What {Clothes} Cost

April 16th, 2012 § 10 comments

This weekend I received a lovely email from an old friend who now reads She is Red.  She brought up a topic I’ve been thinking about for a while now: the cost of clothes. She said, “Also, I saw the NYFW entry and noticed that you said everything in your closet is under $50. How is that possible!? Any tips for where I should be shopping to find these great deals?”

First of all, I have to clarify that I said most of the clothes in my closet cost less than $50, and I stand by that statement.  I have definitely splurged on higher cost items in the past but, all in all, my closet is filled with low-cost items.  As much as I love following designer collections and reading fancy blogs, the truth is I cannot afford most designer pieces. In my world, a purchase from Zara Women is a splurge – and at this time in my life and career, I am perfectly okay with that.

Since beginning to document my outfits regularly here on the blog, I have learned just how resourceful I can be.  To find a style and look that I’m happy with – while staying within my budget – I simply need to get creative.  I scour vintage, thrift and consignment stores for good deals.  I sell old clothes that don’t work for me anymore, so that I can invest in new, timeless pieces.  I visit my hometown’s “Free Clothing Box”, where I sometimes find the perfect white blouse or vintage dress. I use my meager sewing skills to recreate expensive runway looks that I love.  I also stalk Amazon, eBay, Google Shopping, etc. in order to find the best deals online.

I love to dress up and wear beautiful clothes, but I think it is so important to remember that looking fabulous does not need to cost half your rent.  Invest in classic pieces – the perfect black heels, your favorite bag, nice underwear – but don’t waste your hard earned income on passing trends {haven’t we all made this mistake!? Pleather leggings anyone? Or was that just me…}.

All in all, I believe that with a little effort and a lot of inspiration, anyone can build an affordable wardrobe that they absolutely LOVE.

….What do you think?

xxx

§ 10 Responses to What {Clothes} Cost"

  • You are my go-to fashion girl! I love that you make dressing nice almost a game…. and you always look like a winner!

  • I totally agree! Great post! = )

  • Theresa says:

    This is such a great post sweetie! I totally agree with you that it makes the most sense to live within one’s means. It’s possible to look and feel great regardless of how much or less is spent on an item. You have incredibly lovely taste and seems like you’re able to find awesome bargains. Love all that you had to say! 🙂

  • What a steal…love the brocade coat…wish it was winter already!

    http://thefashpress.blogspot.com/

  • Aimée says:

    I love you and I love your blog! Thank you for this post, it was very encouraging to me. Not only is my blog about the everyday woman, but also the thick woman. It can certainly be difficult at times, but blogger sisters like us have to stick together and encourage one another. Fab job & keep up the beautiful work.

  • Krissy says:

    Rock on! I have such admiration for people who can make it work (and so well!) on a tight budget. There’s this quote I come across often when it comes to interior design, but I think it applies here. In a nutshell, it’s something along the lines of “Design doesn’t come from having an unlimited budget. It’s when you’re constricted to a mere pigeonhole that magic happens.” True of design, and true of fashion. It’s so much more exciting to see the EFFORT and the HUNT behind pieces, instead of just going out and buying the most expensive thing in front of you. Limitations (like budget) create character, style and taste.

  • Yes x 3 !! I completely agree! Alex, you have such a fun Blogger voice, I enjoy your posts because they are honest yet light :). In this particular post, I like the way you encouraged freshness in personal shopping instead of viewing practical shopping as a problem.

    Luv it!!

    xx

  • I absolutely LOVE this post Alex, can I call you Alex? : )

    First, your hair is divine. Second, I agree, it’s totally worth splurging on a classic item of clothing, not on a trend….well said, thank you.

  • Wow, this is so inspiring! I love when I see women looking their best without breaking the bank.

    I’ve never really given vintage or thrifting stores a shot, but I’ll have to start. My technique is to usually scour the more expensive stores for inspiration and then go to the cheaper stores/online to find a cheaper version. It’s amazing how well this has worked for me!

  • Wow, this is so inspiring! I love when I see women looking their best without breaking the bank.

    I’ve never really given vintage or thrifting stores a shot, but I’ll have to start. My technique is to usually scour the more expensive stores for inspiration and then go to the cheaper stores/online to find a cheaper version. It’s amazing how well this has worked for me!

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