Whether your clothing budget is $500 or a whopping $5000, no one wants to spend money on clothes if they don’t absolutely have to. And really, wouldn’t it help to know exactly where and how to save on your wardrobe? From necklaces that polish off a look to your tried and true closet staples, here are 5 things that are NOT worth breaking the bank over.
1. Statement Jewelry
Accessorizing is by far the easiest and fastest way to change up any look in a flash. But, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for the luxury of a quick change. Factory outlets online, like the one from retailer J. Crew, are a great place to find bold statement items. I often search for “vintage jewelry” on eBay when looking for shiny necklaces and rings that look like they’re worth a million bucks, but are less than $10.
2. Tank Tops and Camis
Tank tops and camis are closet essentials that really go the distance. Not only can tanks and camis be worn on their own in the summer, but they also make for great layering pieces during cooler months. But over time and with constant wear these items can often fade and take a beating in the wash, so it’s just not worth spending a lot on them.
Skip Victoria’s Secret and Macy’s for these; instead, head for your everyday superstore. My favorite tank tops are from Walmart (often found for about $3 bucks). They fit great and have a cost per wear ratio that is out of this world.
3. Denim Jackets
Believed to have been created around the late 1800’s, the denim jacket has been a must have worth keeping around in your closet. It just keeps finding its way on trend, year after year! So, it makes sense to own a couple in different washes to keep your bases covered.
My absolute favorite jean jacket came from Old Navy and was only $30. It’s durable, fairly stain resistant, and compliments so many items that I already own. I’ve found that there’s no need to drop over $100 on one, when there’s an affordable alternative that really goes the distance now and, if history continues to repeat itself, will continue to do so in the future.
Check out this article from Brit + Co, 10 Ways To Style a Cardigan!
Now I’ve gotten most of my cardigans — quality ones that span the colors of the rainbow — from thrift stores. But did you know that they can also be scooped up in the sale section from places like Banana Republic? These cardigans not only look great with everything from a pencil skirt to slacks, but are an item you can wear throughout the seasons. Cardigans will not only finish off any look, but will save you from the dreaded office draft!
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5. Ballet Flats
Like most women, I’ve learned (albeit the hard way), that by keeping a pair of ballet flats with you at all times, you will never go wrong. I mean, haven’t we all experienced that the wrong choice of footwear can make any day go south, and fast?
While some are all about the high-end designers, I’ve found that flats from Steve Madden (often snatched up at a reduced cost of less than $50 at DSW) have done the trick. You can find even cheaper pairs of course, but when quality ties in with affordability, I can’t resist. I’ve found that my flats are not only comfortable and easy to transport, but with a pair in both black and nude, I always find a way to have my color options covered.
What do you have in your closet that you can’t live without, but was surprisingly affordable?
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Manilla, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few.