8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion

You all know that I am holding many titles in my life. I am a wife, a teacher, a fashion blogger and most recently, a TV host. Since I started to host my segment I WANT HER CLOSET on TV20 Detroit and TV38, there are more and more people calling me #closetqueen. Lol! As long as it is not a drama queen, I am totally happy with it.

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

I have a pretty good closet/wardrobe and I have seen quite a few others. I’ve also actually been asked a few times to be someone’s personal shopper. I would love to do it but my life at this point is super busy and I just don’t have that time. And hopefully this post will help everybody who needs a few suggestions with how to build a nice wardrobe without dipping into their retirement savings.

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com  Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

Make sure to take notes for these 8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion, because it is all my hard earned experience and has already been life proven. Remember what I’ve told you before, I work hard at fashion so you don’t have to! πŸ˜‰ And don’t misunderstand what I am going to say. I want everybody to spend money wisely, but not just by cutting corners and saving every penny. I am also not planning to persuade you to break your bank account either. We need to just find the perfect balance in this tricky game.

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com  Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

A lot of people are high end fashion fans, and some are into mainstream. I am in the middle and love to mix high and low. So here are the rules I live by daily so I can have a better and better wardrobe with my teacher’s salary (Trust me, my salary is quite low compared with many people). If you are truly following these tips, after a few short years you will have a wardrobe that many women would dream of. πŸ˜‰

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com  Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

1. Investing in timeless, classic and classy pieces

I have written a post called 10 THINGS EVERY FASHIONABLE WOMAN SHOULD HAVE BY 30, so read it to see if you are working on it. πŸ˜‰

What are these cornerstone pieces that we should own?

First, a designer handbag that will never fail you.

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com  Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

My red LV bag does this job perfectly. I can wear it as a cross body when I am shopping or traveling, or take off the strap and use it as an evening clutch. I am sure you have seen me using this bag dozens of times. πŸ˜‰ This is my first real designer bag and I decided to go with red since I love color pops, and the style keeps it simple but elegant to ensure the bag can go with everything.

Petite spring 2016 fashion casual street style French Connection striped tee + Joe's jeans+ WHBM trench vest + nude lace up heels+ red Louis Vuitton bagPetite spring 2016 fashion casual street style French Connection striped tee + Joe's jeans+ WHBM trench vest + nude lace up heels+ red Louis Vuitton bag

2016 spring petite fashion harlem nights style yellow derby hat+ yellow vintage coat+ off white flappers dress + pearls necklaces + red Louis Vuitton

If you only can afford just one thing, I will suggest the classy designer handbag. You will use it everyday. Not joking. Of course if you have more budget you can work on more pieces.

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

2. Sell what you don’t wear!

I have a weird problem. I don’t like my closet overfilled. So if I buy more things, some of the old ones have to go. I have taken my things to some local thrift stores but I also like to sell the more desirable ones on POSHMARK. My username is @colorandgrace and you can see I am selling a lot of leather bags (Some are COACH/MK) since I invested in my designer handbags, I don’t use many of the others anymore.

3. Shop high end thrift stores

Find a wealthy area and look for their upscale resale and consignment stores. I found my MIU MIU black bag with the original tag still on and also with an extra 50% off because it had been listed more than 3 months. So I only spent less than $400 for a nearly $1600 brand new bag. You never know what you will find in these places and the best bargains may not even make it to a shelf or rack so check back often.

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com

What to wear on Fridays---Casual Chic style Yesstyle black Eloqueen - Hanky-Hem Chiffon Vest + graphic tee + Paige cropped jeans + Tom's booties + Miu Miu black bag

4. Buy out of season/ on sale/ clearance/ Online flash sale

I almost never pay full price. I scored my green Gucci flats when Neimen Markus had their big sale last winter. I got them at a very budget friendly 70% off.

Petite spring 2016 casual outfit fashion street style WHBM trench long vest + Joe's white jeans+ green Gucci flats + leopard print bag

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com

My Burberry scarf is from a HauteLook flash sale. I paid only about 20% of the retail price.

