You can look very “posh with little dosh”.
*Know when to invest (not splurge).
Basic wardrobe staples, particularly those which double for work and leisure, are worth the extra money. These items should remain in your wardrobe for at least 5 years and include: black pants; a white button up; a structured blazer; flattering jeans; a nice white tee; and a beautiful coat in a neutral color. (This is not a comprehensive list.)
*Identify timeless classics your wardrobe needs.
A. had some confusion as to what were lasting or timeless styles. The key to identifying this is research and assessment. First, look through the past 50 decades of fashion. What kinds of items are people wearing over and over again? Red lipstick, for example, has never really gone out of style since it was first commercially produced. Secondly, ask yourself what kinds of items can you honestly see yourself wearing multiple times per month year after year? What kinds of items will match lots of other things you already own and may purchase in the future? These are items that are generally universally flattering when you find the right one. ex. Everyone looks good in a white tee, provided it fits and is good quality.
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*Have at least one pair of very well-made shoes in a lasting style.
This includes shoes such as classic black boots, pumps and oxfords. This also includes your workout sneakers/walking shoes because of the added pressure to your feet when exercising. There’s nothing worse than having to walk around in uncomfortable shoes.
*Learn to mend and properly care for items so they last longer.
*Bargain hunting, in person or online, takes extra time but can result in big savings.
*Find a consignment store with a style similar to your own and trade there.
Here in Richmond, I like Rumours. In Oregon, I liked Deluxe in Eugene and Red Light in Portland.
*Thrift stores are a great way to experiment without tremendous financial commitment.
Do you have any tips for staying stylish on a budget? What do you consider timeless wardrobe essentials?