Let’s be honest, how much exactly do you spend on your clothes and accessories every month? And let’s not even start on shoes and make-up (damn you, Sephora). Keeping up with the latest fashion trends is not an easy (read: cheap) feat. It’s a constant juggle between keeping your finances afloat, and having your make-up and outfit looking on fleek.
But what if we told you that you could stay at the top of your fashion game without hitting rock bottom in your bank account? We spoke to CompareHero.my, who are dedicated to helping Malaysians make smarter and well-informed financial decisions in life, and shortlisted these five tips.
1. FAKE IT … WITH CONFIDENCE.
It pays to be picky sometimes. Choosing the right fabric will make you look like you bought that cotton dress from Topshop, when really you found it at a flea market instead (which is a good budget-shopping ground, too). Always opt for clothes that are made of expensive-looking fabric like tweed, linen and cotton.
2. GET INSPIRED
Look to the Internet for style inspos. With celebs flooding basically every social media platform, you shouldn’t have any trouble looking for muses. Musicians and actresses aren’t the only people to model your look after; fashion bloggers and Youtubers tend to have really savvy tips on looking chic, without maxing out your card. Insta-stalk these icons now:
3. BE THRIFTY
Let’s not kid ourselves — shopping during sale season isn’t always the best solution to be “on a budget”. Oftentimes, the original prices of these items have already been jacked up to minimise any sales loss. Scope out garage sales, vintage or thrift stores around your area instead.
Besides, thrift shops are like the treasure troves of fashion — there’s usually a chance of unearthing some truly gorgeous vintage pieces.
4. THE DARK SIDE
Remember: The darker the colour, the more expensive it looks. Stick with the elegant black, earthy brown or rich indigo when you’re making your shopping trips. Besides, they’re stain-friendly, and it goes with pretty much every other colour in the spectrum.
And when it comes to bags, it’s hard to rock cheap bags without it looking, well, cheap. The best way is to buy simple pieces sans too many embellishments (solid-coloured bags and clutches are generally good investments). With great material, a bag will look like it’s worth more than it costs. Know your style, learn what works for you, and invest in pieces that complement your silhouette.