Financial guru Suze Orman calls us the "Young, Fabulous & Broke." I prefer "The Broke & The Beautiful," but whatever you call it, I have to admit that I am one of those people determined to look good even if my bank account looks like crap.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not condoning shopping instead of paying your bills. That's stupid. But I'm a Southern gal and where I'm from dressing well is akin to having good manners and you don't have to break the bank to do so. With a little creativity you can look like a million bucks, even if you only spent $20.
So today I'm starting a new feature at Georgia Mae that I call the "The Frugal Fashionista." For all the other broke and beautiful babes out there I will share a few tips each week on how to look great for less. But let's remember that old saying that sharing is caring. Feel free to post your own tips too.
Today's post is about snagging designer duds on the cheap.
If you're a fan of the likes of Juicy Couture, DKNY and Betsey Johnson visit the site Shop It to Me as soon as you finish reading this post. Shop It To Me is a site that will alert you when your favorite designer clothing goes on sale. I only recently signed up because I figured I couldn't afford stuff by Marc Jacobs even if it's on sale. But today, for example, I got an alert for a Michael Kors top that's under $30 and you can also get alerts from places like Ann Taylor Loft, one of my favorite stores.
Girl on the "GO"
If Shop It To Me doesn't work out for you, there's always Target's GO International, an exclusive (and affordable), limited-time collection of items by hot international designers. Right now in Target stores you can find a special line of sophisticated gear by Scottish-born designer Jonathan Saunders. And don't forget about the special Vera Wang line available at Kohl's.
And last, but certainly not least, there's Bag, Borrow or Steal, the site that lets you rent designer handbags, jewelry and accessories. To be honest, I've never been too big on designer brands. If something looks good on me and I can afford it I'll buy it, whether or not it has a cool name on it. But I've been known to drool over a Michael Kors bag or two. I've never owned one, of course, because I'm living off a journalist's salary, but if you ever see me sporting one, you'll know how I pulled that off.
Now it's your turn. Got any tips on how to be fabulous and frugal?