A Collected Style Feature:
Lydia Abate of Chic on the Cheap
My name is Lydia and my blog is Chic on the Cheap, where I love to share my best clearance rack and thrift finds to create looks which hopefully appear a lot more expensive than they are.
There are so many resources and ways to nab great pieces for less, when shopping retail, I take advantage of coupon codes (which is how I got a genuine leather jacket from the Gap for half off), or I shop off price at stores like TJMaxx where I found a $200 Joie dress for $15 and a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses for $60.
When it comes to secondhand shopping, it’s all about frequency. The best finds don’t just fall into your lap, and they aren’t there every day. I have a few local stores I can pop into regularly and when one of those covetable items appears, I can snatch it right up. While I have thrifted great pieces like my J.Crew gingham shirt or ikat skirt for a fraction of the retail price, my favorite thing to thrift is jewelry. That is where it’s at for me. Vintage pieces are so well made, the metal never discolors, you (mostly) don’t have to worry about sizes, and it’s always ridiculously cheap!
For something I simply have to have, ebay saved searches are the best, and is how I landed my lovely red vintage coach bag for $70 and my J.Crew chambray blazer for $20.
There are so many ways to source your fashion for less, the only problem is where to put it once you’ve brought it home.
My style inspirations are mostly just other bloggers, real women in all heights and sizes, sharing what they are wearing for their real everyday lives. You don’t have to be a model in an editorial of a magazine to dress beautifully and sensibly, but you can have just as much style.
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