If you have high-end fashion tastes, but only have a tight budget, dressing as you would like is difficult, but not impossible! It’s all about getting the most out of each piece of clothing. The fact that, if you are selective with your choices, you do not need so many individual items of clothing means that you can afford to treat yourself to few luxury items.
Buy good quality items
That brings me to my first tip. If you are going to go down the minimalist wardrobe route it is best to avoid those retailers who sell clothes that are only designed to be worn half a dozen times and binned. You are far better off buying your summer tops from JD Williams. A retailer like this focuses on selling high-quality clothes that are reasonably priced. Most importantly, they always offer plenty of choice, which makes it easy for you to find something that fits in with your sense of style.
Focus on the classics
Whenever possible, buy classically styled clothes. These never really go out of fashion, yet often look good when combined with the very latest styles.
Mix and match
Before you buy something, stop and think about how you are going to wear it. If you cannot incorporate it into at least two or three of the outfits that you already own, the chances are you will be better off not buying it.
Invest in good accessories
Good quality accessories make it easy to change the look of an outfit. For example, wearing a dress with a belt gives it a totally different look and silhouette.
Read more fashion magazines
Reading more fashion magazines and paying more attention to how other women are dressed will also inspire you. If you see a clever way of wearing something save the image and try it out yourself.
Dress in layers
Layering the clothes you own is a good way to change the way you look. For example, a figure hugging lace top that looks super glamorous can be turned into something far more formal if you wear it under a classically cut jacket.
Push yourself to be more creative.
The best way to learn how to create a range of different outfits from a handful of clothes is to practice doing it. Taking the 7 x 7 challenge is a good way to do it. Essentially, the challenge consists of choosing 7 items from your wardrobe and only wearing them for 7 days. During that time, you are not allowed to wear the exact same outfit twice, but you can use as many different accessories as you like. You will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you learn to wear things in different ways.
Review your wardrobe regularly
Once or twice a year try on each outfit. Doing this reminds you of what you own, and helps you to weed out those items that no longer really work for you so that you can replace them.
Learn to sew
Being able to sew will allow you to adjust and transform the clothes that you already own. If you have a blouse that fits you perfectly it would be a shame to throw it away. Instead, you could update the buttons, maybe shorten it, and change the shape of the collar to bring it up to date. It is easy to find short videos on YouTube that show you how to do sewing tasks like these, I personally found that this is a good one.