Fashion on a Budget
Clothing fashion is an amazing tool used universally to make women look their best. There
are television programs, articles and books that can teach us how to dress well and fashionably.
Many women, however, are intimidated by the word “fashion” because it can sound like an
expensive en devour. There are a few simple tools that can be utilized that can make this a fun
and inexpensive project. We can learn how to shop for clothes on a budget and look fashionable
by following a few simple rules: realistically setting aside a potion from each paycheck as a
clothing allowance, knowing your personal style, color sand body type and finding the bargain
stores which match both your pocket book and your fashion sense.
Without a clothing budget you can get yourself into a spending frenzy. Unfortunately most of
us don't have endless amounts of cash to spend on everything we want. Therefore creating a
budget is essential. First, track the amount of money you are making for one month and
subtract all monthly bills and necessary expenses like rent, utilities, car insurance, credit cards,
etc. The money left over is considered disposable cash. This can be a enlightening discovery to
find out how much money is or is not available to spend on extra things like a fashionable
wardrobe. With this knowledge in mind, set aside a few dollars each paycheck that can be
marked for buying clothes. For many of us this can be the hardest thing to do. In my teens, for
example, I would get my paycheck and before I knew it, I had spent the entire two weeks worth
of pay on one or two shopping sprees. It drove my parents crazy! Since then I have learned to
budget for my essential bills every month and set aside a certain amount of money to spend on
my fashionable clothes.
With your clothes spending budget in place, the next job on your list is understanding your
personal style and honing it to your body type to look your best. Your wardrobe needs to reflect
the different aspects of your lifestyle, such as work, social and sporting environments.
Understanding which clothes flatter your body type is really helpful. Knowing how different
clothes fit you if you are short or tall and thin or thick will help you to choose the right styles for
your body type. There are websites and books that can help you to determine what shape you
are and what style of clothing will look best on you. With your body type established, you can
begin building up your wardrobe. Begin by looking through your current outfits and see what
fits you well and can be coordinated with different items of clothing. You then want to
continue to buy clothing that will compliment your existing wardrobe to create new fashions.
Another aspect of personal style is knowing what colors look best on you because this helps
you to steer clear of the crazy colored items in the mall that you can only wear once. One time I
bought a neon-green jacket and when I wore it out in public everyone saw the jacket, even from
a mile away. In that instant the jacket was wearing me instead of me wearing the jacket. Be
careful to steer clear of clothes with colors that clash, don't color coordinate, and don't match
your body type. In long run, this will save you money.
The most important aspect of creating personal fashion on a budget is knowing where to
shop. One great option is to start at consignment and second-hand stores. These are used-
clothing stores that contain a wide variety of clothing for a fraction of the original retail cost. In
these stores, having a positive attitude and open mind is important because it can be frustrating
sifting through all the different clothes. Often times, it will feel like you are looking for a needle in the haystack. But when you find an...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document