J’s Blog: How to NOT Look Cheap!
Excerpt from J’s Everyday Fashion:
One of the many reasons I started a fashion blog was to combat the belief that in order to be on a budget, you have to dress “cheap.” My friends, I am here to tell you that there is a huge difference in dressing cheap, and dressing on a budget*. Here’s how to spend the same amount of money, but make sure you never cross into cheap territory:
1. Shop brand names. You can find name brands for less at stores like DSW, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack and thrift stores, that are higher quality than inexpensive brands at Target or Payless, but often cost the same. An occasional shoe from Payless is okay (more on that later), but for the most part, I recommend aiming for brand-names at a discount for the same price.
2. Shop quality materials. Did you know that Forever 21 sells 100% silk garments? Same with MJR Sales. You just have to look for it. I’m also a huge fan of real leather and I prefer jeans with more cotton and less Spandex (American Eagle can be a good spot for this), and not all polyester is created equal. In other words, choose wisely no matter what store you are shopping, and only go for genuine materials, or a great look-alike.
3. Mix high and low. At this point you might be saying “I don’t have the budget to dress in high-end materials all the time!” Which is okay. Because it is all about a mix of high and low. A silk dress and leather shoes looks fine with an H&M necklace, but a polyester dress, leatherette shoes and an H&M necklace? Really hard to pull off without looking cheap! Mix in higher quality pieces with your lower quality pieces when you get dressed.
4. Diversify your shopping. How you are able to create high-low outfits is by diversifying what stores you shop at. Instead of only shopping stores with questionable quality you should also shop for brands with better quality so you can mix them together. Hunt the sales at Banana, thrift stores or discount stores like TJ Maxx, paying close attention to quality. (Read this post to learn how to save money at Banana and similar stores.) (Click HERE to read more)