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How to Stay Fashionable on a Budget

A lot of people consider their fashion choices to be very important—they are a reflection of who you are as a person after all. So, it goes to say that a lot of people are inclined to spend quite a bit of cash on their clothes. But what happens when life gets in the way, and your budget for clothing plummets? Here’s some tips to so you can keep your look fresh by having a stay fashionable budget.

It might be that you’re simply not making enough to afford the styles you desire, or maybe you’re saving up for a big purchase, like an engagement ring for your fiancée. If you find yourself on a tight budget, there is no need to worry that your style will slip. In fact, it’s not that hard to stay fashionable while you are on a budget using these tips:

Invest in Staples

You’re probably thinking “How is investing going to help me save money on fashion?” Well, listen up, because this is a very important lesson. There are some staple fashion pieces that will never go out of style—they serve as the base for your wardrobe and constitute the outfits that you wear every single day. If you invest a little extra cash in these pieces, then you will save some money in the long run by not having to replace them as often. Plus, it’s a good way to supplement some of the cheaper options in your wardrobe with some nicer pieces.

A lot of people have different ideas about what are and are not considered “staples,” and that’s okay! It all depends on your body shape, personal style, and what you feel most comfortable in. Here are some examples of what a lot of people consider to be “staple” wardrobe pieces:

  • Jeans
  • A leather jacket
  • Black slacks
  • Black flats
  • A little black dress

These don’t have to be name brands or cost a ton of money. You can get a great pair of jeans for $20, and a great leather jacket at the thrift store. The idea is not to spend a lot of money, but instead to spend your money wisely on classic pieces that will remain in your wardrobe for a long time.

Stay Ahead of the Trends

Any true fashionista understands just how truly cyclical trends are. This means that everything that was once in style will most likely come back into style, for better or for worse. This is great news for those who stay one step of the trends, however, because they can always catch the next fashion trend before it becomes expensive.

If you read blogs, pay attention to fashion week trends and stay on top of what is hot in fashion. Not only will you be able to be one of the first on the fashion bandwagon, but you might also be able to find some trendy pieces for dirt cheap in thrift stores! This is due to the cyclical nature of trends and people’s tendency to dispose of their unwanted clothing without realizing those fashions will come back in style.

Have a Clothing Swap

This is one of the most fun options on this list. If you find yourself getting tired of your current wardrobe, then it’s time to throw a clothing swap party! This is a fun and innovative way to spice up your wardrobe for free.

All you do is clean out your closet of gently-used clothing that you no longer want or wear and encourage all your most fashionable friends to do the same. Then, grab some drinks and snacks and invite your friends over. Pick and choose new pieces from each other’s unwanted clothing until you have some awesome new additions to your wardrobe!

Shop the Menswear Section

With the fashion industry today being what it is, men’s clothing is generally less expensive. This is great news for the smart fashionista who knows how to rock an androgynous look and for every sale-savvy, fashion-forward gentleman. A menswear garment can easily become one of your best statement pieces with a little fashion know-how.

From bold blazers to basic white t-shirts, the men’s sections of stores have a lot of great clothing to offer at a lower price point. Here are some other great pieces that can be found in the men’s section:

  • Button-ups
  • Sweatshirts
  • Graphic T-shirts
  • Flannels

Of course, this last bit mainly applies to the ladies. If you’re already a man who shops in the men’s section though; there are still things you can do to stay within your budget while looking good. Sometimes, it means making changes to your habits outside your clothing. Do you find yourself buying new razors every month? If so, it might be time to invest in a beard trimmer Not having to make repeat purchases monthly can save you in the long run. It can also mean thinking ahead to prevent yourself from incurring future costs. Find your eyes straining from staring at a computer all day long? It’s not a good look. Instead, save your eyes—and your wallet—from having to buy glasses later down the line with a pair of sleek anti-glare shades.

Adjust Other Factors in Your Budget

Sometimes, after all this, it still might seem like your budget is still too small to accommodate the styles you really want. It might also be time to sit down, look at your budget, and see if there are other unnecessary costs that you can cut out.

If you’ve recently started a home renovation project that leaves you little money for clothes, maybe you can determine where to make more affordable purchases. Blinds at low prices, or even DIY furniture allow you to make a great home space without leaving you in rags. If you find yourself spending exorbitant amounts on a chiropractor and massage therapist for back pains every month, have you considered that it might be a new mattress is what you need or a back-friendly stand-up desk to reduce shoulder and lower back pain? Or if you travel frequently for work, and you have to pay out-of-pocket until your company reimburses you, maybe you need to look into affordable car rentals and hotel expenses. You’ll be amazed at all the ways you can free up more of your budget by eliminating or diminishing repeat expenses with smart choices and quality products.

