Dress for Less

In this world of fashion pain, the last thing that anyone really wants to think about when updating their outfits is the stress of budgeting. Trust me, I know how you feel. That’s how boutiques like TJ Maxx and Marshalls come in handy, but then to find the perfect outfit amongst all the ‘rags’ is very difficult. Why not combine these prices with easy-to-find styles on the rack? The other hardest thing to do is walk right past a designer boutique (I find it very easy to do when it comes to Tommy Hilfiger). The truth is that fashion is a struggle when balancing it with the budget.

So here is how you find your perfect outfit with ease. First write down what you need and what you are willing to compromise. To be honest, I haven’t been doing both but at least it’s a start. What I longed for was one of those long sleeved button down blouse — the kind that reminded you of the old West. I got one and paired with a neat red knitted mini skirt and all that was about forty dollars in Forever 21. I also wanted an A-line dress and I found one that I liked in Marshalls (after much contemplating). The best deal was at Guess which we all know to be a high-end brand (or some people don’t think it is).

At Guess, I found a pair of white midi-shorts (that’s what they call it) for nineteen dollars but the only struggle was the size which was in “French” so I ended up with size twenty-six (at first it frightened me but I can assure you that it’s the equivalent of a size one in U.S. terminology). I loved that I finally found a white pants that I liked (I had to put back everything else because just like regular people, I couldn’t afford it). So in this segment what I’ll be helping you with is firstly, finding stores that offer style with price. The stores that I can definitely tell you that I like to shop at is Forever 21 and JCPenney. I also enjoy shopping at Macy’s which is one place you can find high-end brands on a clearance rack. Marshalls is great but I’ve never been to TJ Maxx (I’m assuming they’re the same). Marshalls might be the number one go-to stop when you’re looking for unique things for the home.

The next piece of advice that I can offer you is to look at the Mannequins. They are there for a purpose. You might look for a top and then see the perfect one on the mannequin. So you go and grab at it. my problem (and I have no problem with plus size women) is that I can hardly find anything marked ‘small’ which is quite a paradox since fashion is aimed at smaller women. I guess the designers must know what they are doing. To be quite honest, the things that do run small are quite skimpy (which is another insult implying that smaller women can’t be curvy). The good news is that every once in a while you find something unique.

Next advice: never get bored of camis. I consider them a fashion statement that helps to tie even the un-canniest outfit together (trust me on that one). They help add a burst of color, cover unwanted cleavage and provide extra warmth in very cold times so stock up on them. I can’t tell you how many camis I have but I sure can tell you that my aim is to get one in every color. The last piece of advice is to know how much money you are willing to spend. If you have forty dollars that can stretch to buy you two pants or a pants and two tees do it that way because a forty dollar jeans is not really worth it. You’re only paying for the name and not really the quality.

If you do purchase something expensive it should be in equality handbag that goes with everything or a suit for work or something that is of quality that you know you will use often. So there you have it. Dressing for less while looking your best.

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