Hello everyone! I’m coming to you today with a few tips on how you can 1.) save money while 2.) looking and feeling fashionable/stylish/amazing/confident/and so on. There are just a few simple tweaks that you can make in your wardrobe that will insure you always look on point without spending big bucks!
1. Fabrics are key.
You know that scratchy, sheer, polyester-ey feeling fabric that is often seen at H&M and Forever 21? Don’t buy it.
That fabric while convenient for the purposes of inexpensive work blouses (which I also own), aren’t as cute for your overall wardrobe. They cling to odor, they feel not so nice, and you have to wear something under them anyway. Also, the shininess of the fabric can come across as cheap.
Pick literally any other fabric. Cottons, blends, seek out cashmere from your local Goodwill, well done faux furs and suedes. There is so much out there that looks better and is around the same price as that scratchy fabric.
2. Invest in a color scheme.
Hear me out on this. I think sometimes people find the idea of wearing the same few colors to be limiting. As someone who wears some form of black/gray/taupe/white everyday, I can tell you this isn’t true. I own multiple pieces in about 4 different colors but alllll kinds of silhouettes.
The idea of having a “color scheme” for yourself is that you can wake up and grab something random out of your closet, pair it with something else, and it should still look good! Part of looking high end, is looking put together and this will help.
3. Look for the lil details.
The details on an item can make or break it in terms of looking cheap. Hidden zippers that get stuck all the way up? Cheaper. Studs, faux gem stones, sequins? Most likely cheaper. While these things are fun, they take down a garment in terms of how it looks as a whole.
Instead, seek items that have real metal zippers, real embroidery, or at the very least realistic versions of it.
4. I need…I need…a tailor.
Do not. I repeat, do not SKIP THE TAILOR. GO TO THE TAILOR. GET SOMEONE TO TAILOR YOUR SHIT.
I feel so strongly about this because it really is a key in changing how clothes look. I bought a $20 jumpsuit from Target for my graduation. After getting it hemmed and taken in in the bodice so it fit me properly (for $5 no less), no one could believe it was from Target.
There’s nothing more thrilling than buying something from a fast fashion store, getting it tailored to fit your bod perfectly instead of whatever weird factory sizing those stores follow, and then having no one believe that you got it from Forever 21/Zara/etc.
Also, tailoring doesn’t have to be expensive or inconvenient. You can take things to a dry cleaners or learn to hem garments yourself.
5. Time to ball out…on accessories that is.
Yes, splurging is okay. But if you’re tryna stay on a budget and #savedatmoney balling out on clothes over and over can be annoying.
Instead, splurge on an eye-catching, versatile, and luxurious accessory. A nice purse, a timeless watch, a pair of Ray Bans. Something that can go with many looks, that you’ll love for a long time, and that you love. It can sometimes be the little pieces, the structured purse or the diamond earrings, that pull a look together and take it to the next level.
6. Become a Maxxinista.
I get the majority of the pieces I get compliments on from places like Marshalls and Plato’s Closet. Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Plato’s, Goodwill, etc. are all places that have clothes for remarkable discounts.
I’ve gotten cashmere sweaters at Goodwill, Anthropologie jackets at Plato’s, and CK jeans at Marshalls. There’s no need to spend a bunch of extra money when the same pieces are waiting for you at a cheaper price!
7. Gucci, Gucci, Louis, Louis, Fendi, Fendi, Prada.
Ya know when everyone in middle school was obsessed with labels like Aeropostle and Hollister? Well if you haven’t grown out of the phase of thinking labels are the most important part of your wardrobe, here’s your chance.
While having name brand things is nice or desired in some aspects, don’t be afraid to step out of the box. Little boutiques and other cute places that might not end up in Vogue are just as desirable/stylish/etc. as those shoes from that it company.
Being a slave to labels will do nothing but drain your bank account and leave you with one or two pieces that just happen to be from a certain company.
8. Seek “inspired by”, not knockoffs.
There have always been girls with fake Uggs. There have always been girls with fake purses. Nothing cheapens a look more than fake stuff.
Want something designer but not wanting to pay the price? Seek pieces inspired by the item, NOT a direct knockoff.
For example, I adore the Dior So Real sunglasses that have been seen on the likes of Rihanna, Bella Hadid, and other it gals. Did I go out to a stand in Philly to buy myself some Dior knockoffs? Nah. I found a cute pair of sunglasses by Steve Madden for $6 at Marshalls that have the same frame structure as the Diors, save over $600.
Knockoffs are lame. It’s more fun to search for the perfect sub in for them.
9. Play around with knots, tucks, and other chic details.
Have an oversized plain, basic, t-shirt you’re tired of? Knotting it with high waisted jeans. Or tucking it in to trouser style pants for a business casual look. Or chop off the top for an off the shoulder look and pair with shorts.
Taking the time to experiment with one garment can lead to a variety of outfits based on basics that look put together and like extra thought was put into them.
10. At the end of the day, it’s about how you wear it.
It’s not what you wear or where it’s from or how much it costs. It’s how you wear it. It’s whether you’re confident in it or not. That is the final thing that puts looks together and makes them look like a million bucks!