HOW TO BE STYLISH ON A BUDGET AND OTHER STORIES
ERDEM X H&M Small leather shoulder bag
& Other Stories Skirt (charity shop find)
HOW TO BE STYLISH ON A BUDGET
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Yves Saint Laurent
Do you think that in order to be stylish you need to spend a lot of money? Think again!
Fashion trends change all the time and it can be financially challenging to follow them. The key is to find the right balance between the old and the new, between the classics and the novelty. How to be stylish on a budget? I have prepared some tips for you.
1. Go through your wardrobe.
Find out what you have and what you don’t have. Whilst doing that, you will most likely find some long forgotten gems buried deep in your closet. I found this white faux fur jacket which my mum bought for me years ago and I’d never worn it!
Sell unwanted items on eBay and donate the pieces that you were unable to sell to a charity shop. Tidy up your wardrobe and organize it in a way that you know exactly what you have and where, this will allow you to be more creative with putting your outfits together. Make a list of what you need to buy.
2. Set yourself a monthly budget for clothes and stick to it.
3. Buy the basics first, they will be the foundation of your wardrobe.
Invest in timeless classics like a trench coat, a good quality blazer, a white shirt, a perfectly fitted pair of jeans and a classic black dress that complements your body shape. Pay attention to the quality of materials that these items are made of as you want them to last!
4. Buy in final clearance and out of season.
By final clearance I mean at least 70% off the original price, avoid temptation of buying when it’s anything less than 50% off. The below pair of dungarees was £9.99 in Zara’s final sale and the yellow top and distressed jeans were £5.99 each! Be careful though, don’t rush into buying something just because it’s been reduced from £59.99 to £5.99. Have a think first whether you would actually wear it and how you would style it.
5. If you fancy a designer piece for a fraction of the price, visit TK Maxx or find a designer sample sale.
The below CLASS ROBERTO CAVALLI crocodile embellished shoulder bag was a TK Maxx find. TK Maxx offers up to 60% off RRP and even more in clearance.
I also went to a 1 OFF PIECE designer sample sale (up to 90% off) some time ago in London and bought a few amazing pieces, e.g. the below CHLOÉ buckled boots for £100 (original price £1060, currently being sold for £530 here) and Miu Miu green tasselled suede sandals for £50. They were originally being sold for more (CHLOÉ boots for £250 and Miu Miu sandlas for £120, so still quite expensive) however in the last hour there was a final mark down so I left with these beauties and a big smile on my face!
6. Buy pre-owned items in charity shops/thrift stores/second hand shops and on eBay.
It’s like a treasure hunt as you can find some real vintage gems, designer pieces or brand new items with labels! Recycling clothes means doing something good for our precious planet and buying in charity shops also means donating money to a great cause.
The skirt I am wearing in today’s post was bought in a charity shop for £5; it’s from & Other Stories and it still had a label on!
The below Jaime Mascaró shoes were also a charity shop find.
This mysterious and unique brown leather bag was bought in the cutest thrift store, Threads Resale Boutique, discovered in Morro Bay during my US road trip. It’s a real antique gem! I would love to know the story of this bag, where it came from and who it belonged to!
Some charity shops offer online shopping, e.g Oxfam, however from my experience it’s much better to visit the shop if you want to find some real treasures. I would avoid vintage shops as they tend to be massively overpriced, the same applies to charity shops in central London. especially in areas like Chelsea.
7. Arrange a clothes swap evening with your friends with some nibbles and Prosseco.
That way you can have the thrill of getting new clothes without spending any money and also clear out your wardrobe from the items you don’t wear!
8. Shop at online outlets like Outnet or Mango online outlet.
I bought these metallic leather ankle boots in Mango online outlet for £39.99 (reduced from £89.99).
9. Avoid spending a lot of money on seasonal trends.
Mix your wardrobe classics with seasonal accessories, like statement earrings, necklace or a pair of textured tights.
10. After buying something new, don’t remove the labels straight away.
Try it on again after a few days and see how you feel about it. If your deep fascination by the item has even slightly evaporated, you should return it.
11. You should only buy clothes that you are 100% sure about and you really, really love.
If you have any doubts like “is it not too short/long?”, “does this colour suit me?”, “I don’t feel comfortable sitting down in it”, then you should stay away.
12. Whenever possible, buy online through websites like TopCashback.
Clicking through these websites to your favourite retailers gives you back a percentage of your spend once your purchase is confirmed.
Hope you find these tips helpful. Do you have any other ideas of how to be stylish on a budget? Let me know in the comments below. And remember – if your hair and shoes look fabulous, you can get away with wearing pretty much anything! 😀
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