It’s all about the mix.
You don’t need to spend a fortune building your wardrobe staples. While social media is there to help you get creative, it has turned into a shopping mecca of sorts. Social media influencers have become walking advertisements which either make us feel great about ourselves or the complete opposite because we can’t afford the uber high-style fashion they are promoting. My fashion mantra? Buy wisely. Mix and repeat. Here are some tips to help you look stylish on a budget!
Shop the staples. Don’t buy because it’s on sale and currently on trend. Consider it a jackpot if you happen to find a discounted item that will last you several years. But let’s go back to basics like a little black dress that you can dress up or down, nicely-fitted pair of jeans, crisp button down white or black boyfriend shirt, or a tailored suit you can wear to formal business meetings or events. I find that sticking to neutrals are the easiest to build and edit your closet. Case in point, I’ve had this little black halter dress for years now. By simply switching to pointed pumps or sandals, wearing it alone or under a kimono or jacket, I can mix and wear it on repeat (read how to wear jumpsuits).
Mix monochromatic or neutrals with color. So you built your staple neutrals, now add a pop of color that compliments your color palette. My favorite way to amp up a little black dress is to throw in a kimono such as the one I’m wearing in these photos. I bet you’ve seen me wear this LBD multiple times, either on the blog or youtube. I don’t agree that to be a fashion blogger, you need to hoard loads and loads of clothes to stay relevant. Mix and repeat. That to me is more creative and sustainable.
Explore thrift or consignment shops. Aside from the thrill of finding gems, shopping second hand items have positive impact on the planet. But again, don’t buy just because it’s dirt cheap. Each time you purchase, pause for a moment. Ask yourself this “will I be able to wear this multiple times in multiple occasions?” (read where I buy second hand designer items). Can I mix and repeat wearing it but make it look fresh again?
Seal it with a bag. I’ve said it before, your bag can make or break your outfit. While I do have a penchant for luxury vegan handbags, I also explore affordable options for my readers and viewers. This handbag which was sent to me by Sonnet + Rose fits the bill for only $50! The size is befitting for a working mom or student and the style is structured yet classic. You can watch my full-length review including what fits inside here.
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