Rules of affordable fashion shopping

Happy Monday, all…hope everyone had a special weekend!  Today I am discussing the rules of affordable fashion shopping.

I am defining “affordable fashion” as anything deeply discounted, in clearance, consignment or thrift shopping.

Leigh Ann and I are both experiencing a style refresh and we are both autumns.

So, it has been fun to have a friend to shop affordable fashion with and look at how to refresh our wardrobes in fiscally responsible ways.

AFFORDABLE FASHION SALES

Rules of affordable fashion shopping

The overall ….RULE NUMBER ONE…DO NOT PURCHASE CLOTHING JUST BECAUSE IT IS CHEAPER!

It is best to follow your same shopping guidelines, no matter what price point you are experiencing.

When we only get it because “WHY NOT, IT IS CHEAPER!” then we end up with a closet full of items we do not wear.

On this day, we stopped by JJILL and looked over their sale rack which was an additional 30% off that day.  There were items from last fall and winter on the racks.

Leigh Ann found and purchased THE WEAREVER LIGHT & AIRY OPEN-FRONT CARDI IN MAHOGANY, because it fit her “natural” style personality, her new color palette, and she did not own a long cardigan like this one. She got it for $22!

The shade of brown is beautiful. 

She also bought THE AUTHENTIC FIT FRINGED-HEM COPPED JEANS IN LIGHT PEBBLE which she is super excited about but they were not on sale.  

Her plan is to wear the cardigan to New York in a trip she has booked this fall!

Rules of affordable fashion shopping

RULE NUMBER TWO is DO NOT PURCHASE CLOTHING JUST BECAUSE YOUR SHOPPING BUDDY SAYS TO!

I loved this PURE JILL COTTON-RICH MIXED-STITCH ELLIPTICAL SWEATER on Leigh Ann, but she did not like the fit as much and was looking for different colors…so she stood firm.

And that is what you should do!

Something I love about JJILL is they give you a code for your birthday month, and you can use it all month long for an additional 20% off! Love that it is not just one time!

I like their leggings so much and did purchase a pair with my discount in a color I needed: PIMA CAPRI LEGGINGS IN WASHED OLIVE.

AFFORDABLE FASHION CONSIGNMENT AND THRIFT

Rules of Affordable fashion shopping

RULE  NUMBER THREE…DO NOT SHOP AT THESE TYPE OF STORES IF THEY DO NOT HAVE DRESSING ROOMS.

We simply must try these pieces on and most of these stores will not take returns.

We have a newly re-done consignment shop in San Antonio…TOO GOOD TO BE THREW…and Leigh Ann & I have enjoyed occasionally stopping by.

I selected this top to try on because it had a rounded hemline and my online stylist, Annie Castano, had instructed me to add some rounded hemline tops.

However, I did not care for the neckline on this one and Annie also has instructed me to look for deep V neck tops.  So this one was a NO.

Rules of affordable fashion shopping

RULE NUMBER FOUR….DO NOT PURCHASE SOMETHING YOU THINK YOU CAN “FIX.”

Since my new style personality has added the word ROMANTIC, I am trying on more pieces with feminine touches such as lace.

This is a Ralph Lauren top and it was lovely, but as you can see….very, very sheer.

I thought for a moment…oh I can make this work!  But, immediately caught myself and verbally said NO, because I have just tossed out pieces I did the same thing with and never “fixed.”

Rules of affordable fashion shopping

RULE NUMBER FIVE….DO NOT PURCHASE A GARMENT THAT WILL LOOK BETTER WHEN YOU LOSE WEIGHT.

This Michael Kors top was fun and a strong contender, but the leopard belt sat on top of my middle tummy too much and emphasized it rather than flattering my shape.

It was also a NO!.

Rules of affordable fashion shopping

RULE NUMBER SIX…DO NOT PURCHASE AN AFFORDABLE TOP JUST BECAUSE YOU LIKE THE BRAND!

I love the quality and styles at Lafayette 148 New York, but this excellent brand is out of my budget….unless I discover it at a consignment shop!

I really liked this lovely cream top with a touch of shimmer in it…but it did not fit well! When I put down my arm, there were bunched up wrinkles in it.

Another NO!

Rules of affordable fashion shopping

RULE NUMBER 7….DO NOT PURCHASE SOMETHING IN YOUR COLOR PALETTE….JUST BECAUSE IT IS IN YOUR COLOR PALETTE!

This tunic was in a pretty red/orange color, but it did nothing for me.

When I put it on I felt frumpy.  It fell flat and made me feel older and not confident. 

So, this is the final NO!

I think all of these rules are good reminders for when we head out to hit a sale or consignment shop.  They will certainly keep spending in check when the fashions seem so affordable!  I did make a purchase on this day that I am super excited about.

You will see it here on Wednesday…so make sure you come back to see what I bought and why!  There are many times a don’t purchase becomes a do purchase!

Like Leigh Ann’s beautiful brown cardigan!

Would anyone else like to add a rule or two for consideration when we are shopping the “good deals” of affordable fashion?  Please share…then make sure that you….

KEEP SMILING!

By Pamela Lutrell

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