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Fashion Under $50

Finding fashionable looks on a reasonable budget can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, keeping a fashionable wardrobe is not something that only the wealthy can have. Below, I will be outlining some basic tips for staying fashionable that will not leave your penniless.

One tip that will let you mix and match your clothes for as long as possible is sticking to staple items. Now, there may be a little more upfront investment on this strategy, but it will be worth it when you see how easily you can throw together a great outfit. Staple items include cardigans, black dresses, dark jeans, blazers, and/or nice pair of black flats. Now, this may seem like a depressingly dark list. However, it is important to remember that black goes with everything. A couple of cardigans will dress up a clearance top and turn it into something to wear out with friends. A little black dress is good for a night on the town, or for an upscale social event. Dark jeans go with everything and rarely need replacing. Lastly, a blazer can be dressed down for a casual night, or dressed up for a formal event.

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Staple items can turn the most affordable tops and accessories into something fantastic. However, they can be a little difficult to find at a low price. That being the case, my next tip is to shop out of season. When it comes to staying fashionable on a budget, it is important to plan for the next season. If it is the middle of winter and you are interested in investing in some spring clothes, you should find a little black dress on clearance. It will go with everything and is likely dirt cheap, with the weather so cold. If it is summer, you should look for some clearance cardigans to mix and match when fall comes. When you plan for the next season, you can find great deals on clothes and expand your wardrobe without spending a lot of money.

Photo: Designer Sales Signs

Photo: Designer Sales Signs

The last tip I want to touch on is learning how to sew. I am not implying that everyone should be making their own clothes and becoming designers. Instead, you should visit second hand stores around your city or town and pick up some outfits for next to nothing. You may not find anything amazing off the rack, but you will come home with something that you can modify to fit your personal style. With a little bit of imagination, some fabric, and a second hand sewing machine, you will be transforming thrift store clothes into great outfits to meet your personal fashion sense.

Photo: Bridgeport Art

Photo: Bridgeport Art

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