How Can I Find Stylish, Age-Appropriate Clothes On A Budget?

Hi Deborah,

I’m not an enthusiastic shopper and I’m a stay-at-home mom and wife to a pastor,so–I like to wear conservative, inexpensive AND stylish clothes. Quite a challenge!  I often put on my clothes and realize they look old, or make ME look old!  I’m petite, too, so it’s even harder to find great clothes at a great price. How can I find great clothes without spending much money or time? Thanks for what you do.

Yours, Ann

Hi Ann,

I feel strongly that women have years of being “brainwashed” to think that to save money, you need to buy inexpensive clothes, when in reality what we need to do is train ourselves to shop a lot smarter and with a strategy in mind. Here’s how:

1) Know what colors look best on you and stick with a narrow palate that will all mix and match.

2) Don’t buy in quantity. Buy classic quality (this will work well for you since you want to look more conservative)

3) Try shopping at consignment stores for brand names that are higher quality

4) Don’t be afraid to have things tailored. Fit is so important to look great!

5) Be super picky before purchasing an item. If you are always buying things that you just “sort of like” and don’t LOVE, you will never feel satisfied or fabulous in your clothes.

These are just a few tips I have for you, however because that is such a challenge for so many women I wrote a great e-book on the topic of looking great for less, called
Chic on the Cheap
! It has more tips and tricks like these with pictures to show you how to save lots of money and you can even down load it right now!

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7 thoughts on “How Can I Find Stylish, Age-Appropriate Clothes On A Budget?

  1. I get so frustrated when I keep seeing images of ‘killer heels’ as they’ve been described as perfecting an outfit, making legs slimmer etc. I think you’ve had this comment before, but I can’t wear heels (rheumatoid arthritis). I’m wearing very flat shoes, I’m only 5 foot 2, and am not exactly petite, but not overweight either. I don’t have ‘race horse ankles’ and don’t feel as if I can wear skirts. I’ve an hour glass figure in a size 8. I live in jeans, t shirt and fleeces as I feel cold a lot of the time.
    I’ve recently discovered your website, and have started to make changes, but I don’t find it easy. I have to order clothing from the Internet, and it doesn’t always fit.

    1. Hi Tricia, Please know you are not alone in your frustration of not being able to wear heels! This is a huge issue for many women! We suggest that you wear flat boots with your skirts and dresses. That way you will stay warm and look chic!

  2. Hi Deborah (AKA THE GLAM GAL)

    I have just found your website and what can I say but LOVE IT !!! I spent about an hour looking at the video clips and reading the blog. What great tips for us “mature” fashionistas. Thank you so much.

    I just loved the response you gave to Ann most recently. Three of the points really resonated with me. Only buy what you LOVE, narrow your palate to a few colors that look good on you and that you can mix around, and finally (but probably most important) don’t be afraid to have things tailored. As a petite 55 + retiree . . . I am trying to focus on these key points as I developed my fall wardrobe. I do have a few questions. First of all . . . where do you shop for clothes for the more mature lady? Can you recommend a couple of interesting color palates for fall? I recently had my colors done and I am a True Spring with light brown hair and golden highlights and I have green eyes. Can you recommend hairstyles for us 50+ gals?

    I am thinking of getting your e-book Jumpstart Your Style . . . Is that a good place to start the process of going from frumpy to fab?

    Looking forward to your response.


    Bonnie McManus
    Fairport, New york

    PS . . . Do you ever do any speaking engadements or seminars?

    1. Hi Bonnie,
      Great to hear from you!! I love how you are jumping in with both feet!!!
      So to answer your questions…

      I am very happy to hear that you are clear on what colors are good on you. I’m a Spring as well.. so you can always see what I am wearing on the stie and get a good idea for color! I say stick with your spring colors and for fall you can use the deeper shades and still look terrific!

  3. Thanks for answering my question! I especially like the resale shop idea–now I just need to find one, since the 2 I really liked just closed. :( And buying quality, not quantity. That’s pretty easy, since I don’t like to shop anyway. I just have to persuade myself to let go of some money for those important basics. Thanks, again!

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