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How To Dress Well When You Have Champagne Taste On A Beer Budget

Updated on July 9, 2018

There is nothing quite as enjoyable a bit of retail therapy. Heading out for a day of shopping and coming back with your arms loaded with bags of new purchases is exciting whether you’re alone or with a big group of friends. The only problem is, our bank accounts tend not to like shopping sprees so much and if you’re trying to save money, spending unnecessary funds on clothes isn’t really going to help you reach your savings goal. However, saving money and being on a tight budget, shouldn’t affect your style. You can still look amazing and wear interesting and unique outfits, without having to fork out loads of money. Here is how you can dress well when you have champagne taste on a beer budget.


Do A Wardrobe Audit

Go through your wardrobe and really consider what needs to be there. Spending a few solid hours sorting through and organising all your items of clothing is a great way of getting a visual reminder of some of the outfits that you have at your disposal. This is an efficient way of finding some ‘new’ clothes for yourself without actually buying new ones because a lot of the time, we do some amazing outfits, it’s just that we can find them stuffed away at the back of our wardrobe. It is also a good way of seeing those clothes that you no longer need or outfits that are taking up space even though you haven’t worn them in a year. Gather together all the clothes you’ll probably never wear again and figure out what you want to donate and what you might want to sell. An audit also helps you to reflect on your shopping habits and consider if there are some habits you might change. If you have fifteen summer dresses but live in a cold climate, you might reconsider the next time you feel like buying something suited to the hotter weather.


Have A Minimalist Closet

If you have a bit of a shopping addiction, the thought of having a minimalist wardrobe might sound scary. However, it’s definitely not as scary as it sounds and it’s a great way to save money on clothes without compromising on style. Capsule wardrobes are wardrobes with around 15-30 high-quality items of clothing that you wear exclusively, mixing and matching different items and making small tweaks to the wardrobe as the season changes. The idea of the capsule wardrobe encourages you to focus on quality and not quantity when it comes to buying clothes. Streamlining your wardrobe this way also means you’re more likely to invest in pieces that look good together and will last longer in your closet. Using this tactic, you will only buy those items that you really love and you might take more time to think through your purchases.


Do A Clothes Swap

If you have a lot of clothes you no longer wear and want to get rid of, chances are you probably have friends in the same situation. Round up a group of friends who have accumulated excess items of clothing and host a clothes swap where everybody brings a selection of clothes and you take what you like. This is an eco-friendly and social way of finding yourself some new outfits without spending a fortune. The only rules for the clothes swap are that every item of clothing must be clean and in good condition, and you should enforce a minimum or maximum amount of clothes people should bring. This usually works well because, as they say, one woman's trash is another woman's treasure and something that might not necessarily look good on your friend may look amazing on you.


Hire For Special Occasions

Just because you’re saving money or can’t afford lavish purchases, doesn’t mean you can’t wear your favourite designers or dress up luxuriously for a special occasion. Rather than buying a whole new outfit every time you have a party or a wedding pop up in your calendar, consider renting an outfit instead. Sites like The Volte allow you to rent dresses and outfits from other users for a fraction of the price you would pay to buy the piece. This gives you access to a whole range of designer brands from Australian stars like Zimmerman and Alex Perry as well as international fashion houses like Dolce & Gabbana. You will look a million dollars on your night out and your bank account will thank you.

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