Look Fabulous For Less!
by Wendy Carpentieri
Many women believe that in order to look great, they’d have
to spend a fortune on clothing and accessories. Truth be
told, most women with money to blow and a bit of fashion
sense tend to look amazing much of the time. However,
fashionable apparel and all those little extras don’t need
to break the bank. You really can look fabulous for less!
There are a few tricks you can learn that can help you stay
stylish and trendy without maxing out your credit cards.
First, before you even think about shopping, consider any
fashionista girlfriends you’ve got (around your size) who’d
be into swapping clothes for awhile. You could even ask a
fashion-minded pregnant friend to borrow her trendy clothes
that she can no longer fit into.
Second, when shopping, hold out for real sales at your
favorite shops. Five, 10, or even 20 percent off isn’t that
much of a deal, especially if you don’t absolutely adore the
chic piece of clothing you picked out. Hold out for a
minimum of a 30 percent off sale—better yet, wait for 40 or
50 percent off.
Another look-fabulous-for-less trick is to avoid depriving
yourself of little fashion treats while saving up for that
big shop, but make sure you set limitations (for example,
$15 a month for a new fashion accessory) and that you resist
the urge to put it on credit. Also, if you’re really into
the latest fashion trends, don’t shop out of season even
though you’re sure to find super deals. Wait for sales in
season, and you’ll find reasonable deals on great clothes
that are in style and that you love.
And who’s to say consignment stores won’t stash precious
gems here and there? You never know what you’ll find,
particularly if you’re into vintage, and you’ll be paying a
fraction of the price you’d pay at your favorite trendy shop
at the mall.
And don’t forget the wonderful world that is cyberland. If
you’re not used to shopping online, give it a whirl. You’d
be surprised at what kind of spectacular deals—not to
mention awesome selection—of fashionable apparel and
accessories you can find online. Plus, shopping online is
super convenient, and you can comparison shop right from the
comfort of your own home.
Us grrls tend to look outside of ourselves and rely on
friends, family, or a spouse to validate our worthiness.
Wendy came to realize just how important it really is for
women to like who they are. Many of us have suffered through
continuous negative thoughts about our bodies, our lack of
happiness, low self esteem, and so on. If you don't like
something, change it. Stop comparing yourself to other women
and start to truly enjoy your life, have fun, celebrate your
friendships, express your sassy girly side, and remember
that the only person responsible for making you happy is
you. Really live your life like you mean it!
"Believe in Living Your Dreams, Take a Risk, Go For Broke,
Speak up, Trust Your Instincts, and Love