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May 11, 2010

Ten tips on how to be fashionable on a budget


Did you know that you can be fashionable on a budget without looking like you just got run over by a car? Twitter Moms is encouraging Moms all over the Blogosphere to come up with some handy tips to help other Mommies look fashionable on a budget.

Here are my 10 tips on how you can look 'Ooh la la' and still not have burnt a hole in your pocket (or Hubby's!)....
  1. Here's my favorite tip of all- Buy clothes off season to get some great pieces at clearance prices (At times you can even get things over 75% off the original rack price!)
  2. Wait to buy clothes when they're on sale. (I always cringe when I have to buy clothes at full price...ouch!)
  3. Try to shop with coupons. (Some stores even accept coupons on clearanced clothes.)
  4. Instead of buying exclusive dress sets try and buy mix and match tops, pants and skirts. It's always much more fun because you can really get creative with various combinations and nobody would know the better!
  5. Invest in a black top, black pants/trousers and a black skirt. This investment will go a long way as you can never go wrong dressed in black. You can wear black for both formal, semi formal and casual events.
  6. Buy affordable accessories (scarves, costume jewellery) and save family heirloom jewelery even if it isn't in style right now. (Somehow outdated styles eventually come back into vogue some time.) You can dress up an outfit (even your black top and skirts. For instance pair these with costume pearl earrings and a necklace and you will be dressed for a nice formal sit down dinner with Hubby) with an accessory or two.
  7. If you have a sister, cousin or a BFF (best friend forever) who lives close by, have a clothes swap once every few weeks/months. This way both of you can swap tops/skirts and mix and match to have several new looks for a while.
  8. If you don't mind shopping at the Thrift store, there are a lot of bargains you can find for gently used clothes
  9. Another very thrifty alternative is to hit the garage sales. I've read of many people finding designer wear clothes for just a few bucks at a garage sale only because the original owner thought it was too outdated to wear the outfits more than once!
  10. When you set apart money for savings every month, set up a mini clothes fund for yourself. This way you can buy an odd top or accessory when you find a great deal and save it for an unexpected dressy event in the future. (Always makes it easier on the budget as you aren't splurging a large amount on a single instance)
So there you go....you CAN dress up without breaking the bank!


To help you on your 'shopping on a budget' drive, here are a few exclusive discounts :

Gap Outlet Offerings

Gap Outlet is offering summer dress and cardigans for $15 and up to 40% off other select items from May 7-24, 2010! Also, Gap Outlet is offering an exclusive coupon code to the TwitterMoms community for an additional 15% discount on all purchases, with a minimum spend of $75. This exclusive additional discount is available to all TwitterMoms friends and family from May 11-May 24th, 2010!


Banana Republic Factory Store Offerings

Banana Republic Factory Store's "It's All About Her Sale" offers savings of up to 50% off all women's clothes from April 30th through May 19th! In addition, Banana Republic Factory Store is offering an exclusive coupon code to the TwitterMoms community for an additional 15% discount on all purchases, with a minimum spend of $75. This exclusive additional discount is available to all TwitterMoms friends and family from May 11 through May 24, 2010, so hurry to your closest location today.


Click this link to access your exclusive Gap and Banana Republic coupons.





** EBMR Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Gap Outlet blogging program to be eligible to win a $20 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.” **

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3 Comments:

At May 11, 2010 at 2:49 PM , Blogger The Mommy said...

Great tips Marina! Thanks:)

 
At May 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Alisha said...

Amen, amen, amen! Goodwill is my second home. That and garage sales, but I get to frequent Goodwill more.
My Mother's Day outfit cost me $1.74! Yes, you read that right. I think I'll post on that.

Thanks for this post! Glad to see I'm not the only one who loves Cheap Chic. ;)

 
At May 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM , Blogger The Professional Family Manager said...

The sales at Banana Republic are fantastic! The only thing is you're getting the "leftovers," so it's sometimes tough to find your size. But I hold out anyway.

I've been finding some good deals at JCPenney's, too. I used to find their clothing not to be made very well, but that seems to have changed. Plus, their sales are incredible--I got a blouse for $.047!

 

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