Where can I find budget fashion ideas?

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Answered by: caren, An Expert in the Budget Style - General Category
In the world of high fashion, the sky is the limit. But for more and more of us our budgets put a pinch on getting exactly what we want all the time.

Fret not, oh thee of compromised wallet, you don't have to spend a lot to look like a million! With a little creativity your dollar can go a long way and you'll be the envy of your friends with these budget fashion ideas.

It's a common misconception that complete fashion freedom brings happiness. Fashion is about breaking the rules and what better way to do that than to make them up yourself?! If you're coveting the latest designer heels why not alter a pair of shoes you already have? Go for color, add sequins, invest in some paint pens - take inspiration from your favorites and make it into something completely unique.

The same concept applies to clothing - a trip to your local consignment or thrift shop will usually uncover something in a similar style to what you might be coveting at full price. If you sew and can do your own alterations this is a cinch but if you're challenged with a needle and thread (like me) you can bribe a friend to help you out - chances are you know someone who's a whiz with sewing - barter or offer to pay a flat rate for their services.

Whatever your budget fashion ideas, big or small, they are achievable without breaking the bank. It may take a little extra creativity and a little more time spent shopping but you'll end up with a conversation piece and maybe even making something that someone else wants to buy from you! As a bonus, teaming up with a pal can get the ideas flowing...collaborate and see what you can come up with.

What if DIY (do it yourself) isn't your scene? Fortunately there's no shortage of discount fashion for whatever budget you have to work with by doing a few quick online searches. Pick the words that best describe what it is you're looking for and let the good times roll! Check out the latest trends, get tutorials and even find financial advice to calculate how much you can afford to spend on your fashion dreams.

There are also many excellent blogs (grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com, thebudgetbabe.com to name a few) that give you up-to-date budget fashion ideas, and search engines can easily locate second run stores that sell gently used clothing items in your area like consignment shops and Buffalo Exchange. Some high end retailers even have clearance shops - Neiman Marcus has 'last call' discount outlets in several states, and don't forget your friends Ebay, Craigslist and Etsy (where you can buy and sell handmade and vintage everything). Buying online sometimes comes with special discounts that you may not find in stores, and using the Internet as a tool can direct you to what you want for the money you have to spend.

Last but not least, don't forget to check out stores like Marshall's and TJ Maxx that regularly offer sizable discounts on brand names everyday. Keep an eye out too for clearance sections in your favorite boutiques and don't forget about estate sales, auctions and even your Grandma's attic.

Bargains for your fashion budget can be found just about anywhere, get creative with your search and open your mind to the possibilities!

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