Fashion on a Budget

Ladies, we all LOVE to shop…or at least I do. Every time I go to a mall or a unique-looking boutique, I always find at least one piece of clothing or accessory that I want to purchase. Sometimes, these things aren’t cheap. I cringe when things are way out of my price range and sometimes; it makes me sad because I want it that badly. Unfortunately, I give in as well. This post is for all of you that experience this! No need to fret anymore because I’ve got a solution for you!

My personal favorite fast fashion retailer: H&M, Las Vegas.

My personal favorite fast fashion retailer: H&M, Las Vegas.

Now, we all wish we can be a material girl and have the things we want most right? We can have it; it’s just up to us to be smart about it. So, this brings me to thrift shopping. I’m sure we’ve all listened to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”. I keep hearing that song played over and over on the radio. It seems everyone loves his sense of fashion and his upbeat, somewhat meaningless song; however, he does bring up some good pointers in his song. You’ve got to look for that hidden treasure and once you’ll find it, you’ll be glad that you took the time to do so! Usually the things you find are: cute, unique, and vintage.

 

Chain link sunglasses are Urban Outfitters, $10. Feather earring is Nordstrom, $12.

Chain link sunglasses are Urban Outfitters, $10. Feather earring is Nordstrom, $12.

Now I know some of us perhaps have never thrift shopping and don’t know where to start. That’s all right! I’ve got some places for you to start (if you’re in the LA area). Start off with a Goodwill store. Depending on the location, you can find pretty great pieces! From what I’ve heard, the Goodwill in Los Feliz and Beverly Hills are filled with awesome pieces. There’s also Crossroads. They have many locations including Pasadena, Studio City, and Silverlake. Just a quick tip, you can sell your unwanted clothes for store credit too! I’ve heard the Studio City location is great, so check it out! Another vintage store that I absolutely adore is Jet Rag. It’s located right off of Hollywood Blvd. It’s a small place, but if you want legit vintage pieces, that’s the store to go to! I got my round sunglasses there for about $7. They’ve got pieces from the 20’s to present fashion. Great place to go costume shopping too! They’ve got wigs, shoes, accessories, men’s and women’s clothing…everything! Lastly, not a lot of people know about this place, but I’m glad I worked there because it is a gem! FIDM Los Angeles has a little store right on the corner of 9th and Grand. They sell donated clothing from retailers like Forever 21, Michael Stars, Tripp, etc. They aren’t worn, some may have defects, but the clothing is generally priced in the $1-$40 range. I’ve gotten some cool pieces for a dollar! They also sell fabric for super cheap and if you love to sew, you’ll go crazy to find some pretty sweet fabrics in there. I mean, I’ve made some beautiful dresses out of fabric I’ve bought from there! Check it out!

Round Sunglasses found at Jet Rag Hollywood.

Round Sunglasses found at Jet Rag Hollywood.

 

Those are my personal favorites as far as thrifting goes. Now, if you’re not very sure about wearing previously worn clothing, that’s ok too! You can always go to fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21, Love Culture, Charlotte Russe, & H&M. These stores are generally cheaper than your average Urban Outfitters. However, there are tips to get the pieces you want at a decent price. First of all, look for simple, basic pieces that you can accessorize or layer with more intricate pieces, those are usually price friendly. If there’s something you have to have, then get it. Doesn’t hurt to treat yourself once in a while. Another thing, if you don’t want to spend the money on an item, check online to see if there’s a sale going on. Perhaps it may be cheaper that way. Finally, wait at least a week or two, fast fashion retailers mark down the items usually once they have the newer pieces in their store.

 

This outfit is all H&M and Forever 21. I spent less than $40 on it. :)

This outfit is all H&M and Forever 21. I spent less than $40 on it. 🙂

This outfit is Forever 21, H&M, Claires, & Deseret Industries. The boots were only $15!

This outfit is Forever 21, H&M, Claires, & Deseret Industries. The boots were only $15!

The dress & the Dylan crop tee are Forever 21 and each were $15. :)

The dress & the Dylan crop tee are Forever 21 and each were $15. 🙂

 

All right, so you’ve gone thrifting, went to every fast fashion store you can think of, but can’t seem to find what you want. No worries! Do It Yourself! Now, I know some of us, don’t seem to trust ourselves in being crafty. But who said you have to figure it out yourself? That’s what blogs or websites like Pinterest are for! I know I love a good art project. I like making things myself because I like the process of figuring it out. But sometimes I can’t seem to figure things out or I go to someone else who does a.k.a Pinterest. I’ve made so many cool things thanks to that site! So give it a try. Most people will post step-by-step instructions that are super easy to follow. I’ve made shorts, tanks, and many other things. Do it! Doesn’t hurt to try! Have fun, let me know what you find. Xoxo, Michelle.


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