Making sure your outfit is on point even if your budget isn’t…
Five tips for creating a wardrobe on a budget:
- 1. My number one tip would be to research the sale patterns of your favourite stores. For example, I know Missguided regularly has a 50% off everything sale (And actually they have a 50% off sale on RIGHT NOW!), so if I have my eye on something, I generally wait until then. You can check back occasionally at your fave stores before purchasing until you get an idea of what their sales are like or sign up to their newsletter to hear about their discounts.
- 2. Build your wardrobe around neutral colours and good quality basics. Having a base made up of neutral colours, such as black, white, grey, beige and denim (yes, I consider denim a neutral!) is one way to ensure that the pieces in your wardrobe will be able to be worn together, which means you need to buy less! As for your basics, try to ensure you are buying good quality pieces. I’m not saying you have to spend a whole heap on these but just do your research and make sure you are buying the best quality that you can afford. You want your basics to last!
- 3. Use accessories to change up your look. Accessories are generally quite a cheap way to personalise your outfit. If neutral colours are not your thing, rather than buying a bright yellow coat, that is quite pricey and may only go with 10% of your wardrobe, use accessories such as a colourful scarf or a quirky bag to add some colour.
- 4. Limit your impulse buys. Learn to really think before you make a purchase. Before you go shopping look in your wardrobe and see what you already have. Maybe try on a few things and make notes of pieces you feel like your wardrobe is missing. Don’t be afraid to head to pinterest or instagram for some outfit inspiration too! Once you have a clear idea of what you need, then head to the shops!
- 5. When it comes to trends I would opt for cheaper alternatives. I am definitely one to jump on board with some trends, but unless I am fairly certain that the trend will last for more than a couple of seasons, I will generally go for a cheaper option when purchasing ‘trend’ pieces.
Just to give you an idea of how I shop, everything in my outfit above is under $100 and most of it was purchased using discount codes. These Cotton On jeans (AKA my most favouritest pair of jeans ever!!) were $10 off when I purchased them, bringing them down to just $39.95. I have yapped on and on about this Cotton On style of jean before (tell me to shut up if you want!) and since I had already road tested them in another wash, I knew this pair would be a good buy too! My oversized denim jacket above was 25% off with the code: BFF, bringing it down to around $57.00 and while it is quite ‘on trend’, I have worn it a lot already and know it will be worn all through the Spring/Summer months too!
Are you a budget shopper? How do you stay stylish without spending a fortune?