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7 Ways to Look Good on a Budget

Looking good isn’t always about money, it’s also about making the right decisions. 5-Minute Crafts has 7 tips to help you look fabulous without spending all the money in your bank account.

1. Wear the right fabrics.

Search for fabrics that look more expensive, like satin, silk, or tweed. Avoid things like polyester that look cheap and don’t last very long.

2. Buy things in neutral colors.

Opt for clothes in neutral colors, like black, grey, navy, tan and white. They are a fantastic base and can be worn repeatedly with different accessories.

3. Wear things that flatter your figure.

Looks that flatter your figure and make you feel confident will always be sophisticated. A proper fit is key when you want to look more expensive. Wrong shapes and sizes will look cheap.

4. Shop for things that can be worn on different occasions.

Buy things that can be worn during a mix of activities. Choose a blouse that can be worn to Sunday brunch or a morning meeting. Look for clothes that can accommodate a wide range of accessories.

5. Know where to spend your money.

Shop smart by knowing where to spend your money.

Things worth spending your money on:

  • Coats and jackets
  • Underwear
  • Work clothes
  • Items you can wear season after season
  • Quality items

Where you can save money:

  • High fashion items that only last one season
  • Accessories
  • Camisoles
  • Home clothes

6. Wear statement jewelry.

Wear jewelry that makes a statement. By doing this, you can wear a basic outfit, like black pants and a white top, and still look glamorous.

7. Steam and iron your clothes.

There are things in your closet that you may never wear that could look brand new and very stylish with just some steaming or ironing. If you do this, you don’t have to buy anything new.

Bonus: Pay attention to the details.

When choosing items of clothing, look at the material they’re made from. Don’t opt for shirts or blouses with super thin fabric, as see-through pieces instantly make the whole look appear cheap. Also, pay attention to the current trends. For example, oversized, loose clothes have made a comeback in the fashion world. However, wearing such items can be tricky, and it’s easy to lose your body’s proportions and end up making your figure appear shapeless. Tuck in your loose shirts to accentuate your proportions and spice up the whole look.

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Please note: This article was updated in August 2021 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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