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A-Z Challenge Chic or Cheap?

A-Z Challenge Chic or Cheap?

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C is for Chic or Cheap

There’s nothing more exciting for me than getting an amazing look for cheap. I think I get this from you, Mom. So how does a girl get a chic look for less? Other than raiding your very extensive closet. This is one of my favorite subjects. I’m not much for fashion or clothes but when something works and doesn’t break the bank, I’m thrilled.

There are a million and one ways to get there, here’s my favorite:


The Capsule Wardrobe

If you haven’t heard of it, then let me let you in on this little secret a friend shared with me. If you want chic while managing your spending, this is the way to do it.


By having a capsule wardrobe you are giving yourself permission to spend a little bit more on the clothes that make up your current ‘capsule.’ This translates to spending a lot less on items that you purchase just because you’re getting a ‘good deal.’


I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here, Mom, but you’ve got to see this. Check out Project 333. She’s got one of the most concise and easy explanations to understand what the capsule wardrobe idea is all about.


The nice thing about giving this a try is that you can always go back to the old way, but I doubt you’ll want to. Especially when you start getting compliments on your very stylish and current outfits.


What does your wardrobe say about you?

Do you remember that scene in the movie “Confessions of a Shopaholic” when Isla Fisher’s character hosts one of the biggest bargain basement sales ever? She decides to sell the clothing she’s purchased in order to get herself out of the credit card debt the shopping created.


This is something you can do for your own wardrobe. Clear out all the ‘cheap’ stuff. Remember, in this context, I’m not talking about inexpensive. Clothing that doesn’t enhance your look, or no longer fits into your current lifestyle (age, weight, work, recreational activities). You can either, sell, donate, or throw out these items to make room for your new and fabulously coordinated wardrobe capsule.


Unsure what to do with an item? Pack it up and put it in the closet marked:

Throw if not opened in 60 days.

This is an entirely new way of thinking about what you wear and how much you’re willing to spend on your clothing. I’ll admit something. I have been doing this for a while now but since moving to Canada and needing new winter clothes I’ve gotten out of my capsule mentality. I made the mistake of hoarding more clothes than needed.


Now that spring is just around the corner I’ll be getting rid of most of these items that do nothing for my figure, taste, and style to make room for my spring capsule. That’s right. One capsule per season and I’m back to four seasons. I can’t wait to get started. Ready to jump in?


Have you already tried it? If not, what’s holding you back from giving it a try? Let’s chat about it below.


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