Fashion Cents: Fall Wardrobe Shopping on a Budget - $1,000

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

--By Kimberly Turner

I have been hoping and praying that the economic conditions would have turned around by now. In the summer time, clothes seem less expensive because you don't need the big winter coat and boots. But once the weather starts to cool, you yearn for the warmth of cashmere and shoes that hang on to your feet with more than just a strap.

Now, don't get me wrong, I don't mind shopping more "cents"ibly but I do miss having a bigger budget for my purchases. But updating a wardrobe – mine or a client – works the same for me in good and not optimal financial economic times. The consistent steps are:
  1. Assessing the items currently in my closet – if something doesn't fit, is too dated, or badly worn it gets pulled from the closet.

  2. I work with the remaining items to see what should be paired with what to make a complete and fashionable outfit and WHAT is missing (i.e. what items should be in my closet so it feels up-to-date).

  3. I make a list and shop for the WHAT which are usually the season's trendy pieces like animal print tops, color blocking, polka dots, nude shoes and more.
Now see how I take these steps when shopping at Chicago's Water Tower Place for a client with a $1,000 budget. Makes cents!

Kimberly Turner
Kimberly Turner, your personal style guru, is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kimberly has an MBA from the University of Michigan and an Image Consulting Certification from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Kimberly lives in the Windy city of Chicago and is the host of