Rock Your Style on a Budget

My grandmother always told me that the secret to great success was to “always look like a million bucks, even if you only have two dollars in your pocket.” These are words that I live by today.

Who doesn’t like saving a little money? As young professionals, we want to make a good impression on our colleagues and employers at school, work, and in the business world, but some of us find it difficult to look good without breaking the bank. I am a major advocate for saving money. I understand how difficult it is to try to look good while staying on budget. But there is a way! Read my tips on how to save money while still looking like a million bucks.

 

  1. Mix In The Old With The New

A great tip that always works for me is mixing old pieces of clothing with newer (more expensive) pieces. For example, I may pair an older top from a few years back with a more expensive or newer scarf or jacket. In pairing an older item with something that’s newer, I am allowing my item to become my “statement piece.” Statement pieces are great investments because you can definitely get your bang for your buck in that you can “re-use” the piece over and over and it will also pair nicely with many different outfits.

  1. Shop Gently Used Items

Many stores offer exceptionally reduced prices for gently used clothing. Now this word may scare some people because they may think “I’m wearing somebody else’s clothing.” But keep in mind that “one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.” Popular stores such as Plato’s Closet or My Sister’s Closet specialize in buying and selling gently used clothing for reduced prices and are great ways to save money on clothing.

  1. Share Clothes With Friends

Sharing or swapping clothes with friends is a great way to save a little money on clothing. My friends and I turn our Spring/Fall cleaning sessions into a fun event.  At least twice a year, we host “Clothes Swap Parties” where we gather up all of our old clothes and come together and put them in one big pile and then take turns picking out pieces of clothing. This way, we are cleaning out our closets by donating our clothes and then in turn gaining new items without spending any money. Now that’s what I call a good party!

  1. Take Care of Clothing

Another great tip is to take care of your clothing. This seems like an obvious point, but you’d be surprised how many people do not care for their clothing properly. Make sure to pay close attention to the tags and caring instructions for the item. Many clothes need to be hand-washed or dry-cleaned. Properly caring for the may preserve the for longer.

  1. Be Confident

Most importantly, you MUST be confident in whatever you are wearing, whether it be a $15 dress or $200 jacket. This will make all of the difference. A smile is going to be the best thing you could ever wear. Be confident in yourself and style. The secret is no one will ever know that your outfit was under $20! See the world as your runway and rock it!

How do you rock your style on a budget?! Feel free to post pics of yourself rocking your outfit or tips on how you rock your own unique style on a budget.

Shannan Burrell

Campus Contributor

Shannan Dione Burrell was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Growing up, she thrived in the areas of performing arts, participating in dance, theater, and music. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, in 2010 and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Film and Video at American University, Washington D.C., where she is scheduled to graduate May of 2017. Shannan has always had a passion for volunteering and helping others within her community. She has been an active member of her church Emmanuel AME Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Throughout her years at Emmanuel, she has participated in numerous ministries including the Praise Dance Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Women’s Ministry. Shannan grew up a member of the Girl Scouts of America organization. Her 12 years as a Girl Scout prepared her to become an effective volunteer within the community and a role model for young women. Shannan is currently volunteering with the Best Kids mentoring program in Washington, D.C., which specializes in mentoring inner city youth and foster children. Shannan also has a passion and vison for storytelling through media. She has over 10 years of experience within the media field, which includes numerous internships with companies including Arena Stage Theater in Washington D.C., The Ft. Belvoir Eagle Newspaper in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, Clear Channel Communications in Rockville, Maryland and Gannett/USA Today in McLean, Virginia. Her many years of experience have prompted her to write, direct, and produce over 15 original productions for her church and community. Shannan’s mentors and role models are that of her family, church family, and fellow aspiring African American women in the media field such as Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, who have worked at paving the way for minority storytellers within the entertainment industry. Shannan hopes one day to open up a production company for minorities, which will inspire, motivate, and empower them to follow their passions through the arts. Shannan’s favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She credits this verse for inspiring her to overcome all obstacles within her life and to work hard to succeed and excel at being a good role model for young women within her church and community.

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