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Shopping on a budget: How to get the most out of your buck

Lockdown has brought with it a number of issues – not least of all, a cut in your clothes budget.


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The trick to staying on trend without breaking the bank is to shop smartly and within budget. Here are some tips on how to look fashionable without burning a hole in your pocket.

Budget styling tips

Define your style

It’s important to define your own style and not necessarily blindly follow the trend. It is definitely possible to look fabulous with a limited amount of resources, but make sure you wear clothing that suits you and brings out your best character — spandex bodysuits might be on-trend, but might not possibly be the best thing for your body shape.

Use your fashion budget wisely

While the money you spend on fashion and the choices you make might very well be yours and yours alone, try to spend your money wisely when it comes to buying clothing.

Don’t go for items that might be hot at that moment, but won’t last the season. Rather go for classic pieces, such as plain white tees and blue jeans, that can be mixed and matched with other items to create different looks and will never date. 

Choose unbranded over branded

Branded clothing is expensive because you are only paying for the name, so while you might love those GUESS! jeans, there will undoubtedly be a pair of unbranded jeans that will fit you just as beautifully, and cost half the price.

Shop online

Online discount stores are a great way to get trendy clothing at fantastic, discounted prices, and the majority of them offer cheap or free delivery and have good return policies, so head online and start shopping.

Hit the sales

Hit the sales when they come around and stock your wardrobe with classic pieces that will last a few seasons. Buy basics such as black leggings, white tees, good denim jeans, and a comfortable jacket — you can then mix and match these pieces and accessorise them to create different looks — all at a fraction of their usual cost.