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3 Ways to Grab Chic Yet Cheap Accessories

Brandhyze Stanley
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Spring will be here in no time and it won’t be long before we’ll be shedding our winter layers and attempting to reinvent our previous year’s fashion. Some of us really need a serious overhaul, but we just don’t have the budget to do it. A problem you say? Not anymore because I have an easy and cheap solution for getting more mileage out of your current wardrobe — accessorize, accessorize, accessorize.

A new and trendy look could be as close as a statement necklace away, but depending on where you look, some of your more opulent and drool-worthy pieces can run you well over $250. Who has that kind of dough to drop on just one piece? Not many. But there’s no need to get discouraged about your accessory makeover — here are three easy accessorizing tips for upgrading your statement jewelry to give you a whole new look — on a budget.

1. J. Crew Factory. One of my favorite style inspirations is J. Crew — I just LOVE the retailer’s colorful and sleek collegiate wares. But, as one might expect, I have always found that the nicer the piece here, the more expensive the price tag it bears. My solution — if you are willing to wait a season or two for that bracelet you’ve spotted, all you have to do is check out the “factory” tab on their website, and you may be able to grab it for only a fraction of the cost. After all, patience is a virtue for a reason.

2. Charming Charlie. I discovered this uber-cute nationwide chain last summer while buying some time before I had to catch a flight back to New York and boy was I glad I stopped. What initially started out as just a quick peek to see what they had, turned into an hour-long stay. I left the store with close to 12 items and was immediately hooked. This “jewel” of a store organizes their retail space according to color — you name it, they have. They recently expanded their presence online and you can now have their budget friendly items delivered to your doorstep. You can thank me later.

3. eBay. What may initially seem like an unlikely place to stock my jewelry box has quickly become my secret weapon in getting some cool and fashionable accessories on the cheap. The up side to buying jewelry on eBay is that frequently you’ll pay less than $10 for a great item that you’ll wear countless times (and you may even get free shipping to boot). The down side is that you may have to wait a couple weeks on snail mail if your desired necklace is somewhere abroad — I personally think it’s totally worth the wait! Search terms like “vintage jewelry” and tell me what goodies you score below.

Accessorizing will give your look the boost it needs without having to purchase an entire new wardrobe. Use these three tips and you can find chic and cheap accessories!

Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com, a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime — created after a massive unexpected layoff forced her to hone in on her true passion. Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, MTVStyle, Essence Magazine, and TJMaxx.com. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a business degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze currently contributes style and DIY tips to Newsday Westchester and the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals. Follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

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