Coming up with a budget for yourself can be a challenge. However, sticking to this budget despite what life throws at you is even more difficult. So if you have a tight budget but don’t want to live your life with those financial constraints being too obvious, is it even possible to have the best of both worlds? Luckily, it is! To show you how you can keep to your budget without having it negatively affect your self-image or desire to feel fashionable, here are three tips for looking stylish while sticking strictly to your monthly clothing budget.
Add A Slip Under Cheap Dresses
Just because clothes are inexpensive doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish. However, clothes that you’re able to buy for a cheap price often mean that they were cheaply made. And if you’re familiar with clothes that are well made, it’s not too hard to notice the difference when you see it. This can especially be the case with things like dresses or other thin clothing materials. So to feel confident when wearing cheaply-made clothes, Emma Spedding, a contributor to WhoWhatWear.com, recommends that you add a slip or other undergarment to give the clothes the effect of being thicker. By putting a liner under thin articles of clothing, they’ll look like they’re intentionally lined and appear instantly more expensive, not to mention being much more flattering to your body.
Replace The Details
Oftentimes, the appearance of expensive clothing comes down to the detail work. And luckily for those budget-friendly shoppers, the details can easily be replaced on many articles of clothing. According to Charles Manning, a contributor to Cosmopolitan.com, doing something as simple as replacing the buttons on a shirt or jacket can make it look much more luxe. Doing this is very inexpensive and doesn’t take much experience, either. Also, if you have plain, cheap shirts, you can try adding your own details through things like screen printing or subtle embroidery detail work.
Never Wear Wrinkles
One thing that will always make your clothes look cheap is wrinkles. But if you can’t afford to have your clothes professionally steamed or you don’t have a steamer of your own, there are easy ways to take care of this on your own. According to Julia Reinstein, a contributor to BuzzFeed, you can get wrinkles out of clothes by simply hanging them in the bathroom while you take a hot shower. This DIY steamer will have your clothes looking fresh and pressed in no time.
If you have a love for fashion and want to look great without having to spend a lot of money to do so, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you look fabulous even if you’re not fabulously wealthy.