Lights, Camera, Broke Fashion: Get That ‘High’ Fashion Look Without The Expense

Posted 1 year ago by

Typically, my favorite part of a magazine involves the last few pages, when there’s a beautiful editorial spread. All the models have their hair and makeup done in a unique way, and outfits are almost always stunning.

But once we look in the corner to find out where the clothes are from — and see the price — we quickly get depressed and shut the magazine.

In the past, I would go to these pages to get inspiration before a shopping trip, being well aware I could never afford what the models were actually wearing. Well, we at Broke & Chic teamed up with fashion photographer Marcus Cooper, makeup artist Kyle Harder and Redlight PR to show you that you don’t have to wear head-to-toe designer to look like a million bucks.

Just watch our NYC-based model, Ulla in action!

What was your favorite look? Let us know in the comments below!

*All styling by Amanda Raye of Broke & Chic

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Meet Brandon — A Dapper Guy On A Budget

Posted 2 years ago by

Here’s some more evidence that you don’t have to have a celebrity’s credit card to look dapper. Meet Brandon, a graphic designer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art located in Richmond. He’s a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and loves art, fashion and anything beautiful.

Broke & Chic: What got you interested in fashion? 

Brandon:  My freshmen year roommate and his awesome self. Until we met in ’01, I had never come across such a well-dressed black guy, someone who seemed to actually care more than the average person about how he presented himself, and who wore clothes that actually fit him and showed the definition of his figure.

B&C: What’s one trend you can’t stand? 

B: The polo shirt/khaki shorts/flip-flop combo. I’m sorry “bro”, but please step it up a notch.

Brandon…the Broke & Chic team so agrees with you on this one!

B&C: What are your go-to stores and why? 

B: Target and American Apparel for t-shirts, the first for their assortment of Marvel Comics and Star Wars shirts, the latter for their always vibrant color selection. Urban Outfitters for a lot of dress shirts and hoodies, but mainly jeans because again, color selection. Need Supply for shoes because the quality is always, always outstanding.

B&C: Where do you get your style inspiration? 

B: Anywhere from various fashion sites to manga and movies.

B&C: How would you describe your style?

B: On point.

B&C: Has your style changed/evolved over time? 

B: YES. I went from baggy jeans and XL Fubu shirts and polos based on a close-minded high school mentality of wanting to fit in, to clothing that fit me, and actually reflected more of my personality and taste. I also used to have a closet of nothing but black and blue, but now I’m all about colors and it’s awesome.

What do you think of Brandon’s trendy-yet-classic style? Let us know in the comments below!


Broke Fashion: Meet Chris Visions — You’re Gonna Love This Guy!

Posted 3 years ago by

Meet Chris Visions! Chris is a talented and fashionable illustrator living and working in Richmond, Virginia. He’s an artist through and through and is currently working with RVA Magazine. When he’s not creating something awesome for the magazine he’s either advertising in Richmond or working on comic projects!

  • Shirt: $9 Fantastic Thrift
  • Khaki Pants: $20 Target
  • Vans: a hand-me-down from a friend
  • Bowtie: $3 Bygones Vintage

Chris is  a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and has since been featured in the Society of Illustrators student show (NYC), He has worked for a number of clients such as Radical Comics, Mariner Media Inc., and Stain Glass Llama Inc. He is also involved in projects such as the RVAnthology, a local comic book collaboration with fellow artists in Richmond, and showing in local gallery’s.

To keep up with Chris Visions, make sure you follow his Twitter, Tumblr and website!

Broke & Chic: What got you interested in fashion?

It started with trying to put together Michael Jackson’s outfits as a kid. Seeing a black guy rocking so many fly jackets had me yearning for more than hand-me-downs as a kid.

  • Shirt: $19 Target
  • Jeans: $20 Target
  • Hi-Top Nike’s: $12 Rumors

B&C: What’s one trend you can’t stand?

Gaudy, poorly designed, comic book themed attire. I just CAN’T stand it. The Bat Symbol looks great without paint splatters and tribal marks, trust me people.

B&C: What are your go-to stores to shop at and why?

 I really like Rumors and other thrift stores because they’re full of surprises. There’s a bit of “history” that lingers in places like that and all my favorite items of clothing have been picked up from places like that.

  • Shirt: $5 Fantastic Thrift
  • Khaki Pants: $20 Target
  • Vans: a hand-me-down from a friend
  • Bowtie: $3 Bygones Vintage

B&C: Where do you get your style inspiration?

I’m finding new places to pull my fashion from everyday! Fashion seemed really unattainable to me as a kid cause I was poor and thought it took too much money to get “the cool clothes”. All the kids who were well off rocked $300 JNCO’s, so I decided to not concern myself with that too much. But as I grew older I just surrounded myself with bits of nostalgia, things that made me happy as a kid: plaid, nice comic book tees, chuck taylors, bowties, thick rim glasses, stylin’ socks and so on.

B&C: How would you describe your style? 

