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style file: 5 INSIDER SECRETS TO SHOPPING ON ANY BUDGET

Nikki Yazxhi

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GOT NOTHING TO WEAR?

Check out these cash-saving / fashion-insider strategies for a girl
shopping on any budget…


1. DEFINE YOUR STYLE AND STICK TO IT…
Think about the image you’d like to project and give it a name – maybe it’s “classic chic” or “sexy in the city.” Now resolve to buy only the trends that fit your personal style. So if you love ladylike clothes and the kitten heels that go with them, don’t buy funky platforms just because they’re the latest trend. They won’t look right with your wardrobe, they won’t feel “you,” and you’ll regret spending money on something that’s only going to end up at the back of your wardrobe.
2. LOOK FOR LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS…
Before you take an item up to the cash register, think about how many different places you can wear it and how it works with what’s already in your wardrobe. If you’re buying a frilly shirt to wear with a girlie skirt for a party, you should also be able to dress it down by wearing it under a denim jacket and jeans. If you can’t think of more than a few possible outfits for a potential purchase, don’t hand over your cash.
3. DROP DOUGH ON CLASSICS; SCRIMP ON THE FADS…
Spend no more than 20 percent of your fashion budget on one-season trends. Learn to ID which items will still look stylish in a year and spend most of your personal fashion allowance on them. As a general fashion rule, the more classic the trend, the longer its shelf life will be.
4. SHOP SALES AND OUTLETS WITH AN AGENDA…
Be very cautious at sale time – it’s easy to be brainwashed by a 50-percent-off sign and waste money on “steals” you’ll never wear. Only buy things that fit your individual style and that you’d almost be willing to pay full price for.
5. INVEST MORE ON YOUR BAG AND YOUR SHOES…
If you’re wearing great-looking shoes and carrying a well-constructed handbag, your clothes can be from absolutely anywhere and you’ll still look totally stylish.
*THE MOST IMPORTANT FASHION TIP:
Never follow trends. Always do – and wear – what makes you feel good!
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