Bang or Bucks – Shopping for Fashion on a Budget!

April 10, 2018

Fashion on a budget

The April 2018 Edition:

Welcome to a brand new segment here at Forty Up – Bang or Bucks?! Where we’ll be shopping for fashion with a budget!

I love fashion.  It’s not just clothing to me, it’s an expression of my personality, how I’m feeling that day, a living work of art!  And I want that feeling to be available to everyone, regardless of their size, age or in this case, budget!

So I’ve hit up two very knowledgeable friends of mine, Beth from Almost Posh & Stacey from Stace McGregs, (I’ll give you all their details below so you can continue stalking them & their Insta pics later on!) to help me sort out the best fashion buys of the month within a certain budget.

I’ve given the three of us a hypothetical clothing spend for the month.

Beth has $150, Stacey $300 & I get a whopping $600.

I’m super interested to see what we’ll all choose to spend our money on each month.  Will it be an entire outfit or just one special piece?  Do we shop with care & consideration, or do we fly by the seat of our pants & go mad with our bucks? In six months time we’ll look back on what each of us got for our moola & how they added to our wardrobes.

So, without further ado – let’s see what’s in our Shopping Carts for April!

Almost Posh

I’m Beth from, where I bring news of more luxe for less bucks.

As the bargain basement blogger, I have been assigned a budget of $150 for the month to pretend spend and I am all about getting maximum bang for buck so I set about trying to find a complete outfit for that amount of coin.

Well autumn is well and truly upon us, although you wouldn’t know it, considering it’s a brilliant 35 degrees right now here in Adelaide. I suspect it’s largely my doing – having stocked up on a few long sleeved items over the past few weeks. Anyway, when the cooler weather does eventually land, (and it will) you’re going to want something a little more substantial to get out and about in.

With my 150 bones to pretend spend, I’ve gone full Casual Friday in this selection from ASOS. What I love about ASOS is they give you a size recommendation based on what you’ve bought previously and not returned AND the app gives you suggestions based on that AND you can upload photos of outfits you like and get possible inspo from that as well. SO GOOD.

Anyway, enough of the ASOS fan girling, let’s make it rain. All items shown are currently full price, so wish list and wait for a sale, you could get them even cheaper!

Budget Clothes Online Australia

Bershka Multi Stripe TShirt $14, New Look Jenna Black Skinny Jean $26, Soft Chuck on Blazer $60, Boohoo Flat Chelsea Boot $40, Kingsley Ryan Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Hoop Earring $10

A wardrobe staple, you absolutely cannot go wrong with a pair of black skinny jeans. They are very affordable at 26 bucks so I take no responsibility if they have that weird cheap black denim smell. (There is no getting rid of that smell – I have soaked in vinegar before and then they just smell slightly less weird but with vinegar overtones.)

As we all know and accept, stripes are life. This extremely affordable classic stripe has a pop of red around the collar for something a bit different.

Nights are cooler and as the very name of this item suggests, this is perfect to chuck on for after-work drinks and the colour is bang on for AW18. Another thing I love as a shorty are the shorter sleeves that won’t flap around my wrists! (quietly adds to wish list).

You’re going to need something on your feet for this exercise, preferably with a closed toe. These sensible selections can stand up to a civilised bar hopping journey and standing around waiting for your Uber after.

Finally, wack these understated sterling silver hoops in your lobes . . . see how the stripes pick up the stripes of the top? Genius.

There you have it, desk to dusk for exactly $150. Enjoy!

Stacey McGregor BloggerHi, I’m Stace, I’m a curve model, aspiring comedian and fashion instagrammer (@stace_mcgregs).  I spend my days documenting my life in full colour, comedy and croissants with regular features from my rescue Staffy x Sausage dog Rex. 

With my $300 hypothetical spend this month I’ve invested in a classic great coat with a great  statement neckline.  This coat is a beautiful neutral which you would look fabulous with a paired with a print or block colour. Dress up with heels or boots, or down with weekend style kicks.

One of my favourite colour combinations is baby pink and grey, so I’ve picked this adorable relaxed beanie to accessorise with the coat.

Skinny Denim jeggings so comfortable it’s like wearing socially acceptable pyjama pants in public.

This long sleeve tee is so cute, and a steal at $32.95.  I don’t speak French, but my shirt does.

Fabulous look for $300… Tre Bien!

Plus Size Fashion Online Australia

Celina Wide Collar Coat, $99, Maxine Blue Skinny Jeans $139.95, Relaxed Beanie $29.95, Denim Margot Long Sleeve Top $32.95 all from Blue Bungalow

Big Budget

I can only dream about spending $600 a month on fashion.  But I know there’s people out there that do, & there’s certainly many, many gorgeous things I would purchase if I had this kind of cash! 

I’m hoping that the old adage “you get what you pay for” might work in my favour in this category & that the pieces I choose to spend my $600 on will stand the test of time!

With the mornings already getting cooler, my thoughts are turning to options that will stretch out my summer tees & dresses that teeny bit longer into the Autumn weather.  So this month I’m spending all my budget on two jackets that will be on trend & stand the test of fashion time.

My first purchase is a tweed blazer from Decjuba at $139.95.  I love the double breasted, long line style (hello 80s child!).  This style will look fab over a t-shirt with jeans or with a black dress for the office.  Win, win – I just know I’m going to get heaps of wear from this one.

My next purchase is a leather biker jacket which is a wardrobe must have.  Even if you can’t afford a real leather one, there are plenty of great imitation options out there for much less money. I love the timeless cut of this jacket & I know it will only get better with age. This one from Decjuba is $449.95.

And just like that, my $600 total has been reached!  I feel great about these purchases knowing that they are going to last & will get plenty of wear.

Must Have Autumn Jackets

Chloe Double Breasted Blazer $139.95, Charly Leather Biker Jacket, $449.95 both from Decjuba


So there you go – that’s how you can get some winning looks at any budget!  I’d love to hear what you think about our choices!  Would you be a Bang or a Bucks kind of shopper?

And don’t forget you can stalk, I mean check out, Beth & Stacey here: Beth at Almost Posh here on Instagram & Facebook.  And Stacey here on Instagram & Facebook.

See you next month, where we’re going to do it all again!



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