Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Recession Fashion - Dressing Cute for Less!

I am NO expert on fashion. But a lot of you are always asking me where I get my clothes and because I love to shop cheap.......I was thinking about how times are tough and we are all trying to watch what we spend and we still like cute clothes .......so how are some ways to look cute for less. These are just a few random thoughts. But luckily - I'm going to add a Mr. Linky and I'd love to see all of you do posts on dressing for less and put your link on here so we can all share ideas on where to shop and what to buy!!!
My main fashion plan is to keep my wardrobe doubled by layering. I mostly wear dresses (it's just so easy) - so I like to get sleeveless dresses I can wear in the summer with cute sandals and jewelry and then in the winter - put long sleeved t-shirts under and add tights and boots. It gives me a lot more options. A lot of you asked about maternity clothes. Because the style is empire waist anyway - I wore mostly normal clothes all through my pregnancy - like the dress above. That was summer before I was prego and then winter when I was about to pop. Same dress. (I got it at the gap last year on sale!) (Gap has good sales if you can hang in there).
OH - I need to address the dress/nursing issue. I don't know. Since I can't go anywhere right now - I mostly am wearing jeans and sweats at home. I have a few more weeks before I can figure out how I'm going to handle this issue - you are right - the two do not go together which makes me sad because I like both. :-)

I know ya'll know this - but I'm a big fan of Wal-Mart. I'm telling you they have come a long way. I would have rather DIED a thousand deaths than to have gotten my clothes at WM when I was a teenager but times have changed. How cute is this purple ruffled dress? Purple and ruffles are HOT right now! :-) This is $25. If it's not at your store - just go to www.wal-mart.com.
Another Wal-Mart dress that I'm loving. I think both of these would be cute with big gold jewelry and gold sandals. This is $25 also.
This sweet girl sent me some neat t-shirts while we were in the hospital. One said "Faith" on the front and on the back "what else is there?". I love it - I wear it constantly. I thought this was so cute to wear on the casual days. Check out all the different shirts they have here. (Under $30)
How cute is this dress??? $24.50 at Old Navy and I'm sure if you hold out a little - it will go on sale. This is comfy and cute - I'm thinking for hanging around the house, to a shower, to a BBQ.
I found these sandals at (where else?) Wal-Mart the other night and I couldn't resist. $15!!! So cute!!! These would jazz up any little dress or shorts. (They had them in purple too and I'm so thinking I may need to get them to dresss up black dresses. I mean 2 pairs of sandals for $30 - can't beat that!) (I get a lot of shoes at WM too and they usually end up being my favorites).
The best thing you can do on a budget is just dress up your old clothes with new accessories. I'm a big jewelry girl. It can make a huge difference to what you are wearing. Forever 21 has the cutest jewelry for CHEAP. Yes these aren't peices to last a lifetime but they are great for a season or two. I mean earrings for $5.80.

I've become a HUGE fan of the big cocktail rings (thanks to my SIL, Carrie). They can make an outfit really fun. Look at this one at Forever 21 - $3.80! Seriously - skip a starbucks drink and you've made your outfit! ha!

Another great place for jewelry is Sam Moon. This awesome necklace and earrings - $9.95!!! I've ordered several big chunky necklaces from there and they can take a plain black dress from drab to FAB!!!

Okay - please don't leave me hanging - give us your ideas or cute outfits you have seen for less than $30!! It's almost spring/summer - we need help (FOR LESS!)
(Please only add your link if you are posting about dressing for less!!!!)

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168 comments:

Donnetta said...

Thanks for the tips!

I LOVE me TJ Maxx! You may have to spend a little time there searching, but they have GREAT deals!

Donnetta said...

K - that should say...

I LOVE me SOME TJ Maxx. I think my brain is fried!

tzweed said...

Yea! I'm near the top! I love CATO for cheap jewelry, some cute clothes and shoes. They aren't the best quality, but still cute! Also Target (Tar-Jay) has cute jewelry on clearance and cute shoes.

Chari said...

wow you have some great ideas!

Today's Fordcast - Sunny said...

OMG, there is a HUGE Sam Moon that I HAVE to go to EVERY time I go home (Texas, Dallas area!) actually there is more than one now!

My ways of being thrifty is to always go to the Goodwill store. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't go in there picking up all the worn out ratty looking pieces, but I have picked up some WAY COOL pieces of clothing from there! Some have even had the tags on them still!

I also use the layering technique OFTEN! I will find myself even layering OVER a dress with a sweater to make it look like a skirt!

Buy a pair of BIG - CHUNKY - "clip on" earrings... clip them to the top of your pumps.... adds a great new style without having to buy the actual ones MADE for that that cost WAY too much!

I absolutely adore the pants that button at the bottom to make them shorter for capri length... Longer with a pair of Chuck Taylor All Stars (with cute laces, mind you) and shorter with rockin' sandals!

That's enough for me.... Maybe I should do a blog about the same, LOL!!!! Didn't realize I had so many tricks I was using!

Sassy and Classy Southern Mrs. said...

You are my fashion role model! I boughtthe cutest skirt and top at WM last week and CATO is now one of my new favs! It's so cheap and they get new stuff on every week.

KinaBolina said...

Get friendly with the sales gals and Nordstrom. They'll call you when the racks get down to 50% off or more. I love brand name goodies so I shop sales, sales, sales.
Other faves:
*Nordstrom Rack
*Lands End Overstock
*Sierra Trading Post
*Aerosoles (they have sales where you can stock up because styles go down to $9.99)

I used to buy all my basic tees at GAP (perfect tee), but not I buy them at Wal Mart, on sale for about $5 each. Saves me a ton of money and no one can tell the difference save for me!

xoxo KB

Jennifer Tschepikow said...

my gosh, i LOVE seeing other people that dont like to spend a lot on clothes and things!! i have buyer's remorse (spelling?) if i spend too much on clothes!! ha...i love love love your ideas and the way you look at this aspect!! btw, i started following your blog when your sweet baby girl was born and im hooked! ha...if youd like to visit my blog, ill need your email address bc i just recently changed it to private! hope youre having a wonderful week! youre too cute =)

SarahMerritt said...

