How to Dress Nicely and Cheaply
Do you want to dress nicely on a low budget? Please read on for some how to tips on dressing stylishly yet inexpensively...whether you are a teenager or a starving university student, a young mom or in between jobs...this article is for you.
Look at what you already have. Chances are, you already have several nice clothing pieces which will enhance your look and cost you nothing! Check your wardrobe and keep everything that fits you well, is in good shape (no holes, frays or stains) and looks good on you. Make sure to try everything on and asses it thoroughly.
Fix up worn out clothing. If you sew, consider patching up some holes etc. as long as it can be done to look new.
Take a look at your existing wardrobe and asses what else you need. It is a good idea to write a list of what items you need and what you already have to go with them. This will save you a lot of thinking when you go shopping as well as time and money (in case you buy something that you don't need.)
Go shopping! But don't head for the mall first...check out the thrift store and see if you can get any of the things off of your list there. Make sure that you only buy quality items with no frays or holes. If you can't find everything at the thrift store, try stores like Target or Walmart where prices are good. Again, look for quality. Also watch for sales at other stores in your area.
Take care of your clothes and keep them in good shape. Make sure you read on the tag how to wash specific clothing, always fold your clothing and put it away neatly, and treat stains immediately so that it will last for as long as possible.
- Don't worry about being totally in style or wearing brand name clothing. It's much more fun (and unique) to create your own style and getting deals is much cooler than brand names!
- If you have a family member (living with you)like a sibling or parent who wears the same size, try trading clothes with them once in a while to expand your wardrobe.
- Always coordinate your colours.
- Keep the rest of your body well groomed.
- For essential things that you can use for a long time such as jackets, shoes etc. try and buy classy pieces that will stay in style for a long time.
- Always take people up on hammy down offers!
- Use accessories such as necklaces, scarves, belts, and hats to switch outfits up and expand your wardrobe.
- Set your budget for certain clothing pieces (i.e. no more than $ 15 or a shirt) and stick to it.
- Never wear dirty or tattered clothing.
- Buying clothes that actually fit you and compliment your body shape and colouring goes a long way and looks MUCH better than a bunch of expensive, brand name items tossed together to make a tacky outfit.
Things You'll Need
- Sewing material and skills (optional.)
- Clothing articles.