I love to mix high and low pieces in my own wardrobe…so I always try to offer a mix of suggestions.
But, in this post and video (above) I wanted to focus more on budget shopping.
And, how you can shop or style yourself to look expensive…
Even if you are on a really tight budget!
1) Wardrobe Basics
Making sure you have wardrobe basics is VERY important when sticking to a budget.
You need the foundation pieces in order to pair with other pieces.
So stay focused by sticking to a list and only buying the things you really need!
You can get a wardrobe basics checklist (for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter) by subscribing to my blog here!
2) Online Outlet Stores
Online outlet stores make it easy for you to find high end goods, while avoiding the potential chaos of the store.
Other Affordable Stores
3) Consignment Stores
Some great online consignment stores are Vestiaire Collection and The RealReal
They authenticate bags, giving you piece of mind that what you are ordering is the real deal.
You can also use eBay but you’ll always run the risk of getting a knock off.
4) Promo Codes
Stores have sales… ALL THE TIME.
You can search for sale promo codes on Google.
Or you can sign up for sites like Honey or Retail Me Not, which find or list promo codes.
You can also sign up for a store’s emails… to get sale notifications.
5) Dark Colors
If you’re buying something that’s lower-quality, it’s better to buy a dark color like black, navy, or gray.
If the fabric is less expensive, it’s less obvious with dark colors and MUCH more obvious with light colors.
This is applicable to handbags and shoes too!
If you’re on a budget, shoes will look much more expensive if you buy them in suede instead of faux leather…
Also look for minimal hardware.
7) Change Buttons
Another trick is to replace the buttons on your garments.
If you buy a blazer or a coat that has dated buttons, swap them out for something more luxe (like gold or tortoise shell).
Spend the extra money on tailoring a garment so that it actually fits, flatters, and looks more expensive!
9) Swap The Belt
Whenever you buy something that comes with a belt, just swap it out for a high quality belt!
This elevates the piece and makes it look more expensive.
10) Take Care of Your Clothes
Designer For Less
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