The fashion industry works in mysterious ways—one day overalls are totally out, and the next day they’re high fashion. Keeping up with the Joneses of the fashion world can prove to be quite difficult and expensive, but if you’re smart with your budget and know the ropes of getting trendy garments at deep discount prices, pulling it off is more than possible—it’s doable!

If you want to stay at the cutting edge of the latest fashion trends but still need to pay your rent and put food on the table, we’ve creative this tip list for you. Read on for tips on how to stay cute and stylish on a frugal fashionista’s budget.

Tip #1: Be choosy with your spending

Taking a trip to the local shopping mall or outlets may be a fun way to spend your weekend afternoons, but if you’re not on the hunt for any items in particular, there is no real need to turn your window-shopping trip into a credit card swiping adventure.

Being choosy with your spending can mean many things depending on the type of shopper you are. Whether it’s being pickier about the quality of denim you’ll accept in your wardrobe or it’s thinking about the purpose of each piece beyond a single outfit, however you decide to be choosier will help you reduce spending and increase your ability to pick pieces you love.

Tip #2: Peruse through thrift shops

Thrift shops are becoming more popular shopping spots as the revival of 90’s fashion has trendy fashionistas running to Goodwill’s and Salvation Army’s doors. Gently used clothing comes at greatly discounted prices, and if you shop at the right thrift shops, you can find everything from name-brand fall flats to designer peacoats. You’ll need to be rather patient on your thrift shop ventures as most are stocked to the brim with styles new and old.

Tip #3: Plan a swap party

Do you have a social circle full of guys or gals also looking to revamp their wardrobe on a budget? Organizing a clothing swap party is a great way to get rid of some of your tired numbers and get your hands on some new ones, completely free of cost!

Tip #4: Hit up discount stores

Discount stores like Ross, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Nordstrom Rack are all outstanding and remarkably popular stores for shoppers on a budget. Home to a number of well-known designer brand items at amazing discount prices, these stores are sure to carry price tags you can appreciate and garments you’ll love.

Tip #5: Check out resale apps

Resale apps are becoming increasingly popular among fashion lovers of all ages. They provide a platform for those looking to sell their gently-used items and for those looking to buy specific pieces at a fraction of the original cost. The beauty of these apps is that you can find specific pieces from 5 years ago if someone has listed them for sale. Ultra-smart search filters allow you to narrow down your hunt to the items you’re actually looking for.

Tip #6: Fight impulse buys

Impulse buys are a retailer’s favorite shopping sin. You see the cutest pair of fuzzy mittens just before cashing out, and you grab them because they’re soft, and match perfectly with your favorite teddy coat. But the moment you get home, you realize that you’ll never really wear those gloves and that you’ve wasted a whopping $10 on a pair of useless nothings.

Before letting the immediate excitement of a garment push you to the checkout line, take your time to figure out if you’ll wear the item more than once, if it’s well made, if it’s worth the price, and if you actually like it. By taking your time, you effectively put money back into your wallet.

Tip #7: Shop clearance

We all have our favorite stores and brands that end up populating the depths of our closets. Whether those brands are high-end or budget-friendly stores, the key to scoring great deals on the brands you love is by simply searching through the sale section. While it can be a bit of a nightmare to sift through piles of clearance tops, bottoms, and accessories, you can find some on-trend gems at much more affordable prices.

Are you a frugal fashionista? How do you save money while stocking up on the latest trends? Let us know in the comments below.

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