The Frugal Fashionista: How To Look Trendy For Less


Everyone wants to appear their best at all times, which is why we take an interest in fashion. Regardless of the year or season, it’s important to keep up with the latest trends. That way, no one can look in your direction without checking out your outfit and thinking ‘how do they do it?!’ The only issue is money because being a fashionista isn’t cheap. And, if you haven’t got the right budget, you may think that keeping up with the industry is an impossible task. The truth is that no one needs to break the bank as being fashionable is realistic even with the smallest of budgets. Yep, it sounds like a myth but it is true. In fact, it is so true that you can even find a selection of tips on how to do it underneath.


What Do You Want?

The first thing to decide is what style you want to buy. There are two options: the expensive clothes or the cheaper ones. Simply put, there is nothing wrong with either selection because both have their merits. For example, the less expensive items allow you to buy more and add more pieces to your wardrobe. However, the dearer ones are usually a better style, look more attractive, and last longer due to their material. Of course, they are a lot pricier, but you only need to buy one or two pieces. Whichever method stands out to you the most is the one you should opt for when you go out shopping. If you choose poorly based on price, you will never see your reflection and smile. Instead, you will always feel as if something is missing.

Review Your Wardrobe

As a typical human being, it is tempting to add and add clothes to your collection without throwing any away. Now, getting rid of old clothes may not appear frugal, but it gives you a sense of clarity. To begin with, it shows you what you lack and what you need to introduce in the future. Do you have one style or one colour that dominates your outfits? If you do, now you know to add different styles and colours for extra pop. The second thing it does is reintroduces you to things that you don’t wear because you didn’t know they still existed. Every person has clothes which they fall out with for whatever reason, but fashion is cyclical. Just because you didn’t like it at one time doesn’t mean you will stay that way forever. By trying everything on, it is possible to fall back in love all over again.

Trade Or Sell

After a review, there should be a couple of piles which are as follows: keeping and throwing away. Put the ‘keep’ pile to one side and focus on the things you don’t want any more. Even though they are useless to you, someone else may give them a home. Remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. With that in mind, log onto your eBay account and put them up for sale. Obviously, selling these items will give you more money to go out and buy an outfit you want. But, you can also ask for a trade. By swapping clothes, there is no need to unsheathe the credit card and waste money. Instead, you can pick a piece that catches your eye and do a like for like deal.  

Be Tender And Caring

One reason you need to hit the high street is that your old outfits don’t have the same pop any longer. Although wear and tear are factors, so is the fact that you may not look after them properly. After all, there is more to caring for your clothes than soaking them once a week. To start with, you have to ensure that you are not too harsh. For instance, can your garments take a regular spin in a machine or do they need hand washing? The answer to this question is on the label. Also, don’t assume that a stain is the end of the world. Yes, some stains are nearly impossible to tackle, like ink. Still, it isn’t very often that someone draws a dress with a biro pen! Anything else is treatable as long as you invest in the right cleaning products and apply them before washing.

Buy The Classics

Even though fashion goes through trends, there are a few things that are timeless. And, they need adding to your wardrobe as soon as possible. The reasoning is simple: they never go out of fashion. Because of this, you can wear a classic item now or a year in the future and won’t seem out of place. As a result, there is less need to go out shopping and spend money. The question is what are the classics? The best example is an LBD or a little black dress. For years, women have donned the LBD and looked sensational regardless of the time of year. The same goes for a nice pair of jeans and a denim jacket. Oh, and don’t forget about a simple plain white t-shirt that only costs a couple of pounds!

And The Accessories To Match

Just like items of clothing, there are also accessories which never go out of fashion. Earrings, rings, and necklaces are probably the three main examples, yet there are plenty more. What is great about using accessories to your advantage is that they boost any style. It doesn’t matter how plain it seems as the right pieces will elevate it to a new level. What’s even better is the fact that most accessories don’t cost a small fortune. In fact, you can find great additions on market stalls and in high street shops for minimal amounts. All you have to do is ensure that you don’t go overboard. Let’s face it – you don’t want to look like a fortune teller. As far as accessories go, less is more as you want to add a subtle appearance to your style.

Don’t Shop Online All The Time

The temptation to shop online is powerful. After all, conventional wisdom dictates that online shops have the best bargains. Although that appears true on the face of things, it isn’t always the case. Why? It’s because things don’t always turn up as they appear on the screen. As such, the fit may not be right, or the style may not be what you initially wanted. So, you have to send it back, which costs more money. Plus, you also have to factor in the expense of postage and packaging. By the time you finally get it right, the amount can balloon and begin to break the bank. If you know your size and can trust the site, there is no better place to shop. For those of you that are unsure, you are going to get better results when you shop in-store. It sounds crazy, but it is true.

Exploit Sales

The final trick is obvious, yet it’s amazing how many people don’t use it to their advantage. Shopping in the sales is an excellent way to invest in the latest and greatest clobber. Usually, it is too expensive and out of your budget. In the sales, the value of most items drops by a considerable margin, making them attainable. All you have to do is bide your time and wait for the perfect moment to strike.

The good news is that there is always a sale somewhere, so you shouldn’t have to wait long.


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