Outfit of the Day: Blue Bargain Babe – How to Discount Shop

I’m a huge fan of  “stupid deals:” discounts so good, the retailer must be stupid (term and definition credit goes to my mama).  So many people think you have to be on high-baller status (or fake the appearance of ballin’… :::sips tea:::) to look fashionable and that is simply not true! It’s so easy to look like a million bucks (or at least a cool $100k) without digging a hole of deep debt. Need proof? Peep the threads.

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Top: Roses, $8 / Pants: Ross, $13 / Shoes: Charlotte Russe, $20 / Necklace: Roses, $8 / Earrings: Beauty Supply Store, $2 / Bracelet: Roses, $5. Stupid deals!

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This entire outfit came from discount retailers, with the exception of the shoes, which are from Charlotte Russe (still more affordable than even Steve Madden / Asos / etc.). I actually believe in investing a little more in your shoes, because bunions and fallen arches aren’t fun, but I’ll save that for another post.

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Blue Fashion Bargain Shopping

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If you want to give bargain shopping a try, here are 3 quick tips:

  1. Look for  “elevated basics.” Elevated basics are a step above your classic white tee, blue jeans,  and tank top. Casual button-downs, fitted stretch trousers, and simple blouses are examples–pretty much a stylish business-casual look. These articles aren’t worn as often as true basics, but they don’t need to be as tailored and durable as dressier clothes (blazers, dresses, suit pants, etc.). You will definitely save the most money while getting the most use out of these if you find them on the sales rack!
  2. Focus on accessories. The quick fix to sprucing up any look, accessories can be switched out with multiple outfits. When it comes to jewelry, unless you are buying REAL metals and gems, costume jewelry is costume jewelry and a $5 bracelet is going to look just as good as a bracelet 5x the price. Cheaper metals may fade faster, so I focus on jewelry with beads and faux baubles. Your local hair/wig/beauty supply store is surprisingly a great place for cheap, cute accessories (see: my earrings)!
  3. Shop one color. Not only does it make shopping easier, but it makes matching easier too, and you’ll know that you are walking out with a completed, wearable look, instead of getting home and wondering what in the world you’re going to do with all this mismatched nonsense in front of you!

Clothes from discount stores may not last for years, and that’s OK–if you’re like me, you just want something for a season or two before you get tired of it and move on to the next trend. My favorite discount retailers are Ross, Roses, and Gabe’s. Where do you like to discount shop? Leave a comment below or let me know on Twitter!

About Atembe

Atembe is a Cameroonian-American who is exactly 27 years old (because saying "20-something" is SO 2016) and currently teaching kiddos art and English in South Korea. In her free time she's dancing, drinking too much celebrity tea, living vicariously through characters in her favorite TV comedies, or [sometimes] letting her husband Eric beat her at Wii. Catch her on Twitter or Instagram via @sothisisfate, and for a faster response, tweet her a "TAR!..."

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