24th, 2010!

Banana Republic Factory Store Offerings
Banana Republic Factory Store's "It's All About Her Sale" offers savings of up to 50% off all women's clothes from April 30th through May 19th! In addition, Banana Republic Factory Store is offering an exclusive coupon code to the TwitterMoms community for an additional 15% discount on all purchases, with a minimum spend of $75. This exclusive additional discount is available to all TwitterMoms friends and family from May 11 through May 24, 2010, so hurry to your closest location today.



I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Gap Outlet blogging program to be eligible to win a $20 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here



Gap Twitter Discount
Exclusive Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Store Savings

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