The following is a guest post by Hira Sayem.
They tell us not to judge a book by its cover. But how many of us actually don’t form an opinion about someone on the way they dress? If they have an expensive look, we assume they have money. It’s as simple as that.
In today’s world, it is important that a person looks sophisticated, collected and able to convey his or her individuality through clothing. We all want to look perfectly turned out but are not sure how to manage that on a budget. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you look like you walked straight off the runway without breaking the bank.
Focus on the Fit
A $40 dress that fits well will look better than a $400 dress that hangs loosely from the shoulders. Make sure you try on every item of clothing before you buy it. Only spend on things that look good on you in the present. How many times do we buy things that don’t fit us perfectly but are at a great price, hoping we will lose the extra pounds soon? Looking stylish is about wearing clothes that make you look good, not about simply wearing expensive things.
Sell or Swap What You Don’t Wear
Look through your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn something for a year or so, why not sell it online, or swap it with a piece you like? Clothes-swapping is a great and cheap way to keep updating your wardrobe without spending a cent. Clothes swap with friends and family who have similar sizes and styles to you. It’s a win-win.
If you can get over the idea of someone having already worn an outfit before you, thrift stores can be an excellent way to find stylish clothing at low prices. Often people donate clothing they’ve used only once or twice and you might find something almost brand new. Thrift stores are especially prevalent in college towns. Young people are more likely to keep changing their wardrobe and give away perfectly usable trendy pieces of clothing. You can get an expensive look just by shopping at a secondhand store.
Use High/Low Properly
Although it’s wise to spend money on quality pieces of clothing that won’t go out of fashion, such as white formal shirts, a black dress and nude pumps, there are some basic items that you don’t need to spend a truckload on. Skinny jeans are great. Though not many people can tell whether the jeans somebody is wearing is $29.99 or $299.99. If they fit well and are on trend, jeans are not something it is necessary to splurge on.
Be Creative with Your Clothing
Learn how to customize your clothing by playing with accessories; simple things like changing the cheap buttons on a coat or dress and replacing them with custom ones from etsy, or ebay can make your clothes look a lot more expensive than they are.
Only Shop for What You Need
It’s easy to get distracted by all the amazing things you can find at discounted prices online. But sometimes buying lots of things at dirt cheap prices ends up leaving a bigger dent in our wallet than one really expensive item. Know exactly what you’re looking for before you go bargain hunting. Some online boutiques can help find more reasonable replacements to high end products.
Hira sayem is a passionate lifestyle and fashion blogger who focuses on prevailing trends. She is a featured author at various blogs and a staff writer at AnythingChenille.com, your premier source for all your custom chenille and letterman jacket patches.