Holiday parties are around that means dressing up is a must. If you’re wondering how to look great without spending a lot of money, keep on reading for the expert ways to up your holiday style while saving cash.
- Look for high-quality fabrics and avoid bells and whistles as they tend to be cheaply made.
Remember, if it’s cheap to buy, it was cheap to make. According to fashion blogger Shauna Miller, the more bells and whistles you see on a low-priced garment, the more likely it will fall apart, discolor, and bring your whole look down. “Just because an item has added hardware and embellishments, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting more value. More often than not, these add-ons come at the expense of the overall quality,” she added. Instead, go for high-quality fabrics that will look more expensive and classy. “Cheaper fabrics like knits, jersey, and other cotton blends will drape and tailor to your figure much better than pricier pieces with fancy construction and seaming,” Miller says.
- Use a tailor to breathe new life into old threads.
Instead of going shopping right away, gather all of your clothes that don’t fit quite right first and take them to a tailor. According to editor in chief of Fashionista.com Lauren Indvik, maybe the straps are too long on one dress, or a square-shaped pencil skirt keeps riding up so ask your tailor to taper the waist on that one. This way, you’ll find you have plenty of clothing options for the holidays.
- For a great quality-to-cost ratio, go vintage.
“Buying classic pieces when you see a good deal is always a great idea,” says Amanda LeBlanc, a professional organizer and spokesperson for Organized Living. “You can mix and match them with inexpensive trendy pieces to keep your wardrobe fresh without breaking the bank.” Also, vintage clothes, costume jewelry, or even grandmother’s old cardigan can often look more luxe and effortless than anything store-bought. Some say it’s the result of higher production quality prior to the 1970s. Incorporating one-of-a-kind pieces into the mix, like big 80s statement earrings or a retro flared dress, will give your look an eclectic edge, while spending close to nothing,” says Miller.
- Mix low with high.
Remember, if you’re styling yourself on a budget, you don’t have to pair an entire outfit of designer labels. According to fashion blogger Becky Kung, try mixing up your outfit with affordable pieces and then add that special touch to your look with your favorite investment pieces such as a statement necklace, a leather coat, or a fabulous pair of designer pumps. Also, like fashion blogger Micah Gianneli, mix your designer mermaid skirt with your basic mesh top to add some effortless feel to your holiday look.
- Look in unexpected places.
Since women’s clothing tends to be a lot more than men’s, always think outside of the box in terms of where you shop and where you look for pieces. Also, you may use e-consignment shops to cheaply remix your rotation. By heeding our simple tricks, you’ll be able to up your holiday style while saving cash.