How To Be A Fashionista While On A Budget

Everyone secretly dreams of a wardrobe that showcases their mood every day of the year.  Unfortunately, not everyone can adopt Paris Hilton’s approach to fashion: Buying more clothes than you need and discovering that you don’t have enough days in the year to wear them all. Besides, you probably wouldn’t have enough place in your wardrobe to store it all.  As much as one can love clothes, there is indeed such a thing as too many items. There’s also another problem with such an attitude to fashion: It’s far too expensive for anyone to afford.

What you want is fashion that you can identify with, but that doesn’t break the bank, fashion that defines your identity without making you look like everyone else, fashion that looks good without being expensive. This is a challenge that you can win if you change your shopping habits. Affordable and original fashion exists; it’s up to you to make it work for your style and your budget.  If you are not willing to compromise your style while on a budget, this post is for you. 

(Look out for fashion deals)

Shop Smart Items

At the beginning of every fashion styling, there’s the need for new fashion items that can follow the high street trends.  There’s a variety of trends, so it may be difficult to pick the one that you want to follow.  You need to become a smart shopper at this stage and to maximize trends that will work for you.  The best way is to take your time so that you can see the styles develop in high street shops.  This is the best way to identify the trends that will work for more than one season.  Additionally, if you choose to follow a specific trend, let’s say the star print, try to pick an item that will not look outdated next year.  For example, picking a blouse that combines a romantic cut with star prints means that you can still wear it next year without looking ridiculous or dated.


Look Out For Deals

Fashion is expensive; there’s no other way to put it.  That’s why you need to keep your eyes open for deals, such as the ones on  Another great way of saving money while staying trendy is to wait for specific sales.  Best part about sales is that usually you have the choice to buy online or directly go to the shop.  It’s not uncommon for true fashionistas to get to their favorite shop at the earliest hours of the morning to make sure that they can get the best deals on all items.  If you’re not own for the 2 AM wakeup call, then you’ll find it easier to shop online.  


Second-Hand Fashion Is Okay

There is an untold rule of fashion that forbids anybody to create a style with second-hand clothes.  Now in today’s fashion age, this is idea could not be more false, thanks to the Internet and consignment shops.   Have a look at pre-loved items from the 1940s, 1950s, and the swinging 1960s in vintage fairs and online.  For example, is an address that has a lot to offer to vintage fans.  Do make sure to compare current sizes with vintage ones, and, if you can ask for measurements instead. There’s nothing that has a better effect than wearing an original mini skirt from the 1960s or getting the real secretary geek look with a 1980s dress.

(Fashion takes you on a journey into time)

Recycle Your Favorite Items

As unbelievable as it sounds, you don’t need to buy new items to change your style.  Fashion is also about being smart and imaginative with your clothes.  You can create a new look by finding ways of repurposing items of clothing into something new.  For example, you could turn your skirt into an elegant dress with a matching top and some creative layering. Or maybe you could turn your favorite brooch into an elegant necklace. Let your imagination show the way.


Sew Your New Fashion Items

Finally, the last point is for skilled crafters who want to take fashion to a new level.  If you are feeling confident enough, you can begin to remodel your wardrobe by creating your own clothes, or modifying existing items.  Have a look on for inspiration.  From a making a floaty summer dress to changing your own shirt into a trendy top, there is plenty of ideas and step-by-step instructions for you to make the most of your fashion style.  All you need is a good sewing machine and a little talent to get started!

(Do you need-le a new dress?)

So as you can see, you can still be a fashionista without breaking the bank.  It is all about being smart and doing your research before shopping.  For the new season, I challenge you to go through your wardrobe and find different ways to wear that blouse that you bought last year.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your tips for being a fashionista while on a budget.


  1. March 31, 2017 / 4:08 am

    Great tips. xoxo Vanessa

  2. April 2, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Lovely tips. Agree with recycling our wardrobe through the year and year after year too.

    xx, Kusum |

  3. April 5, 2017 / 7:00 am

    Lovely!! thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Brenda
    April 18, 2017 / 1:08 am

    Love these tips! I’m totally an outfit recycler and definitely trying to be more mindful of my purchases – it gets to be wasteful shopping so much! But shoes is another story :). I recently got a searing machine and so exited to start making things!

    Barefoot in LA

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