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How to Dress Chic on a Budget

If you’ve always been envious about the way some people manage to look stylish without even trying, I’ve got the advice on how to make chic style speedy and easy. Luckily for you, you don’t need to spend big bucks either! Here are my top hacks for how to dress chic on a budget!

FYI, taking the time with your appearance and smartening up your look doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy new clothes, get an expensive hair cut, or invest in the best products. Knowing how to make simple clothes look fashionable is all about making a few simple changes and thinking carefully about how you come across.

If you’re considering investing in stylish staple pieces, check out why every girlboss should invest in herself!

Invest in a Few Keys Pieces, and Slowly

Quality pieces, taken care of properly, will generally last much longer than those with a cheap price tag. Don’t just buy anything to look stylish though, invest in the classics!

Classic items in your wardrobe are timeless, that means they never go out of style. They might be in season one year and out-of-season the next, but because they look good no matter, what they never really go out of style. Unlike “in style” clothes, this means you can have stylish outfits all year round.

Keep it Simple with Neutral Fashion

Looking elegant is far from wearing all black, but a classy outfit on a budget should take inspiration from capsule wardrobes. The idea behind this is having staple pieces to mix and match. So, unfortunately, this also means leaving branded pieces behind. 

A great neutral colour to invest in is black. Whatever your outfit or venue, black goes with anything! A simple little black dress does wonders for your wardrobe.

Get your Nails Done

About 50% of looking stylish is based on your self-grooming, body demeanour, neat hairdo, personal cleanliness and just your natural vibrancy. Getting your nails pampered does not mean visits to salons every week for a fresh manicure. You can chose to paint your nails at home!

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Coordinate Your Accessories

Accessories are a great place to allot some of your clothing budget because they can change an entire look. They’re also ideal for testing a trend without spending a large amount of money on something that might go out of style soon. A good rule of thumb for purchasing accessories that look expensive is to go for something that isn’t too obviously fake. 

Just a tip: Sometimes breaking up the colour scheme with a range of ornaments, like a simple black choker choker or silver dangling hoops, can set off lavish vibes.

Hygiene Matters

Now elegance and class isn’t just limited to outer appearance. Your hygiene level also leaves an impression! We all have spotted those people with a combination of fanciest clothes and intolerable body odour. Ignoring hygiene habits and maintaining ourselves superficially leaves a bad impression of ‘trying too hard to fit in’. Your grooming habits, hygiene and cleanliness reflects how well maintained one is – not because they are learning to be effortlessly chic, but because they’ve already been taught to be in a certain way.

Start noticing yourself more! Start avoiding your hair looking greasy, unbrushed or too dry. Keep yourself clean in every way possible and add a classy fragrance to leave a pleasing impression.

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Jackets are your Best Friend

A way to make your outfit look more together is wearing the right coat. And when it comes to outerwear, a fashionista’s go-to is a structured coat in the perfect camel colour. It makes everything instantly feel elevated and expensive, plus its timeless classic chic style that comes back every season.

Carry a Structured Bag

Whether large or small, nothing looks more expensive than a structured bag. It’s chic, timeless, and always holds its shape no matter what you place inside. For an elevated look, choose neutral colours like black, white, or tan because they’re the kind to transcend seasons and get better with age.

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Avoid Things that Make You Look Tacky

When it comes to choosing a fashion style there is no right or wrong. You can opt for looking classy or punk, trendy or casual. The only no-no is looking cheap, and that has nothing to do with the price of your outfit. Ultimately, modern chic is simply comfortable, stylish clothes. Here’s a list of things to be aware of:

          • Knock-Off Brands
          • Clashing Prints and Patterns
          • Uncomfortable Shoes
          • Showing your Underwear
          • Adjusting your Clothes (constantly!)
          • Excessive Glitter

Chic on a budget? Chic on a bigger budget

Selling clothes online can be a great way to clear up your crammed wardrobe, get rid of last season’s fashion and make some extra cash while you’re at it. Chic on a budget, becomes chic on a bigger budget. Some of the best places to sell old clothes are Ebay, Depop and Facebook Groups!

There you have it...

You don’t need money to create the illusion of wealth. It’s quite possible to have all the money in the world and still look cheap. You need to strive to create a timeless, elegant, and sophisticated that shows the world you are an affluent lady. Even if you are simply chic on a budget at your core!

What other fashion items do you think could help in this mission? How do you look awesome on a budget? Tell me in the comments section below.

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