James Lambridis

When it comes to fashion, many people think price is a signal of quality. From $400 Gucci sunglasses, to $800 Louboutin shoes, there is a misconception that one must break the bank to keep up with the latest fashion trends. The reality is that in today’s day and age, with an abundance of unique brands to choose from, you can stay hip and keep your hard earned money in your wallet or purse where it belongs. No longer do you have to spend your entire paycheck on that dress you will probably only wear once. We had the chance to speak with a couple of fashion experts to discuss the most economical ways to rock the latest fashion trends. When it comes to looking your best on a budget, DebtMD has you covered.

Styling on a Budget

There is a common perception in the fashion world that price is always a signal of quality. However, according to Senior Lingerie and Swimwear Designer at Fleur du Mal, Stephanie Ingilis, this may not always be the case. Ingilis explains, “A higher price point can usually signify better quality since most luxury brands use elevated materials for their products, but that definitely does not mean that you cannot find a quality product for less. Smaller brands that produce locally can often offer products of the same quality for a much lower price.” She also goes on to say that there are plenty of great places to shop for the latest fashion trends on a budget. “When it comes to saving money, I usually opt for retailers such as Zara, H&M and ASOS. I love shopping the sale sections of more expensive retailers and department stores like Bloomingdales, Shopbop, Revolve and Barneys. I have used rental websites in the past when looking for pieces that I know I will only wear once, like special occasion dresses. I am also a big believer in thrift stores- not only for buying items, but for selling pieces that I no longer use and putting that money towards purchasing something new.”

We also had a chance to speak with style and beauty expert Lara Eurdolian, the founder of Pretty Connected, one of the first ever beauty blogs in New York City. Since its inception, the blog has expanded into fashion, health, travel and lifestyle and has been featured in major publications such as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Cosmopolitan. When asked whether higher price means higher quality, Eurdolian stated, “Not always; a lot of it is marketing. It comes down to the details like paneling, beading, materials, stitching, brand, and where it's made." To save money and keep up with the latest trends, Eurdolian says there are countless second hand shops and websites out there to find great deals. “Shops like Beacon's Closet, Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading or online resale shops like eBay, Poshmark, The RealReal and Depop will get you great deals. Plus, it's more sustainable. Otherwise, from Zara, H&M, Primark, Amazon...there isn't a shortage of fast fashion websites. The Honey plugin is also a great tool to search discounts within websites at checkout."

The insights gleaned from Ingilis and Eurdolian are fairly easy to see. When it comes to fashion, everyone wants to look good. However, there is no need to break the bank when purchasing clothing and accessories. With so many unique stores, both brick and mortar and online, as long as you do your due diligence and shop around, not only will you able to stay trendy, but you will also be able to stay within your budget.

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