The red carpet and fashion magazines offer tons of inspiration on what’s trending, but if you’re working with a real budget, those threads aren’t always attainable. That’s where budget bloggers come in. They’re a virtual mood board in what’s haute but accessible. From the master DIYers to the professional thrift shoppers and others who effortlessly mix high and low pieces, they make find a way to make us feel like, “I can wear that!”

Miss Kris

From Chanel-inspired earrings to creating a red carpet worthy dress out of drapes, there’s nothing Kristen can’t do. Don’t worry if you’re not the craftiest person. Her DIYs are as easy as 1-2-3.

Fashion Steele NYC

When you pair a designer garment with a piece from your local thrift shop or Forever 21, people can usually tell which piece is the high or low. But not with Monroe. Her outfit posts show you how to make everything look like it just stepped off the runway.


I Want You to Know

London-based blogger Kristabel keeps it fun and quirky with bold hues and funky prints. Even the most fashion conservative can be inspired to try an out-of-the-box wardrobe combo.

Two Stylish Kays

If you’re into thrift shopping or want to get into it, Keren is a must-follow. She styles head-to-toe secondhand looks for just a few bucks, and you would never know the items once belonged to someone else.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Another thrifter who makes the cheap look chic is Rashon Carraway. The always dapper gentleman shows the guys how to do it properly. He says “no” to fitted caps or ill-fitting garments and a major “yes” to tailored pants and statement blazers.


Who needs a designer budget when you’ve got a little time and the right supplies? NYC-based actress and frugal style expert Brandhyze Stanley uses a bit of imagination to let her readers in on DIY projects, including this Valentino-inspired calf hair studded clutch.

—Patrice Williams

Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and on-air style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow Patrice on Twitter and Instagram for daily style inspiration.