Contrary to popular opinion, fashion does not always have to be expensive. There are so many budget-friendly ways to elevate a look and feel fabulous without sacrificing quality.
That said, follow these steps to look stylish without breaking the bank:
Steer clear of knock-offs
Just because you can’t afford an original Prada, doesn’t mean you should settle for a fake one. Faux designer clothes, shoes, and bags are never a good idea, no matter how much they resemble the real thing. By purchasing counterfeit pieces, you end up supporting counterfeit acts and hurting actual designers and manufacturers.
Instead of wasting money on cheap quality, build a fashion fund, and buy yourself the real thing for your birthday.
Revisit your wardrobe
When was the last time you took agood look at your closet? During endless shopping, we tend to forget all the excellent pieces that have been gathering dust in our wardrobes for years.
Take time to review and sort every item in your wardrobe. This lets you rediscover the hidden gems that have been lying there all this time. Once you’ve gotten a clear picture of what you currently have, you can start giving these pieces fresh new looks.
Play with accessories
Old clothes can look trendy and good as new with the right accessories. Pair an old shirt with some statement earrings, a chic silicone bracelet, or a printed headscarf for a quick and affordable fix.
If you have more time, you can put your sewing skills to the test. Turn a dress into a fancy top or skirt, play with hems, or add embellishment to plain pieces. While these projects can take a bit more time, they’re cheaper than buying new clothes. Plus, you get to add your personality to each piece.
Stick to classic pieces
It’s wiser to invest in quality pieces than buying cheaper ones you’ll have to replace in a few months. Classic pieces are based on your style, but they’re all produced to last a thousand washings. Unlike trendy pieces, you can wear classics at any time of the year and still look fabulous.
Popular fashion staples include a stunning black dress and a reliable pair of white sneakers. Classic pieces can be a bit pricey, but their quality and durability make them a worthy investment.
Resist online shopping
Thanks to the Internet, you can easily buy from your favorite brands with just a few clicks. While online shopping can get you better deals and discounts, they can lead to bigger expenses if you’re not careful.
For one, it’s harder to figure out your size since you can’t try on the garments, unlike in a brick-and-mortar store. This means there’s always the risk of wasting your money on the wrong size. This can end up being more disastrous if the brand does not accept returns or exchanges.
As much as possible, visit the physical store instead of shopping online. Pay attention to free shipping deals and double-check the brand’s sizing charts (if they have) before making a purchase.
Being fashionable was never about who spends the most. Real fashion is all about originality and self-expression. With a little patience and creativity, you can achieve your dream looks at little to no cost.