Do you want to turn more heads the next time you go out? There are a lot of flashy accessories that you can wear. Unfortunately, many of them cost an arm and a leg.
The good news is that there are many ways to look more fashionable on a tight budget. Follow these tips if you want to dress to impress without breaking the bank.
1. Stick to Timeless Accessories
Many clothing and jewelry stores sell some very unique accessories each year. Many of these items are really popping while they are in style, but lose popularity in less than a year. Here are some of the fads that have gone in and out of style over the past couple of decades:
- Flashing LED necklaces
- Gaucho pants
- Fake sneaker high heels
If you are on a tight budget, you can’t afford to upgrade to the newest fad every year. You are better off investing in timeless accessories, such as:
- Vintage black dress
- Classic hoop earrings
- Infinity scarf
You can buy a beautiful dress for less than $50. If you are careful, it should last at least five years.
2. Don’t Try New Clothing Brands Online
According to a recent study from Mintel, 62% of customers prefer to shop for clothes online. It’s hardly surprising that customers prefer buying clothes online, because online retailers tend to offer great deals and don’t require customers to leave their homes.
However, if you haven’t purchased from a particular retailer before, you should probably try them at a brick-and-mortar store first. Here are a couple reasons:
- Every brand sizes clothes differently. You may find that most of your dresses are a size 3. However, you may find only a size 4 fits properly if you are trying a new clothing line. The only way you will know is if you try it on first. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to do that online, even with their simulated dressing rooms.
- It is a lot more difficult to return clothes to an online retailer.
You can always buy clothes online after you find a good brand.
3. Don’t Sacrifice Your Comfort
Your confidence and stylishness are very tightly linked. You can’t pull off a style if you aren’t comfortable.
It’s important to make sure you are relaxed and comfortable with your accessories. Here are some tips:
- Buy heels with good support. Most women feel more attractive in heels, but hate the way they feel. It’s difficult to find a pair that you can walk in gracefully, because they don’t usually provide enough support for your arches. You may want to look into vionic shoes and heels. They have biomechanical orthotics, which provide much better support for your arches.
- Conservative women may not prefer tight tops. Tight halter tops look great on models and women that are proud to show their curves. However, they aren’t designed for women that like to be more conservative with their appearance. If you are more modest, you may feel self-conscious going out in public with a top that fits tightly around your bust. You may want to buy something more free-fitting that won’t attract unwanted gazes from the opposite sex.
- Choose lighter scarves. Heavy scarves may be fashionable, but they are too bulky in moderate and warm weather. Opt for something a little lighter. Ann Taylor has some great light scarves, which are comfortable year round.
There is no point wasting money buying something that you won’t be comfortable in.
4. Buy Clothes that Don’t Fall Apart
Many clothes are specifically designed to fall apart after a couple of years. Others are made from poorly woven wool or imported nylon, which don’t last very long.
You are better off investing in clothes that will last a long time. Tom Cridland and Universal Utility provide a number of clothing lines that are guaranteed to last for years. You can afford to splurge a little with these brands, because you know you won’t be replacing them after a couple of years.
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