The Poor Girl’s Guide to New York Fashion Week

Sharing all the details about how I attended New York Fashion Week- and didn’t break the bank!

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer c/o Pink Colony || Jacket: Loft (old, almost exact here) || Shoes: Converse || Clutch: Lilly Pulitzer c/o Pink Colony || Earrings: Lilly Pulitzer c/o Pink Colony

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Catchy title for today’s post, huh?! 😉

Without fail, one of the questions I got the most about attending New York Fashion week revolved around cost. I think some people assume that simply because I have a blog all my trips are comped (they are not- ha!) or that I’m rolling in the benjamins  (once again, I’m not! ha) I’m an average girl, on a single salary, who has wanderlust and can never say no to an adventure! So how then, did I afford New York Fashion Week (a notoriously expensive city & event) on a budget? Keep reading to find out!

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer c/o Pink Colony || Jacket: Loft (old, almost exact here) || Shoes: Converse || Clutch: Lilly Pulitzer c/o Pink Colony || Earrings: Lilly Pulitzer c/o Pink Colony

Photography by Sanglui Creative

TIPS FOR ATTENDING New York FASHION WEEK ON A BUDGET:

ONE- Travel with a Friend!

Not only does traveling with a friend automatically cut your costs in half, but it gives you a built in travel buddy and someone to adventure with! As you can see from these pictures and from my stories around NYFW, Annaliese and I took on this Fashion Week together and it was such a blessing! Not only did we each bring out own ideas of what to do in the city, we were able to go “halfsies” on everything to bring costs down 50%! Another pro tip: If you are splitting everything, have one person pay for hotels, the other car transportation, and split it at the end! That way you’re not having to account for a million Uber receipts and figuring out who has to Venmo who what dollar amount!

TWO- Save on your Hotel

Hotels can potentially be one of the most expensive parts of your trip, so I always ask myself “how much time am I really going to be spending in this room?” Since Annaliese and I knew we were going to be out and about 99% of our time in the city we opted to stay in a smaller, budget-friendly hotel rather than splurging on a fancy, swanky spot! If you’re interested we stayed at The Row hotel and were thrilled with the price, location, and friendly service. The rooms are small but neat & tidy and it’s been recently renovated with modern decor and furnishings- all in all would reccomend!

THREE- Plan Expenses Ahead of Time

Before we left for NYC, Annaliese and I had some FaceTime calls where we chatted about what we wanted to do in the city, our schedule, how much we were comfortable spending on dinner, etc. This gave me a good idea of how much the trip was going to cost and allowed me to set some money aside for the weekend so that I wasn’t being hit with all the charges at one. Now, I am NOT the world’s best saver, but when you have a goal as exciting as NYFW to work towards, somehow it makes you like 100 times more motivated 😉 Hey, whatever works!!

FOUR- Price Compare

Throughout the weekend we were constantly price comparing Uber vs. Lyft. vs Cabs since we were literally trekking all over the city and couldn’t always walk everywhere. Saving $3 here and $2 there really added up when were were taking 5+ cars a day! Definitely take the extra minute or two to price compare and you’ll be amazed at how much you can save!

So those are my top tips- what are yours for traveling without going broke? Share with us in the comments!

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10 Comments

    • girlmeetsbow
      Author
      March 1, 2019 / 9:49 pm

      We had the best time at Fashion Week! Thankful for a sweet partner in crime!

    • girlmeetsbow
      Author
      March 1, 2019 / 9:49 pm

      I was completely FREEZING! It was about 10 degrees and I was so cold I couldn’t think! ha

  1. Biana
    February 25, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    Travelling with a friend definitely helps reduce cost and you girls look like you had a great time! xo, Biana

    • girlmeetsbow
      Author
      February 26, 2019 / 7:07 am

      The BEST time! Come up and meet us next time 🙂

  2. February 25, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    How fun is this look, and you totally spoke to me in doing NYFW on a budget. What an amazing experience <3
    Green Fashionista

    • girlmeetsbow
      Author
      February 26, 2019 / 7:07 am

      You should definitely come with us next time! you’d love it!

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