fashion http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/611/all en-US 6 Beauty Rules You Should Be Breaking http://www.wisebread.com/6-beauty-rules-you-should-be-breaking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-beauty-rules-you-should-be-breaking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_beauty_rules_000034808610.jpg" alt="Woman deciding to break common beauty rules" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world is full of rules. And while there are formal rules &mdash; the laws and regulations that govern many of the things we can and can't do &mdash; there are lots of informal rules that are often just as hard to break. Some of these rules make sense. Some of them are just stupid convention. And some of them are made to be broken. I think rules that dictate how you should look should probably be thrown into the latter category.</p> <p>After all, while there are some instances where looking &quot;the part&quot; matters (and you should probably care), in most cases, following <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheapest-beauty-tricks-in-the-book">beauty &quot;rules&quot;</a> too closely will just leave you chumped, broke, and no more beautiful than when you started. In fact, I'd say that most beauty rules are worth breaking simply because they assume that &quot;beautiful&quot; is a specific look at all. However, a few rules really get my goat. Here are six beauty rules you should be breaking.</p> <h2>1. Rule: Lose Weight</h2> <p>If fashion magazine covers &mdash; not to mention the celebrities we hold up as &quot;beautiful&quot; &mdash; are any indication, the best way to be more beautiful is just to be thinner. Simple as that. The key to amazing beauty is a smaller butt. Now that you know, you can set the rest of your lunch aside and move on to the business of being prettier. And...hungrier. And grouchier. Now that's a hot look. If you want to be fitter and healthier, you'll definitely feel &mdash; and look &mdash; better. But don't get sucked into the idea that beauty only comes in a certain size. It doesn't.</p> <h2>2. Rule: Follow the Season's Trends</h2> <p>Fashion is a fickle thing. One minute you look totally cutting edge; the next thing you know, you look totally bizarre. Fashion is an industry and coming up with brand-new looks each and every year is a way to sell clothes. This isn't to say that all your clothes need to be drab and utilitarian. What it does mean is that you should pick and choose any new additions to your closet very carefully. So, instead of choosing what's &quot;in&quot; this season, find a new element or two from the season that you both really like, and that suits you well. Clothes that make you feel good and look great on your body type have a much longer shelf life. Making that the criteria for choosing new clothes will help you avoid regrettable purchases &mdash; or getting stuck with a pair of terribly unflattering &quot;mom jeans&quot; or uncomfortable platform sneakers. You'll also be liberated from having to keep up with current trends.</p> <h2>3. Rule: Look Younger</h2> <p>According to popular wisdom, looking younger is equivalent to looking more beautiful. Of course, this implies that each and every year you're getting uglier and uglier (particularly if you've passed the age of 40). When you consider that most people now live into their 80s and beyond, we're all looking at a very long road of aesthetic decline. I guess you could spend a fortune on hair dye and wrinkle creams (most of which don't do a thing) while trying to achieve the impossible. Or, you could take good care of yourself and look your age. Your choice.</p> <h2>4. Rule: Don't Wear _____ With/Before/After _____</h2> <p>There are lots of beauty rules that follow this formula. Don't wear white after Labor Day. Don't pair a bright lipstick with bold eye makeup. Don't put mascara on your bottom lashes. Don't wear this color or that color if you have this or that hair color. But let's be serious: What will happen if you do? Will the world erupt into chaos and mass rioting? Or will most people simply fail to notice your &quot;faux pas&quot; and go on with their day? I think you get my drift. Although you may have to bite the bullet when it comes to dressing for work, for the most part, you should dress and make yourself up in a way that pleases you.</p> <h2>5. Rule: Buy _____</h2> <p>Have you ever noticed that a lot of beauty rules involve buying something? Whether it's a skin cream or makeup or a new haircut, be wary of rules that cost you. After all, beauty isn't just a characteristic &mdash; it's also an industry. We all need a few products to keep ourselves clean and well-groomed, but a lot more than that tends to deliver ever diminishing returns. Know where to draw the line.</p> <h2>6. Rule: Assume That You Aren't (Beautiful)</h2> <p>The problem with most beauty rules is that they assume that you, as you are right now, aren't beautiful. The problem is that we often assume that the word &quot;beautiful&quot; refers to physical attractiveness. In actual fact, it's defined as &quot;possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.&quot; Chances are that not everyone will like your style or find you attractive. But when you look at beauty more broadly, it's easy to break all kinds of stupid beauty rules. You don't have to have the right hair or clothes or shape to be beautiful. You just have to have qualities that other bring pleasure to other people. Now there's a rule worth living by.</p> <p><em>What beauty rules do you ignore?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-beauty-rules-you-should-be-breaking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-school-beauty-products-we-want-back">6 Old School Beauty Products We Want Back</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-makeup-items-you-should-ditch-today">7 Makeup Items You Should Ditch Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-generic-beauty-buys-better-than-the-expensive-originals">7 Generic Beauty Buys Better Than the Expensive Originals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-brand-name-beauty-buys-under-10">15 Great Brand Name Beauty Buys Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-makeup-hacks-from-the-pros">12 Makeup Hacks From the Pros</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cosmetics fashion makeup weightloss Mon, 08 Jun 2015 17:00:11 +0000 Tara Struyk 1448367 at http://www.wisebread.com Who Pays For the Bridesmaid Dresses When . . . ? http://www.wisebread.com/who-pays-for-the-bridesmaid-dresses-when <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/who-pays-for-the-bridesmaid-dresses-when" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wedding_party_000011204768.jpg" alt="Women in bridesmaid dresses with bride at wedding" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you Google &quot;Who pays for bridesmaid dresses?&quot; hoping to walk away with answers, you're in for a massive disappointment. From experts at The Knot to <em>Say Yes to the Dress</em>, it seems that nobody can agree about whose responsibility it is to foot the bridal party's bill! Because every wedding is different, there is no &quot;right&quot; way to handle bridesmaid costs, but we can give suggestions based on unique situations. If you're a bride who's struggling to determine the proper etiquette for your big day, read on.</p> <h2>The Dresses Are Really Expensive</h2> <p>As a general rule, the bride should not require bridesmaids to pay for their dresses if her pick is astronomically pricey, say $300 or higher. Either cover the cost, pitch in to help pay for the expensive dress, or decide on something that's affordable for everybody!</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> Bride pays, or at least helps pay, when the chosen dress costs a lot.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Save-Money-Free-Apps-13358326?stream_view=1#photo-13358340" target="_blank">Try These 16 Apps For Free and Save Loads of Money</a></p> <h2>The Gowns Are Custom Made</h2> <p>Getting custom-made gowns is a great idea for wedding parties because each bridesmaid is sure to have a perfectly fitting dress. However, the cost of building a garment from scratch can escalate quickly! In this scenario, the bride should pay for the fabric and trimmings.</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> The bride pays for the fabric, while her bridal party pays for garment construction.</p> <h2>The Only Restriction Is a Common Color Scheme</h2> <p>If you want to stick to a specific color palette for your nuptials but don't care about the bridesmaids' individual dress styles, your maids should be able to choose a dress that they'll wear again. Because of this, they can invest in the pieces themselves.</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> Bridesmaids pay, because they chose the dresses and can wear them again.</p> <h2>The Bridesmaids Are All Young and Broke</h2> <p>If your bridal party is made up of broke college students, the odds are that you're in the same position. Because you might not have the funds to spare for helping your maids in their purchases, try to decide on extremely affordable dress options. Better yet, allow them to wear a dress that they already own!</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> Bridesmaids pay, but the dresses must be extremely inexpensive. Otherwise, the bride should cover their cost.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Free-Ways-Entertain-Yourself-Home-30926585" target="_blank">68 Mostly Free Ways to Entertain Yourself at Home</a></p> <h2>The Bridesmaids Are Making Major Changes or Sacrifices</h2> <p>For bridesmaids with unique personal styles, taking on such an important wedding role can be taxing. Some brides ask their maids to dye their hair, cover tattoos, take out piercings, and so on &mdash; if you're asking your bridesmaids to make these types of major changes for your big day, you should show appreciation by buying their dress.</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> Bride pays, because she's asking the bridesmaid to make other (potentially costly) changes.</p> <h2>It's a Destination Wedding</h2> <p>Destination weddings are expensive for everybody involved. If you're asking your bridesmaids to travel to an exotic location and pay for lodging, you should cover the cost of their outfits.</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> Bride pays, unless she's paying for airfare and lodging.</p> <h2>The Bridesmaids Have Total Freedom</h2> <p>If you're allowing your bridesmaids to choose any dress they want, they should foot the bill. They are able to choose a dress at any cost or skip paying altogether by bringing one from home!</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> The bridesmaids pay for their own dresses, just like regular outfit shopping.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Do-Instead-Spending-Money-34350539" target="_blank">121 Things to Do Instead of Spending Money</a></p> <h2>The Dresses Are Unwearable in the Real World</h2> <p>While we fully support your bridal right to enforce whichever aesthetic you desire for the wedding, you know when the bridesmaid dresses aren't ever going to be worn again. Whether it's a tulle skirt or an unflattering color that sets the dress apart from the norm, be sensitive to your bridesmaids' tastes &mdash; otherwise, you should be the one to pay for their one-time-wear dresses.</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> If the dresses are something only a bride could love, she should consider paying or helping the maids pay.</p> <h2>The Bridal Party Is Gigantic</h2> <p>While it's a sweet gesture for the bride to cover the dress costs for her maids, it becomes a lot harder with a big bridal party. In this event, the bridesmaids should probably cover their own attire.</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> The bridesmaids pay, unless the bride is expecting each maid to drop hundreds of dollars on a dress.</p> <h2>The Bridesmaids Are Covering Other Major Costs</h2> <p>Many brides like to treat their bridesmaids to spa services, mani-pedis, and hair appointments for the wedding. However, if the bridesmaids are covering these costs themselves, it might be nice to buy their dresses instead.</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> Bride pays, because her maids are paying other large wedding costs.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-5000-Year-37102216" target="_blank">Money-Saving Strategies That Will Make You $5,000 Richer in Just 1 Year</a></p> <h2>The Wedding Is a Backyard, Low-Budget Affair</h2> <p>When funds are extremely tight, the couple likely hasn't designated funds to pay for their attendants' attire. In the event of a low-budget affair, the bridesmaids should pay for their own outfits.</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> The bridesmaids pay.</p> <h2>The Uniform Is Cultural Garb</h2> <p>When a couple decides to marry in a traditional cultural ceremony, many members of the bridal party will be unsure of how to dress. In this scenario, the bride should not only guide her bridesmaids in the process of acquiring a proper outfit for the wedding, but also cover the cost.</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> The bride pays &mdash; cultural garments are often expensive, and her maids will probably never wear them again.</p> <h2>The Bridal Party Is Tiny</h2> <p>When the bride only chooses one or two bridesmaids, it's a nice gesture for her to cover their costs. Understandably, this isn't always possible; sometimes the reason for the small bridal party is a tight budget! If it's a possibility, however, the bride should pay.</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> The bride pays if she's able.</p> <h2>You Were Her Bridesmaid</h2> <p>If you served as a bridesmaid to one of your chosen maids, simply mimic her wedding etiquette. If she asked you to pay, you should do the same . . . or vice versa!</p> <p><strong>The verdict:</strong> It all depends!</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Figuring out who pays for the bridesmaids&#039; dresses is tough, but depending on the situation, the rules are clear. Try this cheatsheet and good luck! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-bridesmaid-dress-ideas-from-a-bridesmaid">5 Bridesmaid Dress Ideas From a Bridesmaid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-curlers">The 5 Best Hair Curlers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping Style bridesmaids dresses etiquette fashion weddings Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:00:05 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1372905 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Times You Should Always Rent Clothes Instead of Buy http://www.wisebread.com/6-times-you-should-always-rent-clothes-instead-of-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-times-you-should-always-rent-clothes-instead-of-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-wedding-dress-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_42245067.jpg" alt="couple dress shopping" title="couple dress shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While special occasions often require you to dress to the nines (and who doesn't want to look their best on a big day?), it isn't always economical or smart to run out and buy new clothes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-acquire-cheap-formal-wear?