Cheap Chic Fashion, High Fashion? Why Not?


You love to recreate a runway style to get the designer look without the designer’s price tag. You sometimes shop designer’s vintage. You love bargain shopping. You can spot high quality by looking at the craftsmanship instead of relying on the designer’s label. If this sounds familiar to you, you seem like you do have the high style taste but you might have not realized that there is an inner cheap chic fashion in you.

While the rest of the world embracing this trend, including your favorite retailers, would you buy the designer’s collection if they are mass distributed? How do you find the real bargain? How do you spot the sophisticated cheap chic and not be fooled by buying the apparel that is merely cheap? And the most important of all is how do you decide what to buy and what not when there are so many cheap stuff and all designers owned?

Here are some tips for you that work for me and hopefully it will work for you as well:

1. What to buy. By being surrounded by the fashion-savvy discount department stores and retailers, you probably would upgrade your wardrobe more often than you might have expected. Don’t make a drastic change. Keep your own unique style by getting just the important cheap chic pieces to achieve the more updated look.

2. Where to buy. From your experience, keep in mind which retailers serve you the best with their cheap chic collection, best price and service. Loyalty pays. You might want to be on their member list and be the first ones to know about their clearance event. If it’s a small boutique, there is a chance that you might get a bigger discount than anybody else.

3. When to buy. Timing is important to steal the deal on cheap chic items. Try to keep up to date with the sales and bargain by using your most convenient media. Mine is internet and try to memory or put in your calendar when they usually have their annual or semi annual or their biggest sale event. That way you know whether you have to wait to buy or not.

4. How to buy. Stick with just the important pieces that you need. Remember the cost per wear, if you buy to many sale items that you would use only once, you might not actually save any money.

5. Why to buy. Fashion evolves but the trend sometimes rotates. By buying just the important pieces you can update your wardrobe without robbing the bank. If you buy good quality cheap chic apparel they definitely can be a great investment for the future when the trend is back in fashion.

Shopping can be tiring sometimes, physically and mentally. You could succumb to impulse buying and low tags instead of buying what you needed or wanted. Over the years I monitored my buying patterns and each year I tried to come up with a good shopping habit that shape me to be a smart shopper. These are some of the things I have to know before I hit the stores:

1. Missing important pieces. I store my clothes by the color. Some even are stored as coordinated semi ready outfits (layer of tops) to make sure that I just keep the clothes that work for me and I still can wear. This helps you in putting away your unwanted and unfit clothes and giving more room for the new ones.

2. The it list. By creating a fashion wish list you know what you want to buy when the time arrives. Write down as many as you want and as time goes the list would shrink down as you know which ones are the best for you and your budget.

3. Store policy. Avoid paying for something that you can’t use or getting a penalty or additional fee from it.

4. Time efficiency. Call ahead of time if you need to make a trip to a store. Make sure you come on the right day and you know that the item will wait for you. If it’s on first come first serve basis, you have no other choice other that run to the store ASAP.

If you’re wondering what deal sites that I check regularly (some even have news feed feature available), here they are for your reference:

* http:/forums.slickdeals.net/
* http:/www.mycoupons.com/boards/
* http:/www.fatwallet.com/forums/

My favorite discount retailers (I mostly find the great deals in the brick and mortar stores rather than at the online store), even though not limited to, are:

* Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s, JC Penney, Mervyn’s, Kohl’s, Target, Forever 21 (Gadzook, Heritage are owned by Forever 21)
Loehmann’s, ROSS, Ebay.com

For styles and latest trend in fashion and beauty I learn a lot from these sites and blogs:

* http:/www.net-a-porter.com/Content/Magazine/Contents
* http:/frugal-fashionista.blogspot.com/
* http:/www.purseblog.com/
* http:/stylebubble.typepad.com/
* http:/stylebytes.net/
* http:/www.styledash.com/
* http:/www.thebudgetfashionista.com/
* http:/beautyaddict.blogspot.com/
* http:/www.catwalkqueen.tv/
* http:/www.secondcitystyle.com/

*image from target.com