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!
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