My mom is a mgr. at Cato and they can have some way good clearence and I live in old navy stuff. When we get back from shopping I will blog and link!

Staci said...

I am lovin the big rings too, thanks to my 14 yr old who buys them at Claires or Forever 21. They can dress up any outfit or just make me feel sassy!

Serious Shopaholic said...

Great post! Target & Forever 21 are favorites for me, & I love Gap for basics like t-shirts. NY&Co has great sales, & I can't live without Banana Republic Factory store. Sign up for coupons at the register, & you'll receive them in the mail at least 4 times a year. I'm ordering the purple Wal-Mart dress right now!

Jeni said...

Meant to leave a comment with my link but I'm sort of new at the bloggy thing....love your ideas and I LOVE your Harper updates....those headbands...scrumptious! haha Jeni

Trina said...

I am definitely with you on the dresses! I just need more of them :)

Great post. I love SamMoon and F21!

Channa said...

Love the shoes and necklace. I am a Dallas girl and I have been shopping at Sam Moon for 10+ years. Love it!!

Nikki said...

ok...how have I never heard of Sam Moon. I may go broke when I buy one of everything! Thanks for the GREAT find!

Love your blog... I have been following ever since I found the link for Bring the Rain. I am so happy that your sweet Harper is doing so well!!!!!

Nothing but blessings to your family!

BLC :o said...

Greaaaaaaaat post! I love shopping on a dime and being reminded you don't have pay fortune to look like a million dollars. Many thanks. Xoxo-BLC

Rathi said...

I love love love Sam Moon.. We have one about twenty minutes away, it's the best place for jewelry!! Love the whole post and can't wait to see ideas from everyone else! Happy Wednesday!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

GREAT post- thanks for sharing! I've never heard of Sam Moon but LOVE that yellow necklace. I'm off to google it now....

Amber Renee' said...

I love your blog. U give me such cute ideas for clothes..

Auntie D said...

I love reading your posts Kelly! I always try to buy items on sale at Gap, Old Navy and Banana. I often get lots of email deals from those stores. I also LOVE Target, just bought a couple of really cute dresses from there and so thought of you! And they have great shoes too! I will try and post the dresses on my blog. Check them out!

Carrie said...

You are so stinkin cute! I'm a very cheap girl! I love Cato! Love Sam Moon! Love, love, love Charming Charlies! Do you have Charming Charlies?

shelby1232 said...

WOW, I love that Sam Moon website. He has some really cute jewelry. I haven't even gotten to his other handbags or accessories. Thanks for sharing, although I don't think my hubby is going to be so thankful....lol

Fran
Illinois

Tara Gibson said...

I love that wal mart is carrying to the max(which BCBG owns!) love all your finds!

Molly said...

You are the most adorable mom ever. My fashion has evolved into the same thing. Chic for cheap! I try, at least. Hopefully I can create a post on dressing for less. I'm going shopping on Friday!

Kristi said...

Oh, I'm so going to order that necklace!

Alison said...

SO CUTE! And I feel the same way about WalMart...I would have NEVER bought clothes there as a teen, but now love it! They really do have some good stuff! :)

Jennifer said...

These are so cute! I'm wondering how you manage to wear dresses if you are nursing? Is there some trick I don't know?
-Jennifer in OR

Abbie said...

I just wanted to say that you should get on the e-mail list for your favorite stores, because they will frequently send coupons that will help you save money!

a cowgirl at heart said...

This is so ironic. I have had a post all planned in my head about the dress I just bought on eBay that I LOVE! It is a brown chiffon from J.Crew, originally priced at about $200 and I got it for...$60 on eBay, with FREE SHIPPING! Woo hoo! And, it fits perfectly! I am going to post about it right now! But, thanks for doing this because it has been in my "plan" for the last couple of days!

Katy said...

Hey Kelly - I absolutely love the fashion post. I will get some things together and add my link. I love how you find so many cute dresses at Wal-Mart. I will definitely head there this afternoon to see if I can find the great deals! Thanks!
Katy
Oh and litte miss Harper is absolutely precious!

Niki said...

Great tips! Thanks girl!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

Great tips! I checked out the Sam Moom website and it is just awesome...the prices are fab! I can't wait to do a little shopping from that site! Thanks for sharing!

Lauren Kelly said...

Kelly, girl, you're awesome! Loved this, what GREAT tips!!!! :o)

Mare said...

Hi Kelly. I've been reading your blog and I love it. I became a follower today.

I love your fashion tips. After I read your post I made a post about my fashion tips.

Have a great day.

Laura said...

How do you nurse with a dress on? I fancy wearing dresses, but since I am nursing, I just don't see how it is possible....

lizziefitz said...

Kelly, Thanks for the beauty hints. I just spent some change on very cute bling @ sam Moon. I never heard of that site before.The yellow beaded necklace was the 1st item in my cart:)

Carrie said...

Thanks for the shout out Kelly!You know how much I LOVE my big rings.ha! I will post some places I love to shop tonight! Great post!
P.s. I miss yall! We want to come see you and little miss Harper soon! Love, Carrie

Stephanie said...

My shopping cart is FULL at Sam Moon! I can't believe I'd never heard of it! Thanks, Kel!

Kylie, Jesse and Asher said...

Hey Kelly...random question. You used to have a link to a blog of a family who did IVF and then had twins a boy and a girl...Hadley and Cooper I think. I glanced at it a few times and there are some great pictures on there. My friend is having twins and our other friend is kind of a photographer and I wanted to show her....Do you know the link? Sorry to inconvience you??? You can connect to my blog and leave it there or e-mail me at kbarnes@cfccmt.org. Thanks in advance!!! Bless your day and thanks for your great blog!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Kelly! I have been reading your blog since Harpe was born but I have never left a comment, but I am all about shopping for cheap! I have found my absolute favorite spring and summer dresses at Ross! I live close to Nashville and I know they are all around TN, but not sure where else - I have to dig an I used to despise going through every piece of clothing on the rack, but it is definitely worth it, I can get 4 or 5 dresses for $50 bucks!!! They are so cute too!! I love sun dresses but not my arms so I get a ton of cardigans at Target or just wear a jean jacket over it and ome cute flipflops and I am out the door! I will comment on my love for Arkansas another time - my mother was born and raised in the Ozarks and it is my second home!

