Being on a tight budget can be so restrictive, especially when it comes to shopping for clothes. All those models on the runway rocking super fancy designer pieces may have you thinking there’s just no hope for you to look as stylish as them just because you don’t have the luxury of spending so much money on one designer piece but that’s not entirely true. In fact, being on a budget, though challenging, can broaden your sense of style. It helps you to somehow step out of your fashion comfort zone and explore the choices available to you at the moment which can lead to the discovery of a whole new style that you can rock.
- Know your body type and what looks with it – knowing your body type and how to dress it up can save you not just money but time as well. This is the first thing you need to know when shopping on a budget so that you have a general idea of what styles to look for while trying to avoid hefty price tags.
- Mix and match old pieces with new ones to create a whole new look – being fashionable and stylish does not always mean wearing new pieces all the time and not wearing the same piece more than once. That may be how things seem to be for celebrities and A-listers but you have to remember that, unlike them, you’re on a budget and a restrictive one at that. Make the most out of the pieces that you already have by mixing and matching them with different items every time to create a whole new look. You’ll be surprised at the endless outfit combinations you can come up with using your existing items and just a few new ones.
- Go thrift shopping – style does not come from the brand names on the tags of your clothes, it comes from you being comfortable and confident with your body and with what you’re wearing. Thrift shopping is a great way to get good deals on cute clothes and, if you’re lucky, you may even find fabulous pieces with designer labels at prices that are half (or more) off.
- Breathe new life to old pieces by DIYing them – trends come and go but you can easily catch up on them while on a budget if you’re crafty and creative. Make any of your old clothes that have been sitting idly in your closet look brand new again by DIYing them. Doing DIYs on your clothes is a cheap and easy way to personalize, customize and update old pieces.
- Buy and sell – if you’re looking for a way to get your hands on new clothes to wear all the time but your budget is making that hard for you to do, one thing you should consider is entering the business of buy and sell. Basically, your goal here is to sell some of the pieces you already have in order to generate funds for new pieces you want to buy. This is a very efficient way of keeping your style updated without burning a hole in your pocket.