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Acquire Cheap Formal Wear</a>)</p> <p>Often, expensive clothing will only be worn a few times &mdash; or worse, only once. (Unless, of course, you're a professional socialite.) Thankfully, we now have designer clothing rental sites like <a href="https://www.renttherunway.com/dress/search?mkwid=s8DLJdyUe_dc&amp;pcrid=59006108581&amp;campaign=PPCBRANDNYC&amp;adgroup=Trademark%7CTrademark&amp;KY=rent%20the%20runway&amp;matchtype=e&amp;source=google&amp;device=c&amp;mcampaign=Branded%7CTrademark%7CNYC%7CExact&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_campaign=Branded%7CTrademark%7CNYC%7CExact&amp;utm_term=rent%20the%20runway&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_content=s8DLJdyUe_dc%7Cpcrid2%7C59006108581%7Cpkw2%7Crent%20the%20runway%7Cpmt2%7Ce&amp;gclid=CKDG296y08MCFRc8gQod6ZIAiw">Rent the Runway</a>, where it's possible to rent that $1,000 Badgley Mischka dress for a mere fraction of retail. Neighborhood consignment stores, or tux and bridal rental shops are also good alternatives. Here are six times when you should always rent, rather than buy.</p> <h2>1. Weddings</h2> <p>Finding true love and standing before family and friends to attest your commitment to each other is one of life's most important celebrations. But the cost of a wedding dress or tuxedo can run up to thousands of dollars &mdash; and you'll only wear it once in your life. Rent instead of buying and put the extra savings toward starting your new life. Members of the wedding party should also consider renting, if possible.</p> <h2>2. Anniversaries</h2> <p>It should always be a priority to look our best for the one we love. What better way is there to keep the spark alive than by being creative and trying new things? A simple way to mix things up is by changing your look. Rent instead of buying to experiment with different looks and surprise your spouse.</p> <h2>3. Proms</h2> <p>Sure, prom dresses can be re-used at other formal events &mdash; but unless you know your social calendar is full of fancy galas, you should avoid permanently investing in expensive attire. Prom is a one-time event; don't splurge on buying an outfit, and put the savings toward making the night even more memorable in other ways.</p> <h2>4. Class Reunions</h2> <p>Most of us dread class reunions. Although they present an opportunity to reconnect with old classmates and friends and catch-up, we know our former classmates can't wait to size us up, so we often feel pressured to look our best. But don't fall prey to this mentality. Class reunions are yet another time when we should rent instead of buying. Instead, consider working on your physical fitness or personal accomplishments if you really want to wow your old friends.</p> <h2>5. Black Tie and Red Carpet Events</h2> <p>Everyone looks their best at black tie and red carpet events. Often, these types of events are well photographed for marketing purposes and receive lots of press coverage. This is definitely a time when you should rent instead of buy, because chances are you will get your moment in the spotlight. And most of us can more easily afford to rent a fabulous designer outfit than buy one. (see also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-that-seem-like-splurges-but-are-actually-savvy-buys?ref=seealso">6 Things That Seem Like Splurges But Are Actually Savvy Buys</a>)</p> <h2>6. Photo Shoots</h2> <p>Glamour photography, corporate photo shoots, and family portraits are all occasions to look your best. If your wardrobe isn't already equipped with clothing well-suited to the task, consider renting an outfit that will highlight your best features. Photos live forever, but dollars wasted on unnecessary clothing purchases don't.</p> <p><em>Have you ever rented an outfit for a special occasion? How'd it go?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/qiana-chavaia">Qiana Chavaia</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-times-you-should-always-rent-clothes-instead-of-buy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/who-pays-for-the-bridesmaid-dresses-when">Who Pays For the Bridesmaid Dresses When . . . ?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Style clothing rental fashion formal attire formal clothes Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:00:06 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1304190 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000026547400_Large.jpg" alt="woman clothes shopping" title="woman clothes shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let me let you in on a little secret: I am not a fashionista.</p> <p>In fact, buying clothes used to scare the crap out of me, because I just knew I'd end up with things that I didn't love, didn't work for me, didn't go with anything else I owned, or didn't fit as well at home as they did in the store.</p> <p>For a few years, I didn't shop much at all. I had three babies, and so I had partial wardrobes in several different sizes, and I changed shape so much that shopping seemed like an exercise in futility. After I had my kids, though, I hit a point where I realized I needed to get my wardrobe together. Actually, I just needed a wardrobe &mdash; a set of clothes that I liked, that suited my style and my lifestyle, and that fit a body that ended up a very different shape from where I started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe?ref=seealso">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a>)</p> <p>Enter the Clothes Rules. I dug around and found some ideas that, when I follow them, are slowly helping me create a wardrobe I love and that works for every occasion. Here they are.</p> <h2>1. Determine Your Body Shape</h2> <p>Whether you're a man or a woman, there are many different shapes your body can take. Since different clothes flatter different shapes, it's important to have an idea of what will work on your body before you shop.</p> <p>If you look atbody types and you're still not sure where you fit, ask someone you love to help you out. This requires a lot of trust, but sometimes you need an extra set of eyes, particularly if you feel like your body doesn't look the way it used to.</p> <h2>2. Find Pictures of What You Like</h2> <p>Once you know what will work for you, find pictures online of clothes you like that fit those qualifications. You can search through Pinterest, look at items from stores you like, or scroll through fashion blogs.</p> <p>At this point, you just want to gather photos of everything you like that might work on your body. Sometimes it takes a while, but you should be able to find 30<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 1.5;">&ndash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">50 items (preferably everything from pants to shirts to jeans to more formal wear).</span></p> <h2>3. Know Your Style</h2> <p>When you have the pictures of clothes you like that should also look good on you, put them all together. Notice whether there are items that seem to go together, or that look like they would work to make an outfit.</p> <p>Note that there's no &quot;good&quot; or &quot;bad&quot; here. If all of your clothes would look good together, it will be easier to understand your style. If they're all different, maybe your style is something like &quot;eclectic.&quot;</p> <p>You will also want to make sure your style fits your life, too. If you need business casual clothes for work, make sure to include some pictures of these. You may need to purchase separate pieces for work, if those clothes just don't fit in with the rest of your style.</p> <h2>4. Get Your Measurements</h2> <p>Before you go shopping, make sure you know your measurements. You will want to have numbers for (at least) your chest (bust and under bust, for women), waist, hips, and inseam. When shopping for dress shirts, you may also want to know your neck circumference and arm length. These can be hard to get accurately on your own, so get some help.</p> <p>Take these numbers with you when you shop. They will help you find the right size. Many pants are sized by waist and inseam, and, more and more, stores will list inseam or sleeve length on the tag.</p> <p>If you end up shopping online, accurate measurements are essential. Check the size chart for any garment you buy, and make sure it will fit in all the relevant directions.</p> <h2>5. Find the Stores That Work for You</h2> <p>This may take some trial and error, but most people find that certain brands carry clothes that fit both their personal style and their body. Finding your stores can make shopping a lot easier, because you'll learn what sizes you wear there, so you can buy online or without trying clothes on.</p> <p>One of the best ways to do this is to take a few hours and go to a mall, without an urgent need to buy something. Start going into stores and trying things on, and you will quickly find out which ones are best for you.</p> <h2>6. Wrap Waistbands Around Your Neck</h2> <p>Whether you don't like dressing rooms, can't find an empty one, or just don't have time to try things on, there are a couple of hacks for determining whether a pair of pants will fit. For the first one, make sure the zipper is closed and the button buttoned. Then, <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Will-Those-Thriftstore-Pants-Fit-No-Dressing-Room/">wrap the waistband around your neck</a>.</p> <p>In general, if the band doesn't overlap, the pants are too small. If it overlaps an inch or so, they should fit. And if it overlaps more, they will be too big.</p> <p>This works best if you try it with some pants you love before you go to the store. That way, you will know how your current favorite pairs measure up, so you can look for the same thing in anything new that you buy.</p> <h2>7. Measure Hip Size With Your Shoulders</h2> <p>If the waist seems like it will fit, check the hip measurement. Find the widest part of the pants and hold that up to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Will-Those-Thriftstore-Pants-Fit-No-Dressing-Room/step2/Hip-Hip-Hooray/">widest part of your shoulder</a>. If your shoulders are wider than the pants, they are likely too small. If the pants are just a bit wider than your shoulders, they will likely work well. And if they are a lot wider than your shoulders, they will probably be too big.</p> <h2>8. Check Your Fabric</h2> <p>The fabric you want for an item of clothing will be determined by what that item is, how you plan to wear it, what your style is, and what you like. There are several different common clothing fabrics, and many, many different blends that mix them.</p> <p>Finding what you like often takes trial and error. It may help you to look at the tags on clothes you already own and love, to figure out what you'd like to buy more of in the future. If nothing else, trust your intuition. If you don't like how something feels on the rack or on your body in the store, you probably won't wear it.</p> <h2>9. Use a Tailor</h2> <p>This might seem like it doesn't belong here, because tailoring and shopping don't often go together. However, a good tailor can sometimes work miracles with a piece that isn't quite perfect. And for some body shapes, a good tailor is a godsend.</p> <p>An example: I have narrow hips, so it's hard for me to find pants that fit in both waist and hips. If I find a pair I like that fits in the waist, I know that my tailor can usually take in the hips without much hassle. It's an extra expense, but sometimes it's worth it for that perfect fit.</p> <p>It's easier for a tailor to make something smaller than bigger, so keep this in mind when making your purchases. In addition, simple things, like taking in a waist, will be much faster and cheaper than things that require your tailor to completely dismantle a piece of clothing.</p> <p>Shopping for clothes can feel impossible and frustrating, but it doesn't have to. I hope these tips will help you feel confident and find clothes that you love!</p> <p><em>Do you like to shop? How do you avoid the frustration and annoyance that can come with buying clothes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/who-pays-for-the-bridesmaid-dresses-when">Who Pays For the Bridesmaid Dresses When . . . ?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style clothes clothes shopping fashion Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:06:15 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1284844 at http://www.wisebread.com A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000009123155_Large.jpg" alt="jeans mannequins" title="jeans mannequins" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I paid for part of my college education and for the down payment on my house with the money I made buying and selling jeans. In my lifetime, I have bought and sold, conservatively, 11,000 pairs of Levis.</p> <p>When people discover my side business as a denim trader, the first question they always ask is, &quot;How many pairs of jeans do you own?&quot; They are always shocked by my answer.</p> <p>I own three pairs of jeans.</p> <p>A poll by ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, revealed that 25% of American women own&nbsp;<a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jeaneology-shopsmart-poll-finds-women-own-7-pairs-of-jeans-only-wear-4-98274009.html">10 or more pairs of jeans</a>. The average American woman owns seven pairs of jeans. However, most women only <em>wear</em> four pairs out of their jeans collection on a regular basis. So, even if I weren't an expert on vintage denim, I'd still be considered an outlier, a jeans minimalist.</p> <p>If you are a coal miner, then yes, you possibly need more than three pairs of jeans, depending on your laundry schedule. But for most office workers, three pairs of jeans are all that is really needed to look tidy and well dressed.</p> <p>The three pairs of jeans that I own are: the pair I bought this year, the pair I bought last year, and the pair I bought the year before last year. Here are <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/myromanapartment/16189910321/">my actual jeans</a>. (Not a denim re-enactment!)</p> <p>Let's learn a little more about each pair.</p> <h2>This Year's Jeans</h2> <p>The jeans I bought this year are my dressy jeans. I wear This Year's Jeans to business meetings in creative environments where the dress code is suitably casual. These are also the jeans I wear to dinner or to nighttime events, paired with a nice blouse and dress shoes. These jeans are not play clothes. Just like my suit, these jeans are part of my work wardrobe, so I do everything I can to preserve the pristine quality of these jeans for as long as possible.</p> <p>After a year of office and dinner wear and tear, This Year's Jeans are usually too worn to wear to business meetings, even on Casual Fridays. At this point, This Year's Jeans become Last Year's Jeans.</p> <h2>Last Year's Jeans</h2> <p>Last Year's Jeans are my play clothes. They are the jeans I change into when I come home from work and change out of my dressy jeans. Last Year's Jeans are the pants I wear to school, to brunch with friends, and to run errands.</p> <p>After another year of wearing, Last Year's Jeans become The Year Before Last Year's Jeans.</p> <h2>The Year Before Last Year's Jeans</h2> <p>The Year Before Last Year's Jeans are my grubby jeans. These are the jeans I wear while beekeeping, painting, or cleaning the house. While the fading, tool marks, and repairs on these jeans might make them more charming to fashionistas, I generally don't wear these jeans out of the house. Why? Because even if they are my gardening pants, I need these jeans to hold on for another full year of wear before they are sold to a denim collector on eBay or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans">repurposed as a craft supply</a>.