Surprising Money Saving Ideas When Frugal Meets Fashion

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Splurging on clothes is not that very fashionable during tough times

It used to be that budget clothing was a taboo in the fashion industry, until recession and economic crises turn the tables around on high-end retail, making it unfashionable in financially trying times. Tough periods gave birth to refashioning, repurposing or upcycling, terms that all refer to creating something beautiful out of pre-loved fashion items. Meanwhile, the look for less approach to personal style is as popular as ever. Today, even designer brands collaborate with budget lines to create chic clothing ensembles minus the high heavens cost.

We round up the coolest websites loaded with practical tips and useful guides plus great secrets to getting fabulous clothes that does not cost the world. These websites are in themselves great finds as any frugal fashion fiend would know.


The site every prudent fashionista is talking about.  New Dress A Day by Marisa Lynch simply hypnotizes by offering a down-to-earth frugal fashion content: 365 days. 365 items of clothing. 365 dollars saved. Every day, Marisa features old, dowdy flea market clothing finds at about a dollar each that she transforms into chic, pretty outfits.

It also helps that Marisa herself is coolly proud about her frugal fashion sense and with her gift of creativity, she is able to help so many women get a good dose of fashion inspiration from old dresses one won’t be caught wearing today.

WHAT’S UNIQUE: Combined with her casual narratives that seem like personal conversations with a girl friend, New Dress A Day inspires with motivating “before and after” photos of the dress that Marisa worked on for the day. Another great feature: the girl blogger herself models the dress she transformed on the cheap, enforcing the “real woman, real fashion, real savings” message.


Pam from Australia shares her amazing skills in transforming old pieces of clothing into great, updated fashion pieces that goes beyond dresses, but into useful articles like bags and totes and accessories.

Threading My Way is very generous in sharing each and every piece of great photos that would help readers understand and appreciate each of the frugal fashion project featured and inspires readers to go grab some old clothes and start giving new lease on life to used fashion items.

WHAT’S UNIQUE: Pam’s great Tutorials section:  from sewing techniques to specific fashion repurposing projects like handy totes to general refashioning skills. These tutorials are clearly the reason why blog fans keep coming back for more. And there’s never a shortage of adorable photos of the finished products.

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Aptly headlined “fab without a fortune,” The Budget Babe is another to-go-to site in the online frugal fashion niche, a sort of style bible for “hotties on a budget,” dishing out the latest cheap-chic fashion news, designer and celebrity looks for less, and unbiased reports about popular shopping places.

Behind The Budget Babe is Dianna Baros who helps readers work out thrifty decisions, from finding the best pair of jeans on a budget to getting celebrity and designer looks at budget-friendly costs. Her advices on mixing and matching, buying “investment” pieces that will last for years and passing up on trends surely stretch the wardrobe dollars as far as possible

WHAT’S UNIQUE: The segment on Celebrity Style Bargain, where readers can search on their celebrity style icons and steal their look at a fraction of the price. It has money-saving tips on where to get the best cheap alternative for the juiciest  part of a star’s ensemble, like a great pair of boots or a schoolbag satchel, including price comparisons.


Here’s something for fashion fiends who faithfully follow and replicate designer dresses as sashayed and displayed by the hottest stars on the red carpet of major Hollywood events.

Makeup artist Nikki who is behind Create this Look for Less helps readers get the high fashion and celebrity red carpet looks of their favorite stars without draining their bank account. The website is updated regularly so you can expect the latest red carpet dresses to be featured in the Fashion for a Lot Less section.

WHAT’s UNIQUE: The website offers advices, tips and tricks on frugal fashion from head to foot, not just the dress part. It also includes guides on how to create a whole elegant ensemble including makeup, hairstyle and the right accessories that go with a look.


Most fashion websites automatically feature women’s clothing, and we understand why. Men’s fashion can be a complicated thing. But frugality is no exception where guy outfits  are concerned. Not only men, but women too, would benefit from knowing how to create a Don Draper effect without the mad amount of money involved.

Men Fashion Advice gives comprehensive guides on the basic male wardrobe, seasonal clothing, general fashion advice, male accessories and more. A Guides section shares smart saving tips on men’s fashion trinkets from bowties to belts, and practical how to’s like rolling up the sleeves or tucking a shirt.

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WHAT’s UNIQUE: The Fashion Advice section is a gem for men as it pieced together experiences, guides and tips on where to buy, how to choose and what to wear decisions that are useful for guys needing  fashion direction on a budget.


Of course, our frugal fashion website list is not complete if we do not have something for the college gals and boys. College Fashion is written by college students, for college students. This website is not only heaven-sent for those balancing academic achievements and fashion scorecard, it is also great to share to parents wanting to help out their college kids gain more confidence in school through better campus fashion that’s also affordable.

Great features include fashion and beauty tips and trends for the student on a budget, sales alerts, frugal decor ideas and student style advices. There is also a lively community discussion board on fashion and related facets of college life.

WHAT’s UNIQUE: College Fashion offers an avenue for campus fashionistas to express themselves not only through style but in writing as well, since it is written by college students themselves. The website is open for internships and writing gigs for students.

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