Why I Stopped Spending As Much Money on Clothes

For someone who claims to be a “fashion blogger”, I know this might come as a shock. However, the past year or so, I dramatically reduced my budget on new clothes and I did not even do it intentionally at first. I would say I currently spend an average of $12-15 per month on fashion related purchases, which is quite low considering I would spend 3-4x that amount.

Granted, I have always been parsimonious, but I felt like I needed to be constantly updating my wardrobe in order to provide “fresh” and “new” looks here on Enclothed Cognition. Let’s face it, it is rare to see your favorite blogger photographed in the same exact outfit twice. Naturally, I thought I had to keep up with this lifestyle…until a couple years ago when I had an epiphany.

Style is Still a Passion

And with this new clothing budget, I do not feel like I am sacrificing this at all. I found ways to keep up with my personal style, without breaking the bank. Thus, allowing me to save more money for better, long-lasting investments. For instance, I put the money I saved towards this new website since I had to purchase a subscription to a web hosting site.

Spend Less, Look Good

The first change might be obvious if you are a frequent reader of Enclothed Cognition. I have been primarily shopping at thrift stores the past year or so. I absolutely love the idea of going into a shop not knowing what to expect and what potential treasures are waiting for me to find. It may be hit or miss a lot of times, but if you have the patience and dig deep enough, you can find some really amazing pieces at such an affordable price. If you are more into online shopping, I recommend utilizing Depop or ThreadUp– two awesome resources to find some really unique, gently used clothing. Plus, not only is thrifting easy on the wallet, it is also better for the environment since you are repurposing used clothing and giving it a new home, instead of simply going to the mall.

Related: My best find yet & how to thrift like a pro

Secondly, it is okay to repeat. This millennial digital world normalizes being one-and-done with an outfit after being photographed in it. Yet, not everyone has the budget and resources of a celebrity like Kylie Jenner to do so. Also, let’s be honest, we all gravitate towards our favorite sweater or pair of jeans when there’s no scheduled shoots for the day.

I maximize my wardrobe by styling what I have in my closet as many ways as possible. A lot of the pieces I own are not some outrageous trendy, so I feel like I can wear them years from now. This is why I love more timeless clothing articles. I am far from a capsule wardrobe, but am slowly getting there!

Related: Fall Wardrobe Staple – Black Ankle Boots

When I do find myself shopping at regular retails (online or in-store), I almost always find myself in the clearance or sale section. To be quite honest, this is definitely not a new thing for me. This is just how I am because nothing makes me happier than a good bargain! These sections should not be overlooked though. Sometimes it’s not all out-of-season styles. For instance, I scored these black boots from H&M for only $15! They are already a staple in my F/W wardrobe!

Photographed by DCPNY

Lastly, if you are a fashion blogger like me, really consider how much you spend on clothing pieces you only wear a couple of times. I am so much happier just knowing I am slowly building a wardrobe that is still reflective of me and at a fraction of the price. Just so you know, I am not saying purchasing something at full price is bad! However, if you have the opportunity to save some money why not take it, right? This might be more relevant to some others considering I am just got out of college and am still very much in that “broke college student” lifestyle.

How to Save Money:

1. Try to thrift as much as possible! You just never know what you can find.

Goodwill Locater

Depop

ThredUp

2. Maximize your wardrobe! Play dress up and make new outfit combinations.

Inspiration: 9 Ways to Wear a White T-Shirt by Aimee Song

3. Stalk the Sales! Also, I always check for coupons when I am out!

Retail Me Not

On a side note, I occasionally get some fashion items sent to me from companies, but I have also taken a new approach to blog collaborations as well. I am a lot more strict about who I work with and making sure our values align. This means turning down some opportunities, so only a small portion of what I wear is sponsored!

