A person who evokes being affected by the recession because it's the 'in' thing to do, especially if they have no real need to. They may even pay more for the privilege of having just the right down-market accessories or habits. (Reference the evolution of the hipster.)
We're going to Mel's Diner tonight. The decor's a little shabby, you know with the recession and all, but they have the most fabulous oysters served in replica sardine tins.

Keira Knightly is such a recessionista -- check out this story about her renting shoes! http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2009/03/25/keira_knightley_saves_money_buy_renting_
by ocius1 March 25, 2009
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A person who is able to stick to a tight budget while still managing to dress stylishly.
She's superstylish, always able to buy a round of drinks and still seems to be wearing a new outfit every time you see her. She's a recessionista, that New York marvel who's a magnet for a good deal. And in this economy, she's got a lot to teach us.
by Kaylea Livingston August 25, 2008
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A person who is able to remain stylish during times of economic hardship. A recessionista can shop on a limited budget and still manage to be up to date on the most current fashions. A recessionista does not let a bad economy, inflation, or a strong recession damage his or her wardrobe and opts to search for sales and shop at thrifty discount stores instead.
"Damn, she lookin' fine...how can she afford all that since losin' her job?"

"She a big time recessionista man"
by Da Juiceman February 12, 2009
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"A former fashionista on this new quest for fine items at an affordable cost." Mary Hall author of The Recessionista Blog, http://therecessionista.blogspot.com/
The Recessionista madly clipped coupons in order to purchase a fashionable item at an fab-u-less price.

The Recessionista searched like Ulysses on the voyage of the Odyssey for a $9.00 bottle of Pinot Noir wine.
by Recessionista March 28, 2009
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1. Women who are able to afford expensive luxury items
in an economic recession

2. People who tend to have the best in an economic downturn
"Wow Mary, I love your new Chanel bag! your such a Recessionista"
by radiokilluh; May 3, 2009
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Someone who makes do with what they have in these tough old financial times, and looks fabulous whilst doing it.
Morgan: I don't know how Mary manages to always look so damn fine - last time I checked we were getting the same salary...

Nicci: I think she does that whole second-hand store, bargain bin thing.

Amy: Yeah man, she's just a regular recessionista.
by AydeKay March 23, 2009
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A person with such innate sense of fashion that can they can endure times of burden and misfortune as in a poor economy and still keep on looking their best with extraordinary style. A recessionista never allows a recession or a poor economy to impair their wardrobe so they become creative when shopping on a budget and sometimes even make their own unique fashion from scratch or old clothing and manage to remain in the style of the current fashion trends
as they do so.
The daughter of an infamous wall street mogel that lost everything in his court battle due to his criminal dealings, dressed as a recessionista while looking for a new place to stay and a job.

by izayah April 7, 2009
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