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64 Ways to be Cheap Chic

Budget Fashion to Home Fittings for 1 in 7 Americans in Poverty

— September 19, 2010 — Fashion
With 1 in 7 Americans in poverty, the Associated Press confirms that the level of working-age poor has hit its highest since the 1960s.

With the popular penny-pinching approach to spending since the recent economic downturn, here are several ways to be cheap chic. From affordable streetwear to home sleeping bags, these features will hopefully help those unfortunate odds.
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Hands-On Promotions
Hands-On Promotions
Lexus Dark Ride Adds Luxury Eco Driving Glove by Linda Loudermilk to Perks
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Retail Discount Gaming
Retail Discount Gaming
Play Uniqlo Lucky Machine Online for Clothing Discounts
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Twitter Shopping Deals
Twitter Shopping Deals
Twitter Launched the Discount-Filled @earlybird Account
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University Discounts for Jobless Alums
University Discounts for Jobless Alums
St. John's Gives 50% Off Tuition for Laid-Off Grads
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Economy-Inspired Fashion
Economy-Inspired Fashion
The $14 Red Recession Dress Was Designed for the Times
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Recession-Proof Cinema
Recession-Proof Cinema
Box Offices Boom As People Look for Uplifting Entertainment
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Hobo Art
Hobo Art
Jeremiah Bal's Limited-Edition Piece Made From Grocery Store Banner
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Credit Crunch Food Certificates
Credit Crunch Food Certificates
Mega Restaurant Discounts
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Recession-Priced Cruises
Recession-Priced Cruises
Affordable Ocean-Going Adventures
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Last-Minute Shopping Sales
Last-Minute Shopping Sales
Super Saturday is Black Friday for Procrastinators
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$1 Bus Rides
$1 Bus Rides
Megabus Takes Credit Crunched Tourists from Toronto to NYC (UPDATE)
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Money Statement Art
Money Statement Art
Cash Rules Everything Around Me
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Derelict Chic Fireplaces
Derelict Chic Fireplaces
The Philadelphia Fire Barrel is Just Like Being Homeless
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Hobo Soup Is Hot!
Hobo Soup Is Hot!
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Haute Hobo Gloves
Haute Hobo Gloves
The U_mag++ October Editorial Features American Gloves
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Homeless By Choice
Homeless By Choice
Student Lives In His Truck for 19 Months
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Homeless People and Their Weblogs Start to Get High Tech
Homeless People and Their Weblogs Start to Get High Tech
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Bag Lady Fashiontography
Bag Lady Fashiontography
Black Magazine #12 Gets Dark and Eerrie
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Pavement Bedsheets (UPDATE)
Pavement Bedsheets (UPDATE)
The Le-Trottoir Lets You Experience Homelessness at Home
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Designer Discount Collaborations
Designer Discount Collaborations
Luxury Brands at Payless Shoes
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Toilet Paper Origami
Toilet Paper Origami
This Photo Series of Wiping Methods is Hilarious
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Striated Public Housing
Striated Public Housing
LA's Contemporary Carver Apartments by Michael Maltzan Architecture
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Living in Golf Cars
Living in Golf Cars
Homeless Move to Golf-Carts in Palm Springs
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Belly Warmer
Belly Warmer
When Granny Fashion Becomes Chic
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Poor Boy Couture
Poor Boy Couture
The Tim Hamilton Redux 2010 Collection has a Mischevious and Youthful Vibe
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Homeless Musican Fashion Designers
Homeless Musican Fashion Designers
The Crazy Robertson
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Hobo Workwear
Hobo Workwear
Rag & Bone Spring 2011 Collection Blends Bohemian & Businessman
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Target Couture
Target Couture
New High End Label from Target
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Poorgeois People
Poorgeois People
Exploring the Cultural Camouflage of Under-the-Radar-Rich
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Homeless-Care iPhone Apps
Homeless-Care iPhone Apps
The iHobo App Gives You a New Perspective on Street-Living
