I'm on a Shoestring Budget, But These Zara, H&M, and Amazon Items Make It Easy


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When the year started, I made it a point to diligently avoid overspending. But let me tell you, with all the fun trends and options out there right now, that's hard to do. Luckily, Zara, H&M, and Amazon make it easier. 

After what seems like many years in sweatpants, I've found a new love of clothes again. From finding comfortable fabrics (hello, silk) to getting inspiration from tastemakers (hello, SJP!), I'm ready to step out. And Zara, H&M, and, yes, Amazon have some great, affordable pieces that won't send me into a tailspin. A shoestring budget isn't always easy to work with, but they don't call me Sherlock Clothes for anything. So they don't actually call me that, but you get the gist. 

This spring, I'm putting my money where my mouth is and trying to actually respect my small budget. Let's face it: It's wise to be conscious of what you spend your money on. So I've found some of the best and brightest that won't break the bank. From new trends to tried-and-true oldies but goodies, there's something for everyone—especially for those of us who want to treat ourselves (without the stress-induced bank log-in immediately after purchase).

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