Aishlea & Brandon said...

Kelly, I have been reading since Harper's birth and I love your blog. Thanks for inspiring a newly married gal! I love your fashion--love your dresses, accessories and all of your advice!

Juli said...

Awesome tips, Kelly! I'm all about dressing fashionably for not much money as well, so thanks for some good tips!

Dawn Massey said...

what a fabulous fabulous post! i am in a serious fashion rut. thanks for sharing. i am going to post a few of my tips too!

Foster Mama said...

I did my Recession Fashion post a few minutes ago on my blog. I've found myself evolving since having kids. I need comfortable, wash n wear, cheap but still cute and stylish. I also had to learn to be okay with my body. To admire it for creating my children and not try to hide it under oversized clothing. I think I'm finally there. Great post, thanks!

Vera said...

Cute stuff!! One thing I did when I was nursing, was to wear dresses like the purple one you posted - I just wore a camisol under it, then I'd pull the top of the dress down and the bottom of the camisol up and that worked. Babystyle had great nursing apparel, but they're gone waaaah booo hoooo *cry* *cry* *cry*

Erin and Patrick Carpenter said...

Kelly! I LOVE the cute sandals from WM and have to have them!!! I looked on their website and can't find them. Help!

Miss B said...

Thanks for all the links!!!

Shawna said...

One of your best points was to skip a Starbuck's drink! At $4 or $5 each once or twice a month, you could buy an outfit on the savings.

I'm a big thrift store girl. People give away clothes with tags still on! You can find some great stuff if you have the time to search.

Also, one of the things that makes you so beautiful is "your head." This always makes my mom and hubby laugh...I'll say "I'm mostly ready; I just have to get my head ready." (meaning makeup and hair)

Anyway, You have gorgeous skin, an incredible smile, joyful eyes, and radiant hair. Sometimes we can look a lot better if we just spend some extra time working on "our heads." :)

Another trick is to wear jeans but buy cute tops. Save $ on cheaper jeans but focus on nicer tops. I'm not a dress fan, but you look great in them!

Jordan Sanders said...

Hey Kelly- Here's a link for 30% off Gap, ON, and BR and outlets this weekend http://www.gapgiveandget.com/np/lls.html

I've always tried to use coupons while things are already on sale.

Jordan

tab said...

I hate to be a negative commentator, but I do have just a tiny thought about Wal-mart- they don't really care so much about how they get their product to sell for cheap. While they do offer good deals, it often comes at the expense of inexpensive labor that is questionable. While I don't want to suggest a boycot of Sam, I would just encourage everyone to do a tiny bit of label research before buying. I promise, no judement here, it's just that once you know about it, it leaves a bit of an icky mark over the stores philosophy.

Anywho, I am a huge fan of designer clothes, but don't desire to pay designer prices. I am a HUGE fan of ebay. While I don't really sell on the site, I dress my girls (1 and 5) almost entirely from there and then suplement with stores like Lohman's. Sometimes I buy new but often I buy gently used (an earth friendly option). If you factor in the shipping price when bidding, you can walk away with steals. I swear, my daughters winter coat (I'll post pics when she gets home from school) was under $15 and is adorable (gently used). I also buy stuff for myself there- currently wearing citizen for humanity prego jeans that are regular price $200, at ebay for $80. I wear them almost every day, so while the price might sound high, I am getting my wear out of them. And don't even get me started on accessory steals! i paid 1 cent + shipping for my sunglasses last summer!!!

Happy Shopping! And again, I am not trying to bash wal-mart, but just thought that I'd throw that out there since it has been on my heart since it was shared with me.

Crystal said...

SAM MOON has great fashion jewelry and they are HUGE. You can buy cute fabulous jewelry for under 10.00 easily. They also have tons of great handbags for 25.00 or less usually.

Also, Kohls. Great sales there, all the time!!

Undomesticated Newlywed said...

Looks like I'm headed to WalMart after work!

UAB mom said...

i had my daughter in April last year and love to wear dresses as well. I just bought dresses that wrapped or were V-neck so I could easily nurse her while we were out. i found a lot of them at old navy or target for cheap!!

Heather said...

My favorite is the jewelry from Sam Moon, I have never heard of it!
And I think I am going to have to go to Walmart now after seeing the dresses! Thanks girl!!

Kelly said...

What a great idea! I plan on getting my post ready for tomorrow. Also, I wanted to ask. Does the Sam Moon jewerly hold up pretty well?

LoriDarlin' said...

Nothing to do with your post, but I read about your little girl in the NICU & that's where my little bub spent the first 29 days of his life. I had Tina as my lac nurse as well!!! Small world - There's a pic of her & my baby, Alex, in a previous post of mine.
Your little one is PRECIOUS, such a cutie, I'm happy she's doing well :-)

Kayla said...

First off Harper is BEAUTIFUL! I just love reading your blog and reading posts about your sweet angel girl! Second off my most favorite place to get cute costume (bold color) jewlrey is the dollar jewelry store! They have several of them around ARKY and a HUGE one in Branson! Also I looovee Forever 21, shopping there makes me feel like a teenager again! haha

Sassy Gal said...

Hey Kelly!
I just wanted to let you know that I'm linking to you on my post for tomorrow...I'm not some weirdo but I am doing a list of links for Spring 2009 Fashion and your's came at a great time. This is my first time to comment but I found you right when Harper was born. What blessings your family have been to so many! Hope you don't mind!
Ashley (Sassy Gal Glamour)

Emily and Patrick said...

Kelly,

I've seen you wearing some cute black wedge boots in your pics... where did you get them??

Corrie Loftin said...

