But, believe it or not, Spring is just round the corner. The sun has peeked its way out from behind the rainclouds at least once over the last month. The days WILL become longer; and one of these mornings (quite soon, I hope) it may be safe to leave the house in fewer than seven layers of oilcloth and a doubled-up set of thermals.
When that happens, there are plenty of frugal fashionistas on hand to help us furnish our Springtime wardrobes. This month’s Style round-up is all about blogs with a thrifty focus.
First up is one of my favourites. Sharon from Thrift My Style blogs about vintage, high street and designer finds that she’s come across in charity shops, boot sales, vintage shops and ebay. Bags, party outfits, casual daywear, evening glamour: you name it, she can show you the latest trends, and the inexpensive pieces she’s unearthed, to avoid paying top whack.
Another favourite thrifty fashionista of mine, Tigerlilly Quinn, has posted a helpful piece with tips on how to save money when buying children’s clothes. She blogs on fashion for adults as well as children, and her posts (especially the wishlists) are always sumptuous and beautifully presented. There are some good Spring fashion tips on her blog; go check them out.
If it’s vintage clothes on a budget that you’re after, then the must-visit site is Retro Chick. Gemma’s blog features a vintage-inspired dress of the day (currently an inexpensive, cute little Valentine’s number), as well as plenty of delectable outfit ideas. And, for matters of style, we can’t forget Vintage Folly, an all-round lifestyle blog, with fashion posts sitting alongside inspiration for craft, cooking and interior design.
If it’s high-street fashion you’re after, then our previous BritMums Style Editor, Avril from School Gate Style, runs a lively blog packed with ideas and up-to-the-minute news on where the bargains are to be found. And Nat from Style Me Sunday has plenty of helpful pointers about inexpensive fashion, like this post on a few Spring items to brighten up the gloomy end-of-Winter days.
Vicky, who blogs at Around and Upside Down, writes all her posts with money-saving in mind. In her own words, she is: ‘a 31 year old disabled gal from Hampshire’ who blogs ‘not about disability as such, but the proverbial whipped cream of life; fashion, makeup, lifestyle, body acceptance and love of all those things which make life a little better’. Her blog features a weekly ‘What I wore Wednesday’, with this week’s being a focus on wheelchair fashion.
It’s worth checking out blogs with an eco-based theme if you want to pick up ideas to save money. Lucy from Wonderthrift recently posted a great piece on how to find a unique, distinctive wedding ring that doesn’t cost the earth. And as part of my own Our Time of Gifts series on Pigeon Pair and Me, I posted about H&M’s money-saving recycling scheme.
Perhaps the best way to keep up with the latest bargains, is to check out your favourite parenting and lifestyle blogs. There are a whole host of entertaining posts about thrifty finds, including some from bloggers who don’t always post about fashion. Liz from The Mum Blog tells us how she ‘fluffy hearts’ her new bargain, a pink coat; and Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog spills the beans about a stroke of luck, which meant she could buy (at a knock-down price) the coat she’d been lusting after all Winter.
Have YOU managed to save money while clothes shopping? Or dreamed up some creative ways to avoid splashing out? Do post them, and your links, into the comments box below.