Several of you have asked me to do posts about shopping while on a budget. Curvy girls all know that plus-sized clothing tends to be more expensive than straight sized clothing. This is because brands/designers say they use more fabric, different sewing techniques, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, the way I sort of stick to my budget is that I am a hardcore bargain hunter. Now, I am not on that Extreme Couponing tip, mainly because I have a life and that crap looks time consuming and tedious, but I do have a system that allows me to save money. My system is that I rarely (1%) buy anything at the retail price. If I did my whole wardrobe (including shoes, purses, accessories) would probably be some astronomical number that I would rather not share. So, I will be doing monthly posts about Shopping While Shapely. I will include my shopping tips and tricks as well as an outfit that I've put together for under $100.
This outfit came in just under $100 ($91) and looks fab, if I do say so myself. I am wearing a polka dot Sunny Leigh poncho that I paired with turquoise Not Your Daughter's Jeans, Jessica Simpson sandals and a yellow snake skin embossed BCBG clutch. I wore this to give my friend from the south a mini tour of NYC. We went to the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Hillstone's restaurant and, of course, Macy's. We had so much fun despite the extreme humidity. Hope you had a great weekend too!
Top: Sunny Leigh Poncho: $8.26 (Retail: $59) via Macy's
Shoes: Jessica Simpson: $24 (Retail: $59) via Macy's
Bag: Snake Skin BCBG clutch: $25 (Retail: $88) via Macy's (available here)
Earrings: $2 via Macy's
Bracelet: $5 via Macy's
Sunglasses: Anne Klein $0 via my mom's closet 30 years ago (from Macy's)