So I was trying to figure out what to write about this (VERY budget friendly) outfit when I realized….I don’t think I have ever done a post with my favorite tips for thrifty shopping. How is that possible?! I pride myself on being insanely thrifty, and I know saving money is important to you too, so here are some ways I save money on clothing without sacrificing style!
1. Nordstrom Rack Clear the Rack Sales – Y’all. If I’m being honest, Nordstrom Rack is normally still a little pricey for me. Not to say the quality isn’t worth it…I’m just cheap. But the clear the rack sales are the BOMB. Clear the rack means an additional 25% off clearance prices and there are seriously some amazing deals. This last time I went, I got some workout pants for $12, a long sleeved top for $12, a tunic for $10 and the black tank I’m wearing in these photos for $7.50. That’s less than Target prices, y’all!
2. Thrift, thrift, thrift – Yes, it takes time and patience but thrifting is the best way to save money. If you’re new to thrifting check out this post and this post for some of my best tips for thrifting!
3. Trade clothes with your friends – Guess where these pants came from…originally Old Navy, but they were passed down to me from a friend! Sometimes you want to get rid of things because you’re tired of them or they don’t fit right but they’re still in great shape – if that’s the case, try to pass them on to a friend. You never know what they might pass on to you later. (Also it’s just a nice thing to do!) If you’re feeling really adventurous and have the time, set up a clothing swap with your pals.
4. Buy pieces that can be worn across multiple seasons –
- First, it brings your cost per wear on each item down quite a bit. If you can wear a piece in fall, winter and spring, that’s a much better value than something you can only wear in the fall. Lately I’ve been buying lots of pretty sleeveless tops and dresses so that I can wear them in spring and summer with sandals and then in fall and winter I can layer with coats, cardigans, boots, tights, etc.
- Second, you can be more flexible with when you buy items. Right now is a GREAT time to stock up on summer pieces that you can work into your fall and winter wardrobe. Yesterday I bought two gorgeous dresses at Target (one black and one olive) – yes they are sleeveless so they’re for “summer” but they will be perfect for transitioning to fall and layering.
5. Seriously, only buy things if they’re on sale – I rarely pay full price for anything. Even at places like Target or Old Navy. Unless it’s a “must have” on my list, it’s just not worth it to me. I can almost always find something similar on Poshmark or just be patient and wait for it to go on sale. I know you’re probably saying “duh, Valery, I know I can save money with sales” but seriously…don’t pay full price for anything. Just commit to it right now!
6. If it’s trendy, buy a cheap version – I know I sound like a terrible blogger but seriously…don’t spend a lot of money on trendy stuff. If you love the clear shoes the Kardashians have been wearing lately, that’s fine! But don’t you dare buy expensive ones if you’re on a budget! You know you’ll only want those for like two years MAX and you’ll probably only wear them a handful of times so just buy cheap ones that you can throw out later.
Phew….I have plenty of other tips but I’ll leave those for another post! In case you’re wondering about the cost of my outfit, here’s the breakdown:
Top (Nordstrom Rack): $7.50
Pants (Old Navy): Free – given to me by a friend
Shoes (Nordstrom Rack): $19
Necklace (BaubleBar): $15
Total: $41.50…not too shabby for a head to toe look!
- What are some of your favorite money-saving fashion tips?
- Do you disagree with any of my tips? I know some are kind of controversial 🙂