There is a big misconception when looking at Instagram influencers and TikTok stars that fashion has to be expensive. However, for most of us regular women living our busy lives – fashion can more often than not be incredibly affordable and easy to achieve.
Whether you want to try out a new style, mix and match new accessories, or restyle old clothes – we want to show you some of the ways you can dress well even on a budget this year.
You don’t need to spend the earth to look good – and with our tips, you’ll be able to feel confident and fashionable while still sticking to your budget.
5 Tips to Stay Fashionable on a Budget
1.Restyle old clothes
The first step you should take when looking to change your fashion for the better is to take stock of your current clothes and see if you can make some new outfits from them. If for example there is a stunning red skirt you long to wear but you aren’t sure how to style it – search ‘red skirt outfit’ on Pinterest and see what comes up. Now you can look in your own collection to see what you have that will go with your skirt. Dress it up, take a photo, and save it in an album called ‘outfits’ so you don’t forget!
2.Use reselling sites
It is a truly painful moment when you are scrolling through Facebook and an ad for your favorite fashion brand comes up, you love an item, and click on it only to find it’s sold out. Well, don’t fret. A lot of the time, resellers will buy items and sell them at a much lower price on sites such as eBay. Go on eBay and search the item you want and you’ll find the same and similar items for a much more affordable price. It is worth doing this any time you want a new item because it will save you a lot of money!
3. Use a clothes swap app
Apps such as Vinted allow you to sell clothes but they also allow you to trade. This means if you see something you like you can offer to trade something you no longer want or need in return. It will mean getting a new piece of clothing without spending a single penny!
4. Dress it up with jewelry
One easy way to dress up any outfit is to wear rings or a necklace over the top. Gold rings and necklaces are very affordable and they come in different sizes and shapes to allow you to play around with where they go in your hands. Jewelry makes every outfit look instantly better and it will be a cheap way to improve your fashion sense in minutes. Check out some of the jewelry at Vibe Clothing Company.
5. Match your hair to your clothing
It might sound strange – but certain hairstyles sometimes only suit certain clothing. This might be why sometimes you feel out of place wearing a piece or an outfit you love – because your hair isn’t right for it. Try experimenting with different hairstyles when you wear certain clothing and note down which ones suit it. A sleek hair-do can be perfect for the office and with jumpsuits whereas flowing curls are perfect for summer dresses and maxi skirts. Play around and find harmony and it will make you feel more fashionable without spending a penny.
We hope these simple tips will help you to stay fashionable on a budget and give you some inspiration this week. Check out our always low prices on quality women’s clothing of all shapes and sizes at Vibe Clothing Company.
Dressing stylish and fashionable usually costs money, and not everyone can afford to shell out thousands of pounds for a tailor-made suit. But there are ways to make any modern gentleman look elegant without breaking the bank.
It’s a common misconception that in order to have that expensive, sophisticated look you need to spend lots of money. We admit that good quality clothes cost money, but being elegant doesn’t necessarily mean investing more in your wardrobe. You just need to be a little smarter.
What to consider when customizing your wardrobe
Before you go on a shopping spree, raid the nearest respectable suit atelier, or binge-buy at your local thrift shop, decide how much you’re willing to spend, and don’t forget to keep a tab of your expenses. Coming up with a budget is a good first step to having your own capsule wardrobe.
For many people, shopping is impulsive. When you have a set budget, however, you can’t afford to go wild. A smart way to keep an eye on how much you spend is to put everything in a spreadsheet. There are plenty of options out there, but we found one that can help you track your expenses and, if needed, give yourself a personal finance makeover. It also includes a budget worksheet.
The key is to spend money on the essentials; the basics can be combined and matched with other pieces and accessories. In the long run, it pays to have fewer items, but of better quality.
Lastly, it’s good to know what looks you are aiming for, and plan your budget and purchases according to that. Wearing suits all day long takes a special kind of dedication and effort. Business casual is a more versatile approach to everyday elegance. Find a style that best suits you, research what shopping options are available, and be picky. Don’t compromise with quality.
How to buy quality garments on a budget
Finding well-fitted, high-quality clothes that don’t cost an arm and a leg seems daunting at first, but with a bit of planning, it can be relatively easy. There are certain things to keep in mind here.
