Looking great isn’t necessarily about overspending on labels. If you’re savvy and know where to look, you could actually look better on a limited budget. It’s about knowing how to make smart choices and making the best of what you have. There are also some tricks that you can use to make an inexpensive outfit look like a million dollars. Let’s take a look at what you can do to elevate your style to superstar level without breaking the bank.
Take Advantage of Coupons
The first thing you have to do is learn how to use coupons and where to find them. You also want to choose where you shop. When you combine a store that offers great value with a great coupon, you’re sure to come out with a great deal. Stores like Kohl’s are a perfect example. Not only do they offer great deals on a regular basis, but you can find tons of coupon offers on sites like goodshop.com, so make sure to take advantage of them and try to combine offers if possible.
Combine Cheap with Expensive
Another great trick you can use is to spend on specific items and go cheap for the others. And by cheap, we don’t mean poor quality.
When a product is inexpensive, it can be due to a variety of reasons. Often, it’s because it was poorly made, but in others, it’s simply because it’s from a lesser-known brand or it’s unbranded. These are the types of items you want to look for.
You don’t necessarily have to go expensive for jeans or a top. For bottoms, your best bet would be thrift stores. Thrift stores are particularly great for jeans since they’re durable and they’ll likely still have a lot of life left in them. For tops, you want to go to retailers like we mentioned earlier or stores like Marshall’s that buy brand name surplus from other vendors.
Where you don’t want to skimp, however, is shoes, watches, and other accessories. You have to see those as investments. While a $2000 watch might seem expensive at first, know that it could last you a lifetime and can retain its value if you choose it wisely. A nice bag is also an investment and once someone sees that monogram on your messenger bag, they’ll assume that everything else on you is expensive.
Find a Good Tailor
You might be asking why going to a tailor can save you money when getting an outfit made is usually expensive. But that’s not how you’re going to use them.
First, it’s always a good idea to know your measurements for when you’re shopping online. But what a tailor can do is tighten up an outfit that may not have the perfect fit. Poor fit is often what makes something look cheap and you’d be surprised at how great a dress shirt or pants from a discount store can look once they are tailored.
These are all tips that will allow you to look like a star no matter your budget. Don’t be worried about the brands too much; it’s really about being smart with your choices and being resourceful.