Ballin' on a Budget: #ProTips for attending NYFW on a budget


Do you have Carrie Bradshaw aspirations with a more realistic shoe budget? That doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the fun of New York Fashion Week! You can still have a major Sex and the City moment (okay, maybe not spontaneously modeling in your underwear like Carrie did) without the Manolo Blahniks. If I can go you can too! Here are a few ways to swing NYFW as a cheapskate: 

Travel wisely  

Depending on where you’re coming from, booking a plane, train, or automobile can be the most expensive part of attending NYFW. If you’re willing to fly Frontier, Spirit, or Southwest, you can save beaucoup bucks on your airfare. It also doesn’t hurt to keep your eyes peeled for any sales or specials running throughout the year, aka don’t wait until the last minute to book! Tuesday is the best day to book! My flight was only $187 round trip with Frontier. 

Do your hotel homework

Once again: don’t wait until the last minute to book (life motto tbh). No matter the timing, you should also use sites like Homeaway, AirBnb, and Hotel Tonight to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Put the time in to compare rates and locations – and if your hotel is close by, bring good walking shoes to hide in your large fabulous bag so that you don’t have to waste money on a cab just because you’re wearing stilettos.

Spend strategically

I know, it’s easy to find the inspiration to blow all your money on cute outfits to wear at NYFW because, hello, it’s NYFW. But you don’t need to spend your whole budget on a new Moschino dress – you can build off your current wardrobe by shopping the sales at places like NastyGal or Pretty Little Thing. I love pretty little thing because they usually have daily sales! Get 40% off your first order now.  Don’t forget that you can also find some hidden treasures on Poshmark or at a thrift store, too!

Literally rent the runway

If you know you’re never gonna wear something again but really want it, Rent the Runway is probably a good option for you. You can rent gorgeous, normally-expensive clothes and wear them with style, and no one will even know that you don’t technically own it.

“Wear something black”

Listen sis, black clothes are incredible. They’re slimming, they’re dramatic af, and it’s easy to make them look ~expensive~, especially if they’re a little structured. Layer on multiple black pieces for a monochromatic and effortlessly cool look. 

Bring your bestie 

This might go without saying, bring your bestie! Traveling together means splitting the costs of just about everything – hotel, Ubers, lunch, everything. It saves you both money and has the added bonus of someone willing to take Insta-worthy pics of you until you’re happy with the results.

Here’s the Rundown of how much I spent:  

  • Flight $187 Round Trip

  • Hotel $156.50 ($313 total split with my friends)

  • Outfits $150

  • $11 to $20 on food

  • $4-$8 on ubers

NYFW doesn’t have to be the impossible dream. If you plan ahead and spend your money strategically, you can show up looking killer – without killing your bank account.