Saturday, 3 December 2011

What's on your list?

When you are a mama on a limited budget, you have to be creative with your wardrobe. So how do I do it? Where do I get my inspiration? How do I put outfits together? How do I keep it fresh without breaking the bank?

Well, I'll tell you. I am ALWAYS looking for new outfit ideas. The first step to being able to make many outfit combinations is to have a good workable wardrobe with all of the basics and plenty of accessories. If you don't know how to do this, email me and I'll help you.

The second thing to do is to look for outfits you like and try to recreate them with your own spin on them based on what you already have in your closet. This is what I do. I love looking at InStyle, Lucky, and People Style Watch magazines for the trends of each season. I take ideas from these magazines, TV shows, or people I see everyday and then hit my closet!

I keep a mental list of things I want for the season and try to only by a few items each season to save money. Here's whats on the list:
1) Grey boots
2) Black boots (I have some, but would like a new pair. That way I can pass these to my sis...she's been on my case for a good 2 years now to hand them on to her).
3) A fur vest. Ok on this one, I can't see spending money on it because it is a trend that I don't think will last past this year. So I asked my sister-in-law if she had a spare she'd like to part with for the year, and she did. So this one I can check off the list with no money spent! If you are wondering how I'll wear it, I plan to pair it with a very feminine shirt, a skinny belt over the vest, skinny jeans, and some slouchy boots or pointy toe python heels (all ideas I pulled from several magazine pictures and a TJ Maxx commercial).
4) A dark pair of nice jeans I can wear with heels. Took care of this one. I went to TN a few weeks back to shop with a client, and left all of my clothes hanging at home in my closet. Great excuse to hit TJ Maxx. I totally got lucky to find a pair of jeans there for $30 that were actually long enough for me. Great buy...another item checked off my list.
5) A pair of leg warmers. What? Leg warmers back in style? Yes. I saw my cute friend Meredith wearing a pair peeking out of her riding boots. Adorable. I love it. Maybe Santa will put some of these in my stocking!

By making a list like this, you will save so much money. In my business, I call this "Shopping with Purpose." If you have an idea of what you need in your closet, you will save so much money and avoid impulse buying! I hope this is helpful. I'd love to hear your ideas. Where do you get your inspiration? What's on your list for this year?


oneilfamily said...

I love this Holly! This helped me so much! Now you just need to post your list every season! Really:)

Anonymous said...

What's on my list?? Black ones...handed down from my sister! And prererably before boot season is over!

Angela Bowden said...

I'm so sad that the entire time we were neighbors I didn't know that this is what you do because I am a fashion disaster. I obviously do NOT ask enough questions :))