MY BEST FRUGAL YET FABULOUS TIPS PT. 1
Be cheap but don't look like a schmuck
- •Get a "uniform".This depends heavily on taste/style, but figure out what silhouettes & looks work best on your figure. It's much easier if you're committed to a particular "look" (i.e. Boho chic, preppy, 50s retro, avante garde). Easiest way to figure this out: what is your favorite outfit to wear? Clone it!
- •Choose a color palette.Working in retail during college I realized quickly how much easier getting dressed was when I was required to wear all black. My neutrals are black & gray, occasionally taupe or olive. I don't like brown or navy (except jeans, skirts, and nautical-ish summer dresses). I also wear bright funky prints, but I'm very particular about the print & material. So when I go shopping I already have a very clear idea of what will work with my existing pieces.
- •Invest wisely.Spend money on quality pieces you'll wear frequently. I bought a Burberry scarf & Chanel sunglasses during my freshman year of college (2006). Both of these items still get worn frequently & now cost more than when I bought them nearly 10 years ago. 100% cashmere is the bomb during NYC winters. And now that I pay crazy rent, it's a lot harder to justify blowing my paycheck on that kind of stuff.
- •Buy used.Most of my work wardrobe is either from the sale rack at Barney's or various consignment stores. Get on a mailing list so you know when the major blow out sales are (usually February). I got a Prada dress for $88 last year. Cheaper than Banana Republic & the construction is 💯.
- •Stock up on quality basics.Figure out what your key basics are. For me, since I wear dresses 5 days a week & work out clothes on the weekends this means: hosiery, running socks, sports bras, slips, & cardigans. Wolford makes the best sheer hosiery (1 pair lasts over a year with regular wear, IME) and DKNY makes great opaque tights. I stock up whenever there's a sale. Nordstrom Rack has really nice bras & underwear. Oh & 1/2 price designer jeans, if that's your thing.
- •Be gentle.Take care of your stuff! Do not put anything you like in the dryer. All that lint? That's your poor clothes getting destroyed. Find a good tailor or learn to sew a bit. No reason to get rid of a favorite shirt because 1 button is missing. Get things hemmed or taken in as needed so your favorite items can be enjoyed longer.