This delightful little guide to the fashion good life is perfect for money-conscious shopaholics who "love purses because they can instantly identify your personality and be used to 'fake' your income level." After teasing out the all-important personality and style differences between Sex and the City and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman women, Finney rates everything from discount designer web sites to outlet malls so that readers will be assured of their catch. The author also proves herself to be more than mere fashion tourguide as she takes time out to explain the Value Added Tax, the surprising ways to spot a designer fake and how to safely purchase high-end goods on eBay. While this fun-to-read frippery won't reveal too many new secrets for die-hard Vogue and W fans, some of the author's more practical advice ("Take Care of Your Clothes Like a Stylist") make the upbeat guide well worth the price of admission. Finney's personal quest for the sartorial best on a budget, combined with her knack for sniffing out the best designer deals, will win her legions of fans.
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"A definitive style guide for real women who don't have model figures or wads of cash to waste on their wardrobes."--San Francisco Chronicle
"The Scheherazade of the sales rack unveils how to unearth haute looks for less and gives advice on dressing well, from choosing tailors to finding bras." —
Washington Post Express
"With essential info like how, where, and when to score the best deals, this book will become any frugal fashionista's best shopping buddy."--About.com
"This delightful little guide to the fashion good life is perfect for money-conscious shopaholics"--Publishers Weekly
"The style-impaired will walk away with an improved, fresh sense of style (and a shopping list that won't break the bank), while the fashionable will find numerous tips and resources to fine tune their style."--Kirkus Review
“Kathryn Finney’s tips help real women everywhere be their own stylists. A fun read that inspires you to shop smart!”
–Lloyd Boston, style contributor for NBC’s Today show, author of Before You Put That On
“Whether you’re used to splurging at Saks or bargain hunting at T.J. Maxx, Kathryn Finney’s book is chock-full of indispensable advice for getting the best deals on the stuff you want.”
–Alison Deyette and Jennifer Davidson, co-founders of Stylebakery.com
“With Kathryn Finney’s savvy tips and sage advice tucked snugly under her discount Prada belt, any budding fashionista can give Paris Hilton a good run for her money.”
–Leah Feldon, author of Dress Like a Million
The Budget Fashionista has some useful advice, especially with the big picture. Kathryn helps you see that shoes, outerwear, and purses are good places to splurge, and the broad... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dark Layers
This book was a fun read, although I didn't like the thrift store part where the author suggests buying used clothing (eww! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
--- If you wear a strips shirt with hoop earrings you will look amazing!!!
--- try a maxi skirt on for size
--- NEVER WEAR SOCKS WITH SANDALS!!!!!!!!!!!! Read more
Love it. IT shows you how to make a buget for you spending. Where to shop. How to get organized. Its just GREAT!!!!Published on March 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I read this book in a day, enjoyed it and would like to thank Kathryn Finney for providing numerous links to websites providing cost savings. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Tracy
If you are looking for a better book BUY STYLE ON A SHOESTRING it is a lot better with more ideas than this book.Published on February 14, 2011 by jb
I loved the first section on budgeting, ect. and that's the only section I was really blown away by as a whole. Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by Lupita
I bought this book sometime ago, but I still often flick through it, and get tips, ideas and hints on how to be a 'budget fashionista'. Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by Page Turner