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In case you haven’t noticed, being a girl gets expensive – especially if you love to shop as much as I do!
It’s even worse if you have to maintain two separate wardrobes (one for your femme self and one for your guy self).
So how can you be feminine and fashionable – WITHOUT going broke?
Here are my top 5 ways to build a femme wardrobe on a budget:
1. Shop at Consignment Stores
While you can find cheap clothes galore at thrift stores like the Salvation Army or Goodwill, it means sifting through racks of ugly, decades-old clothes.
Instead, I suggest shopping at consignment stores. Consignment stores also offer second-hand clothing, but they are much more choosy about what they offer.
It’s a great way to find fashionable (often designer) clothes for a fraction of the original price.
2. Save Big During Sales
I LOVE a good sale – and I’m sure you do too. The trick is to know when to shop to get the best deals.
Retailers usually offer their best sales at specific times of year, including:
- Major holidays like Labor Day, Mother’s Day, or the 4th of July
- After Christmas
- The end of summer
Many stores also have their own schedule for semi-annual sales. For example, Victoria’s Secret holds their Semi-Annual Sale in the winter and summer. Get on your favorite stores’ email lists to be notified of sales.
3. Shop the Outlets
Outlet stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls, and Kohls are great places to find bargains year round.
Here are my favorite online outlets:
6PM.com and Overstock.com carry plus size clothing and large-size women’s shoes, so they’re a great option for bigger girls.
4. Stop Wasting Money on Things You Don’t Wear
Spending money on things you’ll later regret is the ultimate waste.
My rule is not to buy anything (no matter how cheap) unless it:
- Fits perfectly
- Is the right color
- Works with at least 2 outfits you already own
- Is returnable
I like to wait a week to cut the tags off any clothes I purchase so I can make up my mind slowly and still be able to return things later.
5. Know When to Save and When to Splurge
While it’s important to save money, some things worth investing in include:
- Silicon breast forms
- A high quality wig
- Good foundation and concealer
These items can make or break your feminine image, so purchase the best quality you can afford.
Then look for bargains when it comes to things like: trendy fashion pieces, eye shadow, nail polish, panties, etc.
How do YOU manage your femme wardrobe budget? Do you have any money-saving tips to add to this list?
As always, I’d love to hear from you, so please share in the comments section below!
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I love shopping at Thrift stores. It is actually the only place I have been able to find shoes that fit. I can get Name Brand outfits for just under $5.
i have never paid full retail for anything. the most i ever paid for anything is $3. i only shop at thrift stores
I just want to say hello Lucille and that I love your website also I’m glad to see that laws and people’s views on sexuality are changing towards a better understanding of what it is to be an individual and the freedoms of this great society given unto us by law as citizens are being used to more fully express ourselves as we become more positive thinking human beings.That’s why I only shop at the two thrift stores in my” hood” and the gals are quite used to helping me find things and the owner at the one I shop the most always takes an extra 50% off.I think she likes me or she can’t get rid of me fast enuff.Lol 🙂
Hi Lucille and others,
I just want to say what fun it is for myself to be able to enjoy the more feminine things in this world now with the perceptions of sexuality being better understood by more and more folks who are realizing that there are many facets to being an individual and one of them is a persons right to wear whatever they want in the way of clothing, makeup, shoes, tattoos or any other body adornment if they so choose and the fact that some in great society cannot understand that it is everyones rights of freedoms that allow them to think and feel as they do just as long as their freedom of speach does not cross my right to enjoy the freedom of expression and my pursuit of happiness given unto me as a citizen of the U.S.A. I was brought up to respect others and that if I didn’t have anything nice to say to someone then don’t say it at all.
I’ve found many bargains on eBay, just as long as you don’t get drawn in to bidding more than you wanted to pay originally, set a limit and don’t go over!
And as you say, the sales are great for that unexpected find.
As for those special buys, like wigs or corsets or underwear, buy expensive and buy once, or buy cheap and buy countless times……..
Unlike most of the readers of this Site I am a mtf transgender individual. Let me start by telling you that my height, frame, weight, and cup size 38 A, allow me to shop the junior sections. My tops are usually a small to medium, my pants size is 2 average, 3 regular, 5-7 in some cases, In a guys shoe I wear a twelve, but I can fit a 10-11 in women’s that depends on maker however. Knowing that on days that I buy shoes I try and stay with 2-3 brands. I enjoy your post and hope others will learn how to get the feminine image they desire.