All About Self-Control

I hope this helps you in some way or maybe just gives you a new perspective on such a saturated industry! Again, I am not condoning those who have a large budget to spend on clothing, but at this point in my life, I just don’t have the resources to constantly be shopping…and I am so okay with this! Sticking to these tips has really helped me cutback on unnecessary spending. That being said, I hope you will continue to check out my outfit posts! In the future, you can just expect even more thrifted pieces – yay!!

 

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Light Colors in Fall

I was quite concerned because the first week of Fall felt like an extension of summer with unseasonably high temperatures. However, now that it is officially October, the weather has finally cooled down some. Generally, we all tend to move towards a darker color palette when it gets colder, but I decided to pay some homage to my lighter colors in fall because they are definitely still wearable!

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(On a side note, I apologize for not uploading in quite some time. I am a lot more busy now that I have a full time job and sometimes I do not have enough time to get some blogging done by the time I get home from work. I was also away in New York and Pittsburgh for two weekends, so I did not have time to shoot at all. Last but not least, I have a new baby that is taking up some of my time as well! I adopted a baby Holland Lop bunny after years of wanting to get one. I can dedicate a post to her if you are interested, but if you want to keep up with little Mononoke you can follow her on instagram).

Back to the matter at hand, my new job requires business casual so one day I wore this outfit to the office. I went with a long boyfriend fitted tan blazer, a light pink t-shirt and my white skinny jeans (allowed on Fridays) and a pair of brown chunky heels (not pictured). I dressed it up with my gold layered necklaces and classic Daniel Wellington watch. Clearly, I am breaking two rules by wearing light colors since it is now Fall and it is also after Labor Day – haha!

Related: 10 Layering Jackets to Build a Fall Wardrobe

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Rules were meant to be broken though, right? I think especially when it comes to fashion. Wear what makes you feel good and confident. I shall wear light colors in Fall and white pants whenever I please! Help fight the establishment with me and…

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Related: Fall Trend – The Plaid Blazer (How to Style & Where to Buy)


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10 Layering Jackets to Build a Fall Wardrobe

Please understand that Autumn is absolutely my favorite time of year, especially in terms of fashion and this is why I will not let this topic go! I was driving to work the other day and noticed the leaves are beginning to turn vibrant shades of crimson and copper and I immediately busted out all my layering jackets. Last week’s post addressed the biggest Fall trend — the plaid blazer. This week I wanted to share a couple of more casual, transitional coats you need to build up a great fall wardrobe!

Related: Fall 2017’s Biggest Trend – Plaid Blazer

Track LayeringJacket

Slight Chill

Ultimately, these coats are lighter-weight, which makes them perfect for layering. The jacket I am wearing in these photos is a men’s track jacket I found at Buffalo Exchange in Manhattan. The red stripe and the graphic on the back really caught my eye, even though I had no idea what Drakkar Noir is – haha! A quick Google search indicated that it is a men’s fragrance by the brand Guy Laroche. When it comes to outerwear, I always think bigger is better, which is why I was totally digging this oversized fit. Although I am wearing it with a crop top here, you can easily throw on a long-sleeve or a sweater underneath for chillier days.

Cropped layering jacket

Getting Colder

Naturally, if we are discussing layering jackets, I obviously need to pay homage to the denim jacket. This is seriously one of my go-tos when it comes to layering in autumn! You cannot get more versatile and classic than a staple denim coat. Again, I think oversized is the best way to go for a casual, relaxed vibe. However, you can switch it up and opt for a different cut and unexpected color like this cropped mustard denim jacket I thrifted. I actually just wore this out this past weekend in NYC!

Related: Transitioning Your Crop Tops for Fall

Suede layering jackets

Winter is Coming

This last category is for a few weeks from now, when Autumn is dissipating (sadly) and when winter is indeed coming. This means, we need to opt for something a bit heavier than a standard track or denim coat. Last season, one of my favorite layering jackets was this tan, suede coat with faux-fur trim. The neutral color made it so easy to pair with any outfit and the details on the jacket just made everything pop and standout.

