Fashion on a Budget This New Year

Fashion-on-a-budgetLooking good doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and that’s truer than ever over the coming year. In 2013 we’re going to see more and more ways to dress fashionably in designer duds without having to spend an entire paycheck on a single dress. In order to look great  while sticking to your budget you’ll just need to shop in the right places, sniff out the right deals, and stay in touch those low-cost accessories and items that will be trending in 2013.

One of the easiest ways to stay fashionable on the cheap over the coming year is to shop at department stores and other big-box shops. While these sorts of stores aren’t always thought of as the most fashion-forward places in the world, an increasing number of department stores are enlisting top designers to lend their name and their designing skills to create ultra-low cost clothing lines available everywhere, to everyone.

This movement was spearheaded by Target, who began partnering with top-name designers years ago, and Target continues to lead the charge on this front. In 2013 expect Target to launch plenty of new designer lines while other department stores, like JC Penney, begin to adopt this strategy with greater enthusiasm.

Low-cost, trendy clothing stores will continue to do well in the coming year and will offer one of the best options available to purchase an up-to-date wardrobe without spending too much money. The flagship for this sort of low-cost, trendy clothing store is H&M, and industry experts expect H&M will continue to be one of the best places to shop in 2013, especially if you’re on a budget. H&M isn’t the only low-cost clothing store to stock its shelves with trendy looks, and other stores like Zara, Urban Outfitters and Uniqlo will continue to offer great opportunities for the budget-minded clothing shopper.

In addition to shopping at traditional clothing stores you’ll be able to solve a lot of money, without sacrificing your look, by shopping online in the coming year. More and more clothing stores and department stores are bulking up their online offerings, using their websites to sell clothing lines far more expansive and inclusive than you would ever find in a single store, especially if you’re located outside of a major metropolitan area. Shopping online also lets you take advantage of special sales, unique online-only items, and extensive digital “clearance racks.”

Shopping online for clothes is always a good option to look good for less but it works best when you’re shopping for brands that you are already familiar with and you already wear. Why’s that? Because you will already know what size you wear in their clothes, saving you the potential hassle of having to send back items to replace them with larger or smaller alternatives. While online clothes stores universally offer the ability to ship back ill-fitting items and replace them with more appropriate cuts, overall it’s better to not have to deal with this annoyance in the first place.

Finally, if you really want to save money over the coming year while still looking great you’ll take advantage of the increasing number of deal and coupon oriented services out there. Websites like Haulerdeals.com and discount services like Gilt make it easy to buy deeply discounted hot fashions the same way services like Groupon or Living Social send you discounts on popular restaurants and local activities. Another service that’s a whole lot like Groupon but oriented towards the fashionable set is Lifebooker, which focuses on everything from spa days to specialty hair treatments- all sold for much less than you’d expect.

Overall 2013 will be a great year for remaining fashionable while sticking to your budget… as long as you know where to shop to find the best deals.

Peter Smith is a top class fashion designer who keeps giving his creative thoughts to the fashion world. He also writes articles on latest fashion trends as he wrote on bodycon dresses by bebe which is in trend now days. 

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