September 7, 2017
Have you ever followed a fashion blogger or celebrity and felt jealous of their every move? Impeccable outfits, amazing shoes, gorgeous handbags, flawless make-up, perfect hair, a peek into a glam lifestyle can make any women green with envy. The dirty truth behind celebrities and Instagram’s top fashion bloggers is that they often have partnerships with luxury designers, so they either don’t pay for the stuff they wear or they buy it at a considerable discount. They also have a glam squad (hair, make-up, etc.) to help them get ready for events and professional appearances.
Does this mean that if you don’t have the budget or the professionals to help you get ready on a daily basis that you’re doomed to having no personal style? Absolutely not! Personal style is not about how much money you spend, it’s about what you do with your money.
Here are 5 tips on how to look fashionable when your budget doesn’t include buying out the designer’s collections or having a team of professionals to help you get ready.
5 Budget Friendly Style Tips For Women
1. Know How To Remix Your Wardrobe Basics
The ability to take the same piece in your closet and restyle it into multiple outfits will help you stretch your dollars further. You don’t need a lot of clothes when the stuff that you own can be remixed into different looks. Wardrobe challenges such as the Wardrobe Basics Challenge—The White T-Shirt will help you work on your creativity if you’ve never tried to style an article of clothing more than 1 or 2 ways. With the right accessories and layering pieces a wardrobe basic can become a workhorse piece. And anything in your closet that can be used often helps to ground your personal style, while also keeping the number of items you own in your closet small.
2. Decide When To Spend And When To Save
A key piece of information to have when you are trying to decide what to buy is how much you want to spend. If you are shopping with a budget, then most likely you can’t afford a head to toe designer look, which means that you have to decide when you will spend more and when you will spend less. In my personal experience, the wardrobe items that are NOT washed or cleaned often, and the clothes that are hardest for me to fit are usually worth spending a bit more on. For me that list includes: coats, blazers, jackets, jeans, trousers, handbags, sweaters, shoes, and scarves. The wardrobe items that I spend less on typically include the pieces that I wear out fast and are easy for me to replace. This list includes: knits, shirts, blouses, t-shirts, shorts, swimsuits, sandals, flip flops, hats, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and gloves. I’ll also spend less on something I’m trying for the first time. For example, if I’ve never worn a statement sleeve blouse, I’ll buy one at a cheaper price point to make sure I like it before buying a more expensive replacement. Deciding when to spend and when to save enables you to create a wardrobe that has a balance of higher and lower end items. And when you wear something that is well recognized as a designer piece, you’ll often get the carryover effect for the rest of your outfit.
3. Learn How To Spot Quality
Going hand in hand with when to spend and when to save is knowing when something you are holding in your hand is worth the price on the tag. Quality is sometimes, but not always, dictated by price. Because this relationship is not consistent, it is very important to be able to recognize when the price and the item are equal. Figuring out what brands make good quality pieces is given another level of complexity because materials, factories, and overall production change every season. That’s why a favorite brand of let’s say trousers fit perfectly and wear like iron one season and the next the fit is off and they fall apart after 1 use. To help you in this task, pay attention to materials. It’s taken me a few years but through trial and error I’ve learned that the best places for me to buy my wardrobe basics are Uniqlo and Target, while the store whose higher end products that work well for me include Theory (for sweaters), White House Black Market (for business clothing, especially trousers), and Nordstrom (designer denim).
4. Shop Everywhere
Budget Retailers, outlet malls, regular malls, sample sales, Etsy, Ebay, flea markets, thrift stores, the number of places to buy clothes has increased exponentially. And with all of these options comes the opportunity to buy something at a discount. Every time I’ve talked to a professional stylist or a personal shopper I’ve heard the same thing, shop everywhere. You never know when you will run into something that is perfect for your budget and style, which is why you have to keep an open mind when you go shopping. And when you know how to spot quality, you also know when the item you are considering is a good deal or not.
5. Invest In A Steamer
After all of the hard work to put together a wardrobe of pieces that fits your style and budget, you’re going to want them to stick around for a little while. A steamer helps you keep your clothes looking Just Like New while you save your money so that you can go shopping again.
Remixing wardrobe basics, knowing when to spend and when to save, buying quality items that fit your budget, shopping everywhere, and taking care of your clothes with a steamer are 5 budget friendly style tips for women. And if you’re looking for advice on style tips for men, tune in next week because a special guest is stopping by Shopping Brake to discuss 5 Budget Friendly Style Tips For Men.
What’s your favorite budget friendly style tip for women?