Hey Kelly! I love, love, love your blog! I was wondering if you would mind doing me a small favor? (I know you are thinking, oh great! lol).
I am getting together a team to walk for March for Dimes here in Abilene, Texas. Since your blog is so well known I was wondering if you wouldn't mind posting a link to my blog in one of your posts? This would help so much because it would get people reading about a great cause that we are trying to raise money for. I thought this might be something you might be passionate about as well, since Princess Harper had a little trouble at birth. You are the first person I thought of.. "Kelly's Korner can get people to do this!" lol
Sorry my comment is not "recession sales" related but I did LOVE all your great ideas! Thanks for your help. Corrie Loftin @ mommyloftin.blogspot.com

My name is Megan... said...

cute outfits!! I need to check out WM's clothes more often!! I worked at F21 a few months after college before moving and stocked up on dresses then! A LOT of them...I'm still wearing over 2 years later..key to make them last longer = hang to dry :)

Tracy's Porch said...

I've heard a lot of talk lately about "recession fashion". Yesterday on the radio, there was a lady talking about having a clothes swapping party with friends. Someone hosts at their house and everyone brings clothes, shoes, etc that they are tired of wearing and swap around - that way you get new outfits for $0. Sounded kind of neat - as long as your friends are around the same size in clothing?

I haven't commented in awhile but love coming and seeing new pictures of Harper. She is so precious!

The Higginbotham's Blog said...

I loved your post about dressing for less...last night I went to this Economical Entertaining class and got this recipe. It was DELICIOUS and so easy to make!! Try it and let me know what you think!! It looks really elegant too!

Parmesan Puffs
1 loaf thin white bread
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (use the real stuff)
1 medium onion, sliced in small pieces, placed in water to soak

Pre-heat oven to 400. Using a round biscuit cutter, cut out 30 rounds of bread. (She used small egg shaped cutters, so she got two out of each piece of bread). Mix mayonnaise and parmesan. Spread each round with mayo mixture. Place a small piece of onion on top. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until beginning to brown. Serve hot.

Crystal said...

Thank you Kelly! It really is amazing, she should not be this healthy with her condition, she should not have made it this far without surgery either.. but the defect is there so we still have to have surgery for her to survive. Such a miracle.. GOD IS SO GOOD! Her surgery is scheduled for May 20.

PS.. I love those dresses you have posted. The one from Old Navy I think.. VERY CUTE!! Great advice!!

Rikki said...

I love that purple dress! I have no fashion tips as I am always getting my ideas for people like you. BUT since you live in Arkansas I thought I'd tip you off to a great place in Conway called $1 Jewelry Galore, its in the Conway Commons off of Dave Ward Drive and they have some really cute stuff for $1 it's alot like what you posted, and like you said probably wont last a lifetime but it'll make it through a season or two.

Anna said...

Those sandels are adorable!! I'm going to have to go get me a pair. I've never heard of Sam Moon. I will have to check that out because that necklace and earrings are adorable!!

Fiffer said...

Oh Kelly! Have you gotten me in trouble now, girl! Nothing like a $9.95 necklace or five to brighten up our day! Thanks for the fashion tip. Your blog is fun to read and Harper is just the cutest thing! God bless your family.

The Shabby Princess said...

Ohh, great finds Kelly! I love getting simple skirts and dresses at Target or Wal-Mart because you can mix n match so easily. And I love fun jewelry and shoes, I agree, they really do make an outfit!

Jenna said...

Cute, cheap clothes make my joy complete! Loved this post!!

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Thanks for hosting such a fun event! I love that Sam Moon necklace in your post.

Suzanne said...

girl you are too cute! so many times when i visit your blog--we just have so many things in common! i could have written this fashion post myself!!! LOVE cheap clothes and jewelry to accesorize!! target and old navy are my favs---when i splurge, its francescas!!!

keep on rockin' the cute outfits! you are just adorable!!!

hugs,
suz from steece's pieces

Melanie said...

I bought a couple shirts at Walmart last week, and I thought about you! :)

I'm not sure how much you are able to read through and/or answer comments people leave you... But I was wondering. I haven't read anything about whether you plan to return to work? Or are you going to be staying at home with Harper?

Jessica and Dalyn said...

What a great idea to host!! I couldn't resist joining in!! Thanks for introducing me to Sam Moon, its amazing.

Melanie said...

Oh MY! Thanks for the Sam Moon tip! I have never heard of it before, but have just filled up a shopping cart! Very exciting! Love the tips & can't wait to check out all of the Linkies...
You're the best!

Amy said...

I also have bought cute sundresses at Sears and Kohl's toward the end of the season before they get Fall stuff out (so that means mid-June!). I bought 3 cute sundresses from these stores last summer before we went on vacation for less than $25 each. I love to wear dresses too but our local Walmart stores do not seem to have the cute dresses I see you wear. I guess I need to look online.

Amy

Law Wife said...

I never would have considered shopping for clothes at WalMart, either, but since discovering your blog (and reading that you'll buy clothes there), I've found myself browsing the clothes when I'm at WalMart! Something I'd never done before :)

Kelley said...

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share tips and give tips for dressing cute on a budget.

Heather said...

QUESTION!!! Help me girl!! What part of T.J. Maxx do you shop in? I always feel like I am getting lost in there and never know where to start!!

Amber said...

Love this post! We all need advice on where to shop...check out my blog for my picks!

Amber
www.thepowellfamilylife.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

Hi Kelly! Fun post, I decided to join in too :) I posted my link. Thanks for inviting us to participate!

Ashley said...

I so enjoyed this post. Your shopping habits and mine are awfully similar. I love Wal-Mart dresses (only our store never carries the cute ones, so I always have to go online) and Old Navy and Sam Moon. I like to keep the things I'm looking at in GAP and Old Navy in an online shopping cart, and I check it every so often...so if something's on sale, I can go ahead and order it.

Ashley said...

