Shopping & Style Tips for the Budget-Savvy Fashionista

Posted October 19, 2012 by Baaba Grant-Acquah in Building Your Brand
Have you ever been shopping and spotted a great pair of shoes, only to look at the price tag and realize that you would have to save for months in order to afford them?  Well it’s happened to me, and I’m realizing my eyes may be bigger than my budget. To save me from spending more, I’ll put limits on the amount that I will pay for certain items before I go shopping. For instance, in my search for stylish work shoes, I’ll cap the price at $100, and if I see anything over $100, I have to automatically put it back and walk away — no trying them on, no debating for an hour if it would be a great buy — just walk away and never look back.  This strategy has saved me and my wallet.

You don’t have to have an unlimited budget to look stylish. Even if you can afford those $300 shoes, why not buy the same look for $100 and save the money for a trip, a girls night out, or a future investment? With so many great budget friendly stores like H&M, Zara, and, it’s easy to find great looks for less. To inspire the budget savvy fashionista, I’ve put together 3 stylish work looks for under $150. Now, I do believe that every Career Girl should have some quality investment pieces that are worth splurging for in her wardrobe, but finding great finds for less allows you to stretch your dollars and grow your savings.

A Career Girl favorite, Alexa Von Tobel from, gave People StyleWatch readers some additional savvy tips for shopping & saving money on your wardrobe:

  • Don’t shop when you’re stressed — Just like you shouldn’t go to the grocery store hungry, when you’re stressed you don’t go shopping. You’ll end up making bad buy decisions.
  • Remember the 4% rule — That’s your yearly wardrobe budget: 4% (or less) of what you take home. Know it and stick to it.
  • Figure out the cost-per-wear — Think about the number of times you can wear something. If you can’t get the per-wear cost down to $2, you might want to reconsider the purchase.
  • Work with your credit-card style  If you’re responsible with your cards and have one that gives you rewards or cash back, always use it! But if you’re in debt, try to shop with just cash.
  • Buy off-season –If you can wait, it’s the best time to shop! Get sundresses and bikinis in November or holiday dresses in January — just stick to classic, timeless styles.
  • Don’t go too long without shopping — It’s like dieting — if you deprive yourself for a long period of time, you’ll end up bingeing the next time you’re in the store. It’s good to know what’s out there, even if that means just window shopping.

Pick up the November issue of People StyleWatch to read more shopping & style tips.

3 Work Looks Under $150
H&M dress, $48 / H&M jumper sweater, $32 / Mango top / Hollister Co. skinny leg jeans / Jersey skirt / Charlotte Russe short boots / ASOS flat shoes / Side zip boots / Tinley Road / Gorjana stud earrings / Metal cuff bracelet

About the Author

Baaba Grant-Acquah

Baaba Grant-Acquah is a fashion stylist, blogger and corporate client manager. She is a curator of style and knows where to find the perfect pieces for any wardrobe. She is continually inspired by her clients and truly enjoys the process of providing creative solutions to fit her client's needs.