Fall is here. And like most people in love with fashion and life, you probably want to revamp your wardrobe. Currently, your eye is on the new Branitta Dress from DVF. The only problem is, your bank account says that you can barely afford the needle and thread that made it. And since your sewing skills are about as useful as last Summers mini-skirts, you have got to find another way to shop. So, what’s a blogger to do when her desire for a fresh closet is faced with a wall of broken finances? Easy, she follows these simple rules.
1. Visit The Thrift Store
Thrift stores are a budget fashionista’s key to incredible style. They offer a plethora of high designer options for you to choose from, all at a fraction of the cost. In order to grab the best deals with the least hassle, begin your thrift shopping days early. You’ll want to be first in line to rummage through all the goods.
2. Attend a Sip-and-Swap or host your own
If you love everything in your best friends closet, it’s quite possible that she’s eyeing a few things of yours as well. Why not invite her and a few other fashionable friends over to your place for a Sip-and-Swap. There, you all bring the clothes you wouldn’t mind parting with and exchange them for clothes you’ll love. Add a few cocktails into the mix to make the night more fun.
3. Sell, Sell, Sell
From Buffalo Exchange in California to Beacon’s Closet in New York City, resale stores are popping up all over America and paying customers for their clothes. Unlike consignment shops which pay you only if your clothes are sold, resale stores pay you upfront for your items. One thing to keep in mind: Resale shops tend to be a little more selective in their purchases. So, call ahead or check their websites to gain an idea of what they are currently accepting and rejecting.
4. Splurge on shoes and shades
Unlike clothes that sometimes fit and sometimes don’t, your face and feet will pretty much stay the same size. So, refrain from purchasing high-end clothing items and splurge on shoes and shades instead. That way, you’ll be investing in items that will last you for seasons to come, and avoid that horrible feeling of not being able to wear that “perfect” dress just because it doesn’t fit anymore.