Practical & Frugal Tips on Dressing Modestly
Thankfully, with the internet, we now have many great options of buying modest clothing online even if we can’t find clothing in our local stores. I shared a list of my favorite modest clothing companies. But this can get expensive!
We were married while we were still working our way through college, and since graduating we have been trying to save for a house and now we are saving for our twin boys on the way. I don’t have a very big clothing budget but still love to get some new (to me) cute and modest clothing! And I do it on a dime!
Stock up on the Basics
The key to my modest dressing success is layering, layering, layering. Once, in Ross, my sister’s and I found some camisoles that were long enough and high enough without falling down throughout the day. BUT this is the only time we have been able to find camis in store that are high enough and don’t fall down throughout the day.
So this is the one area I spend a little bit of money. I buy my cami’s online. Apricot Apparel is my favorite cami store!
Their cami’s are $12.95 a piece. I bought a white, black, and brown one first and then later went and bought a pink and red one. But I find that my white, black, and brown work so well under every outfit!
Here I’m wearing my brown cami at the fair with my hubby!
I would normally never be able to wear this shirt!
What you can’t see is that half of the back of this shirt is see through like the shoulder straps. But with the Mod Bod tank, it has become one of my favorite summer shirts!
I have a brown, black, white and pink tanks. Their layering shirts are also awesome and I plan to buy a few next time they are at our Costco again. Check this list to find out when they will be at a Costco near you!
Shop, Shop, Shop!
I know this sounds counter productive to trying to dress modestly for cheap but it’s what lets me find all the good deals!
Every time I pop into Target for something, I head straight past their regular clothing and make a beeline for their clearance racks. I quickly browse through and then move on. Sometimes I don’t find a thing and sometimes I find the perfect shirt or dress for pennies compared to what it originally cost!
But it takes diligence and is harder than just walking into a store and buying some clothing. My favorite stores are Target, Kohl’s, Ross, and Walmart (their clothing has actually gotten a lot better!)
Please note: I am 17 weeks pregnant with twins in the following pictures so excuse me if things are a bit tight 😉
Shop Thrift Stores
I know to some of you, this grosses you out! But please don’t let it. Goodwill and other thrift stores near you can be an excellent source of clothing! I don’t know about you, but I find that most of the “modern cool” clothing is just NOT my taste lately. Thrift stores offer some great alternatives for cheap!
Sometimes, Goodwill seems to be picked over and sometimes I don’t have enough money to spend on all the great things I find! Just keep looking! Next time you are near Goodwill stop in and spend 20 minutes browsing the dresses and tops really quickly.
Get familiar with the days that they bring in new inventory. And find what days they offer deals. Every item at Goodwill is marked with a colored tag. Each week one of those colors is half off! If you are tight on money just stop in and browse that color each week.
Do you have any tricks or favorite shopping places to find cheap and modest clothing? Please share!
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