Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fashionista to Recessionista

How to be Fashionable on a Tight Budget
Written by Eduardo Michel, San Diego Mesa College Fashion Student

Has the recession got you on a tight style budget? No worries, there are many ways to be fashionable during these tough times. Here are some tips to boost your wardrobe and save your cash:

Start browsing around thrift stores; sometimes you'll be surprised at what you find. Like the saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." You can find almost anything from fun vintage pieces to designer goods; the key is to have patience and be willing to look.

Sell back your clothes to stores like Buffalo Exchange or Plato's Closet; these stores will take back your gently used clothes for cash or store credit. You can then use the store credit to shop the large selection of stylish clothing in store at affordable prices.

Plan a clothes-swapping party with a group of your friends. Each person contributes clothing to the party and you guys equally swap with each other. There might be something of yours that your friend wants and you might want something of theirs. It's a win/win for both of you.

Stock up on accessories; by adding different accessories change the look of your outfits.

Get started on some DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects. Making your own clothing can be very cost-effective, sometimes by purchasing bargain fabrics. You can also take things you already own and deconstruct them to make new garments.

Hopefully these tips help you keep up the Fashionista look at a Recessionista cost.

This article is reprinted from Fashion in Print, a publication of San Diego Mesa College Fashion Program, Spring 2010. This is the class that I wrote about earlier in the Spring 2010 semester. I had a blast working with them to photograph fashions for this and other publicaions for the Golden Scissors Show.

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