If you follow these tips you can be fashion forward without going broke. Plus, you’ll have a lot of fun knowing you look like a million bucks while only spending a few hundred dollars.
1. Know Your Colors
You want most of your clothing to be two basic colors, with occasional punches of color that pick up the mood of the piece.
2. Mix and Match
Make sure every piece you buy fits with another piece that you already own. Don’t buy anything unless you know exactly how it will work with the items you have, to avoid having to buy more to go with the new piece.
3. Jazz It Up
Replace buttons on a thrift store find or a discount store pick to make it look more expensive. In addition, you can swap out belts on clothing that included cheap belts and ties with more expensive choices for an immediate upscale look.
4. Keep It Simple
Pieces with less embellishment are often a lot more timeless than those with a lot of extras. Choose simple, sleek designs, especially when it comes to belts, purses and accessories.
5. Faux All the Way
There are now faux leather, suede, and other fabrics that look real but cost a lot less. Plus, you don’t even have to pretend they’re “real” these days. Faux is in and better for the environment and the animals.
6. Natural Fabrics Look Richer
Tweet, cotton and linen are natural fibers that look rich but don’t cost a lot of money. Look for clothing made from these fibers to look more stylish.
7. When in Doubt, Buy Black
Even if most of your clothing is black, with a few pops of color you’ll look great. Less expensive clothing looks better in black since the imperfections won’t show up as much. Plus, black just looks better in general.