The History of Budget Fashion: Forever 21

The History of Budget Fashion is a series of articles written by The Budget Fashionista herself, Kathryn Finney, that explores the evolution of fashion on a budget. Forever21 has now become a mainstay in every budget stylista’s shopping arsenal, yet few know the beginnings of one of the most popular stores in America. In this […]

Using Accessories to Update Your Wardrobe on a Budget

Webster’s dictionary defines the word “accessory”, in its fashion sense, as “an object or a device not essential in itself but adding to the beauty, convenience, or effectiveness of something else.” I define accessories as a surefire way to expand upon an existing wardrobe. So many Budget Fashionistas make the mistake of purchasing a new […]

How to Budget Your Shopping Dollars

Dear Budget Fashionista, I’m working on losing weight and I’m currently saving up money for a new wardrobe once I reach my goal weight, because I’m going to need everything from under garments to shoes to earrings. Is there a certain percentage to spend on each type of clothing? Answer: Every person is different and […]

Why I Love Sally’s Boutique: My Ode to Salvation Army

This repost originally appeared on the site in November, 2004 Smitten . . . Along with chocolate and spanx, I hereby declare my love for the Salvation Army.  Sally, as I affectionately call my love, is perhaps the best store to ever exist. Saks, my former love, has nothing on this store. Where else could […]

101 Summer Dresses Under $100

summer dress

I admit that I’m not much of a summer person. Sure, I love the warm weather, cute sandals and the fresh fruits and veggies that summer brings, but I’m much more of a cold-weather season kind of girl (fall is MY moment), especially when it comes to fashion. However, there’s one thing I do love […]

When Liz Clairborne Ruled the World: History of Budget Fashion

Back in the day (like 1988) Liz Claiborne was “dabomb.com”. The brand, founded in 1976, was one of the most successful women’s sportswear brands of the past 40 years. According to the site Name Wire: Claiborne was arguably the first mainstream designer to provide working women with sensible, good-looking apparel for the office. She founded […]

Forever21’s Magic Mirrors: Sorry You Really Don’t Look Hot in That Sequined Mini Skirt

A Very Sad Fact: Forever21 (and other stores) trick you into thinking you look hotter in their clothes than you actually do. How do they do this? Through the clever use of tilted mirrors, which tilt towards you at the bottom and gradually tilt away from you at the top. This trick makes you appear […]

Six Great Swimsuits for Older Women

Women's One-Shoulder 1-Piece Swimsuit

Of the many things forced upon women as we get older, is this belief that once you reach a certain again, you must start wearing swimsuits that look like waterproof muumuus or the worst creation since the “slanket”, the swimdress. I find this to be absurd. No one’s stopping the legions of old dudes wearing […]