January 31, 2015

Lovin’ Leather at Frugal Fashionista Prices


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

(Hum it with me while I sing) “There are thrift stores to discover, frugal finds to uncover and scarves just waiting to be tied…”

Oh, excuse me, I’m getting carried away because I am about to disclose two of my newest Frugal Fashionista finds, and they just happen to have made my “Top Ten” list.

For many, a timeless leather jacket is an investment that is worth the splurge because of it’s versatility, wearability and basically, just the sheer classy lady factor. For me, as much as I can appreciate doing the math on a “cost per wear” basis, I just haven’t felt called to take the leather jacket plunge… until now.

Five “must do’s” when browsing for clothes in a thrift store

Dressy black shirt

Browsing clothing racks in a thrift store can be time consuming, overwhelming and frustrating, or it can be invigorating, exciting and encouraging.
It’s all in how you approach “the hunt.”
Having a chunk of time to scour the racks all by yourself is a slice of heaven, but if you don’t have time luxury or you are a newbie to the thrift store hunt, here are five things I suggest to make your minutes more meaningful.

Frugal Fashionista Fashion Show

core wardrobe white blouse

If you’re not familiar with my ongoing Frugal Fashionista series, it’s my attempt to encourage women that you can dress fabulously, express a creative side that you never thought imaginable, and do it all on a “yard sale” budget.

Yes, I have heard all the hesitations about dressing thrift, but I can guarantee that with an eagle eye and some patience, everyone of you can create a small designer wardrobe of core wardrobe pieces for $100. For those of you with petite to plus sizes, it requires a bit more work, but just this week alone I found the cutest size 0 Anne Taylor dress (in their store just last year), and the sassiest size 22 pair of jeans…hip as can be, along with a fabulous size 20 black dress and three plus size skirts.

Spectacular Scarves – frugal accessories


Just like we get in a meal planning rut, the same things happen with our fashion. We wear the same look over and over.

How do we end that cycle, use what we have, and yet look like a million bucks?


Immediately, most think of jewelry when I mention accessories, but today I am going to showcase the simplicity, sophistication and sass of the scarf.

Whether your outfit was $10 or $1,000, scarves are a “must have” fashion accessory for the fall.

Frugal Fashionista – One Stop Shopping


My goal of this post is different. It’s not to put together my cutest ever outfits, but to show you how you can mix and match while spending pennies on the dollar.

As you are reading, try and guess how much I paid for it all.
You are going to drop to the floor!
I approach my wardrobe much like I do my couponing and stockpiling.
Many local thrift stores offer discounts on certain days.

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