Fashion on Budget

Lucia Musau

Today I would like to talk about ‘Fashion on Budget’; you have probably heard the saying ‘fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it’. The other day I was having a drink with some friends and my blog became a subject of discussion, where one of the ladies wanted to know if I shop second hand clothing at all, the other one went ahead and challenged me if have ever been to ‘Toi market’. That conversation got me wondering,’ is that what my readers think?’ But of course I do

So today I would like to introduce to you how I do it! I will be very honest with you, I do visit flea markets (Toi, Gikomba, Ngara) etc but not as much e.g. for the period have been in Nairobi have visited each once but that doesn’t mean I don’t get pieces from there. Over time I have established contacts who understand what I like, so once they get something which they think will work for me, they send me photos via whatsapp and then we make arrangements for delivery. If I also like something and it doesn’t seem to be in shops or its too costly I send them photos of the item and they do the search

Say for example; I still get my ripped/distressed jeans from Kongowea market Mombasa, all I do is send ‘Saeed’ photos of the kind of jeans I want and he will be sure to deliver.

Here are some of my contacts:

Jeans – Saeed Kongowea Market (+254 702 335641)

Mwikali – Official skirts (+254 722 223365 Nairobi)

Fashionable pieces – Serinda Fashions (+254 728 224901)

Perhaps you could also share yours?

The cost of today’s outfit: Top Ksh 200, Skirt Ksh 400 (Total Cost Ksh 600 Courtesy of Serinda Fashions ) It’s not what you buy it’s what you do it with it

PS: To recreate this look, you can also get a royal blue midi skirt here or here (click the links to be redirected) and a crop top here

Lucia Musau

Lucia Musau

Lucia Musau

Lucia Musau

Top and Skirt: Serinda Fashions (+254 728 224901) (Other options for a royal blue midi skirt here and here, crop top here)

Shoes: Backyard Shoezz

Clutch and neck piece: Vonette Boutique

Photography: Radek Art Photo


  1. Emilly says:

    Looking awesome..I’ve bought a couple of pieces from serindafashions that I love among other second hand outlets..always looking forward to check out for new stock.. :-) fashionable items as you have mentioned can be affordable,it has nothing to do with how much one spends..:-)

  2. Stella says:

    Lucia, I really like your authenticity – not many bloggers would own up to tell that they buy/ wear flea market pieces (but most do). Thanks for sharing your suplliers’ contact info. By the way, that outfit looks amazing on you.

  3. Whispery Wind says:

    I love the look, and I like that you don’t have a problem shopping at flea markets.

    However, even if one doesn’t buy second-hand clothes and only bought high-end clothing from stores, I don’t think one should apologise for it. Everyone should do whatever makes them happy.

    Lovely blog! I’ve always been a silent reader, but I had to say today that nobody should apologise for their choices. :)

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