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Can’t afford to be fashionable?


A huge misconception (that I am guilty of believing myself) is that you have to have a lot of money to really be fashionable and that if you do, you are. In popular culture, it’s very rare that young fashion icons get recognition for their wardrobe/accessories if it didn’t cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.

I feel jealous more often than I’d like to admit of people who can afford to dress designer from head-to-toe every day. And by people, I don’t mean celebrities. I have no trouble drawing that line between celebrity culture and reality. I mean friends, acquaintances, other fashion bloggers, and even just hypothetical people. My taste level is exceptionally high which creates a problem. What I want ≠ what I can actually afford. Many of my favorite brands, I own nothing from! Badgley Mishka, Jimmy Choo, Ted Baker, Valentino, Chanel, Burberry.

What I’m fortunately beginning to realize is that doesn’t mean I can’t love and appreciate these designers the same as, or even more than, those who wear them frequently. And it also doesn’t mean that I should feel weird about wearing high-street brands. Most people (incorrectly) assume that I make everything I wear anyway, so they’d never know I got that cute little sweater off the clearance rack at H&M! If you know how to shop, you can do very well on a budget and be satisfied even if you have a high taste level. 



42 Comments leave one →
  1. Rafaela permalink
    25/08/2014 6:20 PM

    Very nice post 🙂 its all true! the must important is that you like and feel good about what you wearing 🙂


    • 25/08/2014 6:25 PM

      Thank you very much! Best wishes always. I love your blog 🙂


  2. 25/08/2014 7:20 PM

    I agree with you, dear, you wrote here about important issue! I also don’t think that “to be trendy, stylish = you need a lot of money”.


  3. 25/08/2014 7:27 PM

    Totally true! Fashion is all about knowing how to pieces things together and wearing them with confidence!

    — Michelle | MXP STYLE


  4. 25/08/2014 5:45 PM

    Danke, für deinen lieben Kommentar.
    Mir gefällt dein Header super gut. Hats du den selbst gemalt? 🙂

    Liebste Grüße,
    Lisa von Ash Blonde


    • 25/08/2014 5:56 PM

      Bitte schön! Und danke! Ja, zog ich es! Herzlichen Glückwunsch! 🙂


  5. mademoiselle mode permalink
    26/08/2014 9:44 AM

    True !



  6. 26/08/2014 11:42 AM

    The only truth is feeling good yourself! all the other things doesn’t mind!! kisses!!


  7. 26/08/2014 3:31 PM

    I couldn’t have said that better myself!
    My main goal is not to look like everybody else, so I always try to find unique (but still affordable) things, I’m always looking for bargains at thrift shops or markets and mix them with those pieces from H&M that I haven’t seen on others too much.
    Nevertheless, one can always dream of having that pair of Louboutins or that Burberry trenchcoat in the closet (and maybe not just one…). x

    Rona from threepinkcats


  8. 26/08/2014 3:51 PM

    Very interesting post and blog! 🙂



  9. 26/08/2014 7:52 PM

    Great post :))


  10. 26/08/2014 8:58 PM

    Totally agree with your views!


  11. 26/08/2014 9:12 PM

    This is a lovely post. Having style doesn’t mean wearing designer!


  12. 27/08/2014 12:49 AM

    What a great fashion philosophy!

    xo, katie // a touch of teal


  13. 27/08/2014 4:29 PM

    this is such a great post! have a lovely day :))



  14. 27/08/2014 4:40 PM

    I’m also convinced, that a good taste is not connected with expensive pieces! In fact I saw often the opposite: expensive pieces, but awful taste …

    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena


  15. 27/08/2014 4:52 PM

    Agreed I think being fashionable is all about an attitude nd how you piece items together.


  16. 28/08/2014 10:07 AM

    That is a huge misconception. Just because someone owns a designer wardrobe from head to toe, it does not mean they are immediately stylish. I respect people who own an average, high street fashion wardrobe and still know how to put many outfits with the same sweater for example, rather than someone who thinks by wearing Valentino from head to toe. That does not look classy, in my opinion. Fashion is about mixing and matching and learning what goes well with what regardless of the price tag or label.

    Lubna |


  17. 28/08/2014 1:40 PM

    Great post, doll. You can totally be fashionable by mixing high + low, and by shopping high street stores. Mixing is best! 🙂



  18. 28/08/2014 7:48 PM

    I couldn’t agree more Miss! Very wise post!


  19. 28/08/2014 8:05 PM

    Great post!! I think we are lucky that so many high street retailers are able to create more affordable ‘inspired by…..’ items, that still look amazing!

    Did I read it correctly that you can make your own clothes?!!! That is isane, I am super jelous!! xxx


    • 28/08/2014 8:18 PM

      Agreed! And yes, I do, thank you!! If I had the time (and the $$) I WOULD make everything I wear 😀


  20. 28/08/2014 8:48 PM

    Great post! So very true.

    Heidi D.


  21. Robyn permalink
    29/08/2014 5:24 AM

    Molly, I couldn’t agree with you more! You do not have to break the bank to look stylish and fashionable. You just have to know how to work the clearance rack, look out for coupons, and be willing to mix and match pieces you already own. Great post! I appreciate your honesty.



  22. 29/08/2014 7:06 AM

    So true! I’m having the same issue. I love Zac Posen, Balmain etc. but all off my league! But if you’re on the right place at the right time, you came score pieces that look amazing but don’t cost much. And now and then I allow myself to go wild and buy an expensive item anyway! But for me it’s a hobby and I collect more than I actually wear them, sorry.


  23. 01/09/2014 2:22 PM

    Lovely post…As you said it is all about wearing things you love ❤


  24. 02/09/2014 6:07 PM

    Love this post! I love stores like H&M and Forever21! Sometimes they are hit & miss as far as quality goes, but when you are barely paying anything you can afford to have that happen. I also have expensive taste which gets me into trouble lol! I see all of these people wearing these beautiful outfits and only wish I could afford them, but I just work with what I’ve got and I’m always satisfied with the outcome. 🙂


  25. ELW Essence permalink
    03/09/2014 8:41 PM

    Very true! Class has no price tag! Thank you for this post!


  26. 08/09/2014 6:36 PM

    So true, Molly! My entire blog is based on this concept… P.S. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
    xo~ J.Frost


  27. Avisha Chaudhary permalink
    09/09/2014 2:18 PM

    Great post Molly! I love f21!


  28. dakotakevins permalink
    10/09/2014 1:01 AM

    Reblogged this on the Gypsy prince of fashion ♕.


  29. 24/09/2014 6:12 PM

    Reblogged this on totalstyle and commented:
    So true!


  30. 26/09/2014 5:22 AM

    Yesss def agree, in fact my blog mainly circulates on living cheap in an expensive city – looking at bargains and bazaars for clothes should not be taken off as an option. Funny enough cos I always find Zara and other decent brands! With 1/4 the original price!

    x, Gaby


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