From shopping queen Metalia
The current financial situation facing this country is enough to frighten and frustrate anyone. Of course, these feelings are only exacerbated when certain people (namely, ME) peruse the Anthropologie and J. Crew fall catalogs, shedding silent tears over the gorgeous fashions that fall well outside my self-imposed mandate of “fiscal accountability.” And by “fiscal accountability” I mean, “buying food for my children instead of $500 purple coats, even if they are really pretty .”
So what’s a fashion-forward girl on a budget to do? Well, desperate times call for desperate measures, but seeing as I’m not quite desperate enough to sew a dress out of a flour sack (YET), I’ll share with you my secret spots for a bargain online, and my favorite frugal shopping tricks.
Obviously, Target and Old Navy’s online stores are excellent places to scoop up deals on cheap but well-made stuff. This entire outfit (with the exception of the shoes) came from these two stores.
Total cost? $38.97 .
My other favorite cheap online spots require you to sift through a LOT of teenybopper gear, but the payoff is worth it: I speak of the cheap n’ trendy trifecta of Delia*s , Gojane , and Forever 21 . Everything here is from these sites, and each item is under $35:
My five best pieces of advice before you go forth and shop:
When buying cheap stuff online, it’s not as easy to ascertain whether a garment “looks” cheap as it is in a store. My trick is to buy clothes in darker colors, which hide flaws.
Do your research.
Learn the popular colors for the season, and figure out what you want. Because maybe you can’t swing this pink $280 J. Crew coat :
But you can probably afford this (arguably cuter) $45 one from Forever 21.
Since you’re not spending a lot, try a seasonal trend (like a vest, or ruffles).
Mix and match.
The easiest way to make cheap items blend seamlessly is to wear them with pricier items. (Case in point: the shoes I wore with the outfit above.) Finally…
Leave some good stuff for me!
Do you have any favorite cheap shopping pointers and spots for a bargain online?
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