The Darling Nomadess: 5 Ways to Be Fashionable on a Budget

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

5 Ways to Be Fashionable on a Budget

Today Ellen, the writer of Ask Away, is giving us some tips on how to be fashionable on a budget! Ellen's blog is a wonderful advice blog and she covers topics that range from fashion and beauty to finance and minimalism. She also has four adorable chihuahua's! Make sure to drop by her blog and say hi! Now on to her 5 tips on being fashionable on a budget!

Shop Smart
I always make sure I buy something ONLY if it’s on sale AND I absolutely need it. I also try to use coupons and discount codes as much as possible.  But to REALLY shop smart… embrace thrift shops! I know it may be exhausting sorting through all the items in a thrift store but TRUST ME it is so worth it! I have found so many great pieces to add to my wardrobe at literally a fraction of the sale price at any department store.  I also have found several different tops and jeans that I remembered seeing in another store within the past year for 10 times the cost! Patience and being thrifty will pay off!

Create a Shopping Budget
I live by the cash envelope system and one of my envelope categories is clothing. I take $20 from each paycheck and put it in that envelope. You would be surprised how quickly that adds up.  Then when I actually am in a store, I only purchase what I can afford with the cash that’s in my clothing envelope.  I am much more disciplined because of this and I find it rather easy to talk myself out of a purchase that wouldn’t be worth it.  Plus, you’ll quickly learn that you can get more for your money at a thrift shop!

Create New Outfits by Layering
If you’re like me, you probably look in your closet and realize you have no “new” outfits.  But once you begin layering you’ll find the possibilities are endless.  An example is a cardigan that you normally wear with a plain blouse. Why not switch out the blouse for a plaid shirt?  Then you have plaid with a cardigan over top. 

Style Your Off Season Pieces
If it’s cold where you live, you can still break out your dress skirts as long as you pair them with some tights and boots.  Your summer blouses can be layered with a jacket or cardigan.  At the same time, if it’s warm where you live, roll up your jeans to create a capri-style pant. 

Keep an Organized Closet
Organizing my closet has actually saved me money because it’s easier for me to see what I have instead of going out to buy something new.  Plus, when I purge my closet from time to time I sell the clothes on Ebay. When you organize a closet, make sure it’s got an easy flow to find the items you need and make sure you have all the current season pieces where it’s easiest to get to them. 


How do you stay fashionable on a budget, Darling? If you're into shopping online, make sure to check out my tips on how to save money while online shopping!

With Love,


  1. I never miss Forever 21s season sales, where everything on sale is another 50%. It's literally the best time to buy some of their more high quality items

  2. Love your cash envelope system. I need to copy cat you... I'm horrible about spending money. Especially in the pageant world, routine maintenance and wardrobe necessities add up way too fast!

    Diary of a Debutante

  3. I love this post! I do a couple of these things but they are all great ideas! LOVE!


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