For the gals still shopping at the mall, they tend to be conventions for Charlotte Russe-loving teen best friends and rows of stores with names like Luscious. Which are all very interesting. However the clothes are cheap, but that doesn't mean you have to look cheap as well.
There’s no doubt that practicality and price trump brand and trend. So, why don’t our fashion magazines or “popular” websites mirror just that? Why does choosing the perfect cozy sweater for these winter months translate into a $800 sweater with a necklace that costs twice as much? Occasionally, we all should splurge on timeless pieces, it's a luxury that's needed for sanity. However, for everyday clothing, shopping at a cheap store is widespread and designers have picked up on it! For example, Prabal Gurung’s collection for Target is genius. Every single piece is flirty and bursting with femininity, and its easily transferable to all body types.
Therefore, it’s becoming quite clear that advertisements for $2000 outfits are not logical. And perhaps, the trend of many high profile designers collaborating with mega discount stores will become the new normal. One thing's for sure, the thrifty, fashion-savvy and classy shoppers are in every work space, and are on a budget. Following these few simple rules below, you won't have to compromise your personal style.
1. Stick to the basics. Cheap stores tend to over exaggerate the trends!
2. Target, Kohl’s,and K-Mart are your best friends. Your in-your-dreams designers now all sell products at these mega stores for VERY reasonable, and dare I say it, fashionable clothing. It's the way to go! Prabral Gurung’s collection for Target hit’s shelves February 10. Strappy and classic pointy heels make your inner ballerina shine through, and did I mention both are under $40?
3. When shopping at a cheap store, be aware of bejeweled things. They fall off. It’s a sure embarrassment when you’re dancing at your local pub and your diamonds are on the floor.
4. Hanging thread are a definite indicator that your clothes are cheap. Before you leave your house, cut any loose ends.
5. Wash your sort of like silk garments in cold water. The colors last longer. If you’re an overachiever, get them dry cleaned.
6. Plaid and traditional prints are your best friend. Stores like Eternity fashion do a great job with interpreting trends in the form of plaid.
7. Stay away from fake leather. Sorry, you can go to a consignment shoppe or thrift store for the real deal if you’re on a budget. Cheap leather will always be cheap leather that...makes noise.
8. Go for the body conscious blouses and dresses. Cheap stores do a good job flaunting the female figure. Pair your dress with a pair of Sigerson Morrison or DVF heels
9. Fake gold accessories? Definitely N-O.
10. Remember to have fun, and think outside the style box and not just the outfit on that mannequin that screams cheap.