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I do invest in quality when I find something beautifully made that I know I can wear for many years, but I absolutely love it when I wear something I paid almost nothing for and people assume it cost a bundle!
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As someone who has been a professional shopper for decades, I can share this secret: Nothing thrills me more than finding a bargain. Yes, I have been privileged to review the runway shows for national magazines and to weigh in on which top designers moved the fashion "needle." I will always be grateful for being part of that rarified realm.

But in my "real life" as a married, suburban mother of two with a mortgage and college tuitions to pay off, I have a shadow career as a passionate bargain hunter. I do invest in quality when I find something beautifully made that I know I can wear for many years, but I absolutely love it when I wear something I paid almost nothing for and people assume it cost a bundle! There are so many great options out there, if you know what to look for.

I have found that inexpensive clothes in neutral or muted colors tend to look more expensive. Use contrasting textures or a bit of pattern in a monochromatic outfit to keep things interesting.

These days it's easy to find classics such as a trench coat, blazer, pencil skirt, white shirt and sheath dress at an affordable price. Then you can experiment with current trends, such as an off-the-shoulder blouse, a lace-up sandal, a fringe bag, a piece of ethnic jewelry or a Bohemian print skirt or pant, without going out on a limb financially.

When we received an email from a fan of Apprecier asking for a wardrobe on a tight budget, I was more than ready for the shopping challenge.

Have a guilt-free shopping spree at Apprécier!