Shopping on a Budget

August 3, 2016

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While I love splurging on incredible pieces from time to time, you might find it surprising to learn that my wardrobe is filled to the brim with amazing pieces that DON’T cost on an arm and a leg. Sure, every once in a while, I’ll invest in a staple piece if it’s worth it: an epic Chanel bag, statement shoes, the perfect structured skirt – we’ve all been there. But for the most part, my closet consists of pieces that are fashion forward AND affordable! It’s taken me a long time to perfect the art of shopping on a budget – but at this point, I think i’ve got it down to a science. Interested in building out your very own collection without breaking the bank? Read on for my tips and tricks.

First things first, there are trends and then there are things that will never go out style (IE that iconic pair of black boots or your perfect skinny jeans). Because trends are constantly shifting and changing, I love finding fashion forward pieces for a lower price point. That way, I can wear these pieces over and over again when they’re in style without feeling guilty about my purchase three years down the line. Shops like Chicwish and TopShop always feature the latest statement pieces at reasonable prices which makes it easy to get a bag full of goodies rather than one piece in the same vein or style.

Since I don’t have loads of free time on my hands for shopping, I’ve really come to love the art of online shopping. And let me tell you – it is most definitely an art form! Scouring the internet, pouring over different e-boutiques, finding the newest designers, or tracking down the newest trends all makes me go weak in the knees. If you’re familiar with your sizes and fits, you can shop at online retailers, such as ASOS, Storets, or Pixie Market to score trend driven items all under $200. Plus when you’re shopping online, the world is your oyster!

So the big question: to splurge or to save? When it comes to investing in a worthwhile piece, I always think about transition. How transitional will this piece be from season to season. This is why I often reserve splurges on important items that stand the test of time, like jewelry or bags. These are the kinds of pieces I can wear over and over again. They’re timeless and classic. It’s the trend driven items that I have a hard time justifying or spending money on. When you’re considering whether or not something is “worth it”, don’t make any impulse decisions. It’s important to take some time to really think about these pieces and how much you want them. If you’re still thinking about them 6 weeks, months, or years down the line, than you know its worth the plunge.

So where do you start? Take a look at some of my favorite statement pieces from the best online retailers that won’t have you breaking open your vintage piggy bank. What are some of your favorite tips for shopping on a budget?

Photos by Fred Cipoletti.

:: Rachel Zoe Dress :: Cult Gaia Bag :: 


I agree. This is definitely an art form. BTW, aside from the dress I also love your winged eye liner. Very dramatic and gothic.


This dress is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! Lovely colour and feminine

Thank you so much! It’s definitely my style!


wow, beautiful photoshoot!

Thank you sweet!


These photos are absolutely stunning!


Thank you Carrie! Freddie is an incredible photographer. I truly have no words!


I so appreciate your posting budget options! Also loveee the earrings you are wearing can you please link them or share brand? Thanks!

These photos are so lovely! I just love the beach! You look beautiful! =)

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Thank you so much!!! Who doesn’t love the beach?


Gorgeous photos! The dress and bag are perfect!


The white dress always look so classic and feminine!

Also, can you please post that blue romper you wore yesterday in your Instastory? It was adorable!

Hi Gina!

Thank you! Just you wait!


I agree with all your tips! About two years ago, I purged my closet of all those things I had accumulated over my high school and university years (that were trendy and/or low quality) in favour of things that were more long-term focused. Now I’m obsessed with updating my shoes and basics 🙂 With my small closet, I do feel behind but I know a good wardrobe takes a long time to build. Started from the bottom.


Dreamy, beautiful and… well can’t describe just perfect!!


Kiss from France

Those photos are stunning! I also love shopping on a budget and you also gain more appreciation when you do buy that more expensive item, it’s a great treat!


Absolutely! You’re so right!


La Bijoux Bella | by mia

Looking marvelous without the cost of emptying the bank account is a sure smart way to shop. I adore and respect that attitude. That’s beauty with brain power! 🙂

Looking like a million dollars in these photos. Kudos to the photographer, every photo tells a story! 🙂

La Bijoux Bella | by mia

Thank you so much!! I couldn’t agree more!


Seriously gorgeous photos!! I’m also a huge fan of Last Call and Saks Off Fifth. Great pieces at much better prices!


Yes! You can great pieces if you look hard enough!


What an amazing place to take photos, I love your dress

Versailles is simply magical!


They’re definitely two of my go-tos!


Couldn’t agree more with your advice – I feel like that’s the only way to shop smart in order to have a vast amount of different pieces to play dress up with. There is no shame in splurging a little on anything you know will get plenty of love, even years down the line. In those situations, it’s all about quality vs. quantity. 🙂 And I always opt for places like Forever 21 or Zara for any trendier pieces.


Absolutely! A splurge every once in a while is definitely worth it! But for the most part, I’m all about getting the best bang for my buck!


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