I have said it before, but I’ll say it again! Jackets are something I personally horde because 1) I am always cold 2) It’s a great way to add some character and style to any outfit. Layering season is upon us ladies! Let’s take advantage, shall we?

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Fall 2017’s Biggest Trend: Plaid Blazer

The first official day of Fall 2017 is not until next week, however, I feel as if everyone is already in a autumnal state of mind. Thus, I wanted to address one of the biggest emerging fall fashion trends I have noticed  – the plaid blazer. This classic silhouette and glen plaid pattern is very reminiscent of timeless European styles and is definitely making a comeback this season. This past NYFW, I saw big names like Chriselle Lim, Aimee Song and Eva Chen rocking a similar style outerwear.

How to Style:

The week before heading to New York Fashion Week, I happened to stumble upon this glen plaid blazer at Goodwill and it miraculously fit me perfectly. It was a coveted piece and I knew it would be the perfect thing to wear to New York because it’s such a fall trend right now. Although a blazer is often associated with more formal occasions, I knew I wanted to dress it down, so I opted for this plain white crew neck tee from DSTLD (use the code ‘enclothedcognition’ for 10% off) and these grey, distressed boyfriend jeans from Hollister (similar). As far as accessories, my backpack and belt were thrifted years ago and the boots were from H&M (similar).

Related: How to transition your crop tops for Fall

Related: Fall Wardrobe Staple – Black Ankle Boots

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to styling is adding some juxtaposition. I love this outfit because the structured glen pattern blazer pairs so unexpectedly well with the loose boyfriend denim and cropped tee. This combination is a great fall outfit to wear when you want to look effortlessly put-together.

Also, props to Dennis for taking these amazing photos. I met up with him before the Mochi NYFW presentation and it was such a pleasure working with him. If you are into street style, definitely check out his work. He has really captured some beautiful people and outfits!

Related: Benefits of Shoot with a Professional Photographer

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Connect with Dennis: Instagram

 

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Benefits of Shooting with a Professional Photographer

 

Long time no see! Well, if you have not noticed already, I have managed to successfully migrate Enclothed Cognition from Blogger to WordPress.org. I have been wanting to make the jump for quite some time now, but to be honest, the prospect of switching platforms seemed exhausting and challenging to me. Nonetheless, I finally put aside a full day to make the transition from blog to self-hosting. I decided to go with the webhosting company, Siteground, because the reviews were really good and to be honest, they were running a decent Labor Day Weekend Sale (LOL). However, this is a topic for a different day..

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting with Sophie in Philadelphia and these photos are the result! To be honest, I was a little nervous going because I do not have too much experience shooting with a professional photographer. If you did not know, the majority of my blog photos are shot by me with my trusty self-timer and tripod. However, there is definitely a lot of merit in shooting with another person!

Related: When my boyfriend and I participated in a couple shoot

From this shoot, I learned the benefits of shooting with a photographer. I realize this might be common sense to some of you, but prior to this, I never put much thought into it because I liked being a one-woman show. Yet, shooting with Sophie was a lot of fun! I got to shoot in a location I normally would not be comfortable lugging my tripod to. Plus, nothing beats the crispness and the unique shots you can get when having an actual person behind the camera.

Building a relationship with a photographer can also be a really valuable partnership. For instance, I was able to get high-quality images to utilize on my blog and social media outlets and Sophie is able to gain more exposure for her work. I honestly think one of the setbacks is not working solely on your own time and at your own pace. You do need to count on the photographer to send you the shots in a reasonable timeframe.

RelatedHow I thrifted this silk Armani blouse

That being said, I am definitely going to be more open to meeting up with any willing photographers who want to work together. If you are based in Philly, holla at me! I am also going to New York tomorrow to attend one NYFW presentation and I’ll also be meeting up with another professional photographer. I can’t wait to share with you what I will be wearing! Be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can keep up with my mini Fashion Week adventure!

Connect with Sophie: Instagram/Portfolio

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