How to Be Stylish on a Budget

The first thing many people think of when shopping on a budget is keeping costs down

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The first thing many people think of when shopping on a budget is keeping costs down, but this doesn’t always mean getting the lowest price. Sometimes, the best way of sticking to a budget is buying key pieces throughout the year, to add to your wardrobe or accessorise your favourite pieces. These might cost a little more than cheaper items but can last much longer. Here are some suggestions to help.

Diamond earrings

Diamond earrings have a lot of advantages. They can be stylish, go with any outfit whether smart or casual, and never lose their fashion status. In short, they are timeless. You can opt for subtle white diamonds or add a touch of colour with a pair such as the Tanzanite halo earrings from Chisholm Hunter.

They make a perfect gift, either for someone else or to treat yourself. Compared to cheaper earrings, they will last longer and you know they will be comfortable to wear.

Shop the staples

If you want to buy clothes which don’t go out of fashion, then plain t-shirts, smart trousers, blue jeans and dark jackets such as leather or faux leather, never go out of style and can be worn with newer fashions to fit the occasion. So, whether you want to look smart at work, go to a trendy coffee shop with friends or have a night out, you can mix your staples with the latest trends to pull off your desired look.

Consider pre-owned clothes

If you’ve never considered looking in second-hand shops for clothes, it could be worth a try. Although this can take a while if you’re hoping to come across designer clothing at a bargain price. You might prefer to look online at one of the specialised websites which either sell pre-owned clothes directly, or allow third-party sellers to sign up and sell their items.

Many of these items are in great condition and much cheaper than buying new. If you’re only going to have the occasion to wear these several times, it’s much better to buy them pre-owned. This could be one of the many reasons the owner is selling them.

Wait for the sales

Waiting for the sales means you might be behind with the latest fashions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish in them. If you want to look great, but aren’t too concerned with the latest trends, then it’s worth waiting for the sales to snap up the clothes and accessories you’ve had your eye on.

If you combine these with one or two up-to-date trends, people will barely notice, and the main thing is to look and feel good about your outfit.

If you want to buy a piece of clothing before the sales, you can still shop around and look for discount codes, which many websites offer on your first order, after signing up for their newsletter or registering an account with them.

Looking great doesn’t have to mean spending more than you can afford. Investing in high-quality clothing and accessories means they last longer and need to be replaced less often.

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