Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How to Shop and Still be Fashionable on a Budget

*Don't go to those stores above!
*Pick 3 basic neutral colors that complement you.
*List of low priced stores below!
“Building on top of your closet” – pick neutrals (black, white, brown, navy, grey, camel, dusty pink) and accessorize with jewelry, scarves, bags, and belts. There are ways to trick the outside eye, in that I mean there are ways to look like you have more cloths in your closet than you actually do! You can make multiple outfits out of one basic top this is where your neutrals come in to play. For example pick a neutral color that goes well with your skin type (I will be posting a “Colors for your Skin/hair/eye type” soon!) say it’s black… get a basic long sleeve shirt in that color with little to no detailing on it ,by this I mean a little embroidery or lace is fine but preferably I would choose a shirt with none. Take that shirt throughout the mall with you and find what I like to call your 4 J.A.B.S.:
This is my fun little acronym I’ve come up with to make it easier for clients to remember and understand! ;)

NOW, to break this down for you we’ll start with Jackets! This includes blazers… You can take any simple shirt and pair it with a nice jacket or blazer that is a complementing color. If you have chosen a cool neutral color like a black shirt then a complementing color would be another cool tone such as white, ivory, grey, navy, or even a light pink! If you don’t have a blazer of a jacket I suggest you get one, these are great staples and an amazing way to spice up an outfit too!!

Next we have my favorite part, Accessories! That black basic shirt can easily be livened up with a long necklace, a nice bracelet, or some statement earrings. I always say if you feel your outfit is missing some oomph then go with a piece of costume jewelry, it’s trendy, it’s everywhere, they are typically low priced and sooooo cute! Tip: don’t go overboard, it’s all about balance. Either choose a pair of dangling earrings with a simple low key bracelet or the long necklace with either a small earring or none at all. Also other accessories that liven up your outfit would be scarves (my obsession!) belts cinched at the waist, cute boots, flats, heels, and bags!

For Bottoms I feel it’s easiest. I always keep: 1 pair of dark washed skinny denim, 1 pair of dark washed bootcut denim, black pants, black leggings, a lighter legging, black or grey shorts(which can be paired with tights in the fall/winter), and a skirt of choice. These are my basics that suit my style and coloring for you it may be different like maybe you like the acid washed skinnies because it’s more you and that’s very important to stay yourself just make sure they compliment the rest of your wardrobe and you will be all set!

Lastly are Sweaters (or cardigans)!!! Another great staple to have in your closet, it can be a light sweater, a heavy sweater, a long sweater, or a short sweater, whichever you prefer, but please DO NOT forget to keep in mind these pieces have to COMPLIMENT your closet! That is the key objective to shopping on a budget. ;)
And this is what I call, building on top of your closet.

 Now this is the fun part!! Let’s go back to our basic black long sleeve shirt and make 3 outfits from it!
Outfit #1: black shirt, grey cinched waist blazer, long necklace, dark wash skinny jeans, ankle boots with heel.
Outfit # 2: black shirt, long silver and white colored costume jewelry necklace, OR a snow leopard print scarf,  simple bracelet, grey shorts paired with complementing tights, pair of boots like Ugg knockoffs.
Outfit # 3: black shirt, grey short wide sleeved sweater cinched at waist with medium sized belt, leggings if the shirt and sweater are long enough or skinny jeans with flats.

So things to keep in mind when you’re shopping on a budget are: 1) Do I have my 3 basic tops? 2)  Are my basics a neutral color that compliment my hair, eyes and skin tone? 3) Are my 4 J.A.B.S. going to compliment my basic tops and closet? And most importantly 5) Does this fit my personal style and am I comfortable wearing this?
If you are saying to yourself “Wait, how is this shopping on a budget if I need to buy all these things?” I don’t expect you all to run out and buy all 4 J.A.B.S. in one day start with one or two. The reason your saving money is because you’re making at least 3 outfits out of only ONE shirt. The goal is to not waste money on a fashion top where everyone will know if you’ve worn it twice this week; it’s to learn how to accessorize and make more than one outfit out of what you already have.
Here’s a list of stores and websites I find to be more affordable and still trendy:
Charlotte Russe
Urban Outfitters
Wet Seal
The Icing
Off Broadway Shoes
TJ Maxx

I hope this helps and isn’t too confusing!

Happy Shopping!
Kaylee <3

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