Today I am going to be sharing my first post that I put together as the E! Online Guest Editor of “The Trend.” Below, I share my best tips for looking fashionable without breaking the bank. Here are my top 3 tips for staying stylish on a shoestring:

1. Pick the right places.
When shopping on a budget, flash sales, online outlets and vintage stores are the way to go. The Outnet, eBay and J. Crew Factory are all great fashion outlet options for online shopping experts. If you’re into the vintage scene, a great consignment item can be as exciting as discovering buried treasure…and it’s even better when the price tag is wallet friendly. Check out my LC Lauren Conrad Kohl’s line for some serious online eye candy (like this Dot Fit & Flare dress for under $50!).

Shop Smart: 3 Tips for Staying Stylish on a Shoestring

 2. Mixology master.
My favorite outfits are ones that mix mostly affordable pieces with one or two investment pieces. Splurge on one nice purse, a classic pair of pumps, and a pair of jeans that fit perfectly. Then fill in the gaps with inexpensive separates and accessories. In my opinion, pieces to be on the lookout for this spring include a pair of patterned pants, a black and white dress, and a ladylike blazer. Since these trends may be out of style by next spring, buying styles that don’t break the bank, like these LC Lauren Conrad pants, is your best bet.

Shop Smart: 3 Tips for Staying Stylish on a Shoestring

3. Get fitted.
Nothing looks worse than an ill-fitting ensemble… This is a statement I have always lived by. Flea market finds can be exquisite pieces, but more often than not they will not fit your body properly. Take your clothing to a trusted tailor to make adjustments and create a custom fit. This will make your clothes appear more expensive. Plus, items that fit correctly will flatter your figure. You can also bring in an item that fits you perfectly for the seamstress to copy (this blazer from my Kohl’s line fits me like a glove!).

Shop Smart: 3 Tips for Staying Stylish on a Shoestring

What tips do you have for staying stylish on a budget?

Leave them below so I can learn a thing or two from you!

XO Lauren

P.S. I’m the Guest Editor for E!’s The Trend this entire month. You can check out the rest of my posts right here.

Photos: Kohl’s