pink shirt collage

Are you new to my Frugal Fashionista series? Find out how I dress for less with designer outfits for mere pennies on the dollar. Yes, all outfits  from head to toe are less than $15, and did I mention…second hand?)

In the matter of frugal fashion, color is power! A shirt can go from blah to beautiful, just by changing your choice of color or accessorizing with pizazz. I remember growing up and hearing so much about men wearing red because it meant success, and I always wondered how that big trend began. Now I realize that picking and choosing our best colors are a fashion factor that we really need to dive into, so that we make the best out of our Frugal Fashionista wardrobe.

In the next FF post, I will address the different colors seasons and explain how to determine ones color palette.

For now, many of you are thinking, “But, I don’t have any color sense,” or “I don’t know what colors go well together.” Think back to a time when you wore a shirt and you received comments such as, “That color looks great on you.” Do you remember what it was? You don’t need a degree in design to find the things that look best on you, but asking a friend with some good color sense wouldn’t hurt either.

I confess, if someone asked me to help them with their colors, I’d love it, but I have had many friends show up in colors that were just NOT right on them, and I haven’t mentioned anything.

I’ll try to help you avoid that situation.  As a friend, some say that in matters of style, you have to be cruel to have style – meaning that if a friend has committed a major fashion faux pas, you need to let them know. Ugh…I just can’t go there,  unless you ask. 🙂

Let’s look at the above shirt. I know that Fuchsia is way too bold for most of you, but it’s fun, feisty, “cool seasoned” friends looks great in it, and it will help you dive into that wild side if you’re teetering on the edge of boring neutrals every day. This shirt is a Karen Kane shirt that I found at Goodwill for $3.75. I came home, googled the original price and it was anywhere from $68-99 retail. Woot! You have to love that. The quality and feel of the fabric is unbelievable, and it will probably still look like new once I pass it on. I went very basic with some black Capri pants, but the point of the picture was just to introduce color.

purpleshirt collage
In many of my posts, I have shared that I always check the “return racks” that are right next to the dressing rooms at Goodwill. Often, I will score treasures that other people have hunted for, but didn’t purchase. This is what happened with this purple shirt. Again, this is a shirt that I could sleep in. The cotton is so incredibly soft, which was a factor in purchasing it, second to the color. Honestly, since I’ve gained some  weight (and will be posting about the whole weight gain, weight loss, diet struggle issue sometime…), I knew both these shirts weren’t the most flattering on me. In my “Five Must Do’s when browsing a thrift store for clothes,” I encourage looking for unique details on sleeves and this is a great example to that point. But in this case, it does mean it accents the arms, which may or may not be a good thing in your case.
I paired both tops with a single, long silver necklace that I bought for only $0.50 at a yard sale. This would not have been my first choice, but it goes to the issue of need vs. want. If I had had two similar necklaces, I would have loved to double it up or even accented it with something a bit chunkier like the necklace I pictured above. I am on the hunt for long rope like necklaces, and feel it will be a great investment to buy some new if I don’t score one in the next few weeks. Again, it’s a “want,” not a “need,” but I’ve budgeted, will find a great sale, pay cash, and so it’s thumbs up on all fronts.
color collage
Yes, this T-shirt was one I was doing yard work in, but every day summer wear can be more than just a T-shirt, when you pair a $0.50 Ann Taylor cotton yard sale tank with some fun, bright jewelry. This “glass” styled jewelry has been really popular this year, and I knew  I had “arrived” when I saw Paris Hilton photographed in them as well. (ha ha) I found this necklace and chunky bracelet at the beach for only $2/piece (new), and the earrings were $0.50 at a yard sale. Again, color makes things pop, and by adding some colorful jewelry, I was able to go from yard work to the store (without looking like I was just digging in the dirt. ;))
My mother of ten, no now, eleven children, sister in law always looks fabulous no matter what she is doing. I am typing this at 1:00am and I can not, for the life of me, remember the brands of these clothes, but I KNOW they were designer or I would not have taken the picture (and certainly wouldn’t have made her point to the belt.) At the time, I was VERY impressed with her yard sale belt and cute yard sale outfit, so it must be one of those $50 leather belts that she got for a buck. When she wakes up, I’ll make sure and ask, but I know it met all of our Frugal Fashionista requirements, and especially hits on the great example of color.
bright colors from TJ Maxx
This shirt above is very similar to the two I bought at Goodwill. Look at the fun options you can pair it with. You know I love scarves, and can’t wait for fall to get using more of mine again (and sharing those additional ways to tie a scarf that I never shared.)
Don’t be afraid to accessorize with a great hand bag. Wow – a yellow handbag with blue shirt, now that is color! (Some of you may have to work up to that look, but I love it. I love those shoes more, but I’d have to spend a few hours learning to balance before I could pull those off with out tripping!)
So remember, this week it’s all about color, color, color. Enjoy these last hot days before we pull out all our muted autumn tones.
Take the color challenge. Just have fun with it!