As I began to have a little bit more money (and by that I mean an extra $20 here and there, nothing more!), I started reading fashion magazines and haunting stores like Kohl's and Dillard's just to get an idea of what I'd like to own, even though I couldn't afford to shop there. Every once in awhile I'd run into a great deal while I was doing this 'homework', but more often than not, I just felt discouraged that I wasn't going to be able to afford to dress the way that I 'felt'. I made myself a deal that I wouldn't buy clothes just to have them; I would only buy pieces that I really liked. I also set a limit of how much I would spend on a single piece. For instance, I still to this day will not spend more than $15 on a shirt, more than $10 on pants, and my only real splurge is my shoe clubs where a pair is $40. Once I had a good idea of the clothes I thought I'd feel the best in, I went to the thrift shop "just to see".
|100% silk Ann Pinkerton blouse|