As Nely Galant says, “Don’t buy shoes, buy buildings.” So true, my friends. Although I haven’t bought any buildings (yet) I will tell you that I do not like to spend a ton of money on clothes. And this is coming from someone who loves clothes. A lot. I just don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to look and feel great.
Stylish on any budget
Don’t get me wrong, I will splurge here and there because there is another very true saying that goes,”lo barato sale caro” (being cheap is more expensive). You will end up spending more in the end if you try to cut too many corners.
With a new business and a teen going to college in the Fall, I have to be mindful about budgeting. If you think being stylish comes with a pretty penny, think again. Here are my tips for being stylish on any budget.
Don’t splurge on trends
Everyone went ruffle crazy last year but it has simmered down quite a bit. I kept that trend to a minimum because I knew something else would come along sooner or later. I purchased this JC Penney Liz Claiborne purse, Target top (worn here but you can’t see it), Top Shop leotard and a few other pieces that I felt could go beyond the trend.
Buy versatile pieces
Banana Republic and J. Crew are my go-to places for pieces that will last a long time and can be worn in a variety of ways. For example, the black Sloan pants that I’m wearing here are great for casual outings, work, dinner, you name it. I also have them in blue, and love them. Pieces like this are also called basics.
A white buttoned shirt, little black dress, booties, a great fitting blazer and pumps are just a few items every woman should have in her closet as classic pieces that don’t go out of style. For me, nude shoes are a must. If you look through my style posts, you will notice I’ve got a theme going on!
Shop for your climate
I know this sounds obvious. But I’ve been guilty of doing wishful thinking shopping myself. If you live in LA or Miami, invest in one great coat but have fun with sweaters and jackets (or ponchos!) as trend buys. I love this cardigan here from Tobi. You can take the faux fur collar off, which makes it versatile. In fact, Tobi has lots of pieces to choose from if you’re on a budget.