Go for quality – No matter what people say, good quality pays off in the long run. Invest in one well-tailored suit rather than in several that are poorly crafted. If you can’t afford custom-made suits go for a well-known off-the-rack brand and look if they offer discounts. Make sure you get the best for your money.
Have your own tailor – Buying a tailor-made suit means that it’s made to fit perfectly. But if you go for online retailers you’ll get the “one size fits all” type suits. To make it look like a properly tailored suit, you’ll most likely need to alter it in some way. That’s why having a person who can do that for you is important. It will cost extra, but in return, you’ll get a suit that fits like a glove and looks expensive.
Be creative with your wardrobe – To achieve an ‘effortlessly-looking elegant’ look you have to be picky about quality, pricing, and where you shop. Look for online and seasonal discounts. Check second hand and vintage shops. Look for well-fitted garments that require little to no alterations. The key to looking stylish is to own a few “core” pieces, and learn to properly mix and match them.
Know what’s essential – You don’t really need a lot of things, but there are few which are essential for every gentleman.
- A nice suit, trousers, and a jacket that fit you well
- Light-colored dress shirt
- Matching tie in a muted color that can be used for any occasion
- Good quality shoes and accessories
Making the best out of your budget
If you can stick to the above guidelines, you avoid lots of shopping traps, look like the best version of yourself, and save money.
Bio: Christian is a content writer at Oliver Wicks. He has worked as a journalist and is passionate about music, concerts, and coffee. In his spare time, he loves to travel and attend art exhibitions.
On a recent outing, I was surprised to overhear two girls talking about clothes they intended to buy (or have their parents buy for them, probably) and it caught my attention that they were openly talking about Louis Vuitton bags and Burberry scarves. By looking at the girls, I couldn’t conclude whether they could afford these expensive items, but it got me thinking: do you have to wear brand name clothes in order to feel good?
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My love for all things plain
No matter how hard I try, I cannot make myself fall in love with clothes which have brand names stamped all over. Somehow, it makes the pieces look cheap, and I never liked wearing such clothes. On the other hand, most high-quality, expensive items have a simple brand logo or a small stamp in a not-so-obvious place, making the clothes look more elegant and easier to pair up. I was always fond of plain colors and patterned accessories since these were much easier to combine. For me, a sign of an elegant and high-quality piece is exactly its plainness.
The wrong motive
Like the girls I mentioned at the beginning, I see many people all around me buying brand name clothes not for the superior quality or the desire to leave it as an heirloom to somebody else, but because they like the idea of that brand. They may feel like they give out the impression of a wealthy individual with impeccable taste, but to me it is only bragging. Designer pieces I own are remarkable, and I wear them often, but people seldom notice them because of the kind of clothes I like to wear – plain. If I like the way a certain shirt or skirt looks on me, I will buy it and wear it be it brand name or not. Even if it is brand name, it doesn’t mean I will look good in it.
Creating your own style
One time, my good friend decided to make her own bag. It was a simple shopper bag, pale yellow in color, and she had this brilliant idea to paint LV logo on it, but to write ‘Lord Voldemort’ underneath. The bag was a success and she was a star anywhere she went; people loved her idea and she was in love with her bag. One day, though, she overheard girls talking about her, saying: “As if we can’t notice it’s not a genuine Louis Vuitton bag.” To be perfectly honest, it was never about the idea to pass this simple bag as a LV bag, only her desire to create her own style.
Brand name clothes, after all
I mentioned I own several brand name items, and they are, beyond doubt, of the highest quality, and I am in love in every single one of them. And guess what? I bought over 90% of them in second hand and consignment stores. These places are a true goldmine; they have great brands which can be found for low prices, and they often have clothes from different periods. l adore retro pieces, so when I find something from the disco or the hippie era, I immediately fall in love and buy the item. I love my own style, and I am not under pressure to buy the most fashionable brand name pieces whenever I see them.
In my own experience, I will most probably find brand name clothes at a flea market, or buy an authentic and original retro piece for a very little money. You can also find some great ideas on Swap.com blog about how to shop and dress for less.