Kelly! I have to say, I am just like you! All winter I have added shirts that I already had (while being pregnant) with a long sleeve T underneath and added a cute scarf or jacket. It's not about "what you wear" it's HOW you wear it! I love to pair a cute pair of jeans (maybe sevens or something) with a cheap WMT top and fun funky jewls from Forever 21. Forever 21 is my FAV and I usually shop in their for hours for something to cover this belly... but when I do shop- think season, think advance! Something I can wear maybe now for winter, and again for spring/summer! Fun post! Love it! Hope all is well! ;) By the way, it's time to go shopping!!!!! Lets do it!

Leslie Johnson said...

Thanks for these GREAT tips! I can't believe I have never heard of Sam Moon before. They will def be getting some of my money! :)
I used to feel the same way about Walmart, but they have come a long way!

Russ, Anna and Pepper said...

Thanks so much for all your great advice. I actually copied one of your outfits already, a brown crochet top dress from Motherhood. When you were at the hospital still, you wore it with a black top under it, sooo cute and I never would have thought of that. I have linked up my post today for the first time ever, ENJOY!

Brandy said...

Hey! I read your blog often, but do not comment a lot. I just wanted to let you know I found a way around the dress/nursing issue. If you get v-neck or wrap dresses, you can wear a nursing tank underneath them, and then all you have to do is pull the flap of the dress over, undo the tank, and voila! nursing. Just a suggestion.
-Brandy

Ellen said...

Love your blog! I am new to the blog thing and was excited to link a post to your blog. You and your family seem so sweet! Love your fashion finds too... I'm going to have to go find those sandals at Walmart!
~Ellen~

Brandy said...

I am a HUGE Target & Walmart fan. I love Sam Moon, my mom is in the DFW area, so that is the only time I can go, so I thought. Until, I read your blog, & ordered online. Thanks! I also am a HUGE Charming Charlie's fan for CHEAP jewelry. Love to look cute & not spend tons on it!

Mary Avery said...

I LOVE those sandals for spring and summer. I may have to get a pair. Also, I've never heard of Sam Moon. I've now got it bookmarked and can't wait to get some cheap necklaces ordered!

Let'sMakeADifference said...

I'm not sure if you have time to read all of your comments, but my first exposure to 'blogland' was the day after Harper was born. I 'accidentally' found your site while trying to find a blog about decorating your house on a shoestring budget. I stopped to read your blog, and, as many others did, I contacted two email prayer chains to pray. I was so inspired by YOUR blog, that I started my own blog to share tips about mothering and women making a difference. I admire you for how well you handled a tremendously difficult situation with thousands of 'new' friends. Thank you! My blog is Letsmakeadifference09.blogspot.com

Veronica said...

This post is such a great idea. Unfortunately I am not one of the people who will be able to leave any suggestions. I'm the one who needs the fashion advice, LOL! I am always looking for good deals so this should be fun to see what everyone has to say. I actually read this post earlier today, and didn't leave a comment and then noticed you added that part about nursing...I was kinda wondering about that. I would love to try some dresses, especially since I'm getting back into church. Don't know how much longer I'll be nursing now that Audrey's one. Also love your ideas for jewelry too!

Melissa Perkins said...

Kelly, can you please write me and tell me where to get cute and affordable boots?!
I have never worn boots, but I want to start. And I figured since it's the end of the season, maybe I can catch a sale.
Thank you!

www.melissaperkins.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

Great post! Several of the bloggers that I follow post about their expensive purchases, and I am tempted to un-follow them just because I can't relate! I love a good bargain!

Allison said...

ok, so I just realized that you said to post a link - sorry, I wasn't paying attention! I posted a picture but now it's huge.

I'm jealous of your dresses. I wished I liked dresses more!

Lauren said...

I love that other people care about dressing cheap! Well I love tj maxx and target, consignment stores, belks on sale, and goodwill. Believe it or not sometimes goodwill will have amazingly cute NEW stuff depending on where you live. I also like gap sales, and the polo ralph lauren factory outlet. And yardsales sometimes have cute clothes too! You just have to think outside the box-- which you obviously already figured out!

Faith said...

Cute, cute! I think I need to go hit up my WalMart and see what's new there!

Elaine A. said...

I don't shop at Wal-Mart but I do love Target and Old Navy. And Old Navy has tons of cute shoes and sundresses right now.

I didn't think about Forever 21 for accessories (I don't usually go in there since the clothes don't really fit me!). Great tip, thanks! : )

Brooke said...

I have been noticing Walmart is moving up in the world of fashion! I love TJ Maxx and Ross as well. The closest Forever 21 to me is over an hour away :( Thanks for the tips!!

Bethany said...

Kelly, I was just in my Wal-Mart today and I came across (AND BOUGHT) a stinking cute summer dress there. It is by Faded Glory and the top looks like a short sleeved peasant top (gathering around the arms and smocking around the bust) and it comes down right past the knee on me. It is made of a super soft knit. The colors it comes in are black, red, black and white floral, and red and white floral. I got the black and white floral and I plan on wearing it with yellow accessories and sandals! The cost was 14 dollars. The fit of it is really cute!!! I want to go back and get another one!!! I checked the website but it isn't listed yet! You should check it out - I think you'd love it!!!

newmanfamily said...

Just a little help on the nursing issue, if you go out wearing a dress then your best option is a wrap type dress. That is about the only kind of dress I wore for a while after my kids were born.

Leah said...

Great post! I'm always looking for new ideas to dress on a budget.

Gretchen and Jimmy said...

I am soo glad you are doing this!! Plus Kelly you always look so cute and pulled together! I love your style!

Jaclyn said...

I wish you lived nearby...I would SO love to go shopping with you!

Andrew said...

YAY!! This is so fun! I actually posted about this last week so I just linked to my old post! I must admit...I am not a seasoned bargain shopper but as the economy weakens I am getting stronger at managing my little corner of the financial world!! And since I love shopping I need to find a way to do it for less!!

P.S. Glad that little princess of yours is doing so great! She is truly a little angel!!

lindsey said...

Love the post!! I decided to put some more maternity-focused tips since I'm pregnant and shopping cheap while looking cute is often on the brain! Thank you for your tips, and if you visit our blog and read our story, we would love and covet your prayers for our baby girl! God is SO good!! Hope you're having a great evening!

