9 Tips On How To Be Stylish On A Budget10:24 PM
Have you ever wondered how a lot of girls manage to look like they've spent a ton of money on their clothes? Have you ever wanted to have more money to shop so you can look like them? I think we all have gone through this at some point. The good news are, though, that you don't need that much money to be stylish. You can totally be fashionable and on a budget at the same time.
Here are a few tips on how to achieve this!
1. INVEST ON CLASSICS AND BASICS
I can't stress this enough: you NEED to have basics in your wardrobe in order to build better outfits. There's a reason why some pieces are classic and timeless: you can wear them over and over again as time passes and in as many was as you can imagine and they won't be out of style. However, you might want to drop some cash on this so it lasts longer. Also, if your basics are high quality, everything else can be cheaper and no one will notice.
Check out these 10 basic must-haves in your closet to get a better understanding of what I'm saying.
Accessories can make or break an outfit. You can totally upgrade or downgrade what you're wearing with good or bad accessories. If you want to be stylish, you HAVE to get cool accessories that are trendy like statement necklaces, sunglasses, handbags, bracelets, etc. And I'm not saying you need to spend a ton of money on this, absolutely not. Fantasy jewelry can look amazing and there are endless sunglasses options that are cheap. You don't need to have those Dior sunnies, you can get the budget version that looks just as stylish and trendy!
3. DON'T GET SOLD BY SALES
I'm sure this has happened to you before because it has certainly happened to me once or twice (make it a million) times. You go shopping and you start looking at stuff you like and suddenly you bump into the sale section. You drop everything you'd seen before you got there and start looking for things you like that are on sale. You probably end up getting stuff only because it's cheaper, not because you're 100% in love with it. Sounds familiar? I thought so....
It's better to buy less things that are better quality and look better on you, than a lot of stuff that was cheaper. Quality always beats quantity. Probably in every aspect of life.
4. GET IT TAILORED!
If something doesn't fit perfectly, take it to a tailor. It will look a hundred times more expensive than it actually was just because it fits like it's supposed to. Don't be satisfied with the way it originally is. You can always adjust it to make it work better for your body and your style.
5. GET TO KNOW YOUR BODY
Before you shop anything make sure you know your body type. Make sure you know what clothes fit you best so you can buy quality garments that will look good on you. For example, I have a big bust and it used to be a struggle when I went shopping because there are many things I like on the rack but once I try them on they don't look good on me because of this. I've learned with time what kind of clothes will look good on me by just looking at them though. I always go for the V necks and thick straps that will hide my bra, spaghetti straps are a no-no, for example. You have to learn how to make your attributes stand out!
6. CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET
I'm sure you have a ton of stuff you don't wear. Clean out your closet, try everything on, experience with new styles and combinations. You might be impressed by what you can accomplish and you can even find a new style for yourself. I've done this before and there are very few things in my closet I don't wear anymore. Everything I couldn't put into an outfit I liked, I gave away.
7. BUILD YOUR OUTFIT AROUND ONE PIECE
It can be a top, a pair of pants, a dress, shoes, a bag, whatever. Start with one piece and build around it. For example, this one time I had a pair of striped pants I hadn't worn in a long time and I wanted to wear again. I started trying lots of things on but my constant were the pants. I changed everything but the pants several times. I ended up with a great mix and matching of prints that I love. Click here to see what outfit I mean!
8. THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE
Think about your everyday activities and shop based on that. Don't waste money on buying a night dress you MUST have if you're not going to have a chance to wear it at all. For example, I go to college everyday. I need comfortable yet chic outfits to wear. I'm not going to be buying heels every chance I get because I already have the basics (and a few more...) instead, I'm going to invest on clothes that I actually will wear more than once. Here's an example of a comfy chic outfit.
9. MAKE A PINTEREST BOARD
Pinterest is a great tool to get inspiration. You can follow loads of fashion boards that will inspire you to be more stylish and fashionable. If you see how people combine stuff you can totally translate it into your own wardrobe. Most of the time you don't need to go shopping, you probably already have a lot of things you can work with in your wardrobe. It's just a matter of looking at it with different eyes. You can start by following my outfit ideas board to get inspired!
What do you think about these tips? What do you do to remain stylish on a budget? Where do you shop? I'd love if you shared with me in the comments or on Twitter!
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