Having It All Doesn’t Mean Spending It All

It is said that people make a first impression within 30 seconds. And a Diva always does her best to maximize those moments. You’ve been in enough new client meetings and career elevating interviews to know that how you present your image is included in these first-impression seconds. Lemme tell you, while I like to look good, I have no problem budgeting my Diva dollars to get the impact I want. And there’s no need to max your budget on creating your DivaLuxe style when you can achieve a finished High-End look with a High-Low approach.

Back when I worked in the television industry, I learned firsthand how important it was to have a new dress for every camera-on-the-scene occasion. You never knew if what you were wearing would end up being shown in a recap of the event, in print or on air. And it was simply an unspoken rule that you shouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same frock to different events. At least, not in the same year. All this caused me quite a bit of frock sticker shock because I was spending a pretty penny on all those dresses. Then I learned a secret from one of the news anchors I’ve never forgotten. She told me, “Just because I make good money don’t mean I have to spend it all.” She shared her mantra with me after I’d complimented her on a gorgeous maxi dress she was wearing, and she’d revealed she’d bought it for $26 at a local Charlotte Russe store!

This was before High Low-End shopping was a thing. But now that it IS a thing, it’s easier than ever before to look like a Diva without spending like one.

Name Brand Clothes:

I can talk about Neiman’s and Saks every day, all day. I love a good designer, especially those who have done their job with fabric and fit to ensure their clothes look good on someone curvy like me. But my frugal friend who heads up a news station in New York makes a game out of finding the same pieces after they’ve gone on sale at TJMaxx, Marshalls, or Century 21. She hasn’t ever met a city whose premier outlet mall she hasn’t liked, and she turned me on to Fox’s which sells off-price designer wear for waaaay less. For that, I’ll forever be indebted to her.

I’ve learned that I can also get a nice name-brand item in other places where the dangled price tag isn’t a car note: trunk sales, consignment shops, and shopping off-season. You can also try ordering online because sometimes there are direct-buy discounts and sales. You’ll have to do some planning and sort of change your mindset from “I want this NOW” to “I can get this then” and still be happy.

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Cheryl Grace is the sassy aunt, best friend, and mentor you’ve always needed in your life. The successful jet-setting, global corporate executive founded the aspirational lifestyle brand Powerful Penny LLC. Her products, workshops and speeches probe, inspire and empower to ensure those who really want to can get to their next level of best. Her blogs on careers, prosperity, relationships, family, looking and living fabulously, and living a five-star life can be found at www.powerfulpenny.com.