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Vagabond Villas
Vagabond Villas
Beautiful Spring Gardens is a Scintillating Shelter for the Homeless
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Homeless-Inspired Fashion
Homeless-Inspired Fashion
Constance Jablonski is All Layers for Vogue Nippon July 2010
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Hobo Chic Fur
Hobo Chic Fur
Luxirare Creates an In-Between Season Coat With Floating Fur Atop Sheer Organza
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Cardboard-Inspired Bedding
Cardboard-Inspired Bedding
The Quilt Cover Project
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Penniless Promotions
Penniless Promotions
Homeless Branded as Living Advertisements
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Destitute Dolls
Destitute Dolls
New American Girl Homeless Doll Raises Questions About Morals
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Paper Bag Fashion
Paper Bag Fashion
Sasha Pivovarova Wears High Fashion Scraps for W Magazine
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Social Downfall Photography
Social Downfall Photography
Nienke Klunder Imagines Society Woman's Descent
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Concrete Seats
Concrete Seats
'Concrete Things' Public Chairs by Komplot
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Hobo Chic
Hobo Chic
Wunderkind Spring 2009
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Micro Car Public Discounts
Micro Car Public Discounts
NYC Offers 2-for-1 Smart Car Parking Deal
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Duct Tape Accessories
Duct Tape Accessories
Show Off Your Style Skills With DIY Duct Tape Purses and Wallets
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Homeless Chic
Homeless Chic
Runways & Trend Setters Channel Fashions of the Flat-Broke
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Street Life Awareness Campaigns
Street Life Awareness Campaigns
Jan Moucha's Subversive Homelessness Posters
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Hobo Chic Campaigns
Hobo Chic Campaigns
Topshop Spring 2010 Denim Ads Are a Fashionable Mess
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Hobo Glam
Hobo Glam
Diesel Black Gold Fall 2009 Show Mixed Frumpy Streetwear With Sparkle
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A mobile "home" for the homeless
A mobile "home" for the homeless
they deserve some design too!
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Activist Street Art
Activist Street Art
Fauxreel's 'The Unaddressed' Addresses Homelessness in Toronto
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Hobo Geishas
Hobo Geishas
Step into the Surreal World of Igor Corzh Photography
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Hobo Clown Collections
Hobo Clown Collections
Vivienne Westwood & Lee Jeans 'Lee Anglomania' Line Plays With Proportion
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Homeless Couture
Homeless Couture
Cheap Monday Gets a Distressed, Torn and Acid-Washed Makeover
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Luxury for the Homeless (UPDATE)
Luxury for the Homeless (UPDATE)
Faux-Cardboard or Clochard Duvet Covers
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Gritty Grunge Couture
Gritty Grunge Couture
The Vogue Italia June 2010 Spread Gets Down and Dirty
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Recycled Hobo-Chic Menswear
Recycled Hobo-Chic Menswear
The FFW Max Motta Editorial by Fabio Bartelt
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Homeless Humor
Homeless Humor
Clever Street Solicitations That Are Sure to Turn Some Heads
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Homeless Hipster Shoots
Homeless Hipster Shoots
The Original Hipster is a Social Commentary on Wealth and Class
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Multipurpose Portable Shelters
Multipurpose Portable Shelters
The Famiglia Grande Helps Families on Their Road to Recovery
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Alternative Homeless Shelters
Alternative Homeless Shelters
The EDAR Project Provides Mini Mobile Units
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Inflatable Homeless Shelters
Inflatable Homeless Shelters
The ParaSITE Project
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Homeless Haute Couture
Homeless Haute Couture
Steven Meisel Snaps Shabby-Chic in 'Performance' for Vogue Italia (UPDATE)
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Credit Crunch Prefabs
Credit Crunch Prefabs
The L41 Home is Designed for Uneasy Economic Times
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Tents on Wheels
Tents on Wheels
Journeyman Mobile Shelter Bicycle Trailers Offer Tow-Behind Shelter
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Mobile Homeless Homes
Mobile Homeless Homes
The Paul Elkins Shelter is Almost Too Cozy Looking
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