This summer I’m guest posting for YNAB which I previously waxed poetically about for 1,000 words over here. It’s a lot like Car Talk, but it’s just me talking about my budget and has nothing to do my cars. Maybe it has less in common with Car Talk than I thought. RIP Tom Magliozzi.
New Yorkers come in all different shapes and sizes. Colors? Not so much. The trope is true, New Yorkers wear a lot of black. We’re obsessed with looking effortlessly chic in a city where maximum effort is mandatory and our chicness? Well, it has to endure endless, crowded, filthy subway platforms with ease.
Whether you’re a native New Yorker (does such a thing even exist?), or just visiting for a weekend, here are some tips I’ve found to stay stylish in the Big Apple on a budget. Or, at the very least, not stick out too much.
Where else, but in New York City, is stepping in a puddle of bleach something that could actually happen, well, ever? (Unfortunately, I wasn’t exactly going for an acid-washed look that day.) This leads us to my first tip: spend money on clothing when it really matters and skimp when it doesn’t. Budgeting 101.
Take shoes, for example. When everyday’s a Disneyworld walk-a-thon, it helps to have shoes that you don’t mind sacrificing to whatever the city throws at them. Including bleach. And, yes, that means I’m guilty of owning several pairs of cheap and cheerful shoes from Old Navy.
But while fast fashion can seem like the answer, remember that it’s called “fast” for a reason. A lot of times, these pieces have the life expectancy of the common fruit fly (not good for the budget!). So, when I’m feeling tempted by H&M or Forever 21, I head to the nearest boutique thrift store, instead…
Sound good? Full post over at YNAB! Everyone’s friendly neighborhood budgeting software.