Window shopping on a dedicated clothing and accessory high street is all well and good, but it can often leave you longing to become a millionaire and more than a little dissatisfied with your own collection of clothes.
Fashion however, especially these days, is now much more of a personal expression of who you are and what you love, making trending outfits much more attainable than ever before.
With that being said, here is how to revolutionise your fashion sense and your wardrobe on a budget.
Get Serious About Instagram
First and foremost, even if you are of the opinion that social media platforms such as Facebook go against your innate sense of privacy, you cannot deny that Pinterest and even more appropriately, Instagram, are a fabulous place to explore style and design inspiration on a budget, both for your clothes and your home décor.
Set yourself up an Instagram account, but register with a different name and a temporary email address (so your privacy is protected) and set about searching the site for photographs and real-life influencers. Look for stylish fashionistas who are ordinary people (rather than celebrities) and who have upcycled older items and are ‘catwalk ready’ every time they leave the house.
Invest in Key Pieces
Spending a little more than you intend to is a common occurrence when clothes shopping, but if you do want to treat yourself to a standout, statement piece, then make sure it is one that is timeless and that will go with every colour you usually wear.
Check out beautifully designed plus size designer clothing ranges to find a bolero, shawl or other style of cover-up that will transform even the most plain and subtle outfit into a dazzling one.
Invest in Some Ballet Pumps
Ballet pumps. These two simple words may well change your life, or will at least stop you having to spend more money than you would if you invested in a new pair of shoes every time you wear a new outfit.
Ballet pumps are easily the most versatile of them all and moreover, come in a wide range of colours, textures, shades and materials – although if you want a pair of ballet pumps that will easily transition, for example, a work outfit into drinks-with-the-girls wear, choose a black patent pair.
Focus on a Capsule Wardrobe
The final top tip for revolutionising your fashion sense and modernising your wardrobe on a budget is to embrace the notion of a capsule wardrobe.
Essentially, this involves two separate tasks; firstly, to go through the entirety of your clothing, accessories, shoes and outerwear and throw everything away that is ripped, torn or stained and to donate any new or ‘like new’ clothing to a charity shop.
Secondly, the items of clothing you have left need to be laboriously tried on, one after the other and if they do not make you feel comfortable and confident, then this item also needs to go. What you are left with is your capsule wardrobe, which means you have not spent any money and now, when you do buy new clothing, it must fit in with your remaining clothes.