Many people think that being stylish and fashion forward requires an ample shopping budget. But there are many ways to find high style on the cheap without resorting to fast fashion finds that may not withstand the test of time. To build your wardrobe with high-quality, classic staples, consignment shops can be your best friend.

Don't go too trendy

One of the drawbacks to second-hand stores and consignment shops is that the clothing tends to be off season. This is fine when choosing staple pieces such as a tailored blazer or a high quality pair of jeans. However, this may not be the best place for pieces that are super trendy.

Certain silhouettes, such as extreme flared jeans and gaucho pants, tend to go in and out of vogue in cycles. Consignment stores are better for finding items such as classic black dresses, timeless shoes and accessories that you can mix and match.

Pay attention to the accessories racks

Speaking of accessories, one of the best places to begin your shopping experience is the accessories rack. Accessories may be overlooked, because some people are uncomfortable with the thought of wearing someone else's shoes. But there are plenty of cleaners and disinfectants available for shining up pre-owned shoes and bags and making them look like new. There is no reason to spend a ton of money on designer shoes when you can find a pre-owned pair and clean them up for a fraction of the price.

Try an app

If the thought of spending hours at a store and sifting through merchandise makes you cringe, try one of the many resale apps available in the marketplace. Apps such as Poshmark, Vinted and ThredUp allow users to sell pieces they don't want directly to interested consumers. These apps make it easy to sort through the merchandise to find exactly what they're looking for, and they can choose from a multitude of sellers in many different locations rather than being relegated to the selection at one store.

Be sure to check sellers' ratings on these apps, however, so you don't get ripped off.

Having a fashion forward wardrobe doesn't have to break the bank. By visiting consignment shops, you can find beautiful pieces that someone else has decided not to wear anymore, and you can give them a new life in your wardrobe.

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