How to Dress Well on a Budget
1. Buy basic, classic pieces
For example, a simple white tee can be worn in a variety of circumstances, and everywhere from the mall to the museum to work.
2. Choose neutral colors
Colors like black, white, and beige are timeless and match everything. One great pair of quality black pants will be far more useful to you (and be worn far more often) than that funky pair of orange corduroys that you just HAD to buy last fall.
3. Be a smart shopper
Be mindful of what types of clothing will be better priced when. For example, everyone is buying swimsuits in May. But is that when you are likely to get the best price? Definitely not. Check back in August and you’re likely to find prices that you are much happier with.
4. Know your stores
Places like TJ Maxx are a great place to find name brands at a low price. And, as mentioned, thrift stores and consignment shops can be fantastic places to find the real treasures that you’d never see at a traditional retailer.
5. Take advantage of discounts
For example, many stores will offer discounts to college students, members of the military, and senior citizens.
6. Be mindful of your budget
It can be easy to overlook this step, but one sure-fire way to not overspend on clothing is to know how much you actually CAN afford to spend. If you are deep in debt or on a limited income, your clothing budget is likely to be smaller. If figuring out your budget is an issue for you, my favorite FREE online resource to help you manage/budget your money (and plan for retirement) is Personal Capital (review here).
Have you shopped at thrift stores or flea markets for clothing? What’s been your best find? What other tips do you have for dressing well on a budget?
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About the Author: Chloe Miller is a fashion and beauty blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Thanks for sharing tips on how to dress well on a budget, Chloe!
Experts think the fashion market will generate $759 billion in 2021 . Being educated about affordable men’s fashion ensures you’ll get your money’s worth.
In 2021, about 71% of fashion experts think there will be a growth of 20% or more for online fashion businesses. The demand for affordable fashion is part of what’s driving that growth.
It’s possible to be highly fashionable on a low budget. People look and feel more confident when they’re well-dressed, and men are no exception.
Here are some crucial tips that help men find affordable fashion.
Compare Sales and Prices
Look around for stores that are having ongoing sales. Googling for sales will tell you which fashion companies are having sales and what to expect. Remember to look online for coupons too!
If possible, try to buy clothes during times when stores often have sales. Think Memorial Day, Black Friday, and other traditional “retail” holidays.
The internet is the best place to find affordable sustainable fashion. Just keep in mind that sustainable affordable fashion is hard to find in completely new condition. (More on that later.)
Researching sustainable fashion brands gives you more insight into their pricing and quality. Speaking of brands:
Know Your Affordable Men’s Fashion Brands
Contrary to popular belief, affordable fashion brands are some of the most reputable brands out there. The misconception lies in equating the term “affordable fashion” with cheap, low-quality clothes. Affordable fashion designers know how to create stylish, budget-friendly clothes that’ll withstand everyday wear.
Again, research will tell you which brands to look out for. You’ll find popular fashion brands ranked from affordable to designer at marcussherman.com .
If you’re looking for good quality clothing at affordable prices, consider this next option:
Thrift stores are perfect for finding retro or vintage clothes. This is because people of all ages donate their old clothes to thrift stores. The unique, random, and cost-effective selection that thrift stores offer often rivals the internet.
The thrift store is the cheapest place to find sustainable fashion. Since all the clothes are secondhand, it even reduces designer clothes’ prices by a lot, including suits. It also helps the earth by cutting down on textile waste and landfill pollution.
If you can’t make it to a thrift store, try Depop. It’s the online equivalent of a thrift store where each seller offers different fashion options.
Consider the Classics and Outfits
When buying clothes cheap, it’s crucial to pick clothes that are “classics” for you. This makes you more likely to enjoy wearing something more than once. Personal classics tend to be generous in terms of style and comfort.
As such, always prioritize pieces of clothing you’ll wear with multiple outfits. You’ll get much more use out of them that way.
By the way, you should have separate outfits prepared for both casual and more sophisticated events.
Flaunt Your Style With a Smile
Many types of affordable men’s fashion tend to fit awkwardly due to standardized sizing. Fortunately, a tailor could alter your clothes to fit better for a reasonable price.
