Frugal Fashion Tips

January 22, 2009 10:01:41 AM PST
Everyone is cutting corners these days, but frugal fashionistas know how to save money without sacrificing style. Kim Turner of FashionCents.TV recommends refurbishing clothes and accessories you already have. Stop thinking that to look good you must by new clothes, Kim says. She has 5 tips that will keep you looking fashionable and pulled together without blowing your budget. 1. Sometimes all you need is to update something old. Add new buttons to an old jacket for a new look. Or dye a pair of light colored jeans to give you the now stylish dark look.

2. Because something is damaged, you don't have to get rid of it. Having a hard time with a zipper? Are the linings in your jackets or pants ripped? Visit a tailor. A tailor can repair your lining and zippers for a small percentage of the cost to buy new clothes.

3. You always hear that shoes make the man (or woman), so don't just keeping wearing rundown shoes because you can't afford new ones. Take them over to a cobbler for repair. A new a heel and a great shine will make your shoes look new. (They repair handbags and even luggage too.)

4. Try dry cleaning less for some cost savings and still keep your clothes looking fresh. Dress shields are a perfect way to keep sweat stains off of your clothing and dryell is like dry cleaning for pennies. You buy the do-it-yourself dry cleaning in the grocery store and use it in your dryer.

5. If you do shop, hit the sales; even try consignment stores. Find something at a great price, but it's not a perfect fit? Head over to the tailor who can alter a garment for a custom fit and you will still save money.

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