Jan 28 2008

Giveaway #2: How to Be a Budget Fashionista!


Welcome, readers of Bloggy Giveaways! I’ll be giving away at least three prizes this week. Here’s the second.

If you love looking great, but don’t want to break the bank, then you really need to read Kathryn Finney’s book, How to Be a Budget Fashionista: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous for Less.

Full of practical advice, this fun read makes an excellent guide for those of us who could use a little style help.

These tips will help you learn how to score great deals on clothes and accessories. Also, you’ll learn how to determine characteristics that make an item a quality piece. After all, it’s better to spend a little more on an item that will last a decade (and still look good) than to buy a cheap thing off the clearance rack that falls apart a few months later.

Kathryn’s book will help you learn how to shop smart. We can all use a little help on that front, can’t we?

Why not head over to her blog? She’s up for a Bloggie Award in the Best Fashion Blog category, and I’m sure she’d love your support. I hope she wins!

Want a chance to win the book, compliments of the author herself? Sure ya do! Here are the guidelines:

  • In the comments section below, write your favorite frugal fashion tip and/or tell us about the best (fashion) deal you ever got. Comments that just say "enter me, please" or something similar will be deleted. 
  • Be sure there is a way I can get in touch with you if you win. Entering your e-mail address in that spot on the form is a good idea. I won’t share your e-mail address with others—I’ll just use it to notify you if you’ve won.
  • U.S. addresses, only, please.
  • If you’d like a double entry to this contest, write about it on your blog and link back to this specific post. The trackback “ping” will let me know you entered.
  • All entries must be received by midnight Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 (EST). I will randomly select a winner and post about it and notify you on Saturday afternoon.
  • Head over to Bloggy Giveaways for hundreds of other giveaways going on this week!

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134 Responses to “Giveaway #2: How to Be a Budget Fashionista!”

  1. My favorite frugal fashion tip. Recycle old t-shirts and jeans into cute outfits you will wear. There are TONS of websites on this. I also buy old wool sweaters at thrift stores, felt them in the wash and remake them into something else. Hats, mittens, socks, bags, blankets, slippers, pillows. You name it! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!! Thanks!

    Check out my give a way also!

  2. I have six kids, so I hit the thrift stores and clearance racks. I think the absolute best deals are when a friend gives us hand me downs. That is such a blessing!

    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  3. I love the thrift stores! My best deal was an white silk crepe Armani couture suit for $7.50, my second best deal was a Tano alligator bag for $35.00. My frugal tip is if you can take the time…shop the bins at the thrift stores…you will have to search but I have found cashmere sweaters, designer tees, iIalian and French designer blouses of such fine fabrics that they sorta look like kids clothes in these bins and all they needed was gentle hand washing and steaming to look brand new. Try thrifts in big cities at the end of the seasons which is when rich women clean their closets out.

  4. I’m a big outlet shopper, especially for my kids’ clothes. I buy out of season items in a size that the kids can wear next year. I also price shop whenever I need something for myself. I look for sales and make sure I try several things before I buy.

    I think the book sounds great, I can’t wait to get some more tips! I’m linking your givaway on my blog!

  5. Well so far it’s the one i got last night!!! I went to JcPenny and got two $40.00 cable knit sweaters for $7.50! Yay me!

  6. My favorite frugal fashion tip is to keep your nails looking neat and clean. If you wear polish, make sure it isn’t chipped, and if you don’t like color, paint them clear. It can really polish off a look to make it complete.

  7. I once bought a Liz Claiborne blouse at Goodwill, never worn (still had the tags on it) and in style.

  8. Ross I love this store. There are always good buys for Brea and even for myself. When I get some baby weight off I have to start shopping at Rugged Warehouse again too.