Never stick to one store for all your clothing needs. Buying from multiple stores diversifies your wardrobe and makes it more interesting.
Get inspired—check out our fashion articles. It’ll motivate you to play with your personal fashion sense.
It’s been a while since we reached out, after a stint of gathering 100,000 YouTube Subscribers on our English speaking channel (Sartorial Talks) and receiving our first YouTube Silver Creator award.
So back to to it! We cannot count the times you’ve asked: How can I embrace classic style when I don’t have the money to do so?
Who better to address the question than Jason Chang, a menswear writer we’ve followed since 2012. While he has made his name with the title “Broke and Bespoke”, his clothes include ready-to-wear, and mainly second hand made-to-measure and bespoke. Jason has agreed to talk about how he got started and proceeded to build a classic wardrobe with a limited bank account. It is our hope that you find inspiration in his words. Cheers ! Sonya & Hugo
Broke and Bespoke
By Jason Chang, Menswear Writer (Instagram @brokeandbespoke)
My name is Jason, and in my real life I’m a history teacher working in the SF Bay Area, which is also where I grew up. I first got into tailoring and menswear when I was a broke graduate student living just a block away from a huge, warehouse-sized Salvation Army thrift store. This was around 2004-5, and I was moving away from raw denim enthusiast communities on Superfuture and StyleForum towards the latter’s classical menswear conversations.
I was drawn to the more Ivy/trad-oriented threads on there both because that was what was most readily available thrifting in a college town, and because it was a nod to a bygone university culture whose aesthetics I found pleasing.
I remember well absorbing sage advice about Brooks Brothers and J. Press, how to look for the telltale signs of a canvassed sport coat, and the hallmarks of a Goodyear welted shoe, though I continue to be haunted by the fact that I probably left behind many great vintage ivy pieces by Jos A. Bank because of the ridicule and vitriol heaped upon the brand on internet fora.
In these early days I seldom donned tailored clothing outside my home, but I would certainly dress up while working on writing my dissertation. In fact, a midday outfit change was often my strategy for getting around a bad bout of writer’s block.
I gradually grew more comfortable wearing sport coats and ties, and slowly began to venture out in them more and more. This subtle transition, and the fact that I never had to wear tailored clothing in a professional setting, helped shape my slightly off-the-beaten-track approach to menswear which is to always keep an eye towards making tailored pieces look casual and comfortable. I believe Drake’s calls this “relaxed elegance”; for many years I almost exclusively paired tweeds and OCBDs with jeans, with either loafers or longwings on my feet.
Not long after I had moved back to the Bay Area, completed my doctorate, and taken a teaching position, I started a blog on tumblr on a whim (the archive is still online at brokeandbespoke.tumblr.com). This was in 2012 when #menswear blogging was really taking off on that platform, and I thought it was important for there to be voices in the blogosphere that highlighted ways that the classically-tailored looks that circulated online could be accessible at all price points.
To that end, I posted daily outfits listing what pieces I had thrifted and what price I paid for them–usually under $10 ! I was shocked by the wide appeal and fast growth of that blog, and I think it became useful to many folks who wanted to get the looks they saw online, but who didn’t have the money to shell out for bespoke, MTM, or even moderately priced retail.
While I don’t have time to thrift as often now, some of my favorite pieces remain ones I thrifted for $5-10. These days, I’m more likely to scour eBay for affordable vintage and contemporary pieces and have, over the years, amassed quite a collection of my favorite type of sport coat: vintage Brooks Brothers from the 60s-80s with lightly-padded natural shoulder construction, a 3 roll 2 lapel, two button cuff, a half-lining, swelled machine-stitched seams, and a center vent.
Nowadays, my wardrobe is a mix of vintage sport coats that were thrifted or eBayed, including:
* contemporary jackets from Spier and Mackay
* some MTO blazers/sport coats from brands I reviewed when I blogged on tumblr.
* shirts from Brooks Brothers and Luxire—one of their most popular collar designs is the “Broke and Bespoke” button down collar which came out of me trying to dial in a beautifully-rolling collar that hearkened back to the heyday of the Ivy style.
