If I had to choose one phrase to describe bargain shopping, I’d have to go with: “worth it but slow”. 😉 My wardrobe will hardly be saved over-night. And this wouldn’t be a problem if I didn’t have an office job, which requires me to dress professionally five days a week. After a month of wearing the same clothes week in and week out, I was identifiable not only by my face but also by the striped sweater that I was wearing… again. In fact, had I walked into work with a paper bag over my head, everyone would probably still smile and say, “Hi, Nicole,” as I passed by. Ugh!
And so, I was forced to learn the art of bargain shopping for accessories. And honestly, just between you and me, it’s almost as fun as clothes shopping. Maybe more….
Last week, I went a bit crazy when it came to buying new tank tops, because they seemed to be on sale everywhere. Not boring, plain ol’ cotton tank tops. I’m talking tanks with a sprinkle of glitter. Ruffles. Just the perfect touch of pizzaz. Tank tops that — in the summer months — could be worn alone with a cute pair of jeans and a nice pair of boots. I have learned, however, that tank tops can also turn an ordinary sweater into extraordinary. And it can make that same ol’ sweater feel brand new every time.
Suddenly, with the help of assorted tank tops, I was turning a handful of sweaters into several outfits.
It’s all about adding new colors and textures really. Wearing a red silk scarf with your gray blouse — instead of reaching for the blue one you wore last week — will completely change the look. Now I’ll admit that I have a hard time when it comes to wearing scarves, but my sister looks absolutely beautiful in them. (See pic below for case in point). She just throws one on and it kind of falls into place so perfectly. I, on the other hand, stopped trying after nearly strangling myself.
But anyway, scarves are a great accessory to play with if you are so talented…
Add dangly earrings instead of the small, gold hoops. Go for a bold, chunky bracelet. Then switch it all up and go for the simple look again.
When you’re looking for sales, check out the jewelry too, because you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to accessories. Although it’s nice to have some expensive pieces that will last forever, you can easily buy affordable jewelry that will add a touch of fun to your wardrobe… without depleting the clothes budget. This bracelet was on sale for $1.99 at New York and Company!
There’s really no limit to what you can change; and oftentimes, accessories go on sale for ridiculously low prices. (Is anyone else thinking TJ Maxx and Kohls?). You can add fun hats, purses, headbands, and belts to help keep things interesting.
There’s so many possibilities!
But let me end my three days of bargain shopping with this… When it comes right down to it, it’s all about you just being happy with yourself. Because that’s free. And don’t ever forget that. You don’t need designer clothes or lots of jewelry. And it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing the same ol’ striped sweater.
You’re beautiful just because you’re you!