Amber Schmidt said...

I posted a bunch of really helpful tips on dressing your kids from consignment and ebay. I usually pay less than 10% of retail for my daughter's clothing but never compromise. She wears only the best- but for less!

Lana said...

Oh my gosh! I am SO heading to Wal-Mart SOON! I love this!!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love this post....Cannot wait until tonight when
I have a chance to read all the links...Your blog is such a blessing.....

Plus I love reading about ALL the babies....

Teresa

Your girl is beyond cute!

Jill_in_AL said...

Great, very practical and fun post! You would make Stacy and Clinton proud ;-)

I love TJMaxx and Marshalls, and consignment stores. Not sure if our Walmart has the cute things you showed but I'll be looking. I want a couple of cute dresses for everyday this year. Forever 21 is the bomb! Went to their Chicago store last summer and was overwhelmed with joy.

Jenny said...

Great tips. I would love to do a link, but I am so stinkin tired tonight. Maybe tomorrow. My favorite stores for sales is Kohls, Bealls and Target.

Ashly said...

HOW FUN- thanks to you Old Navy got some serious business today. We have never met, but my daughter & I pray for Harper daily (and I have to admit we want to see her outfits everyday too)!!!!

hyperactive lu said...

So, I was in WalMart today and I thought about you! I remember a while back, I read a post about you finding great "finds" at WalMart. When I was a teenager and my mother wanted me to buy my jeans at WalMart, I died! It was horrible! I obviously survived, but have never forgotten! But today, I stopped and looked and there are some REALLY cute dresses! Can't wait to go back and purchase a few when I'm kiddo free!

Cute post, as always!

Christina said...

Hi Kelly!
I didn't read all of the comments, so I'm not sure if any mentioned this.... There are some great stores on the net with nursing clothes and dresses. They look like regular clothes, but allow you to nurse or pump easily and discreetly. Check out expressiva.com , motherwear.com , and mommygear.com . Motherhood maternity also sells nursing tops, but their quality isn't that great and they don't have dresses.

King J's Queen said...

Hi Kelly!

I did the Mr. Linky thing, so I hoped it worked right.

Having been a nursing mom, I can share what worked for me. Obviously, long dresses with no openings at the top don't work particularly well. However, wrap dresses with a splice front are perfect. A word of caution, though. Between feedings, be sure to PIN the splice closed. Little babies know where their food comes from and and will not hesitate to dive right in at really inopportune moments. LOL!

Tops with skirts work well, too. Jumpers with buttons or clips at the top are handy. Of course, any dress that opens in the front will work well. Those that open in the back also will work if you have some privacy. You can either drop the top, or spin it around while nursing.

If you are stuck wearing a full length dress, bring along a wrap to cover your legs (for warmth as much as modesty), then hike it up and nurse away.

It won't be long until the weather is warm enough for lighter weight materials, and those are easier to work with than the bulkier winter weights.

Take care!

Linda said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it. I have gotten a lot of ideas.
Blessings,
Linda

John and Che Acord said...

Wanted to leave you a comment on nursing and dresses. I LOVE wearing dresses and was determined to figure out how to keep wearing them while I was nursing. Rule number one is the hooter hider! Great invention to help cover you up. Second, is to always wear a camisole/spaghetti strap top under everything even t-shirts when you go out. I can wear pretty much anything becuase you can left up your main shirt and then just pull the camisole down to expose one breast. Also, look for dresses that might be a little more lower cut than you are used to but with the camisole it works out. Finally, skirts are just as fun and work well when nursing! Good luck and I love your tips!

Paige said...

I loved reading all of these!! Great Idea!!!

Paige

Alyssa said...

I love your clothes! I put up my link :D

Dianne said...

You girls are so funny. Walmart hasn't changed at all. They have had darling clothes for years. You girls have gone from high school teeny boppers LOL to mature young ladies. Your tastes have changed. I know, I know, I am an old fogie and don't know anything but at least you give me a laugh.

Molly said...

You might check out http://www.expressiva.com/store/Dresses-p-1-c-1.html for some nursing dresses. THey aren't exactly Wal-Mart pricing, but they are great- and if you get 1 or 2 for church and special occasions, it might help you feeling girly this summer! If you nurse long enough, it's more than worth the money- to feel good and be covered. I got 1 or 2 tops from them and loved them!

Lauren Bergmann said...

HI!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU BLOG, BUT YOU GET THAT ALL THE TIME. I OWN A ONLINE CHILDRENS BOUTIQUE AND WOULD LOVE TO SEND MISS. HARPER SOMETHING FROM OUR NEW SPRING LINE!! CAN YOU SEND ME YOUR ADDRESS OR SOMEWHERE WE CAN SEND IT!

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SUGARS!!
LAUREN

Paula said...

Hey Kelly I just linked to your post. I hope you enjoy my little fashion finds! LOL.

pennyg said...

Love your site. I got hooked on it the day before you had Harper- got your site from a facebook page- I think, really cannot remember. Honestly, I have never had the desire to be a blogger but after reading one post of yours- I was hooked. I tell people about you in my home town (Scottsboro, Alabama) all the time b/c I KNOW if you lived here- we would DEFINITELY be friends. Ha! I have already made several of your recipes too. I truely believe that God put you in my path b/c I had been struggle with starting a blog/site for our home town. For years, I have been the one people send prayer requests, forwarded emails for people in need (I am a big charity girl)and basically anthing else happening in our town. I had thought about starting a blog so people could just coem to me rather than me sending out over 1000 emails (litterally) everytime someone sent me an email. You were my inspiration that this could happen and is actually going great. I have been overwelmed with the response that people have had. I have a recipes category on my site and have several of your recipes on their too. I have many more to posts but try to update a couple of times a week so please check out my site if you have time. pennyspurse.com
Thanks again for being my sign from God that this was something that could not only be dream turn reality but a gift from me to our community with sharing what I know.
Thanks and your Harper and your entire family are fabulous!!
Penny Green
Scottsboro, Alabama

Erin McGraw said...

