Bang or Bucks – Shopping for Fashion with a Budget!

March 12, 2018

Fashion on a budget

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 March!

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.

While I would normally scour the sale section, items are shown at full price but I have seen them discounted recently.

I built this look around a wrap maxi from Cotton On that I did buy for reals at full price (then it was 50% off a week later, worst) I added a pair of transeasonal cut out boots from Rubi for a bit of edge, then kept the vibe going with this on-trend straw bag and dangly earrings.

Keep an eye out and you could get them for an even sweeter deal.

Total budget: $150.00

Total spend: $149.80

Bang or Bucks?

Katies Straw Crossbody Bag, $29.95, Cotton On Caitlin Kimono Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress, $49.95, Katies Lyrical Earrings, $19.95,  Rubi Roxanne Buckle Boot, $49.95


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. 

Today I was given a mid-level budget of $300 for the month.

I had a wee splurge within that budget on shoes.  These are the NIKKi heels from Frankie 4 Footwear, and they are the workhorse of my shoe wardrobe.  I’ve deemed them the ‘go-with-everything heel’, it can take me from the office to drinks and even to the catwalk.  Not only is it podiatry designed (so good for your feeties), they are elegant and make your legs look longer.  #legsfordays 

They are an investment piece at $220.00, but if you can’t invest in your feet that carry you everywhere, what can you invest in? At least that’s what I tell myself.

Keeping with living a life of full colour, I’ve picked a dress in a fabulous coral colour.  This is the Jordan dress from Blue Bungalow.   I recently wore this dress in a photo shoot, and the flattering cut made my waist look far smaller then it deserved to look (remember the croissant comment earlier?) So, this frock is a winner in my books.

Total budget: $300.00

Total spend: $289.95

Which leaves me $10.05 for a coffee and croissant.

Styling for Curvy Girls Australia

Blue Bungalow Coral Jordan Dress, $69.95, Frankie4 Nikki Heels, $220, 

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!

I’ve always wanted a pair of Golden Goose sneakers, so this month I’m spending my whole budget on these babies.  Aren’t they beautiful??!!  I would team them with a gorgeous flowy maxi skirt or with jeans. 

I’m telling myself this purchase is totally justifiable because I wear sneakers pretty much every day, so why not make them especially beautiful ones?! 

Total budget: $600.00

Total spend: $570.00 (allowing for currency conversion & delivery)

With my left over money I’ll be able to shout both the girls to that coffee & croissant, or roll some cash onto next month!

Golden Goose Sneakers online australia

Style Bop Golden Goose Mid Star Sneakers, $526


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!  Interesting that a whole outfit was purchased for the least amount of money! 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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  • Jenni from Styling Curvy

    Bloody brilliant!!!!

    • So much fun to do – but now those $500 sneakers are haunting me – the ad is popping up everywhere I look!!!! 😉

  • Jodie Carter

    Interesting concept. InStyle Magazibe has been doing this concept for years and it’s one of my favourite segments. They generally base it on the Editor getting the biggest chunk of cash, the intern the least amount and someone who’s in between those two occupations who has the middle amount. Always interesting to see who buys what and how they style it.

    • Yesssss Jodie!!! I totally stole that idea because I loved that segment too!!! I don’t think they’re doing it anymore?? xx