Fashionable Frugalista On the Town

Fashion Tips for the Frugalista

1. Create an inspiration board with clips and cutouts from magazines of looks you like and products you would like to try. This will help you hone in on your preferences and decide what pieces you are interested in trying out so you have an idea what to look for when shopping.

2. Shop your closet. Have a fashion savvy friend help you see your clothes with a new eye by going through your closet and putting together outfits in new combinations you might not have thought of. Take pictures of the outfits for inspiration later, and don't forget to return the favor!

3. Shop your friends closets! Bring clothes and accessories you no longer wear to a swap party with a group of friends and exchange your stuff for pieces of theirs you are lusting after.

4. Search for coupon codes online and visit sample sale sites to get discounts on favorite designers and items you already purchase.

5. Grab the trends for less. Visit stores like Target and Forever 21 to get trendy items on the cheap. You can snap up that fuchsia skirt or trendy leggings without blowing rent money on items that may not be around next season.

6. Visit the Resources page to learn about more sites on the Web that offer tips, reviews and even alert you to discounts.

Frugalistas on the Town

Fashion anticipates, and elegance is a state of mind ... a mirror of the time in which we live, a translation of the future, and should never be static.
-Oleg Cassini

This section is dedicated to spotlighting you: real women flaunting your every day style and offering tips for being a fashionable frugalista.

Today's Frugalista on the Town is Ashley. A graduate student at Purdue University, Ashley has expensive tastes, but a student's wallet.

"I'm getting my PhD so I have to be pretty careful with my spending. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to shop for five years! I had to decide what it was I wanted to splurge on in my fashion budget and where I can get cute looks for less. For me, accessories are my big ticket items. I ogle designer purses and shoes. So I save up for these purchases and probably about once a year invest in a new piece like a Coach bag. For my next birthday, I am saving for a pair of Christian Louboutin heels. But then I buy makeup from the drugstore and clothes from Target and Macy's. You can buy whatever you want if you are smart, just not EVERYTHING you want!"

Got great tips for scoring that fun cocktail dress for less? Want to let us in on great budget-friendly places to shop? Then please contact me and send me your Frugalista on the Town pictures. I'd love to hear from you!


Ashley in a dress from Target, purse from Kohls, designer shades