Having money to spare helps if you are a fashion-oriented person, but how does one be a fashionable in Springfield on a budget? The interesting thing about fashion is that it is what we make of it. We like what we like, we’ve all been dressing long enough to not need advice on the subject, and we each have our own renditions. That being said, we all know how expensive being fashionable can become. My husband always tells me I have far too many clothes, or I take up all the space in the closet. I simply smile and cheerfully reply with a “Yep!” I’ve got a good reason too, there is no such thing as having too many clothes or shoes! At the same time, we don’t want it ruining our financial independence: everything in moderation, right?
Cue The Violin! My Fashionista Backstory….
My family was never well off when I was a child. Truthfully, I feel never having much money has been beneficial for my life as an adult. My mother would take me to discount stores, thrift stores, garage sales, swap meets, you name it. We would make a day of it, or two depending on what little my mother had saved. I never knew we didn’t have money, I just knew my mother and I had fun. It was later in my childhood that I understood; everything is about money. So, needless to say, I learned how to shop frugally at a young age. Clever woman, my mother!
Because I know how to shop well, does not by any stretch of the imagination, keep me from shopping often.
A Couple Things to Know As A Fashionista On A Budget
Being aware of How to walk away and also knowing where to go are two BIG keys to being fashionable in Springfield, Missouri whilst on a budget.
How to walk away
Understanding the difference between loving something or simply liking something have vastly different meanings. I can go shopping only to go home with nothing and it never feels like a loss because if I don’t love it, I don’t need it. I am not going to sit here and say I’ve never made impulse buys. I have made too many to count! However, I’ve forced myself into practice walking away and I’ve done incredibly well. Sometimes though…it is a tough thing to do.
Knowing where to go
Businesses we love sometimes close, move to a different city, or don’t live up to their hype. I have mourned some places I shopped because they closed. It is rough to lose a tried and true! I have developed my very own shopping system as well: I have a place for shoes and pants, a place for coats, one for leggings and dresses, one for shirts and skirts, and I could go on and on. What store I visit first depends on if I am feeling like building from the shoe up or the handbag and jewels down, I’m all about feeling it out. Building my system has been a lot of fun. Basically, it’s research at its finest.
Places To Shop in Springfield, Missouri:
Plato’s Closet is a prime place to find some inexpensive second-hand, name-brand shoes. They are displayed on slanted shelves above each long rack of hung clothes, separated by size, and gleaming like little pieces of art under the high ceiling lighting. Perhaps my love for strappy shoes is a little unhealthy, but at least I don’t break the bank with each buy. I have been buying cute shoes from Plato’s for years now, having always had a great experience doing so. Plato’s has a large selection of clothes, which can seem a bit daunting, but as long as you go in there with an idea of what you want, the experience is all the better. Plato’s also happens to be the place to go for name-brand jeans for an always low price!
Clothes Mentor, located next door to Plato’s has an amazing selection coats that have been hardly worn! They display their coats from fall to spring, like every other place, but at Clothes Mentor, their coats don’t cost an arm and a leg. I’ve purchased countless top-notch coats and jackets from their establishment and absolutely love them. I have always enjoyed matching my jackets and coats to my outfits, so having multiples is important to me as a Fashionista on a budget. If that is fun for you, I strongly suggest checking out Clothes Mentor.
We’ve covered shoes, jeans, and coats, lets talk leggings and dresses. Ross, located in the Primrose shopping center, is pretty much great for anything clothes wise, not to mention they carry decorative items for kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, as well as things to make any party seem as though it was professionally planned. This is sort of an everything-place, but I especially enjoy their dress and leggings sections. I have purchased many a pair of comfy bottoms, perfect for every season, as well as formal dresses to cute summer dresses. They even carry athletic wear for easy to spend prices attached. Just as Plato’s, they have a lot of clothes, so plan on spending a good amount of time perusing and enjoying your shopping experience.
For shirts and skirts, I thoroughly enjoy visiting Uptown Cheapskate. They have a lovely selection of each. Walls lined with shirts from professional & chic to casual, skirts that hug your thighs or billow about when you twirl. Everyone likes a good twirl! I’ve spent plenty of time in this sweet little shop and always walk away happy, not to mention it’s located by Barnes & Noble, which means I can shop and then go read while drinking coffee. It all screams perfection.
Even though I have stores specific to my shopping needs, I still love looking at everything each store has to offer. There are those times I only have a little bit of time to shop, so having my system is a good thing. After all, I can’t shop every day- though I would love to. On those rare occasions when I have a day to myself, I love nothing more than pampering myself and my overflowing closet without foregoing food for a week.
What store’s keep you shopping well and astoundingly happy?