Easy Ways to be Stylish on a Budget

easy ways to be stylish

1. Get the Best Quality ‘Basics’ you can Afford… easy ways to be stylish on a budget.

Easy ways to be stylish Spend your money on your basics.
BUT before you start, remember that not everyone’s basics are the same.

My basics would be dark jeans, boots, a warm coat, jumpers, belts and bags.
Your basics might be dresses, cardigans and court shoes.
Or… trousers, trainers and blouses.
Whatever your favourite items are (your go-to items) those are your basics.
Ignore anyone that tells you that you need certain pieces, like trenchcoats and blazers.
Only buy them if you really love them… and will wear them to death.

2. Try Outlet Shops and Charity Shops.

Be careful.
Only buy what you fall in love with.

Make sure the quality is there.
A bargain priced acrylic jumper will look nasty in no time.
Good quality wool (or cashmere) on the other hand, looks great forever.
{If you look after it}

Sometimes items are at rock bottom prices because they look bloody awful!
If you can, read the reviews.
Check the cost (and ease) of returns.

If in doubt remember my Grandpa’s wise words…

“It’s only a bargain if you’d have happily paid full price!”

3. Be Cautious with Colour!

Yes, we all know pale coloured outfits can look uber-expensive and super-chic but, only if the quality is tip-top.

Cream trousers (for example) look fabulous if they are made from quality wool crepe.
Not so nice in cheap poly/viscose.

If the budget is tight avoid cheap versions of quality pieces.
If you really want those cream trousers don’t waste your money on a cheap pair.
Play the waiting game.
Save a little money here and there, and invest in the best you can afford.

Pale colours draw attention to poor finishes, low quality fabics and dodgy tailoring.
Ignore anyone that tells you pale colours are instantly chic.
They’re not.

If money is too tight, and the buget tiny, stick to darker hues like charcoal, aubergine, navy and black.
Darker colours can hide a multitude of sins.
If you crave colour and NEED paler coloured items in your life, you’re going to have to get to work searching those sale rails and outlet shops… it’s not always easy.
However, when you find a gem it feels fantastic!

BONUS: If you want to elevate your ‘cheap’ items try changing the buttons and definitely ditch that self-tie (or ‘free’) belt.

I’ve stuck to 3 easy tips…. do you have any more to share?
Id love to hear them!

easy ways to be stylish

Last week Mary Leigh’s pregnancy update post caught my eye, and made me remember (fondly) being so very pregnant.
Personally…looked like a hippo, and she looks so cute and pretty.
Some women simply bloom.
It’s such an exciting time for her and I wish her all the luck in the world with her new arrival!

easy ways to be stylish

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