Frugal Fashion Tips.

Frugal; Adjective-economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; notwasteful.

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Fashion; Noun-refer to a prevailing or preferred manner of dress, adornment, behavior, or way of life at a given time. http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/fashion

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As an avid fashionista, I spend more than 60% of my money on clothes and accessories (tragic but true). Its not like I’m addicted to shopping, the thing is whenever I have an event and I don’t have anything to wear, chances are high that I’ll buy something just for that sake!

So I had to find a way(s) to satisfy my inner style goddess without going penniless;

1) Recycle.

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Just like the term; reinvent, revamp and restyle independent pieces to create entirely different looks. It could be as simple as ripping your old pair of jeans, to cutting off that awful ruffle on that dress or rolling up the sleeves of that shirt, pretty basic but one apparel can be worn in several ways.

2) Trading Old/Unused Items.

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Thanks to the internet and several mobile apps, selling and buying things online has been made very easy. Apps such as Depop were specifically created for fashion lovers to sell, buy and exchange fashion/style pieces . Also, you can get amazing deals on Amazon, Aliexpress, eBay e.t.c. for less than usual.

3) Mix It Up.

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Dress by Kim Dave, Shoes by Oasis, Earrings and necklace from a thrift store

Instead of shopping all the time at high end stores and at the end of the month create a hole in your pocket, you can try out medium to low-priced stores such as thrift stores! You’ll be amazed at what you can get for less life-threatening prices. Another way to go is to have a tailor make your clothes on certain occassions.

4) Look Out For Sales.

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More than once a year, most stores do a clearance sale to create room for new stock. Keep your eyes open and your ears on the ground for when these sales come around so you ‘nab’ great items for way less.

5) Keep An Account.

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Not a bank account in this case, but a journal; hard or soft-copy. This way, you can keep an eye on yourself to prevent over-spending on anything, fashion related or not .At the end of the month, calculate how much you spend on each category and plan to make the necessary adjustments the following month!

6)Exchange.

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So your birthday is around the corner and you have fashionistas as friends, while sending out your birthday invites, tell your guests to bring fashion items that they haven’t worn or used only a few times & still in good condition and you as the host, set up a rack with clothes and accessories that you probably wouldn’t use. This way,  you and your friends can exchange things, its a win win. You also don’t have to wait for a party to host an exchange, you can organize one independently, with a group of friends or pay a visit to your friend’s place with the items you are ready to exchange.

#P.S: Always pre-inform your friends so your effort isn’t in vain.

Until my next post,

Remain Awesome.

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