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How to Create Stylish Outfits on a Tight Budget

Being elegant doesn’t necessarily mean wearing expensive clothes and accessories. Keeping in mind some simple rules can help you look stylish on a budget.


Here are six pieces of advice to consider if you want to look classy every day:

  1. Choose midi over short

  2. Choose solids over prints

  3. Choose classic over modern busy patterns

  4. Choose simple plain cuts over ruffles

  5. Choose your “setting” reasonably

  6. Take good care of your shoes and bags


1. Choose midi over short


Mid-length dresses or skirts, with the hemline falling between the knee and mid-calf, make you look more elegant. The tea-length, few centimetres above your ankle, will make you look taller and thinner. Knee-length skirts and dresses are perfect for traditional business outfits. You can wear them with medium to high heels or pointed toe shoes.



2. Choose solid colours over prints


As much as you loved prints, you probably agree with me that solid-colour clothes look better and are more versatile. You can style them with both pattern items and other solid colour garments. Moreover, you can wear them in various contexts and occasions, from morning until evening.



3. Choose classic over modern busy patterns


If you were disappointed while reading the previous paragraph, here’s some good news: if you just can’t live without prints, you might want to choose finer ones and/or create balanced outfits which combine printed and solid-colour garments. In case you want to go with prints all-over, choose some that give a sense of order to your ensemble.



4. Choose simple plain cuts over ruffles


Speaking of designs, the cut of the clothes you choose to wear should reflect your personal style and match your body type at the same time. Well-placed ruffles can play a significant role in balancing the silhouette but, generally speaking, simple cuts and a limited number of details make an outfit look more refined.



5. Choose your “setting” reasonably


Alright, now that you know what to buy next, you might feel tempted to go shopping right away. Wait, there’s more to ponder: cuts, prints and fabrics are essential, but the price of clothing items vary depending on the store and time of the year. That’s why you might want to consider outlets and sales when planning your next shopping session. If you are less interested in trends and more focused on clothes as a way to express your personality, outlets are the perfect places where you can find beautiful items matching your personal style. Prices are lower all year round and, if you are patient enough, sales can be extremely gratifying!


6. Take good care of your shoes and bags


Accessories can make or break an outfit. If you want to look good every day, not only you should be willing to invest in some carefully chosen bags, shoes, belts and jewellery, but you should also take the necessary time to take good care of them. Storing your shoes and bags in good conditions makes them last longer. This way, you will have the chance to enjoy multiple good-looking options when you purchase new items instead of replacing old ruined ones and stick to a limited range. Cleaning and storing your shoes and bags properly help you save a lot of money and energy in the long run.



I hope you find these six basic suggestions a good starting point in improving your future shopping experiences and getting the most of your time and money without giving up your style.


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