Shopping On A Budget

A lot of us want to look fashionable and stylish even the people that act like they don’t care. We follow people on social media liking their #OOTD, #OOTN, #designer, #goingout, #nofilter, #checkmeout, and more. Yo Gotti said it perfectly

“Everybody wanna be a dope boy
Everybody wanna be a coke boy
Everybody got a chopper, everybody getting money
Everybody say they from the hood
Everybody real but they not boy
Everybody say that she’s a bad bitch
Everybody on Instagram looking like they mad rich
But they not
Everybody say they started from the bottom now they at the top”

I’m not going to lie I use some of those hashtags above and a lot of us are guilty for posting pictures of our online self and not our real life because we aren’t celebrities and we don’t do marvelous things every night. When we do post our lives online we want to look good doing those activities. I know I do!

For now lets stop thinking about the Yo Gotti song I posted above and lets talk about you as an individual. What do you think is fashionable, stylish, and what looks great on you? Do you love designer clothes? Do you love designer clothes but don’t have designer money? Well if your answer is yes then you would want to keep reading because I want to give you some tips on how to shop on a budget.

Step 1: Before you go out on your little shopping spree you have to check how much you can actually spend. Calculate how much you have left after paying your bills or your necessities. After you figure that out you’ll see how much you can actually spend.

Step 2: Now you know how much you can spend, you can figure out the stores you can afford to go to. If your spending limit is $100 then forget about Neiman Marcus because you can’t find an outfit there. You can shop at Forever21, H&M, Papaya, Charlotte Russe, thrifting, and more. Yes I said thrifting! You don’t have to be poor or in debt to shop there. Plato’s Closet and Uptown Cheapskate is considered thrifting too. You can find designer clothes at thrift stores. Some of my favorite clothing pieces came from thrift stores and no one knows it until I tell them. If you’re big on DIY projects thrift stores are great.

Step 3: After you pick out the stores you want to visit check out their website for promotions either online or in-store. Sales mean you can keep more money in your pocket. I love shopping online because you can compare prices easier and you can save money on gas if you stay at home. Why spend $70 on a dress when you can find the same dress or something similar some where else for less. If it’s something that is hard to find or you want to make sure no one else will have that same outfit at the party you’re going to tonight then spend the money.

Here are a few websites that have great deals: AMICLUBWEAR , Fashion Junkee , $10 mall , and 6pm. I absolutely love Amiclubwear great deals everyday. I have so many shoes from them. I’m their little spokeswomen and they don’t even know it.

Step 4: This is the most important step STAY ON BUDGET! You can go under budget but don’t go over. If you go over budget you might get buyers remorse and return your items. What’s the point of returning? If you think you have to return something because it’s too much then you shouldn’t of bought in the first place. If you can afford the item then you wouldn’t have to second guess yourself. Am I right?

I hope these steps help. When you put on that hot affordable outfit don’t forget to post it because “Everybody on Instagram looking like they mad rich.” Lol. Don’t forget those great hashtags you have to use. Use #aspireoneself too. I want to see the outfits you found.  You don’t have to be mad rich to look the part, you’re just looking good!

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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Are you all ready for what’s happening in September! Fashion week is the best time of the year to catch upcoming trends for the upcoming year, seeing world renown designers but it’s also great for YOU! Everyone in the world are not A-listers, royal, millionaires, or inheritors. A lot of us live our lives working paycheck to paycheck and we would still like to look great everyday or once in a while. Watching fashion weeks or attending fashion shows can get your juices flowing on how to be fashionable without spending your rent money on a purse or a pair of shoes.

How can fashion week be useful to you? Well look at the color trends, patterns coming down the runways, the silhouettes of the outfits, and don’t forget to look at the accessories!!! After major fashion shows a lot of fast fashion retailers create similar looks from the runway such as Forever 21, H&M, Zara, Topshop, and much more. You’ll be able to find a similar outfit at a fraction of the original price.

Here are the dates for Fashion week:

  • New York: September 4-11th
  • London: September 12-16th
  • Milan: Women September 17-23rd. Sorry Men’s wear has already passed
  • Paris: Ready To Wear September 23-October 1st

If you are unable to watch the shows live definitely check out social media sites. Twitter is a great way to find out in real time what your favorite celebrities love. Social Publishing Platforms like Wetpaint and Gossip sites like PerezHilton.com. These two sites are quick about posting whats hot FAST and I mean F-A-S-T! Check out your local news stands for the newest magazine debuting the new trends.

Another great way to stay involved with trends are local fashion weeks. Cities are popping up every year creating their version of fashion week. Local designers and local stores showing off their fashion styles and trends. It’s a great way to stay involved.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee