Madeline, Style Me Thrifty

About Style Me Thrifty
The style world can be hard to navigate. So many trends, so little money! Style Me Thrifty was created as a place to share affordable style advice about clothing, shoes, beauty products and more. Because being stylish does not have to cost a lot of money!

About the Author
Madeline Van Tassel, a 30-something DC-area native, is the founder and author of the budget style blog, Style Me Thrifty. After years of politely telling her family and friends how to dress (e.g. “Never, ever wear jeans to a bridal shower!”), she decided to combine her love of fashion, writing, and overall thriftiness by launching Style Me Thrifty in March 2011. When Madeline’s not writing, playing around in WordPress, shopping, or tweeting, she can be found enjoying life with her husband and their cat Bandit.

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Style Me Thrifty takes your privacy very seriously. I will not share your personal information with third-parties without your written consent. Style Me Thrifty occasionally uses affiliate programs to monetize content. If you click on a link to make a purchase, it may result in a commission for Style Me Thrifty. This blog occasionally receives brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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  1. Laura

     /  May 6, 2011

    Hi Maddy, I have an important question for you. In today’s social media age, where photos spring up online almost as soon as they are taken, what is your advice on re-wearing a dress to wedding that your friends have probably already seen on your facebook page?

  2. Samantha

     /  May 14, 2011

    I have a question too! What’s your take on short lengths for body and age variations? Does being over 25 mean we have to veer into jort territory?

    • Good question! I like shorts (not jorts, of course!) but I know it can be tricky to pick a flattering pair. Stay tuned for some specific advice, Samantha, just in time for the summer.

  3. Trinity

     /  June 7, 2011

    Dear Style Me Thrifty,

    I need your advice! Recently I picked up my spring/fall lightweight khaki trench coat from the dry cleaners and much to my horror they had lost the matching belt! Despite my numerous inquiries and protests they have yet to find my lost belt. Do you have any suggestions for a “replacement belt”? I don’t want to try to find a perfect match because, inevitably, it will not be a perfect match. The trench is Banana Republic circa 3 seasons ago so there is no hope for getting a replacement belt from them! The trench coat has belt loops so I really can’t get away with ignoring the fact that the belt is missing. Help!


    A fallen angel without a belt

  4. Devin

     /  August 8, 2011

    Dear Style Me Thrifty,

    I need your help. I’m 26 years old and keep getting asked if I’m visiting from college! While I’m fine with looking younger than my age (everyone tells me that will come in handy down the road), I don’t want to come across as lacking maturity.

    I find it happens most when I’m running errands on the weekends or coming from the gym. My errand/gym uniform usually consists of a t-shirt and gym shorts with my hair in a ponytail. How can I improve my errand wear without sacrificing comfort (I will never be able to set foot in a mall in heels) and without breaking the bank?

    Most importantly, how can I do an easy, functional ponytail that looks more sophisticated? I think the ponytail could be a huge factor in all of this. I look much younger with my hair back and I’m not very good at styling my hair in up-dos.

    Any help you could provide would be wonderful. Thank you!

  5. Kate

     /  September 4, 2011


    This may be less of a Style Me Thrifty question, and more of a Style Me Quickly issue, but I’m sure you’re the right lady for the job! I’m on my second straight month of 80-90 hour work weeks, and as you might imagine, my styling routine has gone straight down the gutter. I don’t have time to pick an outfit, shower, put on makeup, blow dry and style my hair before I have to run out the door to catch the bus to the office. I even resorted to cutting off my hair in an attempt to look less haggard, but I still need help.

    Do you have any tips for saving time and energy in the morning while still looking professional at an office that requires business attire?

    You’re the best!

  6. Amberlynn

     /  September 26, 2011


    I adore your blog its like a little treasure I stumbled upon! I have a question! I’m going to a bridal shower in two weeks and want to look fabulous and skinny because i haven’t seen these girls since high school. Do you have any tips for how to make your self look thinner?

  7. hi there! i noticed you are participating in frock stock’s march of the bloggers as well! thought i’d come visit your site! i just love your blog! i look forward to seeing what you share!


    • Hiya! Thanks so much for saying hello. I can’t wait for the March of the Bloggers! Looking forward to reading your guest post, too! ~Madeline

  8. HI! So glad to finally be stopping by your blog and of course meeting you in person today!!! Can’t wait to see you again soon!

  9. Hi Madeline,

    I have a large box of brand new clothing that I purchased online. They were purchased from Chadicks, Metrostyle and Jessica London what consignment shop in the local DC area is best suited for items from these online stores? I ask this because it seems most of things you seem to speak of are high-end items or does it really matter as long as they are in good condition. I am really interested in any thrift stores possibly in the Old Alexandria area that would accept these items. Thank you

    • Hi Catherine! Every consignment store is different, so it’s hard for me to speak specifically to the brands that these consignment stores accept. My advice would be to check their web sites for a “brand list.” Most places list the brands they love receiving. If you don’t see yours on the list, give them a call to check. You could always consider consigning online with a place like thredup.com. It looks like they accept Metrostyle and Jessica London. -Madeline


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