* pants from Luxire, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Spier and Mackay; mostly thrifted and eBayed ties in stripes, ancient madder, foulards and neats, grenadines
* silk knits from Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Lands’ End
* shoes from a variety of makers, though my favorites are probably Grant Stone, Alden, and Rancourt & Co.
I am thrilled that thrifting is enjoying such popularity these days since it is both environmentally sustainable, and a wonderful way to look great without having to break the bank. I hope my blog and IG feed have helped people see that wearing tailored clothing can be affordable, comfortable, and wearable across a host of different contexts.
If you had a million dollars in your bank account right now, there’s a high chance that you wouldn’t be reading this. No, you’d be chilling on a beach in the Bahamas or strutting down Beverly Hills boardwalk with oodles of bags in your hand. After all, if you’ve got the cash, you’ve gotta flaunt it, right? However, it’s not always possible to wish a million dollars in your bank account, and you instead have to make do with just a few dollars instead. That doesn’t mean you can’t dress like a millionaire, though…
How To Dress Like A Millionaire On A Budget
Avoid Designer Labels
To show off your wealth you have to show off your labels, right? Well, not quite. Those who buy purses with giant brand logos all over them are normally the ones who don’t have a lot of money. Yet, they try to keep up with the illusion that they do have a few mill in the bank – and it doesn’t work. Most of the people who do have more money in their bank than we can count keep their brand logos to a minimum. It’s all about showing quality without showing it off, darling.
Embrace The Drape
You don’t need to be getting ready to finish nine holes to wear a cardigan over your shoulders. That’s because wearing a jacket or cardigan over your shoulders is considered to be very high-class. It’s a classic look and one that has been donned by some of the best in the business over the years. Don’t you want to join their ranks? We thought you did.
How To Dress Like A Millionaire On A Budget
Stay In Tip-Top Condition
There’s a high chance that your closet could be mistaken for a millionaire’s budget, especially if all of the items in there are of high quality. When you’re looking to dress like you’re on top of the world, make sure you keep an eye out for any items that are looking a little worse for wear. Look for any rips, any nicks, or any scratches, and immediately throw those pieces out. Millionaires would never wear jeans with rips in them. That’s just not their style.
One of the most important things to remember about millionaires is that they don’t have one specific style. They wear whatever they want, but they always make sure that it looks fabulous, suits their shape, and has a few more zeros on the end of the price tag.
Do you want to dress like a million bucks, but think you can’t because you’re not rich? You don’t have to be rich to look expensive! And, when you wear clothes that you love and fit well, you have confidence!
Follow these tips to look expensive while on a budget:
Black is a neutral, it goes with everything. Since it is a solid color it coordinates with other colors and patterns. When we think of the color black, we think of Coco Chanel. She made the colors black and white famous in her tailored clothes and fabrics.
black ankle boots
black tailored pants
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Blazers add an instant polished look to any outfit. You can wear them with a dress, with a pencil skirt and white top or even with jeans and a tee. Although black is the most popular classic blazer, you don’t have to limit yourself to just black. Striped, blue and even pink blazers are excellent completer pieces!
Always make sure your clothes fit well. If you have an hourglass figure, wear pieces that fit showing off your curves. If you have a few pounds in areas you want to conceal, opt for pieces that are slightly loose and flow when you walk. For all figures, avoid wearing clothes that are too loose.
Women who wear flats or heels that are pointed have a look that screams expensive! Black or nude are popular colors that go with everything. They are considered wardrobe essentials.
When you see a woman who looks poised and polished, she almost always is carrying a structured bag. This type of bag completes the “expensive” look. It’s simple lines and hardware gives an outfit a “finished” look.
Wear sunglasses and you’ll look cool and collected! Perhaps the images of celebrities wearing beautiful sunglasses have been an influence to us to wear them. The fancier the sunglasses help make your outfit look expensive.
Make sure your hair is clean and have a nice hairstyle. Keep your skin in good condition. Wear makeup that looks natural and wear lipcolor. Make sure your nails are kept trimmed and/or painted.
Wear a lipcolor that has a colored tint, like red, coral or pink. Red is a classic lipcolor. It goes great with black and white. Wear a shade of red that looks good with your skin tone.
