If your bank account took a real hit this December and your fingers are almost strained from inputting your pin code in again and again, get ready to commit these money-saving tips to memory. It's often assumed that money is the ticket to great style, but in reality, you can look just as fashionable and way more unique when working with a reduced budget.
There are some simple ways you can cut back your spending, so you can add to your wardrobe without struggling in the week before payday. Who What Wear UK's editors often shop in charity shops, as you can find many of the key trends of the moment like mock croc accessories and heritage check blazers in your local charity shop. Then there are things you can do within your own wardrobe, from selling the pieces you never wear to styling pieces in totally new ways.
Keep scrolling to see our essential tips for the girl on a shoestring budget.
Go straight to resale sites like eBay and Depop, and be really specific with your searches. If you've seen something you love on Zara, for example, it's worth checking if it's available for cheaper secondhand. You can also set alerts on sites like eBay and Vestiaire Collective for all the items you wish you could afford full price.
The problem with final markdowns in sales is pieces are rarely left in your size, but it can pay to be imaginative here and buy dresses you or your dry cleaners can alter to fit.
3. Buy a Slip
Cheap fabrics tend to cling or look see-through as they aren't lined, so it's worth investing in a slip dress or skirt you can wear underneath all your high-street dresses. It instantly makes them look much more expensive and more flattering, and you can buy a pack of two for £16 at Marks and Spencer.
Layering is an easy way to add personality and a point of difference to your look, and Alyss Bowen, Byrdie's social media editor, explains that she saves on items that aren't the focal point of the outfit, buying her black roll-necks at Primark.
You've heard of The Outnet, but did you know that Mango and ASOS also have online outlet stores?
6. Set Up Clothes Swap Evenings
If you can't handle the stress of trying to sell clothes online, set up a clothes swap evening with your friends. I have a friend who is the same size as me and has similar taste, and so every six months or so, we swap over pieces to borrow.
If you're prepared to put in the time to sell your old clothes, you might have more money than you think sitting in the back of your wardrobe. See our comprehensive guide to selling clothes online for how to make it a pain-free process.
8. £2-Ribbons Can Make an Outfit
Many of the world's most stylish women have a signature, such as a red lip or a ribbon worn in your hair. These ensure that every outfit looks like "you," and a ribbon can cost as little as £2.
Instagram is often accused of creating a buy-more culture, leaving you envious of everyone with their shiny new designer bags, but there are many influencers who also introduce you to amazing high street finds or shop exclusively in the high street. Take time to follow the people who don't just shop designer, and your Instagram feed will be a daily source of inspiration.