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Not only is the economy forcing you to tighten your belt on some splurges, but adding a belt might be the best way for you to make an ordinary outfit transform into something new and stylish without much investment. For the fashion forward individual who wants to stand out in a crowd, but daringly splurge on investments, try some recession proof style tips for staying ahead of the penny-pinching fashion train. Instead of forcing your inner stylista to take a rest, alter your approach to fashion. Here are some tips on how to alter the trendsetting fashionista mindset into a recessionista one!

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Tip 1: Stick with what you know. Keep your look classic and try pieces that will outlast the current economic downturn. Try to find a happy median between your trendsetter side and the little black dress chic women within.  Splurging on that bold printed dress isn’t a smart buy right now.  Use that money to invest in a staple piece that will last. Fashion is all about what makes you look and feel the best. Stay focused on what suits you all the while making sure you have a pair of skinny jeans (a classic must-have).

Tip 2: Accessories are your best friend. From belts that cinch at the waist to bangles that add flair, accessories seem to rein as our wallets are stretched. Be creative with your wardrobe, but only by adding something new that doesn’t have you second-guessing your big ticket purchase. By adding accessories to any ensemble you can transform a classic look into a trendy one, without breaking the bank or even making a dent.

Tip 3: Splurge wisely. Of course, the fashionista within cannot be completely foregone, but when purchases are made, make sure they are versatile and work with more than just one outfit. Handbags, shoes and purses are what bring it all together so make sure these items are what you invest in.

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Tip 4: Find what you love at a cheaper price. When you stick to the basics, you often want to make sure they withstand the seasons.  Sometimes the basics in your closet that need to be replaced each season can be found somewhere else for a remarkably cheaper price than what you have been paying in the past.

Tip 5: Mix everything up. When you work with what you have and create something new, that is how the next trend is born. So don’t be afraid to mix those leopard stilettos with more than just one skirt. Don’t abandon your closet of choices without experimenting with some pieces and by adding new twists to your classic looks that can be found right in your closet. And who’s to say what you already own isn’t a hot vintage piece.


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