I lean towards a playful but classy approach. I like what I’m wearing to be graphic, to pop like an icon. I’m still tweaking it everyday. My bowtie game is getting strong, and I really like them because they harken back to an era of icons.

B&C: Has your style changed/evolved over time?

Definitely. I’ve taken my style more by the reigns, especially after meeting my girlfriend. Her style is so unique, it kinda called me out to step up my game! You gotta come correct standing beside that lady!

♥ It’s true! Check out his girlfriend Cathryn’s Broke & Chic style feature here!


Broke Fashion in Richmond, Virginia

Posted 3 years ago by

Over 4th of July weekend, Broke & Chic ventured down south to Richmond, Virginia. The home of Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, Philip Morris and Need Supply Co.

While there, Richmond was going through an extreme heat wave with a daily temperature of 102°. Despite the heat, Broke & Chic was able to find quite a few fashionable people. I don’t know about you, but when it’s overly hot and humid outside, I don’t even want to leave the house! I give these fashion-forward people so much credit for going the extra mile.

  • Dress: $40.00 Ebay (dyed it herself)
  • Shoes: $135.00 Camper
  • Necklace: Homemade

Dress: $189.00 Glass Boat

  • Shirt: $14.95 H&M
  • Jeans: $49.95 H&M
  • Shoes: $150 Aldo

Out of the bunch, who was your favorite fashion-forward southerner?


Broke Fashion: Meet Cathryn – A Girl With A Retro Fresh Style

Posted 3 years ago by

Meet Cathryn! She’s a 22-year-old Illustration student based in Richmond, Virginia with a retro fresh style. She dreams of big city life and her hobbies include knitting, drawing, sewing and cooking.

Q & A

B&C: How would you describe your style?

My style is mainly basics with retro splashes. I like clothing that accentuates my hourglass figure, so vintage silhouettes usually attract me. I usually prefer darker colors and neutrals, but recently I’m really loving nudes and pale pinks. I ALSO LOVE GLITTER. All the time.

B&C: You live down south, how do you stay fashionable when it’s 100° outside?

When it’s super hot, and the only real options are shorts and tank tops, a cute pair of shoes and a long chain are what I spring for just to spruce up the basics I use.

B&C: What’s your all time favorite item in your closet?

My favorite thing in my closet is a pair of white Steve Madden oxfords I bought at a Buffalo Exchange in Manhattan for about $25. They’re pretty dirty and jacked up, but they’re super cute and comfy!

B&C: What are your favorite stores to shop at?

I find a lot of cute things at H&M, thrift stores, and Target, actually.

B&C: What’s one trend you can’t stand?

 Trend I can’t stand? Cut off jean shorts where your pockets are hanging out from under the shorts! It looks straight STUPID.

Cathryn’s style impresses me so much because it’s all her own. The dress she’s wearing above…SHE MADE IT HERSELF! She found a dress at a local thrift store with a great pattern that happened to be too long and way too big; so, she cut the dress in half and used the fabric!

you really have to appreciate people that go the extra mile with their wardrobes. Her shoes happen to be from an Urban Outfitters sale a few seasons back. Get a similar pair here.

This photo was taken on a day that reached a high of 104°! It was sweltering! She made herself look cute, despite the heat by wearing a romper she found at Rumors Boutique for $15! She wore a red bandana to add some extra flair. Oh, and SPF 70!

What do you think of Cathryn’s great style? Let us know in the comments below! Want to see more? Follow her on Twitter and Tumblr!


Allie’s Downtown Cool Style

Posted 3 years ago by

Not only does Allie have an awesome bedroom, she has an awesome wardrobe too! If you don’t remember her, Allie is a student living in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

She moved to New York City over a year ago with her mom from a small southern town, and her hobbies include reading, photography, music, independent movies and knitting!

This won’t be the last you’ll see of Allie. We liked her so much that she is now Broke & Chic’s very own Social Media Manager! Give her a twitter follow.

  • Leopard Sweater: $10 Old Navy (sale)
  • Leggings: $10 Uniqlo
  • Moto Boots: $30 Prima Donna
  • Levi’s Jacket: Mom’s old high school jacket!

Q & A

B&C: What was your favorite winter trend?

Allie: Moto boots, moccasins and large knit head bands!

B&C: What is one trend you can’t stand?

Allie: Leggings with uggs. I like leggings, but paired with Uggs…no!

What do you think of Allie’s downtown style? Tell us in the comments below! PS: We’re digging the shatter polish!


Richmond Virginia’s Own It-Girl

Posted 4 years ago by

Alex is an English Major based in Richmond Virginia, she loves fashion, tattoos, cats, linguistics, and of course her city!

” I say my style is rough around the edges while maintaining feminine touches. One day I’m punk, another I’m girly or ridiculously casuel. I wear what I like, including a lot of vintage!” -Alex-


  • Tank: $6 Rumors Boutique
  • Jean Shirt: $15 Forever 21
  • Pants: $20 Levi’s Outlet
  • Bag: $24 H&M
  • Booties: $24 H&M

Stay tuned for more looks by this Southern fashionista!