How to make your budget buys look like a million dollars with a few classic investment pieces…and good shoes.

Clothes, I love clothes!

Everyone I know complains that it is difficult to get good clothing in Barbados. Cheap clothing is over priced because of the high taxes and well made clothing is simply unreasonable. Who is paying $300 for a pair of pants that will be out of style in six months and that retail for $50USD outside Barbados? Not me.

Trendy clothing can be found in Bridgetown but most of the items I’ve seen are inexpensively made and worse they often look inexpensively made not to mention the fact that every vendor seems to shop at the same wholesaler in Miami or New York. There is nothing wrong with saving money especially in these difficult times but your clothing should never look like it cost $5 even if it did. A major issue that I see women struggling with here is perceived value, many people feel that if they’ve paid $85 for a top they are automatically wearing good clothing but price doesn’t determine value, quality does. Also, it is never a good idea to wear too many trends all at once.


Guess platform pumps

Here are a few items that I picked up in Bridgetown (mostly) for decent prices that are of good quality.
outfit 1. Flared denim skirt (vintage), pearl necklace from a thrift store $16, H&M top on sale $40, pearl bracelet $12, from Marcelle Decaille Boutique, G by Guess shoes $48— picked those up at DSW in Manhattan, I did say getting good shoes in Barbados was difficult.


Outfit 1


Outfit 2

Outfit 2. Gracia top $40, green scalloped edged shorts $40, again picked those up at Marcelle’s, my hat cost $40 and I picked that up on the street in St Lawrence Gap on a location shoot three weeks ago. My wedges are also a DSW  clearance rack find. The earrings and bracelet are from local designer Ichia Tiyi and I love them! These are investment art pieces and they can do a lot to upgrade your trifecta of $40 separates!



Etched Silver bracelet


beaten silver earrings


Also remember that shoes complete an outfit and there is no substitute for good shoes. Cheap shoes will hurt your feet and the heel will often twist after a few wearings making you look like a tired denizen of Nelson Street as you attempt to walk in them.  Paying top dollar for a pair of shoes in Bridgetown doesn’t mean that the shoes aren’t cheap it just means that you’ve lined someone’s pocket. It is better to save your money and invest in a few really good quality pairs of shoes or to wait until you can get quality shoes imported by friends and family for a reasonable price.

If anyone knows where you can get get good quality, stylish, on trend shoes in Barbados for reasonable prices let me know in the comments! I’d love to wrong about the shoe thing!


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