How To: Budget Fashion

Here are my top 3 tips for fashion on a budget:

1) Shop Unseasonably

In September/October the shops start frantically trying to get rid of anything that even hints “summer”. If you can resist the temptation of palm-tree-patterned playsuits as soon as they arrive instore, you’ll save at least 50% when they’re eventually bundled into the sale rail.

Find cosy Winter jumpers around April/May time – this is when Spring usually appears instore. If you’re lucky it might still be cold enough for you to snuggle up in your sale jumper as soon as you’ve bought it. I always recommend buying jumpers a couple of sizes up – unless you’re going for the “knitted wetsuit” look.

2) Do I Reeally Need This?

You’ve found the perfect olive-green floor skimming kimono. Ask yourself the following questions:

Do I really need this?
Would this create 3 outfits with the other clothes in my wardrobe?

These questions work with anything; from basic cami tops to bright orange jeans.
Maybe you have another cardigan that’s just a slightly different shade of grey from the one you’ve just fallen in love with. Maybe you could rip the knees of your jeans yourself instead of paying an extra £20 for less fabric? It’s possible that the bright pink thigh high boots you just HAVE to have wouldn’t really match anything else in your wardrobe.

I’ll be doing “3 Ways to Wear” posts in the future, where you can see exactly what I mean.

3) Giving Back

Quite simply – charity shopping. Car boot sale shopping. Some of my favourite pieces have come from these places. A vintage Armarni denim jacket from Age Concern for a fiver. Brand new genuine Doc Marten boots for ten pounds from a car boot sale.

Find your brands at these places. I find Topshop jeans in my local charity shop ALL the time. Not only do you save a ton, you’re giving money to charity (or people who’ve got up at 5 o clock to put all of their old stuff on a table in a field). You feel fabulous and look even better.

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