</p> <p>By rotating my jeans on this three-year schedule, I ensure that I always have a pair of jeans that are Like New looking for work, but at the same time have a rugged pair of pants that I can hike in. This jeans-buying schedule also means that I can reduce my wardrobe budget, as I only have to purchase one new pair of jeans per year. Additionally, I only have to have enough room in my closet for three pairs of jeans.</p> <h2>How to Buy a Pair of Jeans</h2> <p>Now, the reason that most women own so many pairs of rarely-worn jeans is that it's much harder to find flattering pants than to buy a flattering skirt. Holding out for perfect fitting jeans does not make you shallow. Even the most anti-fashion guy will spend hours looking for that pair of jeans that make him look thinner and taller. Once you find a pair of jeans that fit, stick with that style. No one will notice if you aren't wearing up-to-date jeans or luxury denim if your butt looks amazing. If you notice, all three pairs of my jeans are the exact same size and style. By keeping my jeans' style consistent, I save time and money, because I don't have to go on a denim safari every year. Instead, I can buy my jeans online when they go on sale.</p> <p><em>Are you a wardrobe minimalist or maximalist? How many jeans do you own and how many pairs do you actually wear? What's your best wardrobe hack?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clean-jeans-right-without-going-to-the-dry-cleaner">Clean Jeans Right Without Going to the Dry Cleaner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter">8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner">12 Tricks That Make You Look Skinnier (Without Being Skinnier)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-little-things-you-can-fix-right-now">101 Little Things You Can Fix Right Now!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Organization Style denim fashion jeans organization Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:00:06 +0000 Max Wong 1282527 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-closet-clothes-Dollarphotoclub_55445948.jpg" alt="girl closet clothes" title="girl closet clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Be honest &mdash; if your closet were a TV show, would it be Project Runway or Hoarders? If it's time to call in a backup team equipped with shovels and Hefty bags, maybe you just need a little help separating wearable clothes from the unbearable clutter. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-kitchen-you-should-throw-out-today?ref=seealso">15 Things in Your Kitchen You Should Throw Out Today</a>)</p> <p>Here's a list of 15 things in your closet that you can throw out today.</p> <h2>1. Clothes With the Tags Still Attached</h2> <p>Let's face it, if you've purchased a piece of clothing but never removed the tags and worn it, there's probably a reason. Cut your losses. Return the item if you can or donate it to your favorite charity.</p> <h2>2. Old Bridesmaid Dresses</h2> <p>Sure, the bride may have promised you'd get years of versatile wear out of that fuschia and black dress, but it's just hasn't worked out that way. Donate it so that some young woman can pull a Pretty in Pink and harvest it to create an original prom dress.</p> <h2>3. Mismatched Socks</h2> <p>We may never fully understand how pairs of perfectly good socks lose their mates. Stop wondering and don't try to force a mismatched marriage. Move the loners to your rag drawer; they make great dust rags. Or, explore other creative <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sock-it-to-me-15-uses-for-old-socks">uses for old socks</a>.</p> <h2>4. Free Promotional Clothing</h2> <p>Do you have an upcoming event where a t-shirt advertising a low rate at Bill's Discount Autos is <em>de rigueur</em>? I didn't think so. Consider donating most of your promotional clothing.</p> <h2>5. Sentimental Clothes</h2> <p>It's a natural impulse to keep clothing that means something to us. Your first college sweatshirt, a t-shirt from a marathon you spent months training for, a scarf from your favorite aunt. But if you're not still using any of these items, maybe it's time to store the memories and let the items go.</p> <h2>6. College Tees</h2> <p>It's perfectly acceptable to wear a college t-shirt &mdash; if you actually attended college there, if you're forking over crazy tuition for a kid who attends, or if you're employed there. Otherwise, toss those tees or explore <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">ways to creatively recycle them</a>. Wearing random college swag might have been hip for about five minutes in the late 80s, but the moment has passed.</p> <h2>7. Anything With Blown Elastic</h2> <p>Socks, bras, and underwear all require elastic to be comfortable and fulfill their important wardrobe functions. Remember that and live by this this mantra: When the elastic blows, the item goes.</p> <h2>8. Clothes Saved From Old Relationships</h2> <p>We've all collected a few clothing pieces from previous relationships. But wearing them regularly is the wardrobe equivalent walking around in a scrapbook. Whether we consciously realize it or not, these items can make us melancholy and keep us literally wrapped up the past.</p> <h2>9. Damaged or Stained Clothes</h2> <p>Damaged clothes present a special challenge for many people. If we love the item, we tell ourselves we'll repair that rip, replace that zipper, or research how to remove a stubborn stain. But we seldom find the time. That's why damaged and stained clothing can languish in the back of our closets for years. Be honest and realistic with yourself. If you can't &mdash; or won't &mdash; repair it, toss it.</p> <h2>10. Clothes That Don't Fit</h2> <p>If it's too tight, too short, too long, or too big, why keep it around? If a piece of clothing can't be tailored, clear it out and make room for something that fits just right.</p> <h2>11. Clothes That Aren't Comfortable</h2> <p>That wool sweater that makes you itch just looking at it, those pointy shoes that turn every step into exquisite torture, those jeans that hug all the wrong places &mdash; scrap 'em all. Life is too short (and our closets are too small) for clothes that aren't comfortable.</p> <h2>12. Clothes With Pilling</h2> <p>It's not always easy to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-to-keep-your-clothes-brighter-whiter-and-lasting-longer">keep clothes looking new</a>. Depending on the fabric and the weave, pilling is just a fact of life. Though there are pill-removing devices, relying on them is often an exercise in futility &mdash; you really shouldn't have to shave you sweater before you wear it. Toss what's pill-prone and shelve your shaver.</p> <h2>13. Unflattering Clothes</h2> <p>I can't wear low-rise jeans; I know it and I accept it. But every time I shop for jeans I'm tempted to buy a pair because finding an alternative is nearly impossible. Facing a high tide of low-rise jeans, I completely understand how folks end up buying a piece of clothing that's just not right for their body type. If something unflattering has wound up in your closet, embrace the fact that you wouldn't &mdash; and shouldn't &mdash; wear it. Pass the item on to someone who can really pull it off.</p> <h2>14. Clothing That's Out of Style</h2> <p>1982 called, and it wants those parachute pants back. Holding out until items come back in style is a misguided strategy; either the cuts have slightly changed or our waistlines have &quot;evolved.&quot; Delight a hipster and sell these retro fashions for a premium on eBay.</p> <h2>15. Faded Black Clothing</h2> <p>Black can't handle even the slightest fading. If that little black dress, black shirt, or black cotton sweater is obviously going gray, give up the ghost. Chuck it and look for a replacement.</p> <p>Just imagine it: a closet purged of every single thing that isn't flattering and wearable. It's not an urban myth and it's entirely doable with a bit of discipline and diligence. Oh, and once you declutter your messy closet, explore new <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-organize-a-messy-closet">ways to organize it</a>. You just may love the results so much that you finally tackle what's under the bed.</p> <p><em>What's in your closet that you can toss, recycle, or donate today? What have you been holding onto for years?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-garage">12 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Garage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-organize-a-messy-closet">14 Ways to Organize a Messy Closet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-lose-the-clutter-and-keep-the-memories">9 Ways to Lose the Clutter and Keep the Memories</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization Style closet clothing clutter fashion old clothes Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 1275772 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shoe-polish-144880382-small.jpg" alt="shoe polish" title="shoe polish" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happens to me all the time. I've got an important meeting and suddenly my hem falls out or a button falls off in the worst possible place. It's no Super Bowl 2004, but it's still embarrassing and frustrating. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes?ref=seealso">Make Your Clothing Fit Perfectly With These 10 No-Sew Fixes</a>)</p> <p>But fear not, because we've got some life-saving (or at least, blouse-saving) tips and tricks when you're in a last minute bind before an important meeting or a potential date.</p> <h2>Zippers</h2> <p>Few things are worse than having a zipper go wrong miles from home.</p> <h3>1. Paper Clip It</h3> <p>If you've pulled off a zipper pulling on your jacket, use a paper clip or key ring as a temporary fix. It might not look amazing, but it'll get the job done until you can get a more permanent solution.</p> <h3>2. Glue It</h3> <p>According to <a href="http://shannonmakesstuff.blogspot.com/2012/03/fixing-broken-zipper-without-replacing.html">Shannon Makes Stuff</a>, you can fix broken zipper teeth with hot glue and a little patience. These are untested waters for me, but if you have this problem, it's worth a shot!</p> <h3>3. Unstick It With Graphite</h3> <p>If you've ever gotten stuck in a jacket, you know how frustrating it can be. Find a graphite pencil and rub it on the teeth of the zipper. If this doesn't work, grab some lubricant &mdash; windex, bar soap, or lip balm. And most importantly: be patient and slow. The more frustrated you get, the more the zipper becomes a Chinese finger trap and you're stuck in there forever.</p> <h2>Stains</h2> <p>You need to act fast to keep a stain from holding fast if you want to save a favorite piece from losing its place in your wardrobe.</p> <h3>4. Carry a Stain Remover</h3> <p>Yes, it's obvious, but purchase <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037KMI0K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0037KMI0K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SGJQCLVV7AHHXUHP">Tide To Go</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000DIWIK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000DIWIK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5OL3UJADGIA6MDZE">Shout Wipe &amp; Go</a> and keep them in your bag, desk drawer, or car. You never know when you might need them, and they're worth having just in case.</p> <h3>5. Sprinkle Baby Powder to Remove Oil</h3> <p>If you've ever had oily spots, baby powder is great for removal of oil, wine, or makeup stains. Sprinkle some on and take a white cloth to remove.</p> <h3>6. Use Baby Wipes on Deodorant Stains</h3> <p>If you have deodorant stains at random times and ALWAYS when you're running late, grab some baby wipes. They'll get the stains off and they won't come back after the spot dries.</p> <h2>Hems</h2> <p>Hems come undone from time to time, but you can fix them on the go quickly and easily.</p> <h3>7. Fix It With Double-Sided Tape</h3> <p>If you're in the office, ask around for some double-sided tape to quickly fix your pants. I've also used packing tape when I was out of options.</p> <h3>8. Try Stitch Witchery</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001DSIHI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001DSIHI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4J2B5C6LG7UHCGZD">Stitch Witchery</a> has saved my day more than once. Once you put the tape around and fold up, grab an iron (or flat iron if you don't have an iron around), press the hem and you're good to go! Stitch Witchery is washable and dry cleanable.</p> <h3>9. Safety Pin It</h3> <p>You can also use a few safety pins to put your hem back together. These also work for pretty much every other problem.</p> <h3>10. Sew It Yourself &mdash; It's Easy!</h3> <p>Last option, <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Hand-Sew-a-Hem">sew it yourself</a>.</p> <h2>Buttons</h2> <p>Maybe the best way to replace a button is to keep it from falling off in the first place.</p> <h3>11. Secure With Clear Nail Polish</h3> <p>To prevent buttons from falling off, use clear nail polish to help secure them. This will keep the thread from unraveling.</p> <h3>12. Sew It Back On</h3> <p>If you have a sewing kit handy (or someone in your office does), follow <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-sew-on-a-button/">this guide</a> to sew on a button.</p> <h3>13. Twist Tie It Back On</h3> <p>You can also use a twist tie to temporarily attach a button back on. <a href="http://howto.menshealth.com/fix-popped-button-hurry">Men's Health</a> has a step-by-step guide that shows you how to quickly and effectively put the button back on.</p> <h2>Shoes</h2> <p>Don't let scuff marks on your shoes spoil a great outfit.</p> <h3>14. Polish With Improvisation</h3> <p>If your shoes are scuffed up, but you don't have any polish handy, you can always use bananas or vaseline to remove the scuffs. Use the inside of the banana peel, and then wipe with a paper towel.</p> <h3>15. Remove Odor With Rubbing Alcohol</h3> <p>If your shoes are stinking up the office, grab some rubbing alcohol wipes from the first aid kit and wipe down your feet and in the inside of your shoes. For a more permanent fix, use your washer and dryer, a machine deodorizer, and new insoles.</p> <h2>Static Cling</h2> <p>When the weather gets dry and windy, our clothes get close and clingy!</p> <h3>16. De-Ionize With a Wire Hanger</h3> <p>Static cling can be a nightmare, but luckily someone still makes wire hangers out there somewhere. Just use the wire hanger and rub it on the material causing the cling. If you've thrown away all your wire hangers like your mother always taught you, use hairspray or another metal object, such as a thimble.</p> <h3>17. Deploy Static Prevention Devices During the Wash</h3> <p>To prevent the cling from happening, ball up tinfoil in the washer (but not the dryer!), use fabric softener, or a dryer sheet. They can all reduce static cling.</p> <h3>18. Stick Your Skirt Down With Moisturizer</h3> <p>If static cling is causing your skirt to ride up, dab some moisturizer on your legs and it'll solve it right away.</p> <p><em>What are your solutions to these &mdash; or other &mdash; common clothing problems?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner">12 Tricks That Make You Look Skinnier (Without Being Skinnier)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/defensive-laundry-9-ways-to-help-your-clothes-last-longer">Defensive Laundry: 9 Ways to Help Your Clothes Last Longer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Style clothes clothing clothing fixes fashion quick fixes sewing Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1235390 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Tricks That Make You Look Skinnier (Without Being Skinnier) http://www.wisebread.com/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-mirror-shopping-163217849-small.jpg" alt="shopping mirror" title="shopping mirror" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone has days when they feel fat, bloated, and otherwise less-than-beautiful. Sometimes it has nothing to do with the numbers on the scale. On other occasions it's the direct result of a recent holiday cookie binge. