I love this post! Here's why. Two of my budget-friendly style commandments are at work here.
1. Only buy pieces that you can mix and match. If you pick up an item in a store and can't instantly think of 2-3 items of clothing currently in your closet that you can wear it with, put it back. I'm talking more than just, "Oh hey, this tops goes with two colors of denim and khakis." No, in order for a new piece to come home with me it needs to inspire multiple looks with existing items, preferably across multiple seasons. Mixing and matching is the easiest way to maximize your budget and your wardrobe.
Here, I style my yellow piped Banana Republic blazer three ways for spring. The look on the left is an everyday look with all white and a pop of color with teal wedges. The middle style would be cute for a date (ice cream dates are personally my favorite). And on the right we have a look that is work appropriate but still fun. For winter I can think of many more combinations for this blazer. Versatility is the key word when it comes to budget fashion.
2. Stalk an item before you buy. As I talked about in my post here, I wanted this blazer for months and months. But at $150, it was way out of my budget! I kept an eye out for coupons in my email and also checked Banana Republic online to see if/when it went on sale. Sure enough, my patience paid off and I got this lovely lemon beauty for 50% off. $75 for a high quality and versatile piece was an investment and certainly out of my normal range but well worth it.