Ten Tips for Being Fashionable on a Budget

I’ve been posed the question by Twitter Moms“How do you pull together fashionable outfits when you’re on a tight budget?” So… after thinking about it… I’ve come up with ten of my best tips for being fashionable on a tight budget. Enjoy!

1. Tear the latest fashions from a magazine and try to copy it using look-alike brands.

I love to do this! I make it a game… it’s such a fun challenge to take the hottest new looks and try to recreate it on my own budget.

2. Stick with the basics.

I find that a classic white button up shirt goes with everything from jeans to a pencil skirt. Stick with the basics and you can’t go wrong.

3. Mix and match.

Whether I’m shopping for myself or for my kids… I try to mix and match as much as possible. I like to buy a patterned bottom and then a couple solid colored tops to match. Those same tops will go with my jeans or khakis. I also like to buy a skirt, pant, and shorts that all match one top when I shop for my kids. Sounds weird… but that’s 3 different outfits right there.

4. Shop the sales.

This goes hand in hand with mix and match. Some of my favorite stores have sales regularly that feature “buy 3 for $15”. This is a great opportunity to stock up.

5. Swap with friends.

I have really been wanting to do this… Have a closet swap party. Gather up the things you’d like to be rid of and invite some friends to do the same. Meet up and trade your items over some good food and drinks!

6. Shop online.

Often sales and specials are only available online. I’ve also been successful searching for promotional codes to use online for my favorite stores. Many times free shipping is also available. One of the cool things about shopping online… once your package arrives… it often comes with coupons for you to use the next time you shop!

7. Shop for the next season.

I find that I save a ton of money when I buy basics off season. The best time to do that is when the Winter items are moved out to make way for Spring.

8. Own a pair of dark wash jeans.

Dark wash jeans are a fashion essential. They can be dressed up or down easily. A pair of great heels and a silky shirt are all you need to go out on the town. Or… a plain white tee and cute flats will take you to the grocery store.

9. Take pictures of each piece in your wardrobe.

You may have more things than you realized! This also will help you to visualize pieces that you still need to complete a great outfit.

10. Sign up for your favorite stores newsletters and Follow them on Twitter.

Following your favorite stores or brands will give you the inside scoop on what’s new as well as what sales are coming. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve headed straight to my favorite store when I got an email alert of a new promotion.

And… because I love my readers… Here’s a special printable coupon for you to use at the GAP or Banana Republic Outlet Stores.

What are your tips for shopping on a budget?

*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.