They say, “You are what you wear.” In most cases, it’s true. Your outfit can empower you and affect the way people think about you. But who says you need to wear expensive clothing in order to look sharp and classy? Check out these tips on how you can dress well on a budget.
1. Keep it simple.
When shopping for an outfit, opt for pieces that don’t attract too much attention. Neutral colors are the best way to go. Pieces in neutral or classic colors such as white, black and grey tend to look more expensive and are more easier to pair with anything.
As much as possible, avoid flashy colors as they tend to look cheap and dated. Choose clothing with less obvious detail and avoid trends as they go rather quickly and will soon give you an outdated look.
2. Dress for the occasion
Always choose an outfit that’s appropriate for the occasion. If you are not sure what to wear, call the host ahead of time and ask for advice.
On the day of the event, if you are still unsure if your outfit is appropriate, you can stash some accessories in your bag for when you arrive at the venue and feel a little underdressed. General rule of the thumb: strive to blend in and not stand out too much, specifically if you are attending a wedding, or a birthday party.
3. Know where to find bargains
Shopping on the cheap is all about timing. Keep your eye out on season sales and know when your favorite stores will offer special discounts so you can shop at the lowest price.
4. Get the perfect fit
Nothing is more flattering than an outfit that fits perfectly. Stick to clothing that fits you well, and you will look as good as someone wearing a more expensive outfit.
Another great idea to help you save big on clothing, is to buy an inexpensive piece or find any old clothes you own that you no longer use and take it to a tailor. This way, you can upgrade it to achieve the best fit possible.
5. Look presentable
In the end, it doesn’t really matter if your outfit is designer or not. Just pick something presentable to wear (cheap or what not), wear
it with confidence and you are all set. Lastly, don’t forget that “You are never fully dressed without a smile.”