Fashion Tip: How To Look Fly While On a Budget
Happy Friday! I wanted to revisit something that I posted last week on our Instastory that I thought would be a great topic for a blog post.
Last week, I briefly discussed the concept of looking fly on a budget and listed my top 5 budget-friendly retailers. But let me start by saying this, fashion and style are two different things. Fashion is the clothes that you wear. Style is how you wear the clothes. And having great style isn't about how much money you spend or what labels you wear. Style is about having confidence and allowing your personality to show through your wardrobe. Some of my favorite places to shop are fast-fashion retailers or discounted luxury brands like Asos, Zara, TJMaxx, and Forever21. There's nothing wrong with counting your coins and rocking a stylish "look for less". Your budget shouldn't determine your level of flyness. You can do both. You can be frugal and fly. It's what you do with your budget combined with your own unique swag that creates great style.
If you're still wondering how to look your best while shopping on a budget, here are 5 style and shopping tips for the coin-conscious fashionista:
1) Get Inspired
Use magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, your favorite fashion blogs, etc. as inspiration to find outfit ideas and wardrobe items that you like. Also pay attention to the women around you who dress well. That girl you see walking down the street who is dressed to the nines can be a source of inspiration too.
Once you've found your inspiration, take a trip to your favorite retailers and shop similar styles within your budget to recreate the look. I would even suggest going through your own closet first. You might already have a few pieces in your current wardrobe that you could rework to give your look a polished and chic update.
2) Spend Your Coins Wisely
Having great style on a budget is also about knowing what to spend your coins on. As I mentioned before, I love fast-fashion spots like the rest of my fellow fashionistas on a limited budget, but I pick and choose what I buy with caution. It's important to know what items to invest in and what pieces to save your coins on because not all fashion is created equal. Places like Forever 21, Nasty Gal, and Zara are great for on-trend styles like graphic tees and denim, but I wouldn't stock my wardrobe with their handbags or shoes. While these pieces might work for my budget, they're just not quality items that I'm willing to spend my money on (and that's no shade).
Save up and spend a little more on purchases that you'll wear more often and that serve as staples for your wardrobe, like an everyday tote, white button-up blouses, a chic winter coat, or a sleek pair of neutral pumps. Become familiar with the brands that best fit your style and budget needs and shop accordingly.
Also, be mindful of "sale items". Just because something is on sale (even at luxury department stores) doesn't mean it's worth the purchase. If it's not something that you see yourself wearing in your everyday life, it's not something you absolutely need, i.e. filling a gap in your wardrobe, or it's not something that you can mix and match with at least 3 other items in your closet, save your money honey.
Whether it's a fun handbag, a funky pair of shoes, or a stylish hat, adding accessories can completely change the look of an outfit and is a budget-friendly way to update your wardrobe. But don't get too crazy with it. You don't want to over-accessorize and add too many pieces that will take away from your overall look. Pick one or two items that will be the focal point of your outfit and then keep the remaining accessories to a minimum.
4) Learn Some New Tricks
Stop wearing your clothes the same exact way every single time you get dressed. Get creative and think of ways that you can style your wardrobe differently, like wearing a wide belt on the outside of your coat to create a snatched waist or drape your jacket over your shoulders for a high-fashion inspired look, or add a third piece to your outfit for a more polished and pulled together finish. The objective is to use the pieces that you have, but work them in a new way. Reference magazines and fashion blogs for new styling techniques. This way you save money and make the most of your current wardrobe.
5) Be Confident
This may sound corny or cliche, but having confidence is the most important piece when it comes to looking fly no matter your budget. Being confident is what creates great style. Period! You can rock the most expensive labels, but if you aren't confident in who you are or what you're wearing, it's going to show. The most confident woman can wear a plain white tee from Target and a pair of jeans from H&M and make it look like she's got a mink coat dragging on the floor behind her. It's all about your attitude!
So the next time you're getting ready for the day, before you pick out your outfit, look in the mirror, acknowledge at least one thing that you love about yourself, and then tell yourself you're the sh*t! Believe it when you say it and watch how differently you'll carry yourself and how fly you'll feel and look.
Comment below and tell me some of the tips and tricks you've learned to look fly on a budget.