Style Tips – Fashion on a Budget

Have you ever wondered how you could save some money and still look fabolous? Here are some of my best tips:

  • Buy quality (highest price doesn’t always indicate good quality…) basic clothes like plain coloured tops and jeans with a cut that suits you and you feel comfortable in. These are the items you are more likely to wear often and they will not go out of style anytime soon. Basic looking clothes will be easier to mix and match with each other and can easily be updated by adding something new each season. Sometimes something as simple as a bold necklace can make a basic outfit look interesting.

Combine Basic with Bold
Black Crop Jeans, Vero Moda, via Asos.com, Cream Lace Hem Top by RiverIsland.com and Red Turquoise Statement Necklace by Wildflowers And Grace on Etsy.

  • Never shop anything on pure impulse. Chances are that you will not have anything at home that goes well with that neon green ruffle top. This means you are going to have to buy something to combine it with… and things will just spiral down from there until you have a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear…. If you decide you want that top anyway, mentally go though your wardrobe at home to see if you have anything that would work with it. Then decide if it’s worth purchasing or not.
  • Shop at sales – But be smart about it. Don’t go crazy and loose your common sense just because things are cheap. Use sales to buy those high quality basic clothes. You could also put up a budget for yourself before going to the store. Maybe just bring cash, that way you will not spend more money than the budget you allowed yourself.
    Another tip for sales is to shop for winter necessities (if available) during the summer sale and vice versa. Two summer’s ago I got a new pair of leather winter boots almost 90% off at a sale!

winter boots at summer sale

  • Never go for the latest trends when clothes shopping. Instead, find your own unique style and only buy things you really want and styles that suit you.
  • Shop Vintage. I am not myself a huge fan of vintage, but this is mostly because of the lack of good stores where I live. They consist of 99% crap and I don’t have the patience to wade though that much to find one pretty piece. Where I live vintage is also overpriced, and that can discourage even the most enthusiastic second hand shopper. However, something that I do shop vintage is jewellery. You can easily clean it (carefully) and older costume jewellery will have a better quality than the new faux jewellery you can find in chain stores today.

Vintage Jewelry

  • Remake the clothes you already have. Look for easy-to-follow tutorials online. And if you really want to get into this: Buy clothes that you think could be easy to re-construct once you get tired of them. Examples of easy remake projects include cutting off dresses and turn them into cute tops and skirts. I will write more on this subject soon.
  • Find your most loved pieces at unexpected places. Men’s fashion stores, grocery stores… As an example; cheap simple white t-shirts can often be found at other places than fashion stores. Re-construct them or maybe you could make your own prints using textile colours?
  • Take good care of the stuff you already have. That means, among a lot of other things; Treat your leather shoes to some shoe cream or polish regularly and don’t use softener when washing your jeans…

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