Seven Ways to
Dress Well on a Budget
Like to dress well but don't have deep pockets?
If you arm yourself with a little information, you can
"dress to the nines" WITHOUT going in the
1. Take an inventory of your closet and make a list of
things you need. Buying from a list will keep you focused
and curb impulse buying.
2. Buy the best quality of clothes that you can afford.
They'll last longer, wear better, and ultimately, save you
more money than buying inferior-quality pieces.
3. Buy classic styles. These will stand the test of time
and not date you as easily as buying into trends.
4. Opt for mix-and-match separates. If you buy
carefully, a little will go a long way. Five well-chosen
shirts combined with two pairs of pants will give you ten
combinations, for example. Two head-to-toe ensembles that
don't go with anything else will only give you two
5. Try for a primary color scheme. Build your wardrobe
around three to five colors that look good on you. Not only
will this allow you more mix-and-match opportunities, it
will reduce the number of accessories that you need.
6. Opt for solids over patterns. Solids mix and match
more easily and are less easily remembered than
prints...which will make you look like you have a lot more
clothes than you really do.
7. Buy on sale whenever possible. Join your favorite
store's mailing list to take advantage of "insider" sales
notifications. Also frequent the designer "seconds" shops
like Loehmann's, T.J. Maxx, and Frugal Fannies, and make
the rounds of the consignment stores in the best part of
town. With a little bit of persistence, you can find
quality pieces at affordable prices.
Dressing well doesn't have to cost a
fortune. If you take a little time to plan your needs
and treat your wardrobe like the investment that it is, you
can make a little go a long way. You can also look like you
spend a lot of money on your clothes when all you're really
doing is combining a few well-chosen, high-quality
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