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March 7, 2018 by
Making the cash you have go further.
Shoestring budgets don’t exactly fill the average fashion fan with joy. If you have to be frugal with what you buy then you’re not going to be able to constantly update your wardrobe at the speed of a Kardashian or buy everything that’s currently on trend. However, you don’t have to do that to look awesome – as fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent said "Fashions fade, style is eternal." So, sometimes it’s the timeless looks that work best.
Follow these budget tips and you won't have to use expensive credit cards or borrow money on a loan to look awesome.
Work with what you have
Most of us already have a wealth of clothes, shoes and accessories, some of which we hardly ever wear – or have maybe never worn. If your cash resources are low but you’re still keen to look the part the best place to start is with your own wardrobe. Go through everything you own and carry out a fashion inventory. If you get the heel fixed could you re-wear those boots? If you have that dress altered could you wear it again? You might have more to choose from than you think.
Buy smart
Once you know what you’ve already got then start buying pieces that work with what’s in your wardrobe right now. Does the lime green dress you’re keen on go with anything else that you already have or will you have to buy a new coat, bag and pair of shoes to go with it? When you’re considering a new purchase buy something that will work with at least three looks that you already have so that you can get more mileage from your fashion spend.
Seek out the classics
The difference between fashion and style is a good place to start for anyone on a shoestring budget, keen to look awesome. Classic pieces fall into the ‘style’ category while on trend designs are definitely ‘fashion.’ If you don’t have a lot of cash to flash then don’t waste it on fashion. Save what you have until you can afford a timeless jacket, bag or shirt that will still look great for seasons to come.
Borrow, rent or swap what you can’t afford to own
Designer fashion can set you back thousands and if your budget is a shoestring then that’s going to feel very out of reach. However, you don’t have to own designer fashion to look awesome in it. The online world now offers a myriad of opportunities for enjoying a slice of the designer lifestyle at a fraction of the price by borrowing, swapping or renting outfits for a specific period of time.
Make your own
Back in the 1960s, home made fashion liberated women from old fashion looks and made the mini dress a staple. You don’t have to be a professional designer to create your own pieces today and everything you make will be completely individual – you could start your own trend. If you’re not that confident in your skills then take a night class or look for starter kits – Wool and the Gang, for example, deliver everything you need to make your own knits at home, from patterns to yarn.
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