How to Live the Preppy Life on a Budget

Hey guys, M here, and today we will be talking about my tips for living life in the preppiest way possible. For most of us (the wannabe Blair Waldorf’s of the world) preppy living may seem like a very lofty goal. It can be discouraging at times when we can’t afford the most high-end products, but there are ways to live this kind of lifestyle when you have to deal with a budget. In this post, I am going to share with you my five tips on how to live the preppy life on a budget.

  1. Shop the sales
    1. Over the years, I have found that subscribing to my favorite brands email lists to be notified of sales is extremely helpful when trying to shop for expensive items. Another helpful thing that I have learned over the years is that even though it is frowned upon in 10 Things I Hate About You, shopping at the outlets is very helpful when trying to shop on a budget.
  2. Look for student discounts
    1. Many stores, such as J Crew and Kate Spade, offer student discounts. All you need to do is show them your student ID at checkout and you’re good to go.
  3. Be prepared to wait for what you want
    1. Sometimes, we can get an item in our minds, such as a specific handbag that you have been eyeing or a pair of shoes that you have been dying to buy, but looking at the price tag nearly gives us a heart attack. It can be frustrating to have to wait to get something, but just the simple act of waiting until it is on sale or for a birthday can making a lasting difference.
  4. Shop for long lasting, classic pieces.
    1. Quality over quantity is a mantra that I live by when shopping. Building a preppy wardrobe becomes much easier when you select pieces that you know will still be in your closet after five years- and your wallet will thank you too. (Brand suggestion: Jack Rogers sandals, even though they are expensive, are a closet staple that you will have even after years of wear and tear.)
  5. Find a style icon
    1. Preppy style, while very specific, can also become a very broad category. There are many different kinds of preps, such as southern, New England, ect. To help put an end to some of this confusion, finding a style icon is a must. This can help with lists for large shopping sprees to even something as simple as picking out your outfit for the day. (Icons: Blair Waldorf, Audrey Hepburn, Kate Middleton, Jackie Kennedy.)

I really hope that this post was helpful, and be sure to like and follow for more!

xx. M

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