Learning how to dress well on a budget is just like any other skill; it requires practice. Anyone can walk into a designer boutique with a credit card and walk out looking fashionable, but there is no skill involved in that. It takes skill, however, to look good on a budget. This is especially true when shopping for vintage and bargain clothing. Here are some tips that will help.
1. Look for things that are timeless. Some things never go out of style. Purchasing clothing that is timeless and classic will enable you to look good now, ten years from now, or twenty years from now. In other words, skip the pantsuit with shoulder pads and go for the black cocktail dress.
2. Look for quality. An item that is well-made will last for years. This is true for everything, from clothing to cars and appliances. A 1977 Mercedes-Benz will drive better than a 1997 Chevy Cavalier, even if it is twenty years older. The same applies to vintage clothing.
3. Learn how to mix and match. Putting together an outfit that works can be a challenge. If it were easy, we’d all be fashion designers working for Chanel or Christian Dior. The easiest way to learn how to put together an outfit is by studying people who are fashionable. Spend some time studying fashionable people and eventually you’ll learn which colors, fabrics, and textures work well together and which ones clash. Once you hone your fashion sense, you’ll be able to shop smarter and save money because you won’t be wasting money buying a piece that doesn’t go with anything in your closet.
4. Skip the stores. Some of the best bargains can be found in yard sales, flea markets, or through online auction sites like Ebay. Vintage clothing has grown into a big business, so it’s getting harder and harder to find a good bargain in thrift shops and vintage stores.
5. Splurge on accessories. Even the most mundane outfit can be spiced up with the right accessories. Sometimes all it takes to make an outfit come together is the right pair of shoes, the right handbag, a belt, or even a scarf. If you have a limited budget, it’s better (and far more versatile) to skimp on the clothing and splurge on the accessories than to spend all of your money on one great outfit which will only be worn occasionally. With the right accessories, you can great several great outfits at a fraction of the cost.
By following the above five tips just about anyone can learn how to dress well on a budget.