Walking the streets of New York you see all sorts of fashionistas.

There's the grunge goddess, the punk princess, the vintage vixen, and the put-together prepsters.

I do admit it's hard to keep up with the ever-evolving fashion in the city. In my best attempt to stay on top of the latest fashions, I turn to my friends, family, and my favorite consignment shops.


Here's the list I check off when my closet's looking a little dull:

  • Raid sister's closet. My older sister knows what to buy and when to buy. Fortunately for me, she also knows when to give away. Consider a swap with a friend or family member. What may seem old and out of date to you can be a fresh new addition to another. It's like the old saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."
  • Trade 'em in at the consignment shop. When recycling outfits you're not only doing good for the environment, but you're also doing good for your wallet. Most consignment shops offer money for clothes, although some offer an in-store discount instead. The best part about these stores is that you can get all your shopping done at once. Most offer antiques, books, furniture, and of course, clothing. These are fun places to be social, so grab your girlfriends and make a day of it. Just know your limit and don't go overboard. Some of my favorite shops are Buffalo Exchange (http://www.buffaloexchange.com/) and Plato's Closet (http://www.platoscloset.com/) -- chains that span east to west.
  • Don't feel guilty shopping high-end fashion. Designer clothes at a discount price, all in one place? Yes, please! You know the rule, "If it seems too good to be true it probably is?" Well, throw that out for a minute while you read the rest of this paragraph. T.J. Maxx (http://www.tjmaxx.com/), Marshalls (http://www.marshallsonline.com/), and Nordstrom Rack (http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-rack) offer amazing designer clothes, beauty products, and handbags at a discounted price. Check each store's website to find your nearest hotspot!

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Bring snacks but leave the plastic at home! Choose cash and take inventory of your clothes before you head out. I keep a running tab of things I believe I will need in the coming season.
  • Also, while you are out, don't be tempted to open up store credit just to get the 10% off. You'll get hooked and have a hard time leaving that card at home the next time you hit the mall.
  • It's also a good idea to shop with a friend who understands your financial situation and knows how to manage his or her finances. They will be honest with you about what you should or should not purchase. They can also give you advice on how something looks!

What are your frugal fashionista tips? What are your favorite places to shop on a budget?

Michelle Reed

Michelle is an ambitious college graduate from the Midwest relocating to New York City to pursue her career in Social Media Marketing. She is a contributing writer for the Just Graduated & Starting Out blog. Despite it being one of the most expensive cities in the world, Michelle feels that she will be able to succeed in the Big Apple with the financial tips and tricks she has learned throughout her college years. Follow her journey of budgeting, sacrificing, and ultimately surviving on an entry level salary in the city. Compensated CareOne Blogger.

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