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape?ref=seealso">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter every Shape</a>)</p> <p>Fortunately, there quite a number of tricks discovered and perfected by the fashion industry to give your body an instant slim-down without all the dieting, sweating, and weigh-ins. Read on for our round-up of the easiest ways to look trim &mdash; even when you're feeling anything but.</p> <h2>1. Wear Horizontal Stripes</h2> <p>Contrary to popular belief, it's horizontal stripes &mdash; not vertical ones &mdash; that <a href="http://i-perception.perceptionweb.com/journal/I/article/i0405">make a person appear thinner than they are</a>, according to new research by a British psychologist. For the most slimming look, go for white garments with narrow, black horizontal stripes. As for those vertical stripes you thought had a slimming effect, this piece of research found that verticals actually make you look more bloated.</p> <h2>2. Grow Your Hair Out</h2> <p>Long hair elongates the face and neck, creating the illusion of a longer, leaner body.</p> <h2>3. Get Some Sun</h2> <p>There's nothing like a sunkissed glow to make the body appear more slender. For a safer alternative, opt for a spray tan or a contour tan, which uses shadows and coloring to <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/03/can-spray-tanning-give-me-gwyneth-paltrow-abs.html">create faux features like ab muscles</a> and high cheekbones.</p> <h2>4. Wear Body-Hugging Clothing</h2> <p>A major misconception about dressing for a fuller figure is that baggy clothing hides a person's extra weight. On the contrary, loose clothing makes a person look larger, fashion experts say. Rather, it's form-fitting clothing paired with flowy layers like a sweater or scarf that creates a more slimming silhouette.</p> <h2>5. Tease Your Hair</h2> <p>Don't be afraid to channel your inner Diana Ross. Big hair creates the illusion of a narrower (read: more slender) face.</p> <h2>6. Accentuate Your Waist</h2> <p>Use a belt, shirt tuck, or ruching to draw all eyes and attention to the narrowest part of your torso. This timeless trick will keep focus away from any sags or bulges.</p> <h2>7. Wear Heels</h2> <p>The taller you are, the skinnier you appear. So don't be afraid to add a little extra height. If you're clumsy on your feet, opt for a platform or wedge heel rather than the more precarious stiletto. Men, too, can get an extra boost from a pair of boots with a large sole or dress shoes with a small heel.</p> <h2>8. Wear Dark Bootcut Pants</h2> <p>Bootcut pants that are black, navy, or a deep shade of indigo have a slimming effect on the abdomen, pelvis, and rear end. The bootcut style in particular makes the legs look longer and therefore more trim.</p> <h2>9. Embrace Shapewear</h2> <p>Undergarments that smooth, shape, and tuck away folds, rolls, and bloat can be the confidence boost you need to really strut your stuff. Women can achieve a trimmer waistline using products like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CODK4M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000CODK4M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KZFOXQ4EAA327KLT">the mid-thigh shaper</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037WYFWC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0037WYFWC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NZYVNSWPRVWVTSFQ">the open-bust camisole</a> by SPANX. For the boys, try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004R9670M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004R9670M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6T4XIIJQGYXTF3JT">the crew neck body shaper</a> by 2(x)ist or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFE9B00/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BFE9B00&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PJ45QXNYLMSCIZCX">the long leg brief girdle</a> by Underworks.</p> <h2>10. Accessorize With a Super-Long Necklace</h2> <p>A long necklace directs the eye away from the often problematic hips and mid-section. It also lengthens the entire frame, giving the illusion of a trimmer body.</p> <h2>11. Choose Your Fabrics Wisely</h2> <p>For a svelte look, spandex, jersey, cashmere, and fine cotton are your go-to fabrics because they help shape the contours of the body. But steer clear from corduroy, crushed velvet, metallic, leather, sequin-adorned materials, and suede. These heavily textured fabrics will add pounds as well as pizzazz to your look.</p> <h2>12. Opt For a V-Neck</h2> <p>All hail the V-neck &mdash; a simple neckline that works effortlessly to slim down the frame by creating the illusion of height. It's the most flattering neckline out there and it does the trick every time.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite shape-shifting and slimming tricks? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Style appearance clothing fashion slimming Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:00:07 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1233185 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-wardrobe-dv1979023-small.jpg" alt="woman wardrobe" title="woman wardrobe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was in high school, I was all about clothes. I mean, I simply couldn't get enough of different shapes, colors, and textures. Buying new clothes at the mall, finding unique pieces at thrift shops, and eventually directing my efforts online was a complete rush for me. Over time, my wardrobe ballooned to epic proportions. And you know what? There weren't enough days in the year to wear all that stuff. Many &mdash; if not most &mdash; items collected dust in my dresser drawers.</p> <p>Now that I'm older and wiser, I've flipped my perspective to a less is more approach. I've learned to embrace the capsule wardrobe, which is a fancy term for a lean collection of essential pieces that are timeless and mix and match. This concept was first popularized in the 1970s and again in the 1980s. The idea is back again, and making your own minimal closet isn't just following one of the latest trends. Instead, it's a smart way to really use the clothing you own and get the best return on your investment. You'll do fewer loads of laundry, too! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead?ref=seealso">You're Washing Your Clothes Too Often &mdash; What To Do Instead</a>)</p> <p>Here are some basics to build your capsule wardrobe. Pair these with a few other seasonal duds, and you'll be dressed in no time.</p> <h2>1. Dark Jeans</h2> <p>Whatever cut you choose, make sure your jeans fit your body well. The wash is what's more important when you're thinking of paring down your closet. Dark indigo or other washes without fading or distressing can be dressed up with a jacket for the workplace or dressed down for an evening out with friends. Of all my clothing, my jeans get the best wear by far.</p> <h2>2. Pencil Skirt</h2> <p>This classic silhouette combined with a bolder neutral, like black or navy, makes the pencil skirt a perfect addition to any minimal wardrobe. You can pair it with a bright blouse and jacket for a job interview or even a t-shirt for a last-minute date downtown. Think fabric when it comes to the season. Tweed and wool are solid choices for the colder months; 100% cotton or stretchier blends are better bets when it's warm. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape?ref=seealso">7 Style Secrets For Women That Flatter Every Shape</a>)</p> <h2>3. Cardigan</h2> <p>The versatile cardigan can be worn buttoned or open. Belted or not. With a skirt or with pants. It's a hardworking piece that will keep you warm and comfortable in the winter chill and the summer air-conditioning. While I always try to keep my colors muted, I do tend to choose brighter shades for cardigans to make things fun.</p> <h2>4. Button-Down</h2> <p>The rule when I was younger was to always have a white button-down shirt around for work or random occasions. Now? I'm not so stuck on the specific color, but having a shirt with some structure is a great idea. You can wear it under a dress, tied over a maxi skirt, tucked into a pencil skirt, underneath a sweater, and in <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fashion/10-Ways-Wear-White-Button-Down-20414010">many more ways</a>.</p> <h2>5. All-Occasion Dress</h2> <p>I like the classic little black dress idea best when choosing a single frock, but if that's not your style, choose another color that plays well with your other items. The idea here is to find a dress in a quality fabric that is suitable for more formal events (weddings, funerals, work dinners) but can go the distance for more casual occasions, too. I tend to choose dresses that hit at or just below the knee because that length is appropriate for all without being dowdy. In a pinch, you can even wear a shirt over the dress so it doubles as a skirt.</p> <h2>6. Jacket</h2> <p>A crisp jacket or blazer is a wonderful addition to your capsule wardrobe, especially if you work in an office. If you're not sure about this classic staple, consider picking one up second hand at a consignment or thrift shop. Fit is especially important here, so be sure to choose a cut that flatters your shape and isn't too tight around the shoulders or bulky around your waist. I also love pairing blazers with jeans for a put-together weekend look when I'm out and about. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing?ref=seealso">50 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe on the Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>7. Denim Shirt</h2> <p>If a jacket doesn't fit your lifestyle, try a structured denim shirt in its place. I wear mine &mdash; with snap buttons &mdash; most days of the week in one way or another. I like it open over t-shirts or closed with my pencil skirt and a scarf. Unlike with my dark jeans, I choose lighter colors for my denim shirts. That way, you can do the jean-on-jean look (try to mix somewhat compatible tones, though). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women?ref=seealso">20 Simple and Stylish DIY Clothing Projects For Women</a>)</p> <h2>8. Fitted Pants</h2> <p>Over the years, the style for pants has become straighter and tighter. While you're not looking to create a spandex-style look, a skinnier pant can go a long way in your everyday wear. I have a pair of fitted black pants that are stretchy and partner well with longer tunic tops and jackets for work. And they marry wonderfully with plain t-shirts when I'm dressed down. Comfort is crucial, so choose fabric blends that conform to your shape but let you breathe all at the same time.</p> <p><em>Anything missing? What goes into your capsule wardrobe? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/who-pays-for-the-bridesmaid-dresses-when">Who Pays For the Bridesmaid Dresses When . . . ?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-curlers">The 5 Best Hair Curlers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style basics capsule wardrobe fashion fashion basics minimal wardrobe Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1221880 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother-baby-shopping-small-178769891-small.jpg" alt="mother baby shopping" title="mother baby shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I say it every year, but the summer raced by at lightning speed. It's already mid-August, and many of us are diving deep into back-to-school mode. One of the most important parts of getting ready? Dressing the part. But refreshing your fall wardrobe &mdash; whether you're heading into the classroom or not &mdash; doesn't need to cost a fortune. In fact, it doesn't need to cost anything at all! (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing?ref=related">50 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe On the Cheap</a>)</p> <p>Here are some tips that will get you looking smart without spending foolishly.</p> <h2>1. Take Stock</h2> <p>Before trekking to the store, it's important you gain a solid understanding of the clothes that already live in your dresser drawers. Take a couple hours to dump all your clothing items onto your bed and to go through them. Try each piece on to see what fits both your body and lifestyle. Divide into three piles: keep, toss/donate, and on-the-fence. Place the keep and on-the-fence clothes back into your closet and proceed with the next tips. (You can always repeat again with those clothes you're not sure about.)</p> <h2>2. Sell the Old</h2> <p>And before throwing away or donating discarded clothing, try hitting up your local consignment shops. You can even sell your stuff (for free!) online with sites like <a href="http://www.thredup.com/r/IRDEL0">thredUP</a>. Keep in mind that most stores prefer name brand clothes in good condition (no stains, rips, pilling, etc.) that are within a few fashion seasons of the current date. Then pocket the money you earn to put toward new duds. Many stores will give you more credit versus cash if you choose to shop with your earnings there.</p> <h2>3. Think Thrifty</h2> <p>That's right! While you're at the consignment store, take a look around. Chances are you might discover a few pieces you love that are like-new and won't end up costing you a dime. Thrift stores like GoodWill and Salvation Army are other good places to browse, you'll just want to inspect these pieces more carefully for signs of wear. Historically, I've found great deals in these types of places, especially on children's clothing, since kids outgrow shirts and pants so quickly, they hardly get a chance to lose that gently worn look. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store?ref=related">6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Buy at the Thrift Store</a>)</p> <h2>4. Add Accessories</h2> <p>Before racing to the retail stores, consider if more clothes are really what you need. Sometimes <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love">having fewer options</a> means that dressing takes less time and energy in the mornings, meaning you go about your day with less hassle. You may also get better overall use out of a smaller wardrobe because you won't forget about anything in the depths of your closet. If you think this idea applies to you, shop around for a few key accessories &mdash; belts, scarves, hats, jewelry &mdash; that can transform otherwise plain outfits into sheer style. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-accessories-to-kickstart-your-style?ref=related">Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style</a>)</p> <h2>5. Shop Sales</h2> <p>Don't pile into the car without a plan if you want good deals on a new wardrobe. Take some time to check your local paper, TV advertisements, and store websites for any promotions or coupons. And don't forget to check those social media accounts, as some major shops post coupon codes only for their loyal fans to enjoy. Chances are, there's a sale upcoming, and you'll be kicking yourself if you pay full price only to find whatever you bought is 40% off days later. Once you purchase, be sure to protect your investment by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead">washing your clothing less often</a>.