11 Style Tips For The Girl On A Shoestring Budget

Check out our insider secrets to looking your best on a dime.

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  • Just because your bank account statement has more charges from Topshop than Tom Ford, doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to suffer. Just follow our oh-so sneaky tips. For example, do you know which type of pumps look the most expensive (but aren’t) or how to upgrade your jackets for a few bucks? No? Read on!

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    1. Replace cheap plastic buttons on a coat or blazer to make it look more upscale.

    Celtic Knot Buttons ($4/3 buttons)

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    2. It’s hard to do quality embellishment inexpensively, so opt for a simple bag without too much hardware.

    Free People Slouchy Vegan Tote ($68)

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    3. Lower-priced pumps look more posh in faux suede than faux leather.

    Charles by Charles David Sway II Suede Pump ($100) in Plum Suede

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    4. Invest in a steamer—wrinkled clothes are a quick way look inexpensive.

    Conair Extreme Steam Handheld Garment Steamer ($28) in Blue

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    5. Purchase a slip. Inexpensive clothing usually isn’t lined, so the addition of a slip will prevent any wardrobe malfunctions and also help your garment fit and flow more elegantly.

    Nasty Gal Basic Slip Dress ($28) in Nude

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    6. Keep fabric in mind. Tweed, cotton, and linen often look expensive, even if they’re not.

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    7. Two words: fabric shaver. The inexpensive device will make your pilling knit pieces look like new.

    Conair Fabric Shaver ($10)

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    8. See a tailor. Sure it’s more money up front, but a piece that is custom fit to your body will always look more expensive.

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    9. Get it in black. The dark color will hide the telltale signs of a being a budget piece.

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    10. Swap out the belt. Cheap dresses and coats will often come with their own sash that betrays their humble origins.

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    11. Coddle your footwear. Even if your heels are inexpensive, take them to a cobbler for a cleaning and to get heel caps replaced. Nothing looks worse than worn-down shoes.


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