Fashion Tips for Cheapskates

Dress Better for Less coverDress Better For Less
1001 Tips for Saving Money on Quality Clothes

Another book that would be great for 1981 but idiotic for 2016. I am all over books that offer money saving tips. I doubt any of the advice would be worthwhile 30 plus years later. I can promise not a single featured outfit is on anyone’s “to buy” list.

Just an aside, the┬álady on the back cover, upper left, looks like Dustin Hoffman’s character “Dorothy” from Tootsie. I think it is the glasses.


Dress Better for Less back cover

cash credit or loan

preppy clothes


  1. This is the kind of book that would work well as a book updated every three to five years. Who bothers, though?

  2. Somehow I knew there would be at least one women’s outfit with the bow at the neck!

  3. Tootsie says: ‘Wrap-around short skirts, with polka dots inside and strawberries on the outside’ are apparently a ‘preppy fad’. That’s pretty specific, does anyone remember that fashion?

    1. Yes I do remember those skirts. Maybe not in those prints. They were usually a solid color on one side and a print on the other. 2 skirts for the price of one. Paired well with the bow blouse.

    1. I noticed that too! She’s fairly spot on with the “preppy classics” though.

      1. Well… I think wearing Topsiders without socks is still pretty standard. But I would never have considered Gucci loafers with gold buckles preppy to begin with. Ugh.

  4. I find it kind of funny that the drawing of the prep woman is doing a Veronica hand behind the head pose.

  5. The guy in the three-piece suit reminds me of “Mr. Carlin” from the Bob Newhart Show — the one where he is a psychologist. It was in reruns on a local TV station here for a while, great stuff.

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