Conclusion

Fashion is a fun expression of what you feel on the inside. It helps you create a visual representation of who you are as a person. While sometimes it can be expensive, it doesn’t have to be as unaffordable as it seems. With some smart thinking and some expert tips; you can be your most fashionable self while still adhering to your budget.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Guest Post: Going to the next Level: How Fitness Clothes Can Improve Your Workout Routine

Everybody knows that saying “You are what you wear” but it’s commonly associated only with dressing for business meetings or going out while dressing for a workout seems to be neglected. It’s a messy activity anyway and you’ll just get sweaty, so why not just wear an old T-shirt and get it over with, right? Well, professional athletes’ and trainers’ experience says differently. Wearing proper fitness clothes goes far beyond wanting to look good for gym selfies, too – it’s a question of improving your workout results. Here’s how getting the right shorts or leggings can level up your fitness routine.

Dress to impress… yourself

When you wear a certain piece of clothing, your mind goes through a mental change scientists call enclothed condition. This was confirmed in a study that showed the importance of our association with certain pieces of garment meaning that when you put on your fitness wear, you become more eager to go the gym and get your workout done. It’s a matter of confidence, actually – if you know that you look good, chances are you’re going to act like that as well. That’s why psychologists and fitness experts suggest you should get dressed for a workout way ahead of time – to get yourself motivated.

In fact, with the rise of athleisure wear trend, fitness clothes are becoming an integral part of street style fashion. Now you can incorporate trendy bodybuilding shorts or fashionable leggings into your everyday outfits without worrying people will look at you funny. Activewear is getting more and more attention in the fashion world as well and it’s all good for promoting healthy lifestyles. Putting on some good-looking fitness clothes is the easiest way to give yourself a motivational boost, so don’t hesitate to take yourself shopping.

Say hello to better results and goodbye to injuries

Besides looking good, proper workout clothes are important for your safety as well. Improper fitness clothes are one of the main reasons people get injured, right after incorrect techniques, not stretching, and not warming up enough. Even if you’re a beginner who just goes jogging for a few minutes before work, wearing the wrong kind of shoes might get you in trouble and cause serious injuries. Purchasing the right shoes will depend on the type of physical activity you engage in, so make sure you give it some thought.

On the other hand, weather conditions also play a major role in your workout routine, especially if you like working out outside. If the sun is shining, you’ll need some kind of cap to protect your head and a long-sleeved shirt to prevent sunburn. Cold season demands long-sleeves, too – to protect your body from cold and the wind and keep your muscles warm. Ankles are the ones that suffer the most damage during any kind of workout that includes feet movement, so you’ll want to make sure they’re well protected with high-tops. Finally, your workout clothes must fit you well in order to improve freedom of movement and provide good support at the same time.

Go the extra mile with new technologies

A couple of years ago, wearable tech started to gain its momentum and that’s why, nowadays, we see more and more companies introducing smart watches, activity trackers, fitness apps, etc. Now the trend has expanded to workout clothes as well with the idea that you can get better performance by wearing smart clothes.

Compression garments, for example, have been used in the medical field for years and now they found their role in a workout. Namely, they can increase the blood flow thus supplying your muscles with much-needed oxygen and helping your athletic performance get better. This is beneficial for the recovery period as well. Heart rate monitors are now built in sports bras so you can go even further without the fear of pushing yourself too hard. They even came up with running shorts that improve your posture. All of these are a normal part of the professional athlete’s workout routine but now they’re available to enthusiasts, too. Of course, simply purchasing fancy equipment is not enough to get you in top form but it can surely help you improve your performance and get even better results.

Spending a fortune on workout gear isn’t a way to success but investing in a few high-quality pieces can surely get you going in the right direction. Look good, get yourself motivated, and make sure you’re well protected – and the results will come in no time.

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“What am I going to wear?” is the frantic question asked when thinking about walking into that party. Whether it is the trend or the qualms we have about our body; there is always something to stress about when searching for that “perfect” outfit to bring us into a new chapter in our lives.

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Guest Post : Choosing the Right Gear For Runners

Back at it again with another guest post. This one has been in the works for a while, but it’s been worth it. Buying the right gear no matter your choice of exercise is important, but today we’re focusing on runners. If you’re wearing the improper clothes and/or shoes, a lot of things can happen. Chafing, blisters, and with improper shoes, a thousand things could happen. However, this little guide by Samantha should make choosing the right gear for runners pretty easy.

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