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 Molly Hogan April 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Such an adorable dress!


  • Reply Marta C April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Great tips Amy Ann!! I need to try to have a monthly budget and stick to it so good for you for being able to do this! This dress is super pretty, I think I may need to add this to my cart. You inspired me getting the blouse I’m wearing on today’s post too:)

  • Reply Luci's Morsels April 26, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Great tips, versatility in a wardrobe really is key. Love the colors of this outfit, the vibrant red against white stands out beautifully!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  • Reply AModernMomBlog April 26, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    You look amazing in that dress! I’m so glad to hear that your blog has grown to meet your goals and now can provide the clothes for you. That’s wonderful!

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

  • Reply Brooke April 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I’m loving your Q&A posts Amy! I also love this adorable dress and your red shoes!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  • Reply Elise Ward Joyce April 26, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    This dress is fantastic!! You look so beautiful with all of those pops of red. Stunning Amy!

    xx, Elise

  • Reply Virginia Evans April 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I love all the pops of red in this outfit! How exciting to be doing well enough on your blog to not make your budget as big of a deal anymore. Your tips are great though! 🙂

    More to Mrs. E

  • Reply malu April 26, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Stunning photos!! 😀

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  • Reply Valerie Price April 26, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    These are such great tips! I definitely agree that signing up for email lists is a great way to find out when sales happen. Also your dress is so cute…you styled it beautifully!

  • Reply The Fashion Folks April 26, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    The styling with the red in this post is just mad, so perfect and good! And yes to not splurging on trendy clothes. It’s crazy to splurge on pieces that you most likely won’t wear in a few seasons time! Xx

  • Reply Neon Michelle April 26, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Yes, I love pieces that can be worn multiple ways! Anything that can be dressed up or down is a no brainer for me. I love those shoes with that dress – such a great pairing! xo

  • Reply Lisa @ Daily Style Finds April 26, 2017 at 11:24 am

    That is the cutest dress, especially with those red shoes. I am impressed with your $75 budget and how stylish everything you wear is.

    Daily Style Finds

  • Reply theblackblush blog April 26, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Loving these late post tips you’re doing!
    The dress is gorgeous!

    The Black Blush

  • Reply Britney Crawley April 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I’ve been loving your Q&A posts! This one is so timely, as we’re working to stick to a more strict budget this summer especially. I love your tips, and it’s fun to find out how much other bloggers are spending. I’m impressed that you’re able to do so much with your $75, and that you haven’t increased your budget over time. Thanks for the tips! I love this dress and the pops of red in your outfit! Have a great day!

  • Reply Rachel Spross April 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

    How cute are you in this dress?! Omg I love it! And all of your red accessories match perfectly. And I liked all of your tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Reply Julia Mazzucato April 26, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Oh my gosh this dress is so pretty. You look so stunning.
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Reply Jessi Afshin April 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Good tips girl! I love that dress. The embroidery is so pretty. And I like all of your fun red accessories with it!


  • Reply Annessa Smith April 26, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Such great tips Amy! And I have to say that dress is stunning on you! I love the sleeve and embroidered details!


  • Reply Heidi D. April 26, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I love how honest and transparent you are about your shopping habits and style choices! You are always incorporate budget friendly pieces that are still super stylish and on trend. Keep it up girlie!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  • Reply Threads for Thomas April 26, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I am obsessed with this dress, and just may have to get it! So cute with the red heels, and I’m loving these budget tips!

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