What a great post. I got some great ideas from everybody. Hope all is well.

Josh & Lindsay said...

Hi Kelly!

I am new to the blogging world and was prompted to start one when several friends I've re-connected with on facebook asked if I'd had one. Well, long story short, I got your page from Mackenzie Turrill. And, I noticed that you said something about OBU on your page. Did you go to OBU? We live in Shawnee, although I'm a transplant, my husband grew up in the area. Anyway, I just thought I'd tell you what a great blog you have and I hope that it brings you joy to know that this many people enjoy what you say and do!

Sending many blessings from our family to yours!

Suz said...

I love love love that you posted this blog the day after I dug through the racks at Ross for 45 minutes before triumphantly emerging with 2 cocktail dresses for under $15 each. I'm one of those people who has a really hard time buying anything for full price. Almost everything I own came from Walmart, the clearance racks at Target or Kohl's, and Ross. I mean, I bought my wedding dress on clearance ($212 at Jessica McClintock!!) If you have the patience to dig through those racks, the deals make it so worth it! The way I see it, if you got it at a discounted price, you're not as upset if something happens to it.

And for jewelry... bidz.com. It's an auction site, but you can get really nice jewelry for a fraction of the value!

Melissa said...

I did a fashion post as well! :)

Brandy said...

Hey Kelly! Have you heard the term recessionista? That is what I consider my self, still trying to remain fashinable on a tight bugget! Totally possible! I wore the purple dress, in black, on Sunday. I love it, and it was on sale at my Wal-mart for $13.00!!! And you can nurse in it! Just look for things that are wrap or cross over or low V and add a cami.

Cornwayites said...

Love this post! What great ideas!

Britni and Justin said...

Thanks for the ideas! I immediately went to Wal-Mart and bought some of those purple sandals. LOVE THEM!

It's Good to be the Queen! said...

okay, i am going to give away my secret! I go to the main Goodwill in Tulsa, not for the used clothes but the ones that Target donates to Goodwill that are brand new with the tags on them! I got an adorable little brown dress with black monogram on it yesterday for $5.99 and it is from Target (Merona) and had the original tag from Target on it for $24.99!! Shh, don't tell too many people!!

Lori said...

Hey hope you watched Good Morning America, your post about Recession Fashion was a day early. They talked about mixing outfits to make many different ones, the cutest what adding a belt to a plain dress and it became an empire waist dress and then added a cardigan to it, too cute!

Alise Nettles said...

Kelly,
I wrote you once about my friends that are expecting septuplets. Courtney has gone into labor and one of the babies (a boy) was born yesterday and died. She is at 20 weeks and the doctors are doing everything they can to keep the other 5 babies healthy and in the womb for as long as possible.
http://www.thetippingfamily.com/
They need prayer.
Alise

Amanda Cash Geidl said...

My post yesterday was about shopping for little ones. When you're on a budget, you have to find good deals on kid's clothes! My favorite places for good deals on kid's clothes are Walmart, Target, Kohl's, and Children's Place. And the clothes are always cute!!! Who needs to spend $25 on an Easter dress when you have TWO daughters?

m said...

Thanks for the fun post and for sharing your ideas.
My best tip is that I check ebay for absolutely everything clothing-related before I buy it in a store, because I so often find what I'm looking for there, usually at a much lower price.
Also, I love like vintage/funky style and want a nice change from the Old Navy & Target staples, take a look at this French girl's cute blog:
http://www.thecherryblossomgirl.com/
She is more creative than I am with my clothes, but I like getting ideas about different ways to style things I have.

Hannah said...

Thanks for the tips! I can always use extra ideas.. I had no idea about sam moon- that place is great! Thanks and HAPPY SPRING!!

Today's Fordcast - Sunny said...

Hey, Kelly....

Thanks for your sweet comment. My headache is gone today so I finished my post *with pictures*! Even of my Goodwill find of the century!!!!! (oh and the infamous Chucks!)

Love the blog! Love your passion!

CAMoore said...

Such a good post - if I had a little more time I would do a post and link to you... :)

I am totally going to make a mad rush to our WMT and see if they have those sandals! CUTE!! But I bet you anything, that ours wont have them. You NWA folk get all the great WMT finds...you know being closer to the HO and vendors wanting their stuff to really shine nicely for the buyers! :)

PS. Are you going back to work?

Jennifer said...

Great suggestions, Kelly! Walmart has tons of cute vneck solids right now that are $5 and cute, cute scarves that are $5 as well. I have been wearing tons of those with nursing tanks under them because it makes nursing so easy, plus you still look cute! It's lots of fun to mix and match those scarves with shirts.

I love F21 also! I got a ton there the other day and spent $50!

Kelly said...

Kelly, I am wondering if you are interested in participating in Thursday's thoughts. It is something I came up with and you a always writing about interesting/fun things. I want people to play, but out of all the hits I've got, no one will play along with me. I am wondering if you would like to and then some people that visit your blog could play along too. Check it out if you get a chance.
www.chaseandaigail.blogspot.com

Thanks and give Harper hugs!
Kelly :)

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♥charity said...

I am no fashion expert either but here are some of my suggestions for "recession fashion". . .

1) Express ALWAYS has GREAT sales...it is my "go to" store for cute and affordable!!!

2) Buy simple/classic pieces that will translate easily from season to season and that are ALWAYS in style.

3) Borrow/Share...I am not talking about borrowing your neighbors cardigan to wear to work or church BUT let's say you have a FANCY wedding to go to this summer and you just don't have the right dress or you have already wore your "fancy party dress" to another friend's wedding and don't want to fashion double dip...well call up that always chic well-dressed FRIEND and ask for a loan for the night/weekend and BE SURE to have it dry-cleaned before returning it...

Well that is all I've got for now!!

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Kellie DeLange said...

I love your inexpensive ideas for dressing cute thes days!!! Never would have known Walmart had such cute clothes if not for you!!

Katy said...

I will try to link up later b/c I'm all about turning inexpensive things into Hot and Sassy!!

