Ageless Style is a monthly style challenge and link up for women of all ages. Each month we pick a different theme and style an outfit based on that theme. This month's theme is: "Fashion On A Budget" and was picked by ME!
With many Americans struggling to pay their bills right now due to inflation, fashion takes a back seat to buying groceries, paying the electric bill, and putting gas in their cars. Walmart recently reported that their customers have so little money left after buying groceries and gas, that they are not shopping in other departments and they will have to slash prices to get their items sold. It doesn't look like wearing the latest fashions will be top priority for most of us this year, yet, we all still want to look are best. So I decided to ask the ladies of Ageless Style how do they dress fashionably on a budget?
Four ways to stay fashionable on a budget are:
1). Thrifting. Shop rummage sales, and charity and consignment shops.2). Shop the clearance rack at your favorite clothing store or wait for an amazing sale.3)Shop at discount stores like Walmart, TJMaxx, or on-line shops like Shein.4). Shop your own closet! Wear what you already own. Look for ways to wear an old piece of clothing in a new and creative way. Or, if you have mad sewing skills, reconstruct an item in your closet into something totally new.
My favorite way to stay fashionable on a budget is to shop the clearance racks at my favorite stores. The best way to get the biggest bang for your buck is to buy clothes out of season. I purchased this beautiful red skirt at JCPenney in the middle of winter for only $3.99. You heard me, $3.99! What a steal! Now the trick to shopping this way, is to only purchase items you know will be still be in style next season. Don't buy anything too trendy, as it most likely won't be in style when you're ready to wear it. But a classic floral skirt like this, will most likely last many years.
I wore this outfit to a ladies Bible study and then for an afternoon of shopping. My top is a simple sleeveless tank from Walmart which I think I paid less than $5.00 for. My sandals are from TJMaxx (another great place to shop when you're on a budget), and my bag is from DSW. Everywhere I go, women comment on my bag. I purchased it several years ago, and for whatever reason, everyone seems to love it. I like it because it goes with almost all my summer clothes and it's super roomy, which I always need in a handbag. Small purses are not for me.
For jewelry, I decided to bring a different color in so I wore a teal and silver cross necklace. I echoed the silver with one simple silver bangle.
So what about you? Are you spending your usual amount of money on clothes this year or are you cutting back? How do you stay fashionable on a budget? I'd love to hear from you!
And now let's see how the rest of the ladies stay fashionable on a budget, and be sure to link up with us below too.
Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits
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Cathy ~ My Side of 50
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Joanna ~ My Slice of Life
Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style
Marsha~ Marsha in the Middle
Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom
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Rosemary ~ Distinctly Southern Style
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This skirt is so pretty and that bag really is fabulous! No wonder you get lots of compliments on it. These are all such great budgeting tips, too. I am a big fan of thrifting as well as clearance racks!ReplyDelete
Thanks Shelbee! I saw you recently did a blog post on thrifting. Perfect timing.Delete
I always say I got my mom's genes when it comes to being thrifting and frugal especially with clothes. The sales rack is where we always start shopping and that's one of the reasons I love thrifting so much.ReplyDelete
I LOVE the turquoise necklace with this Amy and that skirt is fabulous. Almost like the one I'm wearing for my airplane outfit today as we go to St. Louis (which means my Daily outfit post will be posted on Monday instead)
Thanks Jodie! Yes, spending a lot of $ on clothes has always been hard for me, though I have been known to do it on occasion if it's a great pair of jeans or shoes. Have fun in St Louis.Delete
JCpenney surprised me this summer: I found similar deals on the clearance rack. I see how people compliment the bag: it is really fun and summery.ReplyDelete
I used to shop at JCPenney all the time, but stopped when Covid happened because they closed their dressing rooms. Now, I'm back, but still no where near as often as I was shopping before. Thanks so much.Delete
You always find the best deals on the clearance racks! This skirt is gorgeous and this color paired with white is made for you! We don't have a mall any longer but when we did I rarely would find things that fit in the clearance department (not easy to shop when you are petite!!). I now save on clothing purchases by only buying if something truly fits, is my style and the fabric is comfortable. I've gotten really picky. We have a Marshalls now and I do find occasional things there, but again, won't buy unless I am 100% happy with the item.ReplyDelete
PS: Love your hair!
Thank you, especially for the hair compliment. I don't get that too often. That's sad you don't have a mall anymore. We still do, but it looks pretty dismal at times. So many anchor stores have closed. It's so sad to me. American malls used to be the place to go and hang out and have fun. Not anymore. I would love a Marshalls, that's one store we don't have here. I've gotten more picky about clothes too. I know I won't wear it if it's not comfy.Delete
I can see why everyone compliments that bag; the ruffling/fringe is so cute! I think JC Penney often has fantastic sales; I bought 3 pairs of boots from them last year for well under $100 and they were so comfy and warm too. I am definitely a "shop the sales" girl!ReplyDelete
Thanks Joanne. Yes, JCP has the best sales!Delete
totally love this outfit! perfect for summerReplyDelete
wishing you a lovely weekend
Thank you so much, same to you!Delete
I never pay full-price for clothing and always hit the sales or Poshmark. Your skirt is so pretty and such a steal! And, that bag is fabulous!ReplyDelete
Jill - Doused in Pink
Thanks Jill! Same here!Delete
That's such a cute skirt and it's really pretty on you! I like shopping out of season as you can find some great bargains, as you did with the skirt! :) I've been trying to challenge myself to spend less on fashion each year and it's been fun, I've always liked shopping second hand but I've been thrifting a lot more often.ReplyDelete
Hope you had a great weekend! We had a really fun one.
Away From The Blue
Thank you Mica!Delete
Lovely skirt Amy! I love to buy pre loved, always good bargains.ReplyDelete
Incredible Flowering Blooms - Gorgeous Outfit As Well - Keep Smiling And Stay CreativeReplyDelete
Thanks so much!Delete
I love thrift shops :D nice look :)ReplyDelete
I love to shop sales and pre-loved items. It's such a good way to save money. That skirt you bought from JCP is such a steal! The color is stunning and you are absolutely right. Florals are in style year round.ReplyDelete
Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com
I'm with you on TJ Maxx, Amy! We have one about 4 minutes away and though I don't go often, it's always fun to browse the sale aisles when I get there. A great place for gifts to stash away and unique food, too.ReplyDelete
Oh, I love their food products!Delete
These are great tips! I try to buy clothing for my kids out of season. It helps so much!ReplyDelete
Yes, it's a great idea to do with kids. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
What a deal on these pieces! I adore the skirt and thanks for these great tips!ReplyDelete
Thanks, and you're welcome!Delete
Such a pretty skirt and a fabulous bargain! I love thrifting so I'll probably buy fewer new clothes and look for second hand instead. I have too many clothes anyway! Thanks for linking up!ReplyDelete