Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Budget Fashionista or Recessionista--What is this?

Just when you thought you had heard enough about the recession, the fashion industry had to go and coin some new recessionary terms of their own---budget fashionista and recessionista. Where will it end, I ask?

The whole premise of the recessionista concept is to carefully pick 'safe bet' pieces, ones that can work with the rest of your wardrobe. One fashion article I read showed how to mix high and low, using both couture and budget brands, to get your money's worth. The new budget fashionista colors are safe, practical choices like black, gray, and navy.

Frankly, all of this budget fashionista talk bores me and takes the fun out of wardrobe planning. Just because our pocketbooks are lighter these days doesn't mean that we can't still have a little fun with our shopping. Here are 5 quick ways to bring the fun back into your wardrobe:

1) Add color so that you don't look so depressed about these tough economic times. Speaking of budget, you can buy a colorful scarf for around $10 to use with a simple white T-shirt and jeans. Or how about a new lipstick, gloss or blush? Check out the dollar stores for some funky colors. Even better, come and see me for your personalized color'll never doubt color choices again.

2) Take stock of what you have in your wardrobe already. Pick 5 of your favorite pieces and create some new outfit ideas using those items. This will help you to determine what to add to further complement those 5 pieces.

3) Pick one trend that you really like and buy 1 to 2 pieces this season. You can easily snag cute, trendy stuff at any discount store, especially Target. If that's not recessionista, I don't know what is!

4) Look to magazines for inspiration. Find a celebrity or personality whose style resonates with you, then clip out some pictures of them. Try to recreate one of their outfits with standard department store clothing (A.K.A. recessionista spending).

5) Build a shoe wardrobe. Shoes can really spruce up the most basic of outfits in a flash. We all need 1 dressy pump, 1 dressy flat, some boots, strappy heels, 1 animal print shoe, 1 nude pump, 1 shoe with some color, strappy sandals, and some casual ballet flats.

Try some of these tips and let me know what worked for you!

Live in color,


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