</p> <p><em>What are your best methods for saving big on back-to-school clothing? Please share in comments</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store">6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Shop for at the Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-reasons-plus-size-shopping-sucks">15 Reasons Plus-Size Shopping Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school clothes clothing fashion thrift stores Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1185371 at http://www.wisebread.com Wantable: Designer Accessories at Discount Prices http://www.wisebread.com/wantable-designer-accessories-at-discount-prices <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wantable-designer-accessories-at-discount-prices" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fashion-woman-126934939-small.jpg" alt="fashion woman" title="fashion woman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Who says you need to pay a premium for designer goods? There are ways to get around the sticker price on the latest in fashion and beauty, if you know where to look. Here's a look at <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/54545/1319">Wantable</a>.</p> <h2>About Wantable</h2> <p>Wantable is a company that aims to match you up with accessories, makeup, or intimates you're sure to love. For $40 a box, or $36 for a monthly subscription, their in-house and guest stylists will select a number of designer and boutique products based on your answers to their easy-peasy style quiz. If you don't like what you get, simply return the whole box for a full refund.</p> <h2>The Goodies</h2> <p>Despite a couple misses, the <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/54545/1319">Wantable accessories boxes</a> have been good to me so far. And it seems like the Wantable team really cares about sending you the right kind of products &mdash; they are constantly refining the style quiz to make it more comprehensive while keeping it easy to use. Since my first box, they've added questions about hair length and bracelet size, and modified existing questions to get a better sense of what you love, like, and dislike. Speaking of which, here are mine:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Love:</strong> Classic, Mix 'n Match, Earrings, Necklaces, Hair Accessories</li> <li><strong>Like:</strong> Rock 'n Roll, Boho, Bracelets, Gold Tone, Silver Tone</li> <li><strong>Dislike:</strong> Rings, Watches, Sunglasses, Glam</li> </ul> <p>How did the stylists do this time?</p> <h3>Titian Earrings</h3> <p><img width="605" height="302" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-may-titian.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>Do these earrings come in other colors? I ask because <em>I want them all</em>. This combination of yellow, olive, tan, and dark gray stones set in gold makes for a neutral accessory piece that works well with most wardrobe colors, but what I really love is the asymmetrical cut of the stones. It adds some fun to a fairly ordinary diamond layout &mdash; and who doesn't like fun? This is the kind of detail that wins me over on so many of Wantable's offerings.</p> <p><em>Retail value: $20</em></p> <h3>Alexia Bracelet</h3> <p><img width="605" height="302" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-may-alexia.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>Here's another neutral piece in black, dark red, and nude. The enamel and gold outline adds a nice shine to this geometric bracelet, which I appreciate. I also appreciate the elastic bands running through the bracelet that make it super easy to slip on and off. This is not your flimsy kids' jewelry kit elastic, either &mdash; it's sturdy stuff! I can absolutely see this bracelet becoming one of my go-to pieces.</p> <p><em>Retail value: $17</em></p> <h3>Lilith Necklace</h3> <p><img width="605" height="302" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-may-lilith.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>I wasn't entirely sold on this necklace when I first took it out of the velvet Wantable pouch. There is a lot going on for a necklace, what with the faceted stones, pastel beads, and row of gold-tone flowers. The chain is quite a bit chunkier than what I usually wear. But then I tried it on, and suddenly, somehow, <em>everything works.</em> I guess I shouldn't always get too caught up in the details; this time, I had to step back to appreciate the full effect of the statement necklace.</p> <p><em>Retail value: $34</em></p> <h2>Is It Worth It?</h2> <p><img width="605" height="302" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-may.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>The retail value of this box came out to $71 &mdash; that's $31 savings by purchasing the accessories through Wantable. I might not have picked these pieces on my own (and especially not at those retail prices), but they definitely suit my style... once I gave them a chance (lookin' at you, Lilith!). That's part of the appeal of a service like Wantable, though. They send you products that will work with your style and lifestyle, but you can still count on the goodies to be different enough to surprise. They take you outside your comfort zone, right inside your home!</p> <p>Now, is the element of surprise (and a number of really cool products) worth $40 a box or a $36 monthly subscription? It depends on how much you usually spend on similar accessories, makeup, or intimates. Of course, $40 for 3-4 accessory items can seem like an extravagance to some, but if you regularly spend $20 apiece on jewelry, a <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/54545/1319">Wantable box</a> may be just your thing.</p> <p><em>Disclaimer: I received a free box for an honest review.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wantable-designer-accessories-at-discount-prices">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wantable-accessories-funky-elegance-at-a-discount">Wantable Accessories: Funky Elegance at a Discount</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/love-makeup-or-jewelry-surprise-yourself-with-a-wantable-box">Love Makeup or Jewelry? Surprise Yourself With a Wantable Box.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-wantables-statement-accessories-say-yay-or-nay">Do Wantable&#039;s Statement Accessories Say Yay or Nay?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/try-a-wantable-box-if-you-like-pretty-high-quality-surprises">Try a Wantable Box If You Like Pretty, High-Quality Surprises</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping accessories fashion Wantable Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:00:04 +0000 Amy Lu 1147075 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/trying-clothes-177311301-small.jpg" alt="trying on clothes" title="trying on clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm happy to cast off those bulky sweaters and shapeless layers now that summer is just around the corner. In fact, I've been weeding through my closet to find warmer weather clothing this week, and one of my bad habits finally caught up with me. I'm notoriously awful at trying things on before I buy them. So, as you can imagine, there are lots of gently worn (and new) garments in my closet that simply don't flatter my shape. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women?ref=seealso">20 Simple and Stylish DIY Clothing Projects for Women</a>)</p> <p>I've resolved to tighten my belt, so to speak, and buy only clothing that I've slipped into before purchase. Beyond that, I've also discovered that choosing outfits to flatter my specific body type not only make me feel good, but they also ensure I'll wear them time and time again. Here are a few universal &quot;rules&quot; to make your next shopping trip a success.</p> <h2>1. Showcase Yourself</h2> <p>If you've got it, flaunt it! We all have features of our bodies we'd like to hide. Avoid cloaking yourself in a potato sack dress and &mdash; instead &mdash; shift that focus to your best asset(s).</p> <p>When you shop for new clothes, try to choose items that <a href="http://www.notdressedaslamb.com/2013/07/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-best-feature.html">celebrate your unique body</a>. For example, if you have great legs, go for a shorter skirt that shows them off. If you work long hours in the gym for strong arms, wear a sleeveless dress. Focus on just one or maybe two of your favorite features at a time to avoid over-sharing, if you know what I mean.</p> <h2>2. Get (the Right) Fit</h2> <p>No matter your body shape or size, basic <a href="http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2013/02/wardrobe-from-scratch-part-3-basic.html">attention to fit</a> can take any outfit from blah to better. Note that sizing is often different depending on designer or brand, so what you wear in one frock you might size up or down in another. Always try items on before buying to assess for fit that flatters. Pay attention specifically to where a shirt hits your shoulder (should hit at your natural shoulder), any areas of pulling or bunching of fabric (either too tight or too big), as well as sleeve length, hems, and waist rises. Basically, if you notice something is too long, too short, or too <em>anything</em> &mdash; you should try another size, consider investing in tailoring, or skip altogether.</p> <h2>3. Pick Up Patterns</h2> <p>What you've heard is true! There are certain patterns that work <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/1024577/the-most-flattering-pattern-for-every-body-type">best for certain body types</a>. Whether you're curvy, pear-shaped, petite, or long and lean, there's a pattern out there for you that will help you look your best. Petites do well with vertical stripes that lengthen, pears can shift the focus from the lower half by concentrating busy patterns on the top, plus-sized women can get away with gorgeous florals, and long and lean gals can go as bold as they desire.</p> <h2>4. Exude Confidence</h2> <p>Another less tangible (and free) style trick? Carry yourself with confidence.</p> <p>Posture is a big part of the equation and can make remarkable difference in your appearance in only seconds. If you're looking to improve your stance &mdash; check out these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-and-keep-amazing-posture-by-doing-these-10-stretches-today">easy stretches</a> that will have you standing up straighter in no time. The cheat sheet: It's all about keeping a neutral spine, an open chest, and your eyes up and looking directly at the world ahead of you.</p> <h2>5. Choose Comfort</h2> <p>It's hard to stand up straight if you're always fussing with your skirt or top. So, be sure to select fabrics and cuts that are both comfortable and appropriate for whatever you're doing. Even the most formal occasions don't need to be out-of-this-world uncomfortable. Look for fabrics that give and cuts that cover, and stay away from anything that might otherwise give way to an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.</p> <h2>6. Accessorize</h2> <p>Accessories can help highlight your favorite features, and a perfect example of this is with belting. If you have a great natural waist, for instance, accentuate it with a skinny belt placed over a flowy dress. On the other hand, beware of those extra wide belts. Though they seem like they might mask a trouble zone, they'll actually call more attention to it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-accessories-to-kickstart-your-style?ref=seealso">Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style</a>)</p> <h2>7. Shop Smart</h2> <p>I'm a big clearance rack shopper, but I'll be the first to admit that you can find lots of duds and end up wasting money under the clever guise of savings. If you settle for fit or form, you may find that $5 top sitting stagnant in your closet years down the line. The good news: There are many ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing">cut clothing costs</a>, so don't let the dollar signs cloud your judgement. Follow all the previous style &quot;rules&quot; even with the most enticing markdowns. That way, you won't be stuck with a closet of items that don't flatter your body and feel obligated to wear them regardless.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite flattering style tricks? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-find-inexpensive-accessories">10 Places to Find Inexpensive Accessories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/who-pays-for-the-bridesmaid-dresses-when">Who Pays For the Bridesmaid Dresses When . . . ?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-accessories-to-kickstart-your-style">Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style accessories clothing fit fashion how to dress Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:00:25 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1142121 at http://www.wisebread.com 101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-467495751.jpg" alt="shopping" title="shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="191" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Clothes can certainly run up your budget, especially if you have a soft spot for shopping. But, not to worry when there are many smart things you can do to save and still have your fashion too. Here are over a one hundred ways to help your closet and your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-to-keep-your-clothes-brighter-whiter-and-lasting-longer?ref=seealso">25 Secrets to Keep Your Clothes Brighter, Whiter, and Lasting Longer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Buy Generic Basics</h2> <p>You don't need to shell out big bucks on tanks, T-shirts, and other wardrobe basics and layering items. Skip the $50 white T-shirt and try places like <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10414287">Old Navy</a> for such items (many $5 and less), or look to generic brands.</p> <h2>2. Shop Online Discount Sites</h2> <p>There are some amazing discount apparel sites out there that sell brand name clothing and shoes with big savings. Check out some favorites, like <a www.kqzyfj.com="" href="">6PM</a>, <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11117098?cm_mmc=CJ-_-2276508-_-2822544-_-Sale%20at%20Bluefly.com">Bluefly</a>, and <a href="http://www.dsw.com">DSW</a>.</p> <h2>3. Shop End of Season</h2> <p>Retailers often unload merchandise at blowout prices at the very end of the season. Even mid-season sales abound, which can save versus buying pre-season.</p> <h2>4. Copy Designer Styles for Less</h2> <p>You can save by mimicking an expensive designer outfit (splurge) with a much cheaper, similar one (steal). Check out some of <a href="http://contributors.luckymag.com/post/splurge-vs-steal-looks-4-less_1393353293">Lucky Magazine's steals</a> or <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/summer-fashion-splurge-steal-alike-fashions-mimic-pricier/story?id=14111165">steals from popular morning shows</a> to give you money-saving ideas.</p> <h2>5. Shop the Kid's or Men's Sections</h2> <p>For the petite, try shopping the larger sizes in the kid's section. Many accessories are also just as good and much cheaper here, too. Ladies can also shop for bargains in the men's section, like cool shirts and workout clothes.</p> <h2>6. Use Accessories Wisely</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/accessories.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Use your accessories to dress up your existing wardrobe, so outfits feel like new. Ties, scarves, statement necklaces, and belts can all change the look of the most basic outfits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-sites-to-shop-for-affordable-cool-jewelry?ref=seealso">10 Awesome Sites to Shop for Affordable Cool Jewelry</a>)</p> <h2>7. Use Personal Shopping Sites</h2> <p>Online personal shopping tools, like <a href="http://www.shopittome.com">Shopittome</a> (which sends emails when your favorite brands go on sale) or <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com">Shopstyle</a> (which shows brands and items by price and retailer) can save you money on your apparel buys. Just be aware they can also tempt some to buy more, too.