Budgeting and Inner-Beauty: A Fashion Tip

Filed under Fashion Look Your Best on Jun 19 12 by

Summer shopping budget

Shopping is expensive, so my husband and I have developed a system that helps me keep my shopping budget in check. I have a designated amount of money every month that I can spend on shopping. Not only is it financially beneficial to plan the amount I will spend on my closet, but it also helps me think more realistically about purchases. Instead of impulse buying (don’t get me wrong, it still happens), I like to make a list. You can think of it as a modified grocery list that involves clothing rather than fruits and veggies.

Here’s what my “shopping-list” looks like right now:

Summer Time Shopping List

  • Light cardigan of a neutral color to throw over a dress, blouse, or button-up
  • Pleated flowy skirt that goes with t-shirts, flats, heels, or can be worn to a wedding (versatility is key!)
  • A couple of fancy blouses for church that can be worn with jeans or skirts
  • One pair of wedges—light or dark brown
  • An article of clothing that accentuates personal features (Ladies, if your legs are your best feature, get a skirt that shows off your calves a little bit. If your best feature is your shoulders and arms, you could get a jean vest.)

 
This list could get kind of expensive in a hurry. So, I have just decided that I don’t need to feel any obligation to shop at expensive places. H&M and Target are my go-to stores. Also, my cash-card money is kind of like AT&T’s “rollover” minutes. If I save some of it, I have more the next month. Try setting aside a few dollars from each pay check you make, and soon enough you’ll be able to treat yourself to a shopping extravanganza!

Finding your inner beauty

On those days when it feels like your closet is completely unsatisfying…take a week off. I know it sounds funny, but re-prioritizing and re-evaluating your own inner beauty is vital to 1) a relationship with God and 2) your self-confidence. Plus, when you are done with this week off, your closet almost seems brand new again! I mean, how excited are you to wear your favorite top when you haven’t worn it for a whole week? So thrilling.

I have recently found that my love of choosing an outfit, looking “put-together”, and shopping has become overwhelming. I spend my nights and my mornings painting an image of my outfit for the next day like it’s a tapestry going on display at an art gallery. I worry and ponder what other women will think when they see me – will they envy me? Will they wish they had my closet? …what kind of questions are those?! Not the right ones. To help re-focus and re-prioritize, I have started a new clothing fast. Every month for one week, I wear t-shirts only. This may sound like a strange idea, or maybe some of you wear t-shirts already. But even so, it helps me, as a girl, to see my inner beauty more transparently. During these clothing fasts, submerge yourself in how GOD sees your beauty, not how the world sees it.

Green blazer and animal print skirt

Resources

These passages and books can be convicting and comforting—difficult to live out but rich in relational reward. So, amidst the shopping lists and fashionista-ing, take a breath of fresh air and clothe yourself in humility—literally—as you enjoy a week in t-shirts, living out God’s calling for you as a woman. You are truly beautiful on the inside, just like He created you to be.

Scripture:
1 Peter 3:3-5
Matthew 6:25-30
Proverbs 31:10-31
1 Timothy 4:8
Psalm 139:14

Book suggestions:
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
 

My name is Natalie Larson.
My favorite flower is: a peony! So full and soft.
The best way to spend a Saturday is walking, reading the Word with hubs, drinking coffee, doing yard work, eating a delicious lunch, hanging out with a girlfriend, sitting on the back patio with wine-glass in hand, enjoying the moment.
I feel most in love with God when I surrender the things that I love most. Fasting (either food, facebook, clothing, etc.) and re-focusing on Him, learning His scriptures, and trusting the hard plans He has for my life makes me love Him more and more.
The passage of scripture that I live by is Ephesians 4:22-24, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” This is applicable whether you have gone through a major conversion, or sinned yesterday.
I feel most loved when my husband simply considers me. I love when he does what I want to do, is thinking of me in advance, and wants to hear all about what I’ve been thinking and doing. When he takes time to really enter my world.

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Natalie blogs on fashion, marriage, and more at Urban Anthropology.

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  • http://peonyforyourthought.blogspot.com/ kate

    really love this article! my husband and i do something similar with our budget. oh, and i love natalie’s blog!