Don’t know about you but when the seasons change I get the urge to sort through my closet, reorganize and yes, gather items I no longer need and either sale or donate them. Investing in your wardrobe can take a bite out of your budget but with some planning you can look like a million dollars.
Places That Have Good Deals
Here are some of my picks for finding good deals on clothing for both work and play-
http://www.forever21.com/ (Check out the red one shoulder maxi dress in the dress category for just $22.80)
I haven’t bought anything from H & M but the commercials always show great clothing at Budget Smart Girl prices- Here’s a link to find a store near you in the US.
Another store I like to browse is Old Navy, here’s a link to their latest trends
One of my favorite online stores is Chadwick’s. I’ve always been happy about the price and quality of the items, here’s a link to their clearance page…always find some good buys there http://www.chadwicks.com/chadwicks/browse/subCategory.jsp?icCategory=cat40362
And here to give us more tips and advice is Lori Bumgarner who is the owner of paNash Style, she’s an image consultant and also author of the book, Advance Your Image. You can visit her Web site for more information or to purchase her book and there’s also a link to her blog-
Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-What are some of the biggest mistake we make when buying clothes?
Lori Bumgarner (LB)-Buying something we’re not completely in love with. Buying something that doesn’t fit and telling yourself you’re going to eventually fit in it. Buying something full price without putting it on hold first while you shop around and then determining if you really want/need it.
BSG-How can we take care of our clothes for maximum longevity?
LB-Whenever you get your garments back from the dry cleaners, always remove them from the dry cleaners’ plastic. Their plastic can do damage to your clothing if it’s kept in the plastic for an extended period of time. If you need to keep the items stored in something, put them in a nice garment bag instead.
BSG-If we only have $100 to spend on clothing, what are some must haves?
LB-Accessories. Accessories of any kind (including shoes) can update several pieces of clothing you already have. When it comes to shoes, metallic sandals in pewter or mixtures of gold, pewter, and bronze will go with just about any summer outfit.
BSG-What’s hot for spring and summer? Anything that are fad and should be avoided?
LB-Check out my recent blog post for this one: http://panashstyle.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-finally-spring-spring-2011-fashion.html
BSG- What’s your opinion on sites like Smashion and consignment stores? Any tips for shopping these sites and venues?
LB-It’s one thing to buy new clothing online. It’s another thing to buy second-hand clothing online. When shopping for second-hand/consignment clothing, you want to do so in person so you can check it for any damage the store may have missed when accepting it. You want to be able to touch it and feel it, examine it, and smell it! I love consignment shops! Most are pretty good about accepting only current trends and good condition clothing. Always try everything on when shopping at consignment shops and don’t be tempted to buy something that doesn’t fit or you’ll never wear just because it’s $5.00. That’s $5.00 that you could be better spent elsewhere!