</p> <h2>8. Find Multi-Seasonal Items</h2> <p>Clothing that can work multiple seasons, like sweaters that go from winter to spring, or jackets with liners that go from fall to winter, give you great value for your money. Also look to stretch seasonal items, like summer sleeveless tops under blazers in colder months.</p> <h2>9. Shop Retailers With Good Deals</h2> <p>There are a handful of great bargains that certain retailers always seem to have. Check out some popular <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-online-stores-with-surprisingly-great-clothing-deals">retailers with surprisingly good clothing deals</a>.</p> <h2>10. Upgrade With Buttons</h2> <p>Save money by buying a discount cardigan or button-down, and replacing the regular buttons with snazzier options. Cool gold buttons, pearl buttons, or fancy menswear buttons can easily give your piece an upgrade for just a few bucks.</p> <h2>11. Hit Up Sidewalk Sales and Sample Sales</h2> <p>If you live in a big city, sample sales can be a goldmine of cheap designer apparel finds. Smaller cities and towns also have shops and boutiques that often offer sidewalk sales, as do malls at times.</p> <h2>12. Save on Jeans</h2> <p>Save on jeans by learning how to buy the best pairs that are not only affordable, but also durable. There are some <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/m/work-life/money/saving/how-to-save-on-00000000016999/page6.html#5">great jean buying tips</a> that can help you save, like finding blended fabrics and buying darker washes.</p> <h2>13. Shop Discount Department Stores</h2> <p>My love of <a href="http://www.tjmaxx.com">TJ Maxx</a> and <a href="http://www.marshallsonline.com">Marshalls</a> can't be beat due to the ever-changing inventory, great brands, and huge selection of discount apparel. Try these stores and others, like <a href="http://www.kohls.com">Kohl's</a> and <a href="http://www.target.com">Target</a>, to save.</p> <h2>14. Buy Items That Work With Your Existing Wardrobe</h2> <p>Stick to items that will coordinate with your existing wardrobe to get more bang for your buck. Think colors, styles, and more, that will integrate well with what you already have.</p> <h2>15. Avoid Zipper Damage</h2> <p>Always close up any open zippers when you wash, so they don't rip or pull other items as they tumble in the machine. I've ruined many T-shirts by washing them with unzipped hoodies and jeans.</p> <h2>16. Build a Smarter Wardrobe</h2> <p>Every wardrobe can be carefully built around core items, which give you the most use and versatility for your lifestyle. Look to guides such as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-16-pieces-a-man-needs-in-his-wardrobe">the best men's pieces</a> to own, or how to <a href="http://www.luckymag.com/magazine/2012/07/19-Affordable-Pieces-for-Your-Ultimate-Closet">turn key pieces into many outfits</a>.</p> <h2>17. Find Coupons</h2> <p>Always check sites like <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com">RetailMeNot</a> for current promo codes and coupons. And don't forget to save store coupons that come in the mail or are handed out with your receipt in stores.</p> <h2>18. Shop Warehouse Clubs</h2> <p>While an unlikely hotspot for clothing deals, check out the clothing section in your favorite warehouse club, like <a href="http://www.costco.com">Costco</a> or <a href="http://www.bjs.com">BJ's</a>. They often have some decent brands with prices that rival any discount store.</p> <h2>19. Make Clothes Fit Better</h2> <p>No need to give away clothes if they aren't fitting the right way anymore. Try several <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes">no-sew tactics</a>, such as waist extenders, button extenders, and more, to make your clothes keep working for you.</p> <h2>20. Repurpose Items</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/repurpose.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You can jazz up an old item by trimming sleeves, adding embellishments, or turning it into an accessory. Check out some <a href="http://www.stylemotivation.com/24-stylish-diy-clothing-tutorials/">stylish DIY clothing ideas</a> to turn your old items into brilliant, new pieces.</p> <h2>21. Invest in Long-Lasting Pieces</h2> <p>Investing in well-made, quality pieces can give you your money's worth. Such items can last years, and are often more economical than buying cheaper pieces that you constantly need to replace.</p> <h2>22. Make Iron-On T-Shirts</h2> <p>Instead of spending a fortune on kids' character or sports team T-shirts, you can make your own for cheap. You just need a plain tee (craft stores sell them for under $5) and some special iron-on paper, which works in most home printers to print any design off your computer that can be ironed on.</p> <h2>23. Return Items You Don't Love</h2> <p>It's wise to check return policies so you know you won't be stuck with a wasted purchase if an item doesn't fit or look right once you get it home.</p> <h2>24. Shop Forever 21 and H&amp;M</h2> <p>Don't underestimate the number of finds you can score at stores like <a href="http://www.forever21.com">Forever 21</a> and <a href="http://www.hm.com">H&amp;M</a> no matter how old you are. Layering basics, accessories, and other fun items await you for a fraction of the price than you would pay anywhere else.</p> <h2>25. Borrow</h2> <p>Formal wear and maternity wear are prime candidates for borrowing from relatives and friends. My sister and I passed back and forth our maternity wear with each pregnancy, which really saved.</p> <h2>26. Keep an Organized Closet</h2> <p>Keep an orderly closet, so you can see what you have and avoid making silly buys you don't need. Organize hanging clothes by type and color, use shoe racks, fold sweaters neatly, and keep accessories visible, so you can shop your closet and not the stores.</p> <h2>27. Invest in Tailoring</h2> <p>Having a good tailor on hand can save you serious cash. If you score a discount item, the cost of tailoring will still have you coming out ahead, and give you a custom-fitted piece.</p> <h2>28. Follow One Out for Every One In</h2> <p>For every new item you purchase, donate one item in your closet. This can help curb excess buying and keep you honest about what's really being used in your closet.</p> <h2>29. Pass Up the Catalogs</h2> <p>Don't tempt yourself into an unnecessary purchase by browsing through the many clothing retailer catalogs that end up in your mailbox. Remove yourself from mailing lists or take them directly to the recycle bin.</p> <h2>30. Calculate the Cost of Wear Rule</h2> <p>Know if you are really getting good value out of your buys by determining your cost per wear &mdash; total price divided by the number of times you wear the item.</p> <h2>31. Shop Outlet Malls and Factory Stores</h2> <p>Shopping outlet malls and factory stores can save you on your clothing purchases. Just make sure the discounts are good enough, as some buys are just as expensive as on-sale items in the usual stores.</p> <h2>32. Use Store Credit Cards</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/storecc.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you shop a particular store religiously, then opening a store credit card can save you, but only if you're able to pay off your card each month. Stores usually give discounts upon opening, and you get access to special offers by being a cardholder.</p> <h2>33. Factor in Dry Clean Only</h2> <p>Be sure to factor in the extra costs of a garment if you have to get it professionally cleaned. Finding similar non-dry clean only items can really help your wallet.</p> <h2>34. Buy and Sell at Consignment Stores</h2> <p>Consignment stores are a great way to shop for some great buys on many fabulous pre-owned garments, as well as places to make some money on your gently used items.</p> <h2>35. Dye Faded Fabrics</h2> <p>Get more value out of your faded pieces by reviving them with dye. This is especially true of black garments or jeans, which can often fade over time. Check out some great <a href="https://www.ritstudio.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/">tips from Rit Dye</a> on how to go about it.</p> <h2>36. Take Hand-Me-Downs</h2> <p>Hand-me-down clothing is the cheapest of all, since it's free. Take advantage not only for kids' clothes, but if you have friends or relatives looking to give something a new home.</p> <h2>37. Shop Thrift Stores</h2> <p>Thrift stores are a great place to score some vintage, or even brand-name, apparel for less. Many of these stores have hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store?ref=seealso">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a>)</p> <h2>38. Store Your Clothes Properly</h2> <p>Folding heavy sweaters, not over-stuffing drawers, using cedar blocks, and removing plastic dry-cleaning bags can save money by making your clothes last longer. I've ripped shirts, stretched out sweaters, and had moths attack by not taking some of these small steps.</p> <h2>39. Buy for Versatility</h2> <p>Choose pieces that work overtime to get the most value for your dollar. Think fancier flip-flops to wear at the beach or out at night, dress shirts as going out shirts, and sweaters and cardigans, which complement business casual ensembles, weekend wear, or as outerwear in warmer weather.</p> <h2>40. Sign Up for Email Lists</h2> <p>Sign up for email lists of stores or sites where you do your clothes shopping to receive valuable offers, coupons, and sales alerts. You can easily set up a dedicated email address for shopping sites to avoid clogging up your regular email.</p> <h2>41. Get Rid of the Wire Hangers</h2> <p>Like Mommy Dearest, clothes also share a hatred of wire hangers. Wire hangers can stretch out shoulders and tear delicate fabrics. Invest in some economical wooden or fabric hangers, at least for your most precious items.</p> <h2>42. Have a Clothing Budget</h2> <p>Just like a household budget, breakdown your monthly clothing allowance and stick to it. This is also a great way to track your spending and plan for seasonal purchases.</p> <h2>43. Avoid the Trendiest Items</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/trend.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>While it's easy to fall in love with certain trends, you can save some cash by making sure you don't also fall for buying pieces that you know won't make it past this season.</p> <h2>44. Don't Just Shop to Fill a Void</h2> <p>Shopping, like any habit or addiction, can certainly bring momentary joy, but it can also run up your budget if you constantly use it to make yourself feel better. Be mindful that you aren't just throwing away money for short-term happiness.</p> <h2>45. Resell</h2> <p>Why not recoup some costs and save towards new clothing purchases by selling your gently used items. You can sell at a variety of places, from online resellers to Craigslist to garage sales.</p> <h2>46. Shop Clearance</h2> <p>Clearance racks can have great deals, but be sure to check your garment for stains or rips. Also make sure it's something you truly would purchase even if it were not in the clearance section.</p> <h2>47. Buy the Right Size</h2> <p>Buying a piece and thinking it will fit later after you lose a few pounds doesn't help your budget when the item sits unused in your closet. Buy for what fits now.</p> <h2>48. Rent One-Time Items</h2> <p>It's silly to spend a small fortune on a fancy dress or tux that you will only wear once. Save some money and rent your item. In addition to men's rentals, ladies now have options at places like <a href="http://www.renttherunway.com">Rent the Runway</a>.</p> <h2>49. Have a Clothing Swap</h2> <p>If you have several friends that are game for a clothing swap, this is an excellent way to acquire new items by trading in your gently used pieces for those that your friends bring.</p> <h2>50. Pair Discount Buys With More Expensive Items</h2> <p>You can easily make your discount buys look pricier by pairing them with one higher-end item you have. This can instantly pull together an outfit and save you from having to buy many expensive things.</p> <h2>51. Do Your Research</h2> <p>If you find a great clothing item, make sure to check if it can be found for cheaper. Try sites, like <a href="http://www.froogle.com">Froogle</a>, to find retailers and compare prices.</p> <h2>52. Shop Flash Sale Sites</h2> <p>Flash sale sites, like <a href="http://www.hautelook.com">HauteLook</a>, <a href="http://www.gilt.com">Gilt</a>, <a href="http://www.yoox.com">YOOX</a>, and <a href="http://www.zulily.com">Zulily</a>, all have great apparel deals. While these sites can offer some amazing discounts, beware that you need to sign up and they can often tempt you into making spur of the moment purchases due to their timed sales and high free shipping thresholds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flash-sale-sites-great-discountswith-a-price?ref=seealso">Flash Sale Sites: Great Discounts&hellip;With a Price</a>)</p> <h2>53. Learn to Make Your Own</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/makeown.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Even if you're not Molly Ringwald in &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005JKOI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00005JKOI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=S2POBVCEI5OMMXR6">Pretty in Pink</a>,&quot; you can still learn some basics to make your own clothes by exploring online sewing classes and tutorials at sites, like <a href="http://www.craftsy.com">Craftsy</a>, or attending free sewing classes offered by big name craft stores.</p> <h2>54. Have a List</h2> <p>Just like grocery shopping, make a list of the exact clothing items you're looking for and stick to it. This will keep you from being swayed toward unplanned purchases.</p> <h2>55. Wash Carefully</h2> <p>Be sure to read clothing tags and following important care instructions to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/defensive-laundry-9-ways-to-help-your-clothes-last-longer">preserve the life of your clothes</a> and not ruin anything. This means not mixing dark and whites and hand washing super delicate items.</p> <h2>56. Buy Knock-Offs</h2> <p>If you're lusting after $600 pumps, but don't have the budget to back it, look to buy a decent knock-off. Nobody needs to know that you bought a fake, but be sure you find quality knock-offs and don't overpay for imitations.</p> <h2>57. Shop Online Resell Sites</h2> <p>Clothing reseller sites, like <a href="http://www.tradesy.com">Tradesy</a>, <a href="http://www.poshmark.com">Poshmark</a>, and <a href="http://www.threadflip.com">Threadflip</a>, always have a huge inventory of gently used designer clothing for a fraction of the cost of buying new.</p> <h2>58. Wait for Special Days of the Year</h2> <p>Take advantage of special shopping days, such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the day after Christmas, when apparel deals are prevalent.</p> <h2>59. Limit Your Online Browsing</h2> <p>A lot of apparel buys can be spur of the moment, especially when browsing online. If you find yourself wanting to buy every time you are window-shopping online, it's time to limit the habit and save some money.</p> <h2>60. Avoid Buying Just Because It's on Sale</h2> <p>Being blinded by the price can make any good shopper fall for a deal, despite whether they truly love or need an item. Remember, it's still not free even if it's cheap.