An Interview With The Budget Fashionista…Style Expert, TV Correspondent, Blogger

August 21, 2006 • Magazine

An Interview With The Budget Fashionista...Style Expert, TV Correspondent, Blogger

An Interview With The Budget Fashionista...Style Expert, TV Correspondent, Blogger

Sat, 2006-08-19 10:00

Lauren Dimet

I met Kathryn Finney at a blogger’s meeting in NYC last month. I was intrigued to read her book. I had planned to skim it, but found myself soaking up every word. I know I am a fashionista, but a budget fashionista” Not so much. I had a lot to learn. Enlightening and irreverent, How to Be a Budget Fashionista is for anyone interested in fashion and on a tight budget. Even if you have money to spend, there are still valuable lessons to be learned (admit it, we all have clothes with price tags still hanging in our closet). Don’t think for an instant this book teaches you to look cheap. It will however, compel you to think through your purchase decisions and drives home the point that one should focus on value, not price.

From spotting fake LV bags to asking any store for a discount to cleaning and organizing your closet, Finney knows where to find the latest and greatest items at the lowest price possible… and she reveals her tricks of the budget fashionista trade. It’s not about shopping more frequently, but shopping smarter, becoming an “active” rather than “passive” consumer.

As a huge proponent of developing one’s own style, I was won over by Finney’s quote, “Fashion is commercial, whereas style is personal. Make fashion fit your style.” Finney recently afforded Second City Style some insight into the philosophy behind her book.

SCS: It seems there are a lot of budget books on the market right now. What makes yours different?
KF: How to Be a Budget Fashionista is like your own personal stylist in a book that you can carry in your purse. It’s for all women regardless of size or geographical location, or age. It’s part how-to guide, part personal style guide, and part memoir, wrapped all into one book. All the other books may have a chapter or a sentence about shopping on a budget, but they all assume that we have $5,000 to got out and buy a completely new wardrobe.

SCS: What was the most surprising thing you learned while writing this book?
KF: That the Louis Vuitton iconic logo was created in the late 19th century to deter counterfeiters. I thought that was pretty funny.

SCS: If you had to write your book all over again, what would you do differently?
KF: Nothing, really. But for my next book, I’m going to focus more on how to find, create and maintain your own personal style. While on a budget of course.
SCS: Hallelujah! Please send us a copy.

SCS: What do you want women to know about your book?
KF: It’s the complete guide to looking fabulous – regardless of your bank account, clothing size, or geographical location. It teaches you how to be an active consumer and after reading the book, you’ll understand what you’re buying and why you’re buying it. You’ll also be able to spot a fake, figure out your personal style, and use vaseline as a personal styling tool.

SCS: If someone didn’t know a thing about How to be a Budget Fashionista, how would you describe the book’s vibe?
KF: Informative, accessible, fashionable, and most importantly, fun. Imagine if Oprah, Kathi Griffin and Alan Greenspan got together and wrote a book- then you would have How to Be a Budget Fashionista.

How to Be a Budget Fashionista by Kathryn Finney
To purchase the book go to or visit Kathryn Finney’s blog with fabulous budget fashionista tidbits on fashion, sales, trends, and everything else relevant to looking great for less.

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