Saturday, August 1, 2009

Recessionista Style

Maybe some of you Fashionistas out there have cut back on your spending and as a result are experiencing new clothes withdrawal. The side effects of which include boredom with your wardrobe and an overwhelming itch to shop.

Well, the good news is, there is a cure! It's called being fashionably frugal. I'm not just talking about shopping outlet malls, discount department stores, and sample sales. There are other more creative ways, to re-vamp your wardrobe. And the best part is, none of them will result in a spending hangover the next day.

Tip #1: WORKING WITH WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVEOne of the easiest ways to add something new to your wardrobe is to update the items in your closet now. You know, all the pieces of clothing you're not wearing for whatever reason. Maybe you've lost some weight and some things just don't fit the way they used to. Well, if you love them, take them to a tailor and get them altered so they do fit again. It's not that hard, and relatively inexpensive too. As for those items that are a bit outdated, or you are just bored with, there is hope as well. With just a bit of creativity and some pretty basic sewing skills, you can create some new pieces in no time. For example, add some lace trim or a ruffle to that simple A-line skirt you've been wearing year after year. Or go buy some funky new buttons to give last years winter coat a new look.

So, you've gone to the tailor and had your old clothes taken in, and maybe even done some clothing alterations yourself. But you want more! What about shopping for some old clothes? No, that's not a typo. I'm talking about shopping thrift and consignment stores.
If you can be patient, and endure some serious foraging, you can come away with some great treasures. I'll never forget the time I found a designer dress that normally would retail for at least three hundred dollars, and I got it for ten dollars! And the original tags were still attached! By the way, thrift and consignment stores are great places to snatch up some cool accessories, like jewellery, belts, and bags.

Tip #3: GO SHOPPING IN YOUR FRIENDS CLOSETSNo doubt, this is the least expensive way to get your hands on some new stuff, and possibly the most fun. Hosting a clothing swap with your friends (and friends of friends) is a great party where you get to leave with the best loot bag ever! New clothes! Each guest brings fashionable and gently worn items that no longer fit, or that they no longer want or need, and “swaps” them for new stuff. Add in some sushi and a martini bar, and you've got the best girls night in EVER!

So, there you have it. Just a few ideas to give all of you Fashionistas out there some inspiration and hope that you can still continue to update your wardrobe. It may take some extra effort and creativity, but you can give in to your clothing cravings. Remember, just because your purse is feeling a little lighter these days doesn't mean you have to suffer through a fashion famine.


  1. Hey! Can you recommend some good consignment & vintage stores please? I already know of Cabaret Vintage on Queen St W for cocktail dresses, wedding and formal parties. Kensington Mkt has its fair share of vintage but...going through them seems like a junky time!

  2. It would be my pleasure!I am not sure of your style preference and whether you are looking for designer for less, or just one of a kind here's some of my faves in your city.

    1) Common Sort (Riverdale area)
    804 Queen St E,(416) 463-7678

    2)Second Nature Boutique (Mt. Pleasant area)
    514 Mount Pleasant Road,(416) 481-4924

    3)The Cat's Meow
    180 Avenue Rd.,(647) 435-5875

    4) 69 Vintage
    1234 Bloor Street West, (416) 516-1234

    Good Luck and Happy Shopping!



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