Michigan over 40 petite fashion blogger 2016 spring casual street style blog Ray Ban sunglasses + Burberry silk scarf + white Chelsea 28 button down shirt + Joe's cropped jeans + Steven Madden nude lace up heels + black peal choker + Red LV bag + black little monster fur bag chain

When I was in NYC, I stopped by Century 21 department store. I got this green LANVIN topp (original price is $915) and this MOSCHINO dress (original price is $1185) for just a little bit over $100 for each piece. Well I did almost freeze to death but for those kinds of savings a bit of danger is acceptable!

What to wear to an opera Lanvin green top + Rita and Phill Custom-Fit Skirts + Red LV bag + black Bethany Johnson bow sandal heels + Rayban sunglasses

2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses

And this black lace top from ARMANI I only paid $79.90 at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago.

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com  Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

5. Don’t buy it just because it’s on sale.

I know it sounds confusing. I just said buy it when it is on sale, but now I say don’t buy it because it is on sale. πŸ˜‰ My point is don’t buy anything just because it is cheap. You have to really love it. Remember, every penny counts when you are ready to buy a designer handbag. So skip those cheap deals and save up for a nice piece that you can use forever.

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com  Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

6. Stick to simple basics from luxury brands and buy mainstreams for trendy pieces.

You may not notice, but those basics with a great quality and cut, always make you look good. So spend more on basics from good manufacturers. You can always jazz them up with accessories, and the fabrics will hold up years longer than something made cheaply. You really do get what you pay for and those pieces are worth the money. But for a trendy piece, you can just opt to go with the cheaper brand. Now most of my low end, or some will call it fast fashion pieces are from sponsors. So I only spend money on the well made stuff. I do occasionally get high end stuff and I hope this will continue! πŸ˜‰

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com  Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

7. Buy clothes that fit now.

This is another typical error women make. And not just women. My husband has a box of clothes in the basement that will NEVER fit him. But he holds onto it for when they do invent that pill that changes beer into a weight loss potion! If the size does not fit, it doesn’t matter how pretty, how great the price, let it go. If your size changes later than go shopping again. You may find even better bargains.

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com  Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

8. If You Don’t LOVE It, Don’t Buy It.

I always pause and take one last critical look before I head for the check out line. This is where I ask myself, what is the number of this piece? If it is a 10 out 10, yes, I will buy it. If it is just a mediocre 6 or even 7, then I will put it back. Just spending my hard earned money doesn’t make me happy, but spending it wisely, and on pieces that I can’t wait to accessorize does! It’s like a competition between me and my budget and I LOVE to win! πŸ˜‰

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com  Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion at http://colorandgrace.com  Ray Ban sunglasses + Armani black lace blouse + DVF twigs necklace + red LV bag + Black wide leg cropped pants + Tahari lace up ballet flats + Movado watch

//Ray Ban sunglasses // Armani black lace blouse // DVF twigs necklace // red LV bag // Black wide leg cropped pants // Tahari lace up ballet flats // Movado watch//

You see? Spending money wisely is a kind of skill too. Now, good luck and happy shopping! πŸ™‚

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12 thoughts on “8 Tips on How to Spend Money Wisely on Fashion”

  1. These are great tips, Grace! I am getting better at putting things back that fit quite right and also not buying just because it is cheap. I also have been practicing purging my closet as I am finding things that don’t fit quite right…there are a lot of pieces in my closet like that, so as I discover them, out they go!

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  3. These are great tips, Grace! I use most of these techniques:-) I never ever buy things at full price either and I don’t buy things because their cheap or on sale. The only thing is I get attached to clothes so it’s hard to get rid of them, but I’m doing much better haha!

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  4. Grace this is such a wonderful post!! Thank you so much for all of your shopping tips. I have the same mindset when it comes to saving money and still having a wardrobe that I love. I am so incredibly happy for you and your success with your blog and TV hosting. That is so exciting and you deserve it! Your love for fashion shines through in your photos XOXO.
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