mardi 4 février 2014

Dress Well For Less Money: Elegant Clothing On A Budget

By Serena Price

Whether you are at work, on a date, or hanging out with friends, it is always a good idea to dress well. Some people have a hard time learning how to dress for their bodies, but for others, the problem is purely financial. Once you have learned how to dress yourself, it can still be a pain to afford elegant clothing. Below are a few tips on dressing well for less.

1. Check out the discount stores. Many designer labels have outlet stores where they sell overstock or irregular items. Also, there are stores that buy all kinds of designer things and sell them at a lower price. It can take time to sort through the racks, and they may not always have the size you are looking for. However. With patience and time you can often find fantastic deals.

2. Second hand and thrift shops. Like the discount stores, these stores will have a lot of things that you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. However, if you have the patience to look, they will also have rare gems that will make you ecstatic. Devote a whole day to thrift shopping. Take a friend and make an activity of it. Just don't get carried away spending lots of cash on items you won't really wear. A good rule of thumb: Buy something only if you really love it.

3. Switch things up. You can often create a whole new outfit out of things that you already own. For instance, a scarf or a belt can bring a whole new vibe to a dress you have grown tired of wearing. Spend time mixing and matching.

4. Buy things that lend themselves to mixing and matching. If your clothing is versatile, this will be much easier. Neutral-colored items are a good investment, because they go with lots of different things. You can feel better about spending money on something when you know that you will be able to wear it often.

5. Invest in good outerwear. Think about it: in the springtime, the autumn, and especially the winter, you often don't even take off your coat. This is why it's important to have a nice one. If people do not even see what you're wearing underneath, your outerwear is your only chance to make an impression. If you are going to splurge on something, this is a good things to spend money on.

6. Buy nice footwear. No matter how nice your outfit is, it can be ruined by bad shoes. On the other hand, nice, stylish shoes can take a boring outfit up a couple of notches. If you walk a lot, invest in some shoes that are both comfortable and stylish, so you can look good and still get around. Like coats, shoes are worth spending a little extra cash on because you wear them so often.

Although elegant clothing can be pricey, it is not something that a tight budget has to rule out. It simply requires planning and creativity to dress well for less. When you learn how to do this, it is very satisfying- especially when you get to make people jealous by telling them how little you paid for your cute outfits!

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