Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ideas for fashion on a dime

So as I've said many times in many ways, I am a fashionista on a budget. My budget is small, limited, and restricted. Thank God for unlimited creativity!

I shop in the past. Meaning, I hit the sales racks hard when the retail floor changes seasons. Remember retail changes seasons far before Mother Nature. I get at least 30 extra days out of my new items and a barely worn new wardrobe next season.

I am a laundry queen. I hang, or lay flat, about 80% of my clothes when drying. Over time the dryer can fade and distort clothing. And hanging typically makes ironing easier and cuts the use of electricity. So hang all those favorite cotton items, dry clean optional, and beautiful undies. You'll quickly notice a difference in your clothes. And, you'll spend less replacing ruined items.

Along those laundry lines, purchase and use a spot lifter. Adults make messes too, and why would you trash something a couple quick sprays of Spray-n-Wash could have fixed?

The key is, don't forget about your accessories! The best way to alter pieces in your wardrobe is by changing your shoes and accessories. You can go day to evening by switching out ONLY your jewels to bold pieces with bold colors and bold statements. Then add a shoe with a wild design, sky high platform, nail heads, 6000 straps, or other kooky statement to change even the most plain pencil skirt and blouse to a hot outfit. And, a clutch bag with pattern, in a metallic, or some over-the-top "something" will ice the cake.

Do NOT buy a new ensemble on your lunch break or waste gas rushing home to change. Instead pack your fashion modifications in an over sized handbag or one of the many bags you're sure to have hanging in your closet, change in the car, and voila!

I challenge you all to explore your own creativity. Tell me how you make fashion work when your resources may be short. Or for those sailing through these rough economic times, how could you cut a corner or a cost?

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