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Look Great On A Budget


Ok so the new season has come but the current economic scenario does not allow us to burden our pockets. Yes Clinique and Calvin are good but only if you have the money, honey! For the rest of us who believe in frugal spending, we better get off the brand.So try and make most of your purchases. Here are a few tips:

1.Go past trends! Trends change often and keeping pace with them is exhausting. Try and focus on colors and designs that suit you best. Figure out ndividual styles that make you look hotter instead of a carbon copy of some model. A mix of trendy pieces and classics always look better. Look for deals, clearances and barge the shops at these best times when you get great deals. You can good fashion stuff for as less as a $5. All you need is a great eye to sense the sales.

2.But before you hit the stores, analyze your own wardrobe, you can actually asses your pieces and mix and match, you'll be able to focus on what exactly needs replaced. Ultimately you'll end up buying what lasts.

3. Don't run after designer stuff. Nobody will notice a difference between $25 jeans and a $125 one! Even if you buy expensive one don't fill your wardrobe with too many fashion items that will have short lives. Just a piece or two per season with basic items will keep your wardrobe up to date. Don't worry about where you shop - the important thing is whether the item fits, is flattering and a good color. Even low-priced bargain stores (even Wal-mart!) can accidentally make something good, so always have an eye out.

4. Shop off-season. End of the season clearance sales, before and after Christmas sales but be aware that, even at a deep discount, some clothes may not be worth the price. Know ahead of time how much you intend to spend on something and try to stick with it. Try not to buy clothing unless you actually need it. Just because something is on sale doesn't mean you're saving money unless you would have bought it anyway.

5. Look for versatility. For example, look for a button down shirt that looks good open over a t-shirt or buttoned under a sweater. Extra points if it also looks good tucked into dress pants or a skirt for fancy occasions! But be wary that sizes vary between labels. Don't be tempted to buy clothing that pinches. It is more flattering to get a slightly looser fit than squeeze into a garment. It does not matter what the label says - it does matter how the garment fits

6. Make sure your new clothes are machine washable. Trips to the dry-cleaners can eat up money for gas and service, and no one likes doing their laundry by hand.

7. If you are big time into make up and hair, try and stick with basic: mascara, lipgloss, blush, concealer, and maybe some liner and shadow. Indulge in a good foundation if you have problems with acne or dry skin, a good-quality foundation for sensitive skin (applied with a very light hand on the sponge) is a worthy place to splurge, and really contributes to a polished look. Use disposable razors and men's shaving cream. A pack of disposable razors can last longer and men's shaving cream is much cheaper than women's lotion and gels. Be thrifty with hair products. If you must splurge, do so on conditioner, not shampoo.

.8. Discount stores, outlet mall, thrift stores are the places to look out for. You can get cheap, fun stuff there, because you don't need it to last more than a season or two. But for basics you'll wear every season (basic pumps, black boots that you can wear and look good in the winter, simple strappy sandals). Try remnant department stores like TJ Maxx for good-quality shoes at discount prices.

9. A black, a brown, and some summery shade (white is classic, but a pale gray or a subtle metallic can actually be more versatile) of purse will do just fine and make you look rocking.

10. Consider forgoing a gym membership and work out at home instead. Unless you're very serious, some dumbbells, exercise instructions off the internet, and a jog around the block are just as good.

So splurge but with caution and yes you can style with less!


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