Wear jewelry that makes a statement. Fancy jewelry adds a polished look to any outfit. When your outfit is basic, like black pants and a white top, add a statement necklace, earrings or bracelet and you outfit instantly looks “glam”!
A key to making your outfits look polished is coordinating your shoes and bag. If you wear black shoes then carry a black bag. Brown shoes look great with a brown bag in the same color tone. You can venture out a bit by wearing black shoes with a nude or a solid color bag, like pink. Leopard flats or heels look great with a black or nude bag.
If you are on a budget, you have a limited amount of money to spend on clothes. Don’t feel overwhelmed and think you have to buy everything at one time.
Here are some tips to buying expensive-looking pieces for your wardrobe:
Buy one piece at a time
If you are going to spend money on a piece, spend it wisely. When you buy an item for your wardrobe, make sure it is well-made and is a quality piece.
Buy quality items
Just because you are limited on funds, don’t skimp on quality. If you buy an item, say a blazer, on sale because it’s cheap, chances are it won’t last long due to wear and washing. Instead buy a great quality item at a higher end store. Because it will be well-made with quality fabric, it will last you for years.
Buy items on sale
If you’re looking to buy a certain piece, wait until it’s on sale. You can save lots of money for items on sale.
1. Uniform dressing. You can buy nondescript LBDs, cream-colored knits, and dark wash jeans from anywhere. Having a handful of classic pieces in your closet allows for an array of looks that scream $MONEY$.
2. Polished looks pricey. Messy will never equal ‘wealthy’ at first glance, so keep things polished with clean lines, polished accessories, and neat hair and makeup.
3. The basics. If nothing else, invest in your shoes and bag. If you can’t afford to, carry a minimalist leather tote and wear simple ballet flats or loafers.
4. Keep it real. Do not wear fake leather. Ever. You’re fooling no one.
5. Logo is a no-go. Avoid putting brands on display. A purse covered in logos is nothing you want to be seen carrying.
6. $weater weather. Drape your cardigan over your shoulders like every one of our favorite 80s preps.
7. Tip top shape. If you’re going to wear something, make sure it’s still in good condition. Nicks and scratches on shoes, bags, or anything else you’re wearing are a no-no.
8. When it comes to sunglasses, listen to Jackie O. Wear tortoiseshell eyewear àla Jackie Kennedy.
9. Simply cinched. Cinching an oversized coat or classic button-down adds instant chic to any outfit.
10. Nail it. Keep eccentric nails to a minimum—just say no to neon polish and anything acrylic.
11. Dark denim. The darker the wash, the more sleek your denim looks.
12. Like a lady. Ladylike dresses that make you look like you just stepped out of a Kennedy family portrait give off an old money, new clothes, feel.
13. Your scent can be just as wealthy as your look. Try these, or these.
14. Draped in jewels. Don’t be afraid to put your jewels front and center. From simple diamond studs to that borderline-gaudy statement necklace, this kind of jewelry ups the ante.
15. The “I have money” combo. Own a navy blazer. Own a turtleneck. Wear them together.
16. Status staples. Embrace conservative status symbols like Belgian Shoes and Gucci loafers (but steer clear of the more gaudy ones like the interlocking “G” belts).
17. If you don’t know, now you know. Two words: Camel. Coat.
18. Make sure it fits. Clothing is instantly downgraded when it doesn’t fit correctly. Stay away from items that swallow you whole or cut off circulation/create imprints in your skin.
19. It’s okay to be square. Gentlemen, always wear a pocket square. It’s a simple way to completely change the look of an ensemble.
20. Wear your pearls girls. When in doubt, a classic strand of pearls adds elegance (and dollar signs) to your style.
21. Head to toe. Monochrome (read: all black everything) is the perfect way to give off that, ‘everything I’m wearing is chic and cost a fortune’ vibe.
22. Timing is everything. A nice watch is the ultimate power-play accessory, even if it can’t be Rolex or Cartier Tank.
23. Into the wild. Tread carefully when it comes to animal print. There’s a fine line between a leopard-print heel and a zebra-print jumpsuit.
24. Hair apparent. Make sure your hair is clean, well cut, and if you have the time, get a blow out.