How to Dress Well Without Buying Expensive Clothes

Would you like a trendy style for less? You can get that movie-star look at reasonable prices if you know what you're doing. The latest accessories? Yours. That red dress that is so in right now? Your new Friday-night look. So all that's left is to decide: what are you going to do with all the money you save?


  1. Do some research. Search online or through fashion magazines for current trends and styles. Fashion is always changing. Certain aspects may be more appealing, depending upon your age.Dress%20Well%20Without%20Buying%20Expensive%20Clothes%20Step%201.jpg
  2. Make a list. Know what you need to complete an outfit. Something that doesn't match your wardrobe may never be worn. Jeans tend to look good with everything. Focus on two or three colors that are easy to mix and match.Dress%20Well%20Without%20Buying%20Expensive%20Clothes%20Step%202.jpg
  3. Set a price limit. Spending no more than $25 for an item of clothing is a reasonable range to keep in mind. Anything for less than $10 is a bargain. Accessories can be found for less than $5.Dress%20Well%20Without%20Buying%20Expensive%20Clothes%20Step%203.jpg
  4. Be diligent. Find the same fashion for less. Dress%20Well%20Without%20Buying%20Expensive%20Clothes%20Step%204.jpg
    • Look for sales during holidays and at the end of a season.
    • Avoid sales that do not offer a significant discount. There will always be another sale.
    • Shop at yard sales, the flea market, dollar store or thrift stores.
    • Try Wal-Mart, Target or Payless Shoes. Look online for free shipping.
  5. Be sure it's exceptional. Choose your garments sparingly. Dress%20Well%20Without%20Buying%20Expensive%20Clothes%20Step%205.jpg
    • Choose a long-lasting style that coordinates well with your wardrobe.
    • Be sure of the quality, color and a flattering fit.
    • Come back to an item after you've had time to think it over.
    • Check the return policy. Keep an item for a week before removing the tags.
  6. Make adjustments. Dress%20Well%20Without%20Buying%20Expensive%20Clothes%20Step%206.jpg
    • Change the buttons or length to achieve a certain look.
    • Add a few tucks or gathers for a perfect fit.
    • Embellish with lace, ribbons or embroidery.
    • Try several layered looks to extend your wardrobe.
  7. Accessorize. Add a scarf, necklace or earrings to make each outfit a little different. Dress%20Well%20Without%20Buying%20Expensive%20Clothes%20Step%207.jpg
    • Double a scarf at your neckline or wrap it around your waistline.
    • Wrap a necklace around your wrist as a double bracelet.
    • Recycle your fabrics to make a small purse and tote bag.


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