I Must Confess…I’m a Fashion Cheapskate

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another week of the homemade confessional that is I Must Confess.

This week I’m going to be a dodgy fashion blogger and confess to how cheap I am when it comes to clothes and accessories.

I’m really cheap.

I’ll be honest and confess straight up that I can count on one hand the number of items of clothing I have bought for more than $50. And that list includes my wedding dress – I thought I better spend a little bit more than $50 more on that!

Honestly, I just can’t bring myself to pay lots of money for clothes and accessories – I just can’t.

I think it comes from being raised in a modest family who didn’t put much store on expensive clothes and accessories.

I’ve never lusted after brands nor have I been much of a fashion follower (except in the late 80’s when I REALLY wanted a bubble skirt or a rah-rah skirt – either would have satisfied my 13 year old self – alas, it was not to be…)

I buy on special at the end of season sales. Sure I’m usually a season behind but for the last few years anyway I have not been that fussed on what is supposedly in fashion anyway.

For instance, this summer should not have heralded the return of harem pants or happy pants – they were not attractive the first time around! And short denim shorts that show butt cheek or the bottom part of the pant pocket are not that attractive either…

I like simple, classic things that can be worn long after their “season” is over. I’m short so I try to keep away from lots of patterns and competing colours and ruffles.

I confess I buy most of my clothes at K-Mart, Big W, Crossroads and Target. I am happy to wait until things I like are on special and I will buy 2 of something if I like the fit and the look.

But being cheap doesn’t mean I look cheap – I have scored some awesome bargains over the years.

In the post-christmas sales I managed to get a $48 Target dress for free – it was supposed to have been half-price but the service assistant must not have scanned it through – when I got home it didn’t appear on my receipt which explained why my shopping that day was cheaper than expected…

A few years back I bought an Event dress from DFO for under $50 which I have worn to work with pride – it’s red and awesome and makes me feel confident and attractive.

I have also bought some lovely items on special at Big W – their Emerson range is great and I scored a classic dark green linen skirt recently for $10.

Last week I attended a local bloggers meet up and wore an ensemble that probably cost $50 all together.

I wore a Mix top ($3) and Mix jeans ($5) that I had bought on special at Coles, a pair of strappy Grosby sandals that I got for $30 (in a 2nd pair half price deal – they were the half price pair), earrings ($5) and bracelet ($8) from Big W and a necklace that I was given for a birthday a few years back.

I was not the best looking gal there, but I was complimented on my top and I didn’t look too bad – check out the photo for the proof:

Above from left – Rachael (Lady Daa Doo), Debbie (Debbie Robson), Me (in my Mix ensemble with Grosby and Big W accessories), Steph (Think Big Start Small), Alyssa (Sound Advice Horse Health), Caz (Mojito Mother) and Marissa (Beautifully Organised).                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo courtesy Newcastle Herald.

So, yes I’m a fashion cheapskate but that doesn’t mean I don’t care about how I look or that I don’t take pride in my appearance. It just means that instead of spending hundreds of dollars on clothes each month I can instead increase the number of Apple products in my life – upgrading to an iPad 3 is next on my list!

Do you care to confess to a fashion disaster or triumph? Are you a cheapskate like me or do you need to confess to a high fashion addiction? Either way, confess and let that weight fall off your shoulders. You will feel better afterwards, I promise!

The Rules…

– I Must Confess is a link up that will be happening every Sunday – a bit of a homage to my Catholic upbringing, in fact!

– The link will be live from 10pm Saturday night for the whole week.

– You can link up something old or new, we’re not fussy around here.

– Please go forth and share the comment love – it is bloggy crack after all!



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11 Responses

  1. Kate Sins says:

    Hehehe, i’m a bit the same. Actually most of the time I don’t spend a huge amount on clothes. Pre-christmas I got some end-of-season sales at Mix – $3 & $5 jeans! But then on thursday I bought a $250 dress… There’s not a lot of method in my madness!
    Kate Sins recently posted..Things I know… relief, sweet relief

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who buys a lot of things on the cheap. I have also bought the odd quality item for more than I normally spend – some years ago I invested a couple of hundred dollars on a cashmere coat from David Jones and I have never regretted that decision. On occasion it is worth it to pay a little more to get quality!

  2. I am a fashion cheapskate too! But I still like to look nice, and I think you can look great/trendy w/out spending hundreds on things. I usually hate paying more than $30 for anything, incl. shoes!!
    Aroha @ Colours of Sunset recently posted..Things I Know with @Singular_Insane

    • Kirsty says:

      I hear you Aroha – I just can’t justify big purchases for myself but nothing makes me happier than scoring a genuine bargain – that gives me a real buzz!

  3. Trish says:

    I am exactly the same – no fashionista but neat , tidy and practical. Plus a bargain hunter – I got a $59.95 light beige jacket for $10 on Friday and 2 $34.95 tops for $10 each.
    Just basics but nice !
    Unless I am at home I wear the daggiest ever clothes.
    Trish recently posted..Screwup Saturday and confessions of a diasterchef

    • Kirsty says:

      I love scoring a bargain Trish – you are clearly a woman after my own heart!

      After dressing up for 4 days each week for work I like not having to try to look good at home – come winter I’ll definitely be in tracky dacks here at home!

      Thanks for linking up this week.

  4. Ness says:

    Love it.I’m the same, but I have to keep up my reputation as a bogan,so that’s my excuse lol. You look great in the photo. Anyway label fashion can be over priced and over rated. A lot of it doesn’t even look that great on tall, skinny models let alone an average woman. My opinion anyway.
    Ness recently posted..T’is The Season To Be Jolly…Worried

    • Kirsty says:

      I completely agree. It makes it easy for me to be cheap as I’m not into brands or into the latest fashions – I do have more important interests to fund (ie our technological and geek obsessions!)

  5. My motto is: why pay full price? I’ve trained Miss 17 well, we were clothes shopping recently and I showed her a cute dress for $25, but she passed it over as she knew she could find other things for less money. We also love op shopping!
    Janet @ Redland City Living recently posted..My Go-To Fashion Accessory this season

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