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Monday, January 4, 2010
Creating a Capsule wardrobe on a Budget and utilising the Sales
With all the Sales on at the moment, I haven't bothered to post on them individually but having a fellow blogger ask for advice on the pieces needed to help build a capsule wardrobe, I have decided to list the things I consider to be basic wardrobe staples and there is no better time to buy these pieces whether they be high end investment purchases or from the High Street, this is what the sales should really be used for!
Trench coat or Mac LBD - little black dress. Jeans - various styles, skinny for tucking in boots, bootcut, etc dark denim looks smarter and pale denim flared styles and white look nice for summer. Cashmere - check out supermarkets for v or crew neck style jumpers. White shirt T-shirts an assortment of white, black and grey in both short and long sleeve.
Flat black boots Black ballet pumps Black or metallic coloured heels Black leather gloves (I got mine in Tesco for £4 in sale about 2 years ago) Neural scarf
Don't forget these items are only intended to form the basis of a capsule wardrobe and you can add a "pop" of colour with accessories or pretty tops etc. A working wardrobe might include smart black trousers. Leggings and Jeggings are also a safe bet, great for wearing with boots and warmer under dresses than tights. Don't forget that Denim and Leather jackets are also items that are great investment pieces as can be worn year after year.
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Definition of a Recessionista according to the Washington Post
Frugal living is the new glamorous -- haven't you heard? The haves have finally been granted access to the one club the have-nots had owned exclusively, and they've turned it into a fabulous party. Enter the "recessionista." Whereas a year ago this person may have attended the gala du jour in a brand new designer frock, she's now wearing one recycled from the back of her closet. She is learning to cook at home -- maybe even from vintage Depression-era recipes! And she's conspicuous about her non-conspicuous, discount-store, coupon-carrying consumption. She's a cousin, perhaps, to the type of person who totes a "This is Not a Plastic Bag" bag, except that, rather than crusading sanctimoniously for the environment, she's crusading for her own cultural relevance.
Definition of a Recessionista
It is someone who continues to look chic and fashionable during a recession without spending this years disposable income before she has even earned it. This savvy shopper goes to lower-priced places to find chic and cheap pieces that will update the look of more expensive investment dressing pieces already in her wardrobe. She is also a fierce sales shopper, often waiting for that last mark down on a designer piece before buying, getting one or two items that will last years.
Carrie: "I've spent $40,000 on shoes, and I have no place to live. I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!
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Saving money takes research and time, something we don't always have available and that is where "The Recessionista (UK)" comes in! With many friends and family either drowning in a sea of debt, losing their jobs or just finding it difficult to support their families, I thought it a good idea to catalogue all my money saving ideas and research new ones, on this Blog to help you. You may be a Student, Single Parent or just feeling the pinch, but this blog will have some ideas to help you stretch your Budget and make real savings on day to day living. "The Recessionista (UK)" is a Mum of 4 trying to survive the Credit Crunch as best she can, she has swapped net-a-porter for asos and hopes to show you that you can do it too!
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