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Friday, February 22, 2013

Fashion on a budget! (Guest blog)

Who’s wearing what? It’s what’s in style! Everyone’s wearing it, and oh my gosh--I just GOT to have that, are some of the thoughts that go through many middle and high school age kids following the latest fashion trends these days. Keeping up-to-date on the most recent trends can certainly put a damper on one’s wallet because it entails shopping at high-end stores and purchasing designer brands, but what if you could keep up with the latest styles and create the same outfits for a significantly reduced cost?
Being a single mother of a 13-year-old fashionable girly girl, getting her fitted with a revolving stylish trending wardrobe can become quite a task especially when on a budget. The closer she approaches her teen years, the more in-style she wants to be so I decided I would figure out a way to buy her the stylish clothes she likes at a fraction of the cost. I realized that I had one thing to my advantage; she does not mind if the clothes are not designer brands as long as she can create her own version of the outfit or something close to it.
I have always told my daughter that it’s not how the outfit looks on her, it is how she makes it look that will make an impression. You can wear an $85 outfit but if you do not know how to accessorize (colors, jewelry, shoes, make-up, etc.) and wear it well it will not matter. On the contrary, you can put together a similar outfit for half the cost and accented with the right accessories it can look like you bought it at Macy’s. Pattern print skinny jeans such as large and small floral print, polka dots, safari, and light-washed denim are back in style. Fashion styles from the 80’s and 90’s are gradually coming back and it makes me wish I would have saved my collection of jeans for her.
I recently purchased a few outfits for her since the spring is just around the corner. One of her favorite stores to shop at is Forever 21 and while there she put together an outfit of floral print denim skinny jeans ($24.80)

with a white sheer tie front buttoned chiffon blouse ($22.80), and color undershirt ($8.90) totaling $56.50, tax not included. I found a similar outfit for a fraction of the cost by shopping in the clearance section of Target. Floral print colored denim skinny jeans (reg. price - $27.99, clearance price - $8.39). At 70% off the regular price, I bought her five more in assorted prints and colors and paid less than forty dollars.

 I also found her a fuchsia/purple sheer tie front buttoned chiffon blouse with undershirt at Wal-Mart for only $14.88 giving me a total of $23.27 not including tax, still well below half the cost of the Forever 21 outfit.

 In addition, I was able to get her a great deal at another of her favorite shops; Aeropostale’s online store. Five t-shirts, one over-the-shoulder sweatshirt, one hoodie, and two pairs of denim jeans totaling less than eighty dollars, tax included, and free shipping for orders over $50. Online shopping is also a great way to find good deals when on a budget because most stores offer promotional discounts and free shipping on certain items.
When you want fashion on a budget make sure to first visit stores such as TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls, Target, and Wal-Mart before you hit the higher-end stores. Chances are you will find exactly what you are looking for at a reasonable cost.

I'd like to thank my dear sister for taking the time to collaborate a useful article to my blog.
I hope you all find this article as informative as I have! Let me know what budget friendly fashion finds you have come across...