Looking like a million bucks is not at all difficult. If you have an eye for style and the knack to choose the right clothes and accessories, then your limited budget would no longer stand in your way of looking good.
A look at the list below will assure you that there’s nothing that can stop you from looking the part you want to be, as long as you keep a few things in mind before you go shopping. With these great tips, you can shop and look classy within your budget.
1. Save for the designer dress
You have to be really lucky to find a beautifully tailored and classy looking dress at a local store. Most often, the tastefully designed clothes that you fall in love with at the very first sight, are available only at a designer boutique or an up market store.
There’s no need to deprive yourself of the joy of buying designer wear just because you are on a budget. Instead, work on a plan to save more money each month to be able to afford the expensive dress.
One great way of saving money is to make an inventory of the things that you can do without and not spend on them. This way, you could avoid splurging on unnecessary accessories or dresses and save for the one designer wear that will be worth owing.
2. Purchase one designer item every season
Designer clothes are a must have for anyone who loves fashion and follows it religiously. There is no better feeling than owning a great looking designer outfit. However, if you are on a budget, then buying designer clothing every time you step out to shop may not be possible. When you go to the store, take a look at all the clothes that interest you and select the one that you like the most.
Buying just one designer dress each season will make the dress all the more special. This will keep your wardrobe up to date with the latest designer trends.
3. Shop during sales
Most designer and high end stores have clearance sales. This can be a great time to take a look at their collection. You will find a variety of designs and the prices will be relatively lower than the original tag prices. Keep your eyes open for announcements during these clearance sales. For all you know, the dress that you’ve been saving to buy could very well be on sale for half the price.
You could also explore the option of shopping at off price retail stores. This way you will be able to find good quality items at a much lower price. The only drawback can be that you may have to sift through both high and low quality merchandise to find a dress that you like.
4. Choose classy items
A thumb rule of looking good and fashionable is to find a chic outfit. A classy looking outfit need not be expensive, and an expensive outfit may not always look classy. There is no point in buying dresses that you know will go out of fashion soon.
A classy dress is one that looks stylish, has a great fit and most importantly, will not go out of vogue soon. Well cut trousers, neatly styled shirts and blouses, flawlessly created simple lined dresses, smart looking shoes and stylish bags are some items that will guarantee a classy look any day. With trendy clothes, you can keep up with what is in vogue, but with classy ones, you will never go out of style.
5. Opt for black
Black is one color with which your style can never go wrong. Be it black dresses, trousers, bags or shoes – no matter what you choose, they always look great. Aside from being a color that anyone can look good in, black can make you look slimmer too. It will take a few pounds off your frame and give you an elegant look. Clothes and clothing accessories in black instantly give you an air of sophistication.
6. Accessorize right
There’s nothing that can make your dress look better, but the right kind of accessories to go with it. Throw in a bit of sparkle and shine, and create an appealing look. If you feel adventurous, you could try out colorful accessories and experiment with styles that make you look classy yet unique.
7. Try casual
Dressing to look elegant and sophisticated has its own charm, but it does not mean that you always have to be dressed in the trendiest of clothes. You should also add casual clothes to your wardrobe to have some variety for different occasions and purposes.
Casual clothes do not have to translate into shoddy or unstylish clothes. You can look classy in a casual outfit simply by teaming a causal wear with a styled item like a designer belt.
8. Quality counts
You should ensure that you get good value for the money that you spend on the clothes and accessories. Be it designer clothes or casual outfits, the quality of the clothing matters. Take a careful look at the fabric and the dress’ seams and cuts, as these can tell you a lot about the overall quality of the outfit.
9. Be well groomed
Good clothes look even better on a well groomed person. Even if your hair has not been styled recently, it should be neat, shiny and worn well. Pay particular attention to things like having clean teeth, clear skin and neat hair do, as all these contribute a great deal to the overall look.
While buying your clothes and footwear, make sure that you feel comfortable in them. Try out your clothes before you buy them – make sure that they fit you well and feel comfortable at the hemline, neckline and through the form. It is a nightmare to end up buying an expensive piece of clothing to realize that it doesn’t fit you.
The same goes with footwear. Anything that pinches your toes and leaves cuts and bruises on your feet clearly doesn’t belong on your feet. If an outfit or footwear does not feel comfortable, then don’t buy it and look for alternatives.
Get creative, explore options and you’ll find many ways to work around your budget to shop for great looking clothes and accessories.