How to Stay Stylish on a Budget (Budget Q&A)

April 26, 2017

I just wanted to say again thank you for all your fun questions. I have really enjoyed this Q&A series, and I hope you have too! You can see blogging here and personal here. One of the things I got asked about quite a bit last week was budget. I am not sure whether people were curious about my budget specifically or how to stay stylish on a budget or both. I’m going to do my best to touch on both topics on today’s post.

I’ve actually written posts about these very topics in the past if you want to go into the archives. You can find an older post on staying stylish on a budget here and a fashion philosophy post here both of which contain personal budget info. I am happy to report I still agree with everything I said and may have even said it better, so they are worth a read if you are curious. I do have a few updates below. Thanks to my mom, one of my core beliefs about fashion is that you do not have to spend a fortune to stay stylish. Of course I love a good splurge now and then like anyone, but it’s definitely possible to feel good about yourself while maintaining a budget.

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How to Stay Stay Stylish on a Budget

  1. Buy pieces that can be worn multiple ways – This is key in my wardrobe. I am always on the lookout for pieces that easily transition from work to weekend. This top is a great example shown for work here and weekend here.
  2. Keep a List – Keeping a list of what you actually want helps you avoid impulse buys. I am always temped by the “this is on sale and it fits” when the reality is that I don’t need it, and it’s just going to blow my budget.
  3. Get creative – This is perhaps the hardest when you are standing in your closet running late before work, but if you get creative with your wardrobe you can come up with totally new outfits out of what you already own. To me this is most easily done with layers. Add a bottom layer as a top like a sleeveless button up you would normally wear under a blazer on top of a fitted long sleeve top. Consider layering a slip dress that you would normally wear alone only in the summer over a long sleeve top. I actually just did this for work with the dress you see here and the bell sleeve top you see here. It was so fun!
  4. Shop sales – I guess this one kind of goes without saying…
  5. Sign up for email lists – This may sound counter intuitive, but I say sign up for email lists! My reasons are two-fold. If you go in a store and fall in love with something, but it is not on sale and over your price range, if you sign up for the emails you will know the second it goes on sale. You can snag it immediately. The second reason is if you happen to buy something not on sale and it goes on sale the next day (don’t you hate it when that happens) you will know so that you can call the store and ask for a credit. Many stores will do this: LOFT, Gap, Old Navy, etc.
  6. Shop at local resale shops – I love resale shops! I both shop at them and take my clothes I no longer wear into them. It’s a win/win because I get clothes at great prices and make money to buy more. Just keeping it real…
  7. Don’t spend much on trendy pieces – Today’s dress is a perfect example. Embroidery is a big trend right now. I love it. I am all in when it comes to trends, but I don’t always want to invest big bucks on them. Find stores that sell trendy options afforably so if next season it is out, you won’t be out big dollars.

My Budget as a Blogger

I have a monthly clothing budget of $75 which I have had for years (see previous posts linked above). It hasn’t changed as my blog has grown. To be honest, I actually spend less of our personal money now that my blog has grown. One of the obvious perks of being a fashion blogger is being gifted clothing. Since I am able to pick what clothing I get, I always try to pick anything I have on my personal wish list or anything I want for the upcoming season. Because of this, I don’t need to shop on my own much.

Of course there are always times I do purchase things on my own. For example, in the last month I bought the blue heels seen here, and my mom was kind enough to buy me the two LOFT tops seen here and here. Otherwise everything you’ve seen on the blog this month is either gifted or not new. I know what you may be thinking: those heels are more than $75. True, but not by much ($5 to be exact) and the income I made from my blog this month exceeds the difference. Being gifted clothing and also making money through my affiliate networks and sponsored content has allowed my blog truly become a source of income since I both spend less shopping and make money.

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  • Reply Ashley April 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Ok, this dress is super cute!!! You look so pretty..

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • Reply Jacquard Flower April 26, 2017 at 9:59 am

    This is just so wonderful! You look gorgeous! Great tips here too. Gemma x

  • Reply WhatWouldVWear April 26, 2017 at 9:59 am

    You always look like a million bucks and I love your tips! I agree: I love resale shops too! I often find so many great pieces!!! Plus it never hurts to have a budget! I’m all about saving! 🙂
    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply Michelle Orsi April 26, 2017 at 9:49 am

    One of my favorite looks on you! The red pops in all of your accessories are GORGEOUS

  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom April 26, 2017 at 9:49 am

    My husband and I have monthly budgets, too… but, it is for anything I may want, not just clothes. It seems to work well for us. It does help to be gifted clothes as a blogger. I need to be better about shopping sales (I never have the patience or I try and I’m too late!) and making a list. I do try to shop at the outlets a couple times a year and I guess that saves me money! This outfit is so pretty with the pops of red against that crisp white dress!


  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista April 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Awesome tips! I follow most of these as well, especially about shopping sales and not spending a lot on trendy items. This dress is absolutely fabulous on you <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Jodie Filogomo April 26, 2017 at 8:55 am

    You are the best at showing how inexpensive pieces can look great, Amy!!
    I think it’s smart to keep a list (that’s something I need to be better at)! But I’m a great sales shopper, and especially online—when I’m finishing up a purchase, I’ll even google to see if there is a discount code I can use!!

  • Reply Treats and Trends April 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

    These are great tips! I’m all about affordable fashion. I love the embroidery and bell sleeves on this dress!

    Treats and Trends

  • Reply Mary Murnane April 26, 2017 at 8:43 am

    This dress and shoe combo is incredible. I loved reading through this, such great tips!


  • Reply Keri H April 26, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Such great tips! It’s definitely good to give yourself a budget. I also do my best to sell clothes I don’t wear anymore and maybe use the money earned towards a new purchase!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Reply Natali April 26, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Oh my dear, you’re looking astonishing! Beautiful summery outfit!

  • Reply Rach April 26, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I completely agree with all your tips! I am really impressed that you can keep it at a budget of $75. I definitely want to try that! Love this outfit so much that I am pinning it!

  • Reply Gold Coast Girl April 26, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Great tips and such a cute dress! Love your style!

  • Reply Karly @ Miss in the Midwest April 26, 2017 at 7:44 am

    This outfit is straight up adorable – red is such a good color on you! These are all great budget tips. I’m all about buying pieces that I can wear multiple ways b

  • Reply Jalisa April 26, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I absolutely adore this dress and is it looks paired with those shoes, gorgeous; red looks so beautiful on you! I also love all these great tips you’ve shared on budgeting and staying stylish on a budget; inloce how open you are about your lersonal bueget, as well as the other ways you receive clothing. Thanks so much for sharing, gorgeous, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine April 26, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I am with Rachel, this is I think my all-time favorite look on you beautiful lady! The embroidery is spectacular and I swear nobody wears red better than you do! I love this so much!

  • Reply Rachel April 26, 2017 at 7:13 am

    This might be favorite look of all time, Amy Ann! Not only is this dress the cutest, I love it with the red earrings and shoes. You look fabulous! I totally agree with your budget tips, too. Buying pieces that can be worn multiple ways is key!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply Meagan Brandon April 26, 2017 at 7:12 am

    LOVE this outfit! I agree about saving on trendy items and do the same thing. I only invest in classic pieces. Your hair looks so pretty tucked behind your ear with those fabulous earrings. Gorgeous!


  • Reply Kelly Kalinkewicz April 26, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I totally agree with all your tips–especially not spending too much on trendy pieces!! LOVE this dress, the embroidery is so pretty!

    Rosy Outlook

  • Reply Angela Keeley-White April 26, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I love your tips! I definitely love shopping on a budget and finding a good deal 🙂 this dress is so pretty on you!!


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