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11 Ways to Shop Smarter

11 Ways to Shop Smarter | Bubbles & Ink

Some may call it a pastime. I like to call it a sport. Over the years, I’ve honed my shopping skills to the point where I’ll rarely ever pay full price for an item. And neither should you. With the slew of offers, social media sites, and apps available to shoppers these days, you should never experience buyer’s remorse over pricing (those velvet damask-patterned drop-crotch pants are an entirely different matter, though). So read on and benefit from my countless shopping trips. I like to keep telling myself it’s research…

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Cheap & Chic: Fashion on a Budget

One of my goals for the year is to be smarter about my purchases and buy pieces that will update items I already have in my closet. Fashion doesn’t have to be expensive to be stylish – in fact, style is something you just can’t buy.

But with the help of some lower-priced retailers, I’ve found I don’t need to splurge and break my budget to keep my outfits looking current. Below, I’ve included a short list of some of my favorite places to shop, both online and in stores, to update my wardrobe seasonally with great pieces (like this $15 yellow clutch from Forever 21).

What are your favorites? Let me know if there are any shops you think should be added to the list!

1) Forever 21: The obvious choice. A great, inexpensive one-stop shop for apparel, accessories, and shoes.

2) Lulus.com: This budget-friendly online retailer has a very charming boutique-y feel.

3) H&M: Those of us in Miami are still waiting for our own H&M but will happily travel and pop in wherever we can find one in hopes of catching one of their fairly regular celebrity designer collaborations.

4) Modcloth: While some of their items may run a bit on the pricier side, their sales usually offer up some great steals. This is also the place to find quirky tees and accessories.

5) Rebi’s Closet: (Local to South Florida) Aside from being owned by one of my favorite people, I love Rebi’s Closet for consistently having unique pieces at amazing prices. And she’ll come to you!

6) Target: Target has quickly built a reputation with their beautifully affordable designer collaborations. (Yep – I, too, scored a $39 Missoni bag and will proudly tote it around town.)

7) Plasticland: Self-proclaimed purveyors of kitsch curiosities and retro clothing, for both your closet and your apartment.

8 ) BP at Nordstrom: On more than one occasion, I’ve scored the best statement necklaces at an average price of $15; this is much more affordable than the higher priced counterparts throughout the rest of the store with the same quality and detail.