In all honesty, I have hardly bought any new clothes this year. The majority of my fall/winter wardrobe are pieces I've had in my closet for years. If you only remember one thing from this post, remember this one! Being fashionable is really just knowing how to creatively combine staple items. Layering is key! Accessories are key! Most of the fashion bloggers you see on your insta feeds are wearing a pair of holy jeans, a simple cardigan and a plain tank/tee. So invest in staples and wear them season after season! Here's a few of my fav staples for the a/w season...
Plain V-Necks in Neutral Colors (black, army green, white, navy, etc.)
Cardigans in neutral colors (black, tan, grey)
B/W Long Sleeve Striped Tee
A Puffy Vest
A Utility Jacket
Tall & Short Boots in Neutral Colors
Black Skinny Jeans
Let's get real, I can't afford to buy everything at Nordstrom, so most of my wardrobe comes from much less expensive options. There are tricks to shopping these stores the right way though! Check the quality and materials before the price. That $2.99 tee may be cheap, but if it shrinks and the hem folds you may only wear it twice! Some of my fav places to score the most on trend pieces at an affordable price...
Buy Kids Sizes in Shoes
Shoes can quickly become one of the most expensive pieces in a wardrobe. My Adidas superstars are some of my most worn shoes ever. And I got them $15 cheaper than they retail for. How, you ask? I got them in a kids size. Most stores sell "Big Kids Sizes" in lots of styles, and if you think your feet as too big, chances are if you wear under a women's size 9 they aren't! Here's a conversion break down for you, the big kid's size on the left and coorosponding women's size on the right!
3 = 5
4 = 6
5 = 7
6 = 8
7 = 9
Sell Your Clothes Back
Once a season I go through my closet and toss older items that I just don't like or wear anymore. (Or sometimes brand new ones I never wore...oops) I then usually take them to a resale shop like Plato's Closet. They can be picky, so don't waste your time taking your old tees with ripped hems and pit stains (honestly just trash or donate those!), but if your pieces are in great condition you will get a little moola back! Another tip, sell back your items a season ahead. Resale shops are looking for summer items in the late winter and spring, vice versa!
I can't not talk about Ebates in this post! Whenever I shop online I ALWAYS do it through Ebates. If you haven't heard of this awesome site and how it works, basically you create an account, shop online by first going to the Ebates site and earn cash-back from your purchases! The percentage back is usually pretty small (between 2-10% on most stores), but it does add up. I've received checks in the mail with $30+! They also often offer double/triple cash back events for even greater savings. Sign up here!
If it isn't on sale, I don't buy it, period. (Unless it's already dirt cheap!) Living by this motto saves my wallet a lot. The truth is, there are some pieces in my wardrobe that are name brand and were much more expensive than my typical F21 picks. Investing in quality pieces is key to any closet! But I bought them during sales, always. The NSale is one of my fav times of the year!! Francesca's is another store I always keep my eye on for big sales, earlier this season I scored two $50 pieces for $40 during their 2 for 40 sale! For shoes DSW is great about coupons, wait for those $20 off ones!
I hope these tips are helpful! How do you save on style!? Drop your top tips in the comments!!