Dress For Less: How To Be Stylish On A Budget

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Being a conscious consumer on a tight budget in this fast-fashion world may seem like a Herculean task. With two fashion seasons and some retailers offering new deliveries twice a week, we always feel we are out of trend.

On top of that, fast-fashion merchandise is pretty cheap encouraging us to buy even more items than we have planned. If we add low quality of the pieces, the only thing we can do is turn to designer clothing we cannot afford.

Sell the Clothes You Don’t Wear

In the past couple of years, reselling old clothes has become a billion dollar industry, so why don’t you try to make money just like Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading Co. do? Visit Poshmark, an app for selling clothes, which has a real community of shoppers, just like Instagram.

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If you do not have much spare time to build friendships online, consider Twice as it will create an offer based on your items. Those who have label items they think they will never wear again can try to sell them on SnobSwap and TheRealReal. Guys should check out Grailed, a clothing resale option created exclusively for men.

Buy Staple Pieces

Now that you saved money on selling items you don’t wear, use it to buy statement pieces that fit you to a T. Since you should buy high-quality items, which can last you a lifetime, it is extremely important to choose the pieces fitting you perfectly. Another feature of staple clothing is timelessness. You do not want to opt for trendy clothes for this season only, but for classic items always in fashion.

Dress for Less - How to Be Stylish on a Budget

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Options for women include a little black dress, a leather bag in neutral color, high heels in neutral color, jeans and a black, gray, or blue blazer. Also there is nothing more comfortable than perfect shorts you will pair with some wrap sweater to show what a good figure you have and how stylish you are. By choosing the used shorts you will save a lot of money and still nail the latest trends! Men, on the other hand, can consider slim-fitting tailored shirts online as they can experiment with colors and patterns. Colored denim, a blazer in a neutral color and brown shoes are also necessary.

Don’t Forget About Accent Pieces

A pop of color in your outfit and fashionable items are reserved for affordable accent pieces. Accent pieces should come in all colors, patterns and textures allowing you to pair them with staple pieces. Choose cheap accessories and clothes as you only need them to refresh your outfit from time to time.

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Popular accent pieces are accessories, bags, hats and shoes. For example, black pumps are the example of a staple piece, but yellow, or orange pumps you want to pair with your green dress are the examples of an accent piece.

Think Outside the Box

In order to find budget-friendly clothes, you need to shop outside your comfort zone. Aside from mass-market fashion chains, look for small shops, local boutiques where you can find items you cannot find anywhere else.

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In addition, thrift stores are full of vintage pieces you can easily incorporate in your modern outfits. It is better to buy cotton and cashmere from reputable brands, but leave merino, jersey knits, merino wool, polyester, chambray and similar materials for thrift and discount stores

Repurposed Clothes

Whether you can sew, or you know a good tailor, upcycling your clothes is another way you can be stylish without breaking the bank. Did you know that an oversize T-shirt can be easily repurposed in a skirt, or that a shapeless dress can be transformed into a fitted one in a second?

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Fortunately, in the era of the Internet, you can find a huge number of bloggers dedicated to upcycling clothes. Not only does this new wave of sustainable fashion offer you the possibility to be stylish on a budget, but it protects the environment, too.

Dressing for less requires you to change your view on shopping and fashion. It requires you to buy only what you really need. Other ways of shopping, such as thrift stores and small boutiques, as well sustainable fashion lead to the appreciation of small things. After all, small things are what can make us truly happy.