The world can be a crazy place. Gas prices are soaring, home prices are skyrocketing, inflation is high ... let's face it, we all feel the need to be a little more frugal in times like these. But does frugality equal boring? Does thriftiness require fashion to take a backseat? Can I spend less and still look great?
Let us help you to navigate buying fashion this fast-changing economic environment and keep you looking and feeling great!
Fear of Recession
We all hear it in the news everyday: recession is looming. And naturally we all begin to cut back on our spending in order to prepare. In fact, according to this article at chainstoreage.com, Fast Fashion is one of the top categories that people are expected to reduce excess spending, with an estimated 28% reduction in spending, just behind dinning out (42% reduction), entertainment (33% reduction) and travel (30% reduction).
So, if you are like many other Americans, you are probably tightening your budget on "fast fashion" spending as well. But, if you are like us, being fashionable is a part of life! So how can we reconcile our love for fashion as well as do the smart thing and keep it within budget? We got some tips for you!
There is a reason "Fast Fashion" is called "Fast". We see it, buy it, wear it one time, and we are ready to move on to the next thing. Seriously, who wants to be seen out in the same dress that they just posted in their IG story last week? In fact, I'd venture to guess you could do a round through your closet and find plenty of items that haven't been worn in ages (I know I'm guilty).
So, with this in mind, we need to be smarter when we shop. Most of those "one-and-done" items in our closets are also some of the most expensive items. As we try to navigate this economic climate, we need to make sure we are getting the best bang for our buck! Meaning, spend the money on items we will get many uses out of. Before buying, think "How can I style this piece in different ways to make multiple unique outfits?"
Smart Buy #1 - Bralettes
For a perfect example, take a look at the Luna Bralette by JadyK. This bralette features crisscross straps in the front, and a long intricate lace at the bottom. The crisscross front straps can add some pop to any V-neck tee or low-cut dress, adding some extra style and breathing new life into some of those "one-and-done" items that may be hanging around in your closet. The lace is also long enough that you could even wear the Luna bralette as a top underneath a kimono or blazer during the summer months. Oh, and btw it's also supportive enough that you can wear it underneath your day-to-day clothes as a regular bra.
In other words, 1 item that can be worn over and over again and no one (but you) will ever know. Oh, and that bralette is going to cost you only a fraction of what you would pay for a regular top that you will wear 1 time.
Check out the whole JadyK lace bralette collection for lots of other fun, fashionable and affordable options!
Smart Buy #2 - The Basics
Camis, tanks, tees. Basics can be underrated in how much impact they actually make on the overall look of an outfit ... And it's not hard to find high quality basics at affordable prices.
For instance, at the price point of 1 blouse that you won't wear too often you can buy 2 or 3 tanks of different colors or styles. Rotate the different colored tanks multiple days a week either on their own or under a cute jean jacket or a coverup, and you have suddenly created several unique looks at an affordable budget. These can also be worn year-round, rather than a summer dress which will only be good for a few months.
Check out these tanks offered by JadyK as a great example!
Smart Buy #3 - Accessories
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!! There are endless accessories that can be found at great prices! Don't be afraid to venture out and try accessories that you haven't worn before either. Scarves, ankle bracelets, rings, the list goes on and on. Accessories can transform any outfit into something that looks and feels brand new!
Smart Buy #4 - Your own inventory (your closet)
We mentioned it before, but it's worth mentioning again. You probably have items stuffed away in your closet that you have completely forgotten about! Shop your own closet like you would your favorite boutique! You will be surprised at what you may find that you forgot you bought, and you may come with new ideas on how to pair your own things in unique ways!
Smart Buy #5 - Quality
Hey, just because you're buying with a new appreciation for budget doesn't mean you CAN'T buy a new cute summer dress or top. But resist the urge to go cheap for the sake of going cheap. Remember, you get what you pay for and buying low quality items may end up costing you more in the end. Be deliberate with your purchases and ensure you are getting something that you will actually get value out of, even if it means spending a little more.
But no matter how you decide to budget your fashion spending, JadyK has tons of affordable options to choose from, all with FREE SHIPPING. AND all BRALETTES are 20% off!