Designer clothes on a budget

Designer clothes on a budget: How do you wear a trend without it wearing you? How do you wear clothes that are fashionable and reasonable? Amee of Madame Deals explains how she wears designer clothes while spending next to nothing:

The answer is simple; pair classic items in a new way. I will show how layering common items creates a trend. How much will I spend for the two outfits that I will create? Less than $20!


The look I am recreating is the nautical look. I love Navy and White I think it looks crisp and rich. I also love dressing up or dressing down jeans. A good pair of jeans is worth what they cost! The ones in my post are Sevens For All Mankind. They retail for $178.00. Confused? How did I pay $178.00 for my jeans and still make an outfit for $20? Well, I grabbed mine at Goodwill for just $4.00. That is right, I saved $173.00. Not bad ha?

I paired the designer jeans, $4.00, with an Ann Taylor Navy Sweater, $3.50, that I layered with a striped cardigan from Banana Republic, $3.50. Total spent: $11.00.

look 2

Look 2:

I used the same $4.00 designer jeans. I live in jeans so I try to make outfits that reflect real women. Can I wear dry clean only clothes? Not with two children! I used the same $3.50 Ann Taylor Navy Knit Tank paired with a white gauze sweater from Banana Republic, also $3.50 at Goodwill. I spent an additional $3.50 from the first look to create a second unique look.

The secret to looking good within the budget is figuring out ways to make what you have work. If you have a bunch of random items and you buy new items just for those items to work, it is costly. Instead focus on the classics: black pants, dark jeans, white button down shirt, pencil skirt, and a shirt in a color that you look amazing in. I encourage you to hit the thrift stores, consignment shops, and host clothing swaps in order to build a wardrobe that reflects your best assets

Amee of Madame Deals: I am a happily married lady living in Virginia. I enjoy raising our Angel and Cherub while staying home (well most of the time sometimes I just need an hour to myself). I love children and I hold a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Special Education. I have taught in several states while my husband was serving in the Navy. I hope to inspire people to believe in themselves and create a better standard of living whether it be through fashion or finance.

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  • 01.07.10 Super Amazing Savings

    I have to find the Goodwill you shop at because I never see those kinds of deals. I also don’t like looking around at Goodwill. I need to try to make an afternoon of it one day and go in with patience and a plan. Very cool.

  • 03.24.10 Heather

    Love this article! I can’t wait to try this out!