If you are a fashionista and always aspire to look good then this write up is for you. It is definitely a challenge to stay on a fixed budget and look great at the same time, but if you’re willing to make a little effort, it is possible to get the latest fashions for a fraction of the cost. Those who shop in the high-end stores are obviously able to afford the cost, but for most people this is simply not possible. And that is the reason why Sarojini Nagar and Janpath in Delhi and Linking Road and Crawford market in Mumbai have a thriving business.
There is no need to spend thousands of rupees every month to look great. Here are the top 9 ways to have a great style on a low budget:
1. Customize your old wardrobe
You may have some good items in your wardrobe that can be customized by repurposing or modifying them. If a piece of clothing is high quality and well made, it will always be in style, and that piece can make a great foundation for a new design. You can cut clothes up, shorten or add fabric to them, or alter them to conform with a certain fashion that you love, all while saving a great deal of money.
2. Create your own fashion items
For anyone who can use a sewing machine and follow a pattern, the possibilities are endless. What you will need to do is find a good resource for some affordable low-cost supplies like good fabric, accessories etc. From there you can create your own wardrobe pieces at a fraction of the cost of retail, and still look great.
3. Wear clothes that look good on you
So many people try to conform to fashions that simply do not suit their body type or style. Once you find certain types of items that fit you well, those are the ones you should continue to wear. Let’s face it, not everyone looks great in those skinny jeans or spandex pants. People should accentuate their best features; because this is what gets noticed right away when the correct clothing is chosen.
4. Shop for clothes during end of season sale
Large retail chains generally heavily discount their stock at the end of each season because they need to make room for new stock. These items can often be discounted up to 75% or more. Grab as many items as you can afford to, and you will have them ready to wear the next year for the appropriate season. But, as a rule, never buy anything that you don’t love right away just because it is a great deal. You will never grow to love something if it doesn’t grab your attention immediately.
5. Swap your clothes with close friends
We all have great items in our closet that we are completely tired of, but other people may find exciting and the same can be said for your friends. Choose a friend who is close to your size, convince him/her to exchange clothes with one another. Cloth-swapping can be a great way to pick up new fashion items and freshen up your wardrobe for no money at all, except maybe the cost of a bottle of wine and an appetizer to share with your friend.
6. Choose timeless classic pieces to stay evergreen
There are certain ‘foundation’ wardrobe pieces that will never go out of style, so you can choose a few of those pieces and know they can always be worn, now or in the future. Try to avoid trendy colors and patterns when you shop for these foundation pieces, and look for quality materials such as wool and silk that stand the test of time.
7. Look for factory rejects
There are a variety of reasons why clothes, shoes and bags are rejected from the manufacturing unit itself. There can be very minor cuts or tears that can easily be repaired. But such clothes are usually in current style and still look great. Be careful when choosing such clothes to look for any broken zippers, missing buttons, holes, rips or stains. There is no shame in shopping from factory reject outlets, and you should definitely forget about any stigma that it’s a sign of ‘being poor.’
8. Look for good ‘rip-offs’
So-called rip-offs are items that look similar to a name-brand item but cost a fraction of the high-fashion item. If you plan to wear the item often, you can purchase more than one at a lower cost than you would pay for just one name-brand item. Some rip-offs are better than others, so be sure to shop around and find one you really like which also doesn’t too cheap.
9. Accessorize well
Wear nice-looking jewelry, have a great handbag that goes with your outfit and find any other items that look good with what you are wearing. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to look great, but adding well-chosen accessories is one way to complete your look. Tattoos are not as trendy as many think they are, so if you do not already have one, you may want to consider passing this trend up.