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5 Easy Ways To Look Chic On a Budget

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

 

With fashion trends rapidly changing every season, keeping up with the latest styles can be expensive and time-consuming. If you don't want to worry about wasting time or money on fleeting trends, follow these steps to look chic on a budget all year round.
 
Shop for Basics

The easiest way to build your wardrobe is to start by searching for classic staples. These items should be simple and devoid of any busy patterns. Start by shopping for plain tees in neutral colors such as black, white and gray, a pair of denim jeans and a classic black dress. Starting off with basic staples allows you to dress up your outfit with bolder items such as cowhide bags or statement earrings. It's much better to have a few classic items that you can easily pair with multiple accessories than a huge collection of the hottest trends that'll be out of style by next season.
 
Shop Secondhand

Although buying a new top at the mall can be a nice treat, purchasing clothing from a vintage store or thrift shop can save you money without sacrificing quality. Secondhand shops have plenty of clothing items in perfect condition that people lost interest in for one reason or another. Shopping secondhand can also help you to explore your style and express your creativity, as thrift shops are known for having a diverse range of clothing to choose from. You never know what you may find, so what are you waiting for?
 
Trade With Friends

On a similar note, swapping clothes with friends can be a great way to freshen up your wardrobe without spending any cash. You can turn this into a fun event by hosting a clothing swap party, in which you and your guests agree to bring a certain number of items to the party that are fair game for exchange. While you might be sick of your cream cable-knit sweater, it could be perfect for your friend.
 
Supplement Your Outfit With Accessories

Accessories are often less expensive than clothing but can nevertheless add a stylish element to your outfit. Look for statement items such as sunglasses, belts and jewelry to complement basic pieces. A beanie or beret can also go a long way in elevating your outfit while also keeping you warm in the winter months. Accessories can make your outfit look much more expensive than it actually is, which makes them a staple for looking fashionable on a budget.
 
Shop for What You Need

There's a reason why it's called retail therapy, but you shouldn't rely too much on shopping just because it makes you feel good. Think about what you're buying before you purchase it and ask yourself if you really need it. Of course, it's okay to treat yourself once in a while, but try not to make it into a habit.

You don't have to break the bank in order to look stylish. Follow these easy steps, and you'll be on your way to looking chic on a budget.



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