Your vacation is planned – your room is booked, you’ve already scoped out your destination’s most sought after attractions, and you’re anxiously awaiting the work week’s completion. There is only one last thing to do – pack. The last thing any of us want, is to reach our destination in last season’s drab ensemble. Finally, you settle at the consensus that a little retail therapy is exactly what is needed to spruce up your wardrobe before your exciting getaway trip!
A new wardrobe is great – but an empty bank account and an impending vacation certainly don’t mix. So how do you fund a brand-new getaway outfit – or two, or three? You’ve got to find trendy, high quality fashion for less, of course! We know, easier said than done, right? The fact is, once you’ve learned how to achieve a versatile yet fashion forward wardrobe on a budget, you’re sure to be a budget shopper for life.
So where to start?
When shopping to appease a budget, neutrals quickly become your best friend! Neutrals allow you to wear the same item of clothing in a variety of stunning, and very different ways. For example, you can easily dress up a pair of skinny jeans and a neutral colored blouse with a floral infinity scarf when you’re feeling bold and yearning for a splash of color. Any neutral maxi can be made casual by pairing with a pair of classic white Converse (a look that is growing in popularity).
When pursuing the perfect set of outfits to pack away snuggly within your weekend bag, aim for several pairs of versatile, neutral pants, a few tops – both fitted and flowy, and a dress or two.
By choosing a more neutral colored spectrum for your essentials, you have flexibility and versatility in the way that you choose to accessorize your outfits to completion. Accessories are a cheap way to add bold or pastel colors, fun or classic patterns and a pinch of style to any outfit and they extend the life of the piece indefinitely.
Take for example, this fantastic light heathered-gray lace up shirt dress with long sleeves. The color is neutral, so it instantly gains the inherent versatility factor. This look can be styled to achieve a dressier laid-back vibe by accenting a pair of heels and a designer bag or can be left casual and paired with a super cute pair of sneakers and a great bag.
You didn’t think that’s all this outfit could be – a dress – right? We certainly hope not. This style is perfect as a mock-tunic when paired with your favorite comfy pair of patterned leggings. See? The possibilities are endless.
Don’t let a lack of funds hold you back from the summer's hottest fashion trends! No matter what your wallet allows, just follow our budget shopping tips and stick to neutrals - there are great finds to be found for all. You just need a little imagination to turn the ordinary into extraordinary.