Moms can dress nice without spending a lot of money. We plan our cleaning, grocery shopping , vacations and the the family wardrobes. For ourselves, if we pass by, and the rack is on sale then it lands in the cart. That is how I shopped for so many years. It is ok to take a little bit of time and shop. Busy moms can and should get ready every day and feel like they are ready to serve their family.
I used to get ready for my office job, and never would I have shown up in sweats or yoga pants. No make up and my hair in some kind of a bun was not the office look I went for each day. No, each day I woke up earlier than when I had to be there to get showered, put on my makeup and dressed nice.
Now that I choose to take my time at home with my children with the same sort of “going to work” mentality, I dress nice. My family deserves my best. I love them and want them to see me taking care of myself.
Updating the wardrobe without spending a lot only takes a few steps of planning:
Set A Budget
It is easy to dress nice without spending a lot of money. Having a sense of fashion along with fashion coordination is important. Grab a friend to help if needed.
Going out shopping without a budget in mind is not a good idea. I know, from previous experience and spending way too much. Always have some kind of a budget set in advance. If the set amount is $200.00, then a good shopping day is if all the clothes are purchased for under the limit.
Coming home with money is better than coming home without money. Consignment shops have a lot of great clothes for a lot less than the mall.
Shop Out of Season
Busy moms can be very fashionable and dress nice without spending a lot of money if they shop smart. Last season clothes are fine to buy. They will be cheaper and really, no one will notice. Set up a Pinterest board for fashion. Choose a few outfits that would look nice then head out to shop.
Make a list of how many tops you need, what shoes will be worn with the outfit and so on. Just like the grocery store….plan the trip. Aimless shopping will result in going out of the budget. Excel spreadsheets on wardrobes’ are not that uncommon…right? I’m really not a nerd.
Less is More
Minimalist are both thrifty and fashionable. A well put together wardrobe does not have to involve thousands of dollars. White shirts go with a lot. Long sleeve shirts can be put on under short sleeves. Figure out a few key pieces with some jewelry that will help you feel like a million when you wear the outfit. A nice warm wardrobe for winter can be a simple, workable and look nice. No need to have 20 pairs of jeans.
Jeans, jackets, and plain colored skirts can make 3-4 outfits alone. One more tip…..have two very nice outfits that can be thrown together quickly for a date night or church. Alternate the shirts and skirts then everyone will think you have a ton of clothes.
When shopping last summer during the 4th of July sale at a consignment shop, I found two gorgeous dresses. Someone had spent a lot of money on these dresses. After the sale price, I took them home for under $30.00.
Great deals can be found if moms’ want to dress nice without spending a lot. The key is planning, budgeting, and the mentality of “less is more” strategy.