</p> <h2>61. Get Fashion Guidance</h2> <p>Magazines have become smarter about appeasing their target audience by including great clothing finds on a budget. Check out reads, like <a href="http://www.luckymag.com">Lucky</a>, <a href="http://www.realsimple.com">Real Simple</a>, and <a href="http://www.redbookmag.com">Redbook</a>, which always have great money-saving clothing tips.</p> <h2>62. Clean Out Your Closest</h2> <p>Cleaning out your closet can create extra income if you have clothes to resell. Secondly, you may discover great finds you didn't know you had. And lastly, simplifying your closet can make you work with what you have so you don't need to buy more.</p> <h2>63. Have Patience</h2> <p>Having patience to hold out for sales will really help your wallet. Check with retailers as to their upcoming sale schedule or ask salespeople when they usually do markdowns during the week.</p> <h2>64. Buy Timeless Classic Pieces</h2> <p>Investing in timeless items that won't go out of style is key to building a good wardrobe and saving money over time. Classic suits, blazers, and button-downs are good pieces that always work.</p> <h2><h>65. Use Helpful Shopping Apps </h></h2> <p>Gain some cost-saving benefits with a number of clothing apps. Examples include <a href="http://www.stylishandcool.com/">Stylish Girl and Cool Guy</a>, which let you take pictures of your wardrobe to shop your own closet, while <a href="http://www.shopkick.com">Shopkick</a> can earn you kicks (points) towards free gift cards when you visit retailers, scan items, or make purchases.</p> <h2>66. Manage Hems</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hem.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you learn how to sew a simple hem, you can save money on tailoring and repairs. However, if you are not handy with a needle and thread, try double-stick hem tape to easily change pant lengths or make repairs.</p> <h2>67. Stick With Favorite Retailers</h2> <p>Besides earning loyalty benefits, sticking with one store where you know exactly how things will fit you, trust the quality, and know the return policy can be a great way to always make good purchases.</p> <h2>68. Buy Fewer, Nicer Things</h2> <p>Simplifying your wardrobe can end up saving you in the long run by avoiding frivolous purchases and an overstocked closet that costs more, despite being full of cheaper items. Check out stores, like <a href="http://www.cuyana.com/">Cuyana</a>, whose fewer, better things mentality aims to save you in the long run.</p> <h2>69. Rinse Bathing Suits After Use</h2> <p>To make your swimsuits last longer, be sure to rinse your suit or soak it in cold tap water to help remove chemicals, lotion, and other oils, which can damage or fade the fabric.</p> <h2>70. Shop Etsy</h2> <p>If you can't make your own clothing, there is definitely a shop on <a href="http://www.etsy.com">Etsy</a> that can. While there are certainly some pricey items, there are also a slew of extremely affordable apparel finds.</p> <h2>71. Use Ebates</h2> <p>Earn some cash back by clothes shopping through <a href="http://www.ebates.com">Ebates</a>. Simply click through the Ebates site to your retailer, and receive a check or PayPal deposit for cash back on your purchases.</p> <h2>72. Get Student Shopping Deals</h2> <p>If you are a student, be sure to take advantage of great clothing deals offered by <a href="http://www.studentuniverse.com/deals/clothing">Student Universe</a>. Or, if you are in a well-known store, don't be afraid to ask if they offer student discounts if you have your student ID with you.</p> <h2>73. Avoid Similar Items</h2> <p>Maybe you love blue so much that you have a ton of blue items dominating your wardrobe. Vary it up and stop wasting precious apparel dollars on repeat items that don't extend your wardrobe.</p> <h2>74. Go on a Clothes Spending Freeze</h2> <p>If you desperately need to curb your clothing spend, try giving yourself a spending freeze for a set period of time. While this may be hard to do, it can get a bad habit in check and make your prioritize your future purchases.</p> <h2>75. Don't Over-Wash</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wash.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Another way to make clothes last and save money is by not over-washing them. Items like jeans can get multiple wears before throwing them in the washer, as can many other garments. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead?ref=seealso">You're Washing Your Clothes Too Much!</a>)</p> <h2>76. Time Shopping for the Biggest Sale Events</h2> <p>Some stores have frequent promotions, but others have semi-annual and annual events that are worth waiting for. Try retailer events, like <a href="http://www.nordstrom.com">Nordstrom's</a> Half-Yearly sale or <a href="http://www.victoriassecret.com/">Victoria Secret's</a> semi-annual sale.</p> <h2>77. Buy Cheaper Workout Gear</h2> <p>While certain workout clothes with special fabrics are worth the cost for certain activities, make sure you don't go overboard when other cheaper alternatives could work just as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-workout-clothes-are-worth-splurging-on-and-which-arent?ref=seealso">Which Workout Clothes Are Worth Splurging On</a>)</p> <h2>78. Ask for Clothes as Gifts</h2> <p>If you have relatives or friends who want to know what they can get you for your birthday or holidays, ask for clothes. However, be sure to keep the tags on and look for gift receipts if fit or style becomes an issue.</p> <h2>79. Buy Only What You Need</h2> <p>Imagine how much money you could save if you only bought what you truly needed instead of also what you want. Try following this rule for a couple of months to see how much you save.</p> <h2>80. Shop eBay</h2> <p>Search around on <a href="http://www.ebay.com">eBay</a> for great deals on new, gently used, and vintage clothing items from a variety of sellers.</p> <h2>81. Use Reward Credit Cards</h2> <p>If you must pay for clothing with credit cards, make sure your card <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">gives you rewards</a> for shopping certain retailers. Check out your card's online shopping mall to make sure you aren't missing out on extra points or cash back.</p> <h2>82. Do Smart Vacation Shopping</h2> <p>Be mindful of vacation shopping, which can lead to apparel splurges. That said, if you are in a place where desirable items or brands are made domestically, you might score cheaper finds than you could at home.</p> <h2>83. Air-Dry Items</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/airdry.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Get garments to last a lot longer, plus save money on energy costs by skipping the dryer when you can. If air-drying creates stiff clothes, partially dry items in the dryer and then line dry for the remainder of the time.</p> <h2>84. Do Jean Repairs</h2> <p>Whether your jeans were cheap or cost a fortune, finding the perfect pair is often not easy, so repairing a pair you love can definitely be worth it. You can learn to <a href="http://www.rawrdenim.com/2012/10/how-to-a-simple-guide-to-diy-denim-repairs/">DIY denim repairs</a> or invest a bit in a tailor or <a href="http://www.denimtherapy.com">professional jean repair service</a> to fix your favorite jeans.</p> <h2>85. Try at-Home Dry Cleaning</h2> <p>Try saving some money by doing your dry cleaning at home. <a href="http://www.dryel.com/">Dryel</a> or other <a href="http://nymag.com/guides/everything/at-home-dry-cleaning-2012-10/">in-home dry cleaning kits</a> can save big on professional cleaning.</p> <h2>86. Don't Lose Socks</h2> <p>It's no fun wasting money on new socks just because one perfectly good one got lost in the wash. To avoid missing mates, wash all socks in a small lingerie bag or hold them together with a clothespin or clip in the wash.</p> <h2>87. Never Buy Full Price</h2> <p>Hold yourself to never paying full price on a piece of clothing. With so many chances at sales, discount apparel, and other ways to save, you can reside yourself never to pay the full ticket price.</p> <h2>88. Get Off-Season Finds</h2> <p>Besides finding deals at the end of the season, make sure to look for off-season deals as well. Winter coats during a heatwave in July are out there, and they are usually a steal as nobody is thinking about them.</p> <h2>89. Change Out of Your Expensive Items</h2> <p>It's wise to change out of your expensive clothes at the end of the day. Once home, things like chores, playing with the kids, or even just eating dinner can cause stains or pulls that harm your precious items.</p> <h2>90. Know How to Repair Buttons</h2> <p><img width="605" height="342" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/buttons.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Fixing buttons is about the most common and simple fix you can learn to keep your clothes in the mix and save money. Also, be sure to save the extra buttons that often come with new clothes.</p> <h2>91. Avoid Social Shopping</h2> <p>Be mindful of shopping as a leisure or social activity with friends, as you may be more apt to buy just because others are.</p> <h2>92. Shop Thursday Sales</h2> <p>Many retailers, like department stores, start weekend sales events on Thursday evenings. Beat the rush and have your pick of the best deals at this time.</p> <h2>93. Pause Before Buying</h2> <p>If you are tempted to make a buy, try to wait and come back to it later. If you aren't still dreaming about the item after some time away, then skip the purchase. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-ways-to-stop-impulse-buying?ref=seealso">9 Simple Ways to Stop Impulse Buying</a>)</p> <h2>94. Pay With Cash or Always Pay Off Credit Card Purchases</h2> <p>There's no need to make your clothing purchases cost more by paying interest if you carry balances on your credit cards. Make it a rule to pay in cash or don't buy unless you can pay off your card charges every month.</p> <h2>95. Touch Up With Black Sharpies</h2> <p>Extend the use of certain items and save money by using a black sharpie to touch up scuffs on things, like black shoes, purses, or jackets.</p> <h2>96. Avoid Buying Standouts</h2> <p>Like overly trendy items, be wary about buying very flashy items or an obvious piece. Some items like these don't get that much wear as people don't want to repeat them again because they are so recognizable or memorable.</p> <h2>97. Shop Around for Big Buys</h2> <p>Take the time to price shop when looking for high-ticket items. Any savings on expensive goods can be worth it, and it's always wise not to rush into a big purchase.</p> <h2>98. Take Inventory</h2> <p>Spending a little time to take inventory of your closet can give you good insight into your shopping habits, and what you may be buying too much of. It can also identify real gaps in your wardrobe and help you shop more strategically in the future.</p> <h2>99. Use Sales Associates</h2> <p>If you befriend a sales associate, not only can you avoid getting upsold, but they can also hunt out the best deals in the store for you, which you may have missed.</p> <h2>100. If You Splurge, Make It an Important Piece</h2> <p>Be smart about where you make your biggest fashion splurges. Nice dress coats, suits, dress pants, and even some jeans are all items that everyone will notice and can greatly improve your overall look.</p> <h2>101. Practice Restraint</h2> <p>Perhaps one of the hardest rules to follow if you are a clothes horse, but starting a new habit by limiting your purchasing when out or skipping the stores all together is the surest way of saving money on clothing.</p> <p><em>That was quite a list! Let us know if you use any of these tips when you clothes shop or if you have some good ones of your own to share.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-buy-in-bulk">10 Things You Didn&#039;t Know You Could Buy in Bulk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bargains clothes discounts fashion Fri, 23 May 2014 08:36:20 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 1140200 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Simple and Stylish DIY Clothing Projects for Women http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/clothes-484289805.jpg" alt="clothing" title="clothing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to update and personalize your closet without spending much cash? Before donating or tossing your old or unworn items, check out these 20 genius tutorials guaranteed to jazz up your existing wardrobe on the cheap. There are projects for the complete novice (like me) to enjoy, but I've also included a few more advanced items to keep more experienced stitchers happy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big?ref=seealso">Make Your Clothes Last Longer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Maxi Skirt</h2> <p>All you need is some jersey fabric, 15 minutes, and the skills to do one stitch to make this cute <a href="http://www.stilettosanddiapers.com/2013/02/DIYMaxiSkirt.html">maxi skirt</a>. It goes well with more casual outfits but dresses up nicely.</p> <h2>2. Galaxy Shirt</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.autostraddle.com/how-to-own-it-the-queer-grrls-guide-to-the-galaxy-149697/">galaxy shirt</a> is definitely artistic. You'll bleach some spots of a dark shirt and then use sponges and a toothbrush to paint the rest. For a video of a similar look, check out <a href="http://blog.boatpeopleboutique.com/projects/diy-nebula-galaxy-print">this tutorial</a>.</p> <h2>3. Shirt Dress</h2> <p>This <a href="http://cubicdreams.blogspot.com/2010/04/dress-from-shirt.html">upcycled men's shirt dress</a> takes some sewing skills, but it looks worth the effort. I like how the tutorial isn't too technical, though.</p> <h2>4. Boxy T-Shirt Scarf</h2> <p>Whether you're looking to hold onto some memories or just add a new, eclectic accessory to your wardrobe, this <a href="http://makezine.com/craft/t-shirt_memory_scarf/">t-shirt scarf</a> fits the bill. It's also a great way to clear out your closet!</p> <h2>5. Loopy T-Shirt Scarf</h2> <p>My best friend made me this beautiful <a href="http://www.mrkate.com/2012/01/29/diy-t-shirt-scarf-remix-with-your-photos/">t-shirt scarf</a> for my birthday last year. I always get lots of compliments on it!</p> <h2>6. Bow Tie Top</h2> <p>This simple <a href="http://sweet-verbena.blogspot.com/2011/07/simple-bow-tie-top-tutorial.html">bow tie top</a> is a good introductory sewing project and would go with jeans or skirts. Though the tutorial is for sewing from scratch, I think an old shirt (cut to size) and a thick ribbon would work just as well.</p> <h2>7. Elastic Waistband Dress</h2> <p>This next project &mdash; the <a href="http://blog.megannielsen.com/2010/06/diy-fridays-how-to-make-an-elastic-waistband-dress/">elastic waistband dress</a> &mdash; is great if you have an old tank top and rogue yard of fabric you need to use. The author notes this dress works well for regular wear and maternity.</p> <h2>8. T-Shirt Skirt</h2> <p>File this one under super simple: A <a href="http://rockiescrafts.blogspot.com/2011/05/5-minute-t-shirt-skirt.html">5 minute no-sew skirt</a> from a t-shirt. I want one in every color.</p> <h2>9. Cutoff Shorts</h2> <p>Retail giant American Eagle shows readers how to make <a href="http://blog.ae.com/2013/08/08/diy-turn-your-aeo-jeans-into-shorts/">diy cutoff shorts</a>, but I'm sure this tutorial works with any type of denim. Just make sure you cut below the inseam!</p> <h2>10. Trendy Shorts</h2> <p>Save yourself $60 and enhance your old denim by it into <a href="http://ovoxoc.hubpages.com/hub/Custom-made-shorts-trend-3">trendy shorts</a>. The best part: You can decorate them to fit your own style, not some designer's. The author made nine pairs for less than $10.