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I’m a full-figured gal. No shame in my game. But I’ve never let that stop me from developing my own sense of style. Yes, I may not be stopped, but the way my bank account is set up…yeah. Stylish plus-sized clothing isn’t always affordable…and that’s where accessories come into play. I started dressing up plain, solid colored t-shirts and tunics with fun statement necklaces in the 10th grade, and that equation  hasn’t failed me yet. The right earrings, chain or stack of bracelets can transform a look from drab to fab instantaneously. I’d honestly spend $50 on a few new pieces of jewelry than a new pair of jeans.

I actually worked at a popular accessories boutique during my last semester of school for a few months, and my employee discount got me into some serious trouble. I’d spend most of my check on something shiny. After I quit, I couldn’t afford the blinged-out bangles and chunky chokers anymore…until my best friend let me in on a little secret: eBay. Most stores purchase their accessories from wholesale distributors who have their selections on there. After some crafty clicking, I even found some of the same necklaces that were sold in the store…for much less. If anyone asks, just tell ‘em that it’s Lulu Frost or Anthropologie. No one will know the difference except for us. ;)

[Lead image via Kelly in the City]

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