I used to be really fashiony. In fact, I wanted to be a fashion designer as a kid, drawing modern outfits and wedding dresses and collecting Vogue magazine. Then I thought I wanted to be an architect or interior designer because I loved studying floor plans and imagining my dream house. Just before entering college, I decided I had more interest in psychology and less talent in the design field, and the rest is history. Apparently, my sense of style is history too. Then motherhood chased away any glamor I had left.
Perhaps I’m exaggerating. I still love fashion, but I’m feeling a little overwhelmed as I try to be stylish on a budget. Even without a budget, I just don’t see the sense in spending too much money on clothes and accessories, especially now that I have two extra people to clothe (my kids)! I know, that’s so anti-feminine.
To stay on budget, I try to follow two rules when I go shopping:
- Don’t buy anything retail. If it’s not on sale or I don’t have a coupon, I don’t buy it. I don’t think I should pay twice as much for something that cost half as much to produce. I have pretty good will power that way.
- Only buy what you love or absolutely need. So, for example, I might break rule #1 if I desperately need a little black dress and I find one that looks great on me. On the contrary, I might see something that’s a great deal, but I try my best not to buy it if I don’t really love it or need it. I test this rule on Zulily.com all the time. Sure, everything’s a great deal, but I have to stop myself and ask, “Does my son really need another superhero t-shirt, even if it’s only $9.99?”
The trouble with following these rules is that I don’t take risks with my wardrobe., because I’m always second guessing a purchase. When I ask myself, do I really love it, it’s highly likely that I will buy something navy blue, fuchsia, or preppy, so my closet is a sea of preppy clothes in navy or fuchsia.
Even my bags are navy, fuschia, or navy and fuschia!
So, I’m on a little quest to find frugal fashion…let me be blunt, cheap fashion.
Should I follow my rules, or do I need more style in my closet?
Stay tuned to see how it goes!