5 Tips To Build A Banging Petite Wardrobe On A Budget

Outfit Details

BlankNYC Leather Jacket: XSmall             Cathrine Malandrino Over The Knee Boots: 6
Levi’s 710 Skinny Jeans: 27in x 28

I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

We’ve all had the moment when you find the most beautiful fashion item to add to your wardrobe, till you see a price tag that makes you choke.

Well, it turns out you can find stylish petite clothing for a great wardrobe, without breaking the bank in the process. And it is easier than you think. By following these 5 tips and tricks you can find great fashion pieces to add to your wardrobe without blowing through your budget.

fashion on a budget- leather jacket

Tip 1: Though Shall Not Fear Second Hand Stores

I am not sure when or where some of these stigmas about second hand or clearance store became a thing. But basically, ignore anyone who says that these aren’t gold mines for finding some of the best pieces for your petite wardrobe from your favorite designers. At the end of the day, if you are looking for the best high-end pieces, they may be a season or two outdated, but you can find them at places like Ross, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack, or Last Chance if you are lucky enough to live in Arizona.

A Guess bag, Steve Madden boots, or Lucky Brand jeans for a fraction of what they cost brand new. Finding last seasons looks or second hand gently used garments is nothing be ashamed of and means you can save yourself some money while rocking some designer duds. I’ve found some of my favorite pieces at stores like this, and wish I had found them sooner.

On top of being a good place to find some deals, such as this amazing leather jacket which I bought for about half price, Nordstrom Rack also has an amazing petite section that you are sure to want to browse for business and casual essentials alike.

fashion on a budget- Over The Knee Boots

Tip 2: Poshmark is Queen

If you don’t know what Poshmark is than you really need to get your life together. Okay, I mean maybe that is a little aggressive but seriously this app is a lifesaver when it comes to finding great items at a steal. How it works:

It is basically like eBay completely devoted to fashion.  You can sell and buy gently used second-hand fashion items such as clothes, bags, shoes and everything in between. Offering protection for both buyers and sellers Poshmark is an online marketplace that has been key to building a wardrobe that I love. Buy petite clothing from the other petite women out there who love fashion just like you at a fraction of the cost of buying them from stores. Not just for high-end fashion either you can find everything from your favorite department stores too. Because who hasn’t had that moment when they can’t get an item they saw at the store last season out of their head. Well, now you can go find it on Poshmark.

Petite Leather Jacket

Tip 3: Once A Year Clean Out Your Closet

Get rid of the clutter. Seriously. I have fallen into this trap time and time again where I constantly find some things I haven’t worn in years. Even though all of the moves I’ve made through the years I always end up finding the junk that’s gone untouched. Once a year take some time and get rid of the things you don’t wear, that don’t fit or are too worn out to wear. Cause even though our petite clothing maybe small, it sure can clutter up a closet awfully fast.

It gets better though:

Because once you purge out your closet replace those items with things that you will get a lot of wear out of, not just for the next year but for many years to come. Slowly you will get rid of the things that you no longer need, resell them if possible to make back some of the money and help budget for future purchases.

Tip 4: Make A List To Purchase During Sales

I know its always tempting to purchases that dynamite dress right then and there but by keeping a list of items I want to purchase during a sale, I’ve been able to save some major cash while still getting the amazing pieces that I love. Usually, at the end of the season, most major retailers have sales for all of the items that are about to be out of season and well, I am like a bomb-sniffing dog finding those great deals on petite clothing.

Whether it’s my favorite Ponte pants from Ann Taylor or jeans from Levi’s waiting for the perfect moment to purchase them for saving some major cash dollars. This tip has been a lifesaver in helping me find the clothes I really love that will last for years to come.

fashion on a budget

Tip 5: Give Up The Fast Fashion

At the moment it might seem like a bargain to spend only $5, $10, $15 bucks but when it falls apart after only a couple washes or by the end of the season you won’t be thinking it was such a good idea. You’ll end up buying the same pieces over and over again, wasting money along the way. Now over time, most items that get worn on a daily basis have to get replaced but especially for classics, invest the money that will let them last for years and it will end up saving you a dime in the long run.

Learning to invest in my petite clothes to save my budget over the long run is something that has taken me a very long time to learn. And is still something I struggle with. Now of course, if you are only going to be wearing the outfit once or twice, then fast fashion is the way to go, but for your, everyday must-haves save your self the money and go for some quality.

Rockings some great fashion for us shorter ladies doesn’t mean you have to blow the budget. Be smart and invest when its right and try to avoid wasting money on the fast fashion pieces that don’t last.

I hope this will help you save some money and build a wardrobe that you love, full of pieces that fit perfectly and create some beautiful petite outfits.

I hope you all have a great weekend!





  1. Robin Sherrill

    October 20, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Great advice. Would love updates to your guidance. I own a hair and day spa and love to look like I know what fashion is all about. Please help me. Also I’m 53 going on 25. Lol

    1. Charlie

      November 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Haha I understand this feeling! If you have any specific things you need help with let me know and I can write a post to help!

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