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Nov 06

Dressing for Less

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Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

Tonight I will be teaching the class, “Dressing for Success on a Budget’ sponsored by The Money School of Delaware.  The premise being that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look professional and how to have a “Champagne Closet with a Beer Budget”

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As a self proclaimed frugal fashionista, I usually don’t pay full retail price for my clothing nor do I shop high end department stores or boutiques in a mall. Thrifting at Goodwill or The Salvation Army, hitting a local Consignment Shop, low end retail sales and clearance shopping is much more fun and is easier on my wallet.

Chain stores such as Ross, Marshall’s, TJMaxx, Burlington Coat Factory, Rugged Wearhouse, and Target understands the needs of women who want designer clothing but with lower prices.

I read fashion magazines and blogs and try to stay current with the latest trends but if I can recreate an outfit with thrifted items from Goodwill I most certainly will!

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When my sons were younger, they only knew the “Mart Brothers” – Kmart and Walmart!

Shoes are definitely my weakness and I have too many pairs to count, but I never pay full price, not when there are ways to get Reward Points from stores such as DSW or coupons and AAA discounts at Payless and of course the clearance sales at Target!

Payless

Christian Sirano for Payless

Shoes - Payless // Purse - Ross

Fioni for Payless Peep Toe Pumps and Celine Inspired Tote from Ross

JC Penney and Sears may not be top on your shopping list but they should be, especially for their end-of-season clearance sales, remember the Liz Claiborne jeans I found for a dollar? Kohl’s is also another great place to shop for clearance deals.  Mixing thrifted items with new pieces can make a perfect outfit.

Dress - JC Penney // Shoes - Payless

Dress – JC Penney // Shoes – Payless

Top - Goodwill // Skirt - JCPenney // Purse - Ross // Shoes - Rugged Wearhouse

Thrifted Top – Goodwill // Skirt – JCPenney // Purse – Ross // Shoes – Rugged Wearhouse

Top - Ross // Skirt - Goodwill // Sandals - The Salvation Army Family Store

Top – Ross // Skirt – Goodwill // Sandals – The Salvation Army Family Store

 

Shoes - Rugged Wearhouse // Dress - Boscov's // Tote -Ross

Shoes – Rugged Wearhouse // Dress – Boscov’s // Tote -Ross

Also, don’t sleep on the cheapie cheap Dollar Stores either, places like Family Dollar, Dollar General and even Dollar Tree oftentimes have great accessories like leggings, tights, hats and scarves.  Remember this Fedora that I bought last summer from Dollar Tree!

Dollar Tree Dome and Sundress from Rugged Wearhouse

Dollar Tree Dome and Sundress from Rugged Wearhouse

There are also great deals and bargains to be found online and from catalogs like eShakti, Spiegel and Avon all of which are my favorites.

Dress - Avon // Shoes Goodwill

Dress – Avon // Shoes Goodwill

 

Dress - Avon // Pumps - Goodwill

Dress – Avon // Pumps – Goodwill

 

Top - Rugged Wearhouse // Skirt - Old Navy

Top – Rugged Wearhouse // Skirt – Old Navy

Totally Thrifted outfit from Goodwill

Totally Thrifted outfit from Goodwill

Walmart Sundress covered with thrifted blouse

Walmart Sundress covered with thrifted blouse

 

Thrifted dress with scarf purchased at a "Purse Party"

Thrifted dress with scarf purchased at a “Purse Party”

 

Rocket Dog Peep Toe Pumps from The Shoe Dept

Rocket Dog Peep Toe Pumps from The Shoe Dept

 

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Studded Shoes from Rugged Wearhouse

Studded Shoes from Rugged Wearhouse

If you are attending a fancy soiree, try a high end online site such as “Rent the Runway” or “Beg Borrow Steal” and in a pinch go to a Consignment Shop located in a high end neighborhood which is how I found a gown for a Ball that I attended last year.

Dressing for less doesn’t mean you can’t afford better, nor does it have be an embarrasing event, however, I must admit that it can be addictive, especially on $2 Tuesdays at Goodwill!

Where do you shop for your bargains?

Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!

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  1. Mari Corona

    I want to raid your closet lol!! Mama looks are great love the shoes, the bags everything!!!

    1. DelBlogger

      Thanks, just let me know the time and day and as long as I can reciprocate it a date! Enjoy the rest of the evening.

  2. Whitney James

    You already know how I feel about bargains…LOVE them! I love your style and you have some great shoes in your collection! Feel free to link this post up to my current Personal Style Linkup – I’d love to have you show off your thrifty fashion sense! 🙂

    ~Whitney
    http://www.whitneynicjames.com

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you sis, I’ll check it out. Bargains are for thrill seekers and you know, we definitely seek a thrill!!! Have a fantastic night.

      1. Whitney James

        🙂 XO

  3. Beauty Vancouver

    Love those black Fioni for Payless Peep Toe Pumps! 🙂

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, I love how Payless has really stepped up their game with “designer” shoes. Have a good night.

  4. Neti*

    Great post and I love the outfits you styled on the beer budget. You look Great in every pose. I never pay full price for anything, not even furniture and I love to shop my pal Clearance.

    1. DelBlogger

      I know, it’s it fun getting a bargain? I think the thrill of shopping is seeking and finding items on clearance! Have a fantabulous evening.

  5. kittehluvs

    Oh, I love this post and I bet you know why. I am also a bargain shopper and will almost never pay full price. The first picture with the red top and leopard print scarf caught my eye – a lovely color combination and looks wonderful on you. When I’m in the mood for a designer item (and my budget allows) I also look to Ideeli. And also, ebay for great vintage items and mostly good deals on stuff.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes indeedy I do – we are birds of a feather. I get emails from Ideeli all the time but never checked them out, I need to so thanks for the share!

  6. Karen

    The scarf and the green bag are stand out pieces! You can rock them with so many looks!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, thank you, I love having accessories that work with most of my wardrobe pieces. Have a wonderful night!

  7. marieyoung

    The same places as you. I can’t afford these big department stores and even if I could….why?!?!?

    Have fun at your class tonight.

    Oh yeah, I dig that purple dress too!

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you my dear – my thoughts exactly! Have a fantabulous night!

      1. marieyoung

        I sure will! You too. Thx

  8. Jennae @ Green & Gorgeous

    I am completely with you. I love thrifting and consignment shopping, and even when I’m in a regular retail store, I’m on the sale rack or armed with coupons. Finding a great outfit is awesome — but finding a great outfit at a great price is even better! And I am loving that green purse! I haven’t been to Ross in a while, but you definitely make me want to go back 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my site and commenting!

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you my dear, as I’ve stated before, the thrill of shopping is in finding a bargain! I haven’t been to Ross in a while and got this purse last year, they also had it in blue…did I get it…no…do I regret it…yes!! Have an awesome day tomorrow.

  9. Pillows A-La-Mode

    What a fun post! I always love seeing what you put together! Enjoy your class! 🙂

  10. Pride in Photos Photography

    Well you definitely are ahead of the class!!! You have created a desire in me again, to get those deals☺ Looking fine…now go teach your students how to thrift like a queen.

    1. DelBlogger

      Thanks, unfortunately didn’t have many students but had fun anyway. Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Missy Homemaker

    You have a great eye! I am a total failure at the fashion department. I so wish I could go shopping with you sometime. I’ve pinned this onto my frugal strategies board. Priceless info here.

    1. DelBlogger

      Oh that would be so fun, but sometimes when thrifting it’s luck! Have a funtastic weekend!

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