Learning how to have style while being on a getting-out-of-debt mission can feel daunting. If you’re suddenly living a frugal and thrifty life that means no more quick-trips to the mall to get the latest styles and it also means that the online shopping getting canned.
So, what do you do? Does no money really mean no style?
Here is my #1 Tip for Having Style on the Cheap!…
Get Rid of Clothes You Don’t Feel Great In
One of the things I started doing when I began the Spending Fast is that I got rid of clothes that I didn’t absolutely LOVE so if I didn’t feel REALLY AMAZING in it, it was out the door.
When you start to scale back with the spending getting rid of things can feel like the exact opposite of what you think you should do. There is a tendency to want to grip even tighter to what you do have, even if it’s no good. It’s easy to think, “Well, I know I won’t be able to buy new things anytime soon so I should probably keep this raggedy-ass shirt that makes me look like I just ate 10 cakes for breakfast”.
It’s also highly-likely that panic could set in (it did for me): “I might need this! I might not have anything to wear! What if I don’t have anything to wear! I really might not have anything to wear?!”
What happened when I got rid of the clothes I felt like crap in was that I found I felt so much better about my style. Everything that made the cut were items that I feel great in, all the clothes fit the way that they should and they just worked.
The fear of not having enough diminished once the focus shifted from paying attention to all that wasn’t working with my wardrobe to focusing on everything that was working with my wardrobe.
That simple shift in perspective made all the difference!
How do you have style without spending tons of money and is it possible to have a cute look without spending a lot? How do you make it work?
p.s. you might like this post on making inexpensive thrift and vintage items current