10 WAYS TO ACHIEVE PETITE CHIC ON A BUDGET

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Thank you Old Navy for sponsoring my post today about baby and toddler styles. Old Navy is giving you 30% off everything in their baby and toddler summer collection, plus get an additional 15% off in-store.

At 20 months, Sebastian could care less about what he's wearing and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Unless you consider "beast" a personal style, he doesn't yet have any, and I happily pick out all of his clothes. I guess then, you could say his style is just an extension of my own.

Old Navy Summer 2011

So I take the job seriously, while constantly reminding myself that he's a rough and tumble toddler, and growing like a weed.

Fortunately, I never feel as though I have to spend a lot of money for him to be comfortable and look adorably on trend. There are a tremendous amount of options whether I'm shopping in-store or online.

Here are a few of my tips for achieving petite chic without breaking the bank:

(1) Always look for a coupon before making a purchase. Simply type in "Old Navy discount code" or "coupon" and see what pops up. I've been pleasantly surprised on numerous occasions with the discounts I've been able to achieve just by searching.

(2) Sign-up to receive emails from brands you like. They typically offer special discounts to email subscribers and send seasonal sale notifications.

(3) "Like" their Facebook page and "follow" them on Twitter. Savvy brands are using social media now more than ever to reward loyal customers with coupons and contests.

(4) Register for online sample sale sites like Gilt and Zulily. The discounts offered on designer brands are amazing and will make you think twice about ever paying retail price again.

(5) Register for daily deal sites like DoodleDeals, Gaggle of Chicks, and Plum District. I know it's a lot of emails but they too offer great discounts like "$100 worth of merchandise for $50."

(6) Take a trip to a brand's factory outlet location. In many instances I've found the exact same items in the outlet as in the retail store. It may be a difference of color or overstock that it ended up their in the first place. Combined with outlet-specific coupons, the discounts can be steep!

(7) When you find a good deal, buy a few of the same and even in larger sizes if it's a basic. I always load up on onesies, polos, tees, and pajamas, the items we go through the fastest.

(8) Buy colorful, age appropriate clothing. I know neutrals are all the rage but kids have the rest of their lives to be depressed and wear colors like black, brown, and beige. They're babies and toddlers for a blink of an eye so embrace happy colors and patterns for them. Richer colors and prints tend to look more expensive and hide stains more easily so you get more use out of them.

(9) Like you would for yourself, use inexpensive accessories like belts, scarves, and hats to jazz up outfits and carry them into the next season.

(10) Save your splurges for unique items and special occasions like holidays, birthdays, the first day of school, etc.

Make me proud and tell me what you get!

{I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.}