  9. My favorite budget fashion tip relates to SHOES. Particularly trendy shoes. I have two pairs of shoes that I bought at Payless for like, $10 each, and every time I wear one of them I get compliments. Maybe they’re not the best-made shoes ever, but I’ve worn them both for a couple years each (you know, maybe once a week) and they still look cute and feel great! HisKids37@sbcglobal.net

  10. I love Ross and TJ Maxx–have the best deals.
    Best fashion deal was a designer purse that originally was $300, and I got it for $15…

  11. My best frugal tip is to snoop shop at the mall and then sew for myself so it actually fits properly! But first always check out what is in style this season by browsing. :)

  12. I think the best fashion deal I’ve got was a brand new pair of capris for $2. Not all that great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I shop at the local thrift stores.

  14. Shop discount stores like TJ Maxx or Steinmart – very good variety and you never know what you’ll find!

  15. I have found almost all of my skirts that I own from the Salvation Army. Some might think thrift stores are gross, but you really can find some great buys there!

  16. I shop consignment. I just started about 6 months ago and have been absolutely amazed at what great deals are out there. I don’t feel badly about trying out something a little outside of my comfort zone style-wise if I can get it for a good price and if I don’t like it I can reconsign it and get some of my money back.

  17. I had to get a pair of silver (yes…silver!) shoes to go with a bridesmaids dress for a wedding I was in. Amazingly enough, I actually found a pair of silver shoes in my size on clearance at Payless Shoes for $6!!! And they were comfortable to boot LoL!


  18. The best frugal fashion tip I have is to shop for children’s clothes at consignment sales. Please count me in. Thanks for hosting!

  19. Buy out of season, at the end of winter buy clothes for next year and at the end of summer stock up on swimming suits, tshirts, skirts, etc.

  20. My tip is to buy packages of one kind of sock. Why oh why do they run away? And why do my kids get holes in them?

  21. Always wear dark wash jeans – they’re slimming :)

    I’d love to be entered.

    If you haven’t already entered, I’m giving away two prizes: craft books & decorating books at my blog



  22. I like to buy accessories or clothing at flea markets/secondhand stores and then make them into something else. I’ve found that a basic wardrobe with a few standout pieces can be amazing with the right accessories.

  23. I’d love to be entered…I’m petite, so pants and flattering styles are hard to find.

    I love to shop the end-of-season bargain basement sales at places like Steinmart where I can get 5-6 quality name-brand items for less than $50, plus I always make sure to have a coupon for extra 20% off to make the most of my money.

    If only I knew what to buy that would actually flatter me!

  24. frugal fashion tip: wait a little bit – don’t by things when they first come out b/c they will eventually be on sale & by the time they are its time to wear those clothes anyway

    best fashion deal: shopping the first day at a new outlet mall – getting even more discounts

  25. My best fashion find would have to be my wedding dress. I found my dress that I wanted that was a $1000 dress, it was full of beading and had a long beaded train and bodice and I bought it for $350

  26. Coldwater Creek online! I try to shop their outlet sale when they have 70% off discount codes available! Yeah Baby!

  27. I try to buy things that I can swap around to make different outfits out of. Would love to get this book! Thanks!

  28. Well my favorite is having a sister the same size – double the wardrobe! But I also buy multi-purpose items, things that can be dressed up or down, and almost always on sale. SWEET giveaway, by the way! mamaredhead at gmail dot com

  29. Macy’s always has really good sales. I wait until they have one of their morning sales til noon and use coupons!

  30. I love to go to second hand/thrift stores and have gotton some really nice designer clothes there for rock bottom prices.

  31. My daughter is a fashionista and makes very little money, but always looks terrific. The best tip I got from her was to layer better quality items (found at resale shops) over cheaper quality ‘finds.’ If you have one focal piece, no one notices that the rest of the stuff isn’t couture!

  32. My best fashion tip is to get all your basic clothes t-shirts, regular longsleeve shirts etc cheap and spen a little extra money on nice coats, shoes and handbags. This gives you a more put together look and the things you are spending money on last a long time so you get your moneys worth.

  33. I am the ultimate bargain hunter, so my best Frugal fashion tip is to be thorough and patient. In order to find incredible deals, sometimes you have to dig through racks of things in order to find JUST THE right thing at the right price. Well worth it in the end.

    Stop on by, I have a little giveaway too.

  34. Not very creative but I like the garage sale and thrift store shopping.

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