</p> <h2>11. Copycat Sweater</h2> <p>I love a good copycat pattern. The author of this <a href="http://www.iheartnaptime.net/anthropologie-inspired-sweater/">Anthropologie-Inspired Sweater</a> says her top cost only $8 versus the $88 of the store version. I'm a sucker for a ruffled hem.</p> <h2>12. Sweater Slippers</h2> <p>The temps may have warmed up considerably, but I still like <a href="http://www.ecouterre.com/recycle-an-old-sweater-into-a-pair-of-cozy-slipper-socks-diy-tutorial/">sweater slippers</a> for those unexpected chilly mornings. It's a fine way to upcycle a sweater that has pilled.</p> <h2>13. Bina Wrap</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.finecraftguild.com/womens-cardigan/">Bina Bianca Wrap</a> is a really versatile, loose cardigan. A light jersey fabric would make this piece comfy for cool summer evenings.</p> <h2>14. No-Sew Cardigan</h2> <p>If you have an old sweater you no longer wear, try changing it into a cardigan with this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Sew-Old-Sweater-into-a-New-Cardigan/">no-sew method</a>. I am a huge fan of iron-on hemming tape.</p> <h2>15. Belly Band</h2> <p>Pregnant ladies will love this <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/07/maternity-diy-make-a-belly-band.html">DIY Belly Band</a>. It allows you to wear your &quot;normal&quot; jeans as you grow and, therefore, save money.</p> <h2>16. Wrap Dress</h2> <p>This gorgeous no-sew <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/08/maternity-diy-make-a-wrap-dress-1.html">Wrap Dress</a> is labeled as a maternity tutorial, but its flowing design would work for any woman's shape. The braided details are my favorite part!</p> <h2>17. Tulle Skirt</h2> <p>Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw by making this voluminous <a href="http://mariajustdoit.blogspot.com/2013/02/tulle-skirt.html">Tulle Skirt</a>. If you bulk up the layers of tulle, it might even make an adorably frugal wedding dress or bridesmaid dress option.</p> <h2>18. Peplum Top</h2> <p>Grab a old t-shirt several sizes up and sew together this hip <a href="http://blog.boatpeopleboutique.com/diy-peplum-top-from-xl-tee-shirt">Peplum Shirt</a>. This video tutorial requires some sewing, but I like how the pattern is loose.</p> <h2>19. Lace Shorts</h2> <p>The secret base underneath these <a href="http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-lace-shorts/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+honestlywtf+(HonestlyWTF)">Lace Shorts</a>? White boxers! From there, you can customize them any way you want.</p> <h2>20. Embellished Top</h2> <p>Connect with the artist within you by making this surprisingly sophisticated <a href="http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-12-22T20:21:00-08:00&amp;max-results=20">Puffy Paint Top</a>. You can go as simple or complicated as you can handle.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite DIY clothing project? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-and-frugal-diy-clothes-you-can-make-for-your-kids">20 Cute and Frugal DIY Clothes You Can Make for Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">Blood, gore and hairy warts; a DIY Halloween makeup guide.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living clothing DIY fashion Wed, 21 May 2014 09:00:28 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1139949 at http://www.wisebread.com 21 Frugal Ways to Make All Your Outfits Look Awesome http://www.wisebread.com/21-frugal-ways-to-make-all-your-outfits-look-awesome <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/21-frugal-ways-to-make-all-your-outfits-look-awesome" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fashion-452055463.jpg" alt="women posing" title="women posing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking like a million bucks doesn't necessarily have to cost that much. These simple and easy tricks can be integrated to your <strong>#ootd</strong> (outfit of the day) routine to make a vibrant statement with just a few snips and clips, using the wardrobe you already have. It's all about learning to pair the right items together, figuring out unique ways to repurpose and embellish basic pieces and most importantly, accessorizing with the right colors and patterns. All of these fashion statements can be inexpensive and take only a few minutes, if that.</p> <h2>1. Spice Up Your Sandals</h2> <p>Add some flare to your plain old sandals by <a href="http://misskristurner.com/2012/07/24/diy-gladiator-wrap-sandals/">cutting up a sarong</a> and wrapping it around the vamp of your sandals and around your ankles. This simple addition can spice up any plain summer or spring outfit.</p> <p><img width="174" height="125" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image18.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="174" height="125" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image19.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="190" height="125" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image05.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>2. Cut It Out</h2> <p>Take an old maxi skirt that's lost its charm and cut it up to create a high fashion, <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/16114511139211659/">runway inspired skirt</a> by adding your choice of fabrics and ruffles.</p> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image20.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>3. Reconstruct an Old T-shirt</h2> <p>Take an oversized T-shirt and turn it into a trendsetting <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/125960120802056886/">crop top dress with cutouts</a> and a twisted keyhole above the waist.</p> <p><img width="144" height="238" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image17.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="144" height="238" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image33.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="195" height="238" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image02.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>4. Embellish</h2> <p>Turn a casual tank top into a stylish spring fest by <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/513551163730557427/">sewing or gluing a strip of daisy embellishments</a> to it.</p> <p><img width="500" height="500" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image35.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>5. Decorate With Clip-Ons</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/257408934924481237/">Transform your shoes</a> with a click of a clip and instantaneously go from a day to night look in seconds.</p> <p><img width="605" height="492" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image32.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>6. Add a Belt Over a Coat or Jacket</h2> <p>Feeling a little chilly but still want to look fabulous over the coat? <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/282530576596989401/">Add a belt over the layers</a> to seal the deal.</p> <p><img width="404" height="605" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image27.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>7. Repurpose a Scarf</h2> <p>Turn your <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/270849365063686346/">scarf into a beautiful headpiece</a> and channel your inner Audrey Hepburn. Add your personal style to it by adding a bow, lace, or other frill on the top or side to complete the look.</p> <p><img width="495" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image14.png" alt="" /></p> <h2>8. Mix Up Prints</h2> <p>Think outside the box and combine two <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/293226625710587737/">opposing prints</a> to create a bold and sassy outfit. Some great groupings include <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/366691594631942897/">florals with stripes</a>, animal prints with lace, and denim with Aztec patterns.</p> <p><img width="321" height="482" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image00.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="279" height="482" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image01.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>9. Pair Denim With Denim</h2> <p>Toss out the typical T-shirt and jeans look and go for <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/514043744938677716/">denim-on-denim</a>. You can create a nice color block effect by mixing lighter shades with darker ones and accessorizing to taste.</p> <p><img width="400" height="400" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image21.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>10. Make a Statement in Printed Hose</h2> <p>Spice up a solid colored outfit by adding a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/195554808793400826/">printed pair of pantyhose</a> that becomes the focal point and stands out in any crowd!</p> <p><img width="352" height="605" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image23.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>11. Pick the Right Frames</h2> <p>Add the perfect pair of sunnies to compliment your face by <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/48765608437899331/">choosing the right one for your face</a> shape.</p> <p><img width="605" height="567" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image24.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>12. Add a Floral Headpiece</h2> <p>To <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/262686590739316071/">soften up an outfit</a> and create an ethereal look, consider adding a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/48765608439341423/">floral headpiece</a>.</p> <p><img width="259" height="300" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image29.jpg" /> <img width="200" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image31.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>13. Tank-Formation</h2> <p>Turn a tank into a feminine <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/279152876877156593/">off-the-shoulder top</a> by cutting off the sleeves and tying two knots on one side. No sewing required.</p> <p><img width="342" height="400" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image34.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>14. Add a Rope Belt</h2> <p>Use a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/463659724108470069/">rope</a> or a <a href="http://www.wendyslookbook.com/2011/07/scarf-day-alexander-mcqueen-scarf-shirtdress/">scarf as a belt</a> with any loose top or dress to accentuate your waistline and create the illusion of an hourglass figure.</p> <p><img width="266" height="400" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image26.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="265" height="400" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image22.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>15. High-Waist, High Fashion</h2> <p>High-waist fashion has been all the rage for the last couple of years and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Say &quot;Bye Felicia!&quot; to old mom jeans by reinventing them into <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/508695720382710542">high-waisted shorts</a> you can wear all summer long.</p> <p><img width="190" height="115" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image09.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="171" height="115" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image25.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="214" height="115" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image03.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>16. Wear Knee High Socks With a Dress</h2> <p>Remodel your short dresses in colder climates by adding <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/60939401181566210">knee high socks</a> to your outfit. It's a great way to <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/461267186806163304/">keep warm and be in vogue</a> at the same time.</p> <p><img width="278" height="400" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image10.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="267" height="400" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image08.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>17. Stack Your Bling</h2> <p>Bling at its best! One of the easiest ways to take an outfit from drab to fab is to <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171770173259647486/">stack your bracelets</a>, watches, and bangles to create a killer arm party.</p> <p><img width="605" height="398" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image06.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>18. Add Buttons</h2> <p>For an extra textured design and spunk, you can <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/478366791640274752">add buttons</a> to almost anything; tops, shoes, jeans, dresses, <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/252834966554143156/">belts</a>, and more.</p> <p><img width="237" height="200" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image04.png" alt="" /> <img width="283" height="200" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image13.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>19. Add a Pop of Neon</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/267542034085882594/">Adding neon</a> to your outfit is a fun way to <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/182677328606042105">draw more attention</a> to the rest of <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/292804413244721344">your ensemble</a>.</p> <p><img width="175" height="270" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image12.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="180" height="270" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image30.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="180" height="270" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image15.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>20. Metalicize Your Shoes</h2> <p>Create a trendy <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/257408934925792991/">metallic toe cap in minutes</a> by adding spray paint to your solid colored heels.</p> <p><img width="429" height="362" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image28.png" alt="" /></p> <h2>21. Go for a Colored Blazer</h2> <p>For a more conservative yet chic outfit, go for a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/360499145144608391/">colored blazer</a> rather than the typical black or grey blazer. A <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/391531761325726544">vibrant colored blazer</a> can be the perfect finishing touch to a cocktail dress or act as a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/307933693243271435/">transitional piece</a> to throw on after work to go on a date.</p> <p><img width="167" height="250" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image07.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="225" height="250" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image11.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="179" height="250" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image16.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>How do you make an outfit look awesome? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nayri-leanna-gregor">Nayri Leanna Gregor</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-frugal-ways-to-make-all-your-outfits-look-awesome">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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