But let me tell you something>>>
IF you don't have one yet...YOU MUST go to Target and get their nursing tank tops. I wore them seriously everyday (under something) for a whole year, while I was nursing. They are SO easy and I stuck them under tanks, tees, whatever. Then when you pull down the thing for baby to eat, your ENTIRE tummy doesn't show. I'm not in to showing the world my stomach while I breastfeed. I had a white one and a gray one. I aslo used the Hooter Hider nursing cover ...it is also wonderous!!!

Have a great day!! -Katy

Stacie said...

great ideas! i love wearing skirts and dresses, but have trouble finding really cute ones... i can't wait to do some spring shopping (maybe online at walmart)! thanks for your great ideas.

emily said...

Thanks for posting the link for Sam Moon!! I had never heard of his line... I bought quite a few things off of the site yesterday and was still in shock when I saw how low the $$ total was!

fun, fun!

Bethany said...

I ordered a Faith t-shirt and a Rebel one!! Soooooo cute!! Thanks for the website.

The Williams Family said...

I go to two coupon sites that work so well. The other day I ordered a new bag for my husband for church, and went to http://www.retailmenot.com/ and got a free shipping code!! It was so cool. I saved $8!! The other good one is coupons.com. Both good sites!

Katie said...

Thanks for this great idea to share deals! I love to shop, but with money so tight lately, its great to find ways to get more for your money!

Brad said...

I linked to http://www.uniquechicjewelry.com/ which is a business my friend started. The prices are good and the quality is amazing.

Happy Shopping,

Shelly
www.psalm105and4.blogspot.com

Holly Lane said...

Fabulous Post. We feature a weekly column called frugal fashion finds at HauteCowgirl.com

You offer some great and fun options! Nice work!

bbux01 said...

Kelly:

My name is Becky Buxton and I live in Auburn, AL. I was referred to your blog for prayers when Harper was born, and I am now addicted. I have been so invested in Harper's recovery and I think part of the reason is that she looks so much like my 7 month old did when she was born! I am so thankful that Harper is doing so well.

As for the dress/nurse issue...I too wear dresses everyday and I have found that a wrap dress, or a dress with a loose neckline, is far easier to nurse in than anything else. All you do is pull one side down - which can actually be done in a very discreet manner.

Good luck! We will keep Harper and your family in our prayers.

Warm Regards,
Becky

TheDPGang said...

You have such great tips and fashion. I actually have the dress from Old Navy...I love it! It is so comfortable! And I used a coupon to get a little off the price.!

Beth said...

This post was a great idea, Kelly! I'm number 101 on the list. Go check out my blog for my tips!

PS. I hate to break it to your hubby, but Sweet Baby Harper looks just like her mama!

~Melissa~ said...

I'm a big fan of trying to make things myself. Now, I have yet to make myself something, but I've created several boutique-style dresses for my daughter. I do like to make my own jewelry as well--nothing too fancy and Hobby Lobby has a great beading aisle with lots of great ideas.

When shopping online, I search for online coupons before I even go to the site.

Oh, I'm a big fan of Wal-Mart clothes, too. :)

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I LOVE this! I am such a bargain shopper too so it is so great to hear and see some more great options! And the pics of you and Harper in the same dress are absolutely adorable! I am so glad that you guys are doing well!!

Heather said...

I have the "Faith" t-shirt and the "Mom" t-shirt you mentioned...love them both!!! (And that sweet girl who sent them is one of my dearest friends!)

Carey said...

Outlet Malls!!! I love them. All the designer look for half the price! Know what to invest in. For example, I wear alot of jeans. So invest in a couple really good pair and then put cute tops and jewelry with them!
Your little girl is too precious! Your family will go on my prayer list!
Girls are so much fun!

Those Crazy Clarks!!! said...

You have inspired me to pull out my skirts! I guess I thought they were for dress up so they have just been hanging in my closet waiting for the perfect day. What better thing to "dress up" for then a day of homeschooling my 3 kiddos and even a trip to the park! I even went to Target tonight and found 2 more. I think I found my style for the summer. T-shirts and cute knee length skirts with flip flops!

cassie said...

Thank You everyone for sharing your bargain hunting tips! I love them all =)

Harper is adorable!

Alison said...

i'm loving all the suggestions! i'm posting some of my favorites that i learned about from your great followers.

Shannon and Carey said...

Hi Kelly,
Thanks for a great post! Was so much fun to participate in.
Kisses to Harper :)
-Shannon in Austin

The Garners said...

Fun post--you always look so cute!!!

I'm glad you posted about that black dress that ties in front--I have that same dress and forgot about it for pregnancy--I might "dig" it out for church this Sunday and put a shirt underneath it like you did! Only two more Sundays of pregnancy dress...we're scheduled to induce on the 26th!!! I'm excited but also a little sad that it's coming to an end--never to be pregnant again (at least I don't plan to be!)

Have a great weekend

Kaycee said...

Just found your cute blog and thought I would join in.

Thanks for hosting.

Vintagesquirrel said...

As one of the many who prayed for Harper and your sweet family, I am so happy that everything has turned out as it has :)

I just love all your choices here. I have recently become more of a skirt wearer, as I find them exceedingly comfortablle.

I am a big believer in shopping at thrift and consignment stores. Of course, it's definitely hit-or-miss, but when you hit it right, Wahoo! Check out my post of a recent succesful thrifting expedition.

Alicia said...

Great idea for a post. I added a bit about it to my blog also. I tried to think of somewhere to shop for less that no else had mentioned. Love the layering the dress idea, I will certainly have to try that! Harper is beautiful!

Kylie said...

that purple dress you posted about and any made like that are GREAT for nursing- as long as it has a criss cross kind of front, it is the easiest thing ever to nurse in! One Hot Mama online has REALLY cute nursing clothes that are really expensive :) but looking on there for ideas and then finding knock-offs cheaper elsewhere works!!

Kathleen said...

Thanks for all the tips on shopping smart! I'm still learning how to do that! I ended up ordering the blue walmart dress and have been scoping out Sam Moon's jewlery! Keeping my fingers crossed that the dress works out - It's a great deal!