For those in the ‘biz’, the start of London Fashion Week is touted as the most important date in the entire calendar year. However, for us mere mortals, its arrival has the power to inflict more than a little self-doubt – when a toddler sitting in the front row has a far better wardrobe than you even dare to dream of (hello, Harper Beckham), it’s unsurprising that your own can feel desperately in need of an update.
So, in the absence of millionaire parents or even much spare cash at the end of the working week, is it possible to get on board with a bit of LFW-style glamour? Luckily, today’s fashion world isn’t all about catwalk shows or designer brands – from the great British high street and beyond, there are loads of ways you can look top-to-toe stylish without spending a shed load in the process.
Unconvinced? Hold fire – here are just 7 super-easy ways to boost your look on a budget!
Copy the high-end trend. You might not be able to afford designer pieces, but (as the great Miranda Priestley taught us): trends will always trickle down eventually. Look for cheaper imitations, so instead of £100 Cambridge Satchel: buy a Topshop one for just £35! Want a heart print Burberry-esque shirt? Primark are bound to have an imitation sooner or later. The high street is certainly not to be sniffed at.
Subscribe. If you want the best chance of bagging a bargain, make sure you sign up to the newsletters of your favourite stores. As well as giving you a heads up on the biggest sales, you’ll occasionally get extra perks like free delivery and sneak previews of brand new stock. For even more convenience, sign up to MyVoucherCodes and you’ll get a cherry-picked selection of the high street’s best offers sent straight to your inbox.
Mix and match. Always make the most out of what you’ve got. Pair a shirt that you normally wear with jeans with a skirt instead; or if you’re buying something new, try and think of at least three things already in your wardrobe it’ll go with – that’s three new outfits from just one new purchase!
Accessorise. If you can’t afford an entire outfit, buy a bag or a new pair of shoes to jazz up one you’re a bit bored of. Use jewellery in the same way; buy statement necklaces to give daytime winter shirts and jumpers some extra glamour.
Buy and sell. Don’t just let unworn clothes sit in your wardrobe – sell them on. Sites like eBay and ASOS Marketplace are great for getting rid of unwanted stuff. Likewise, the Vestiaire Collective offers the same sort of principle but for luxury fashion.
Rent an outfit. If you’ve got a party or event looming but don’t have the money to splurge on a new outfit, try renting one instead. From girlmeetsdress.com to bagborroworsteal.com, there are loads of websites which allow you to borrow a designer frock or handbag for the night (just as long as you promise to give it back, eventually…).
Go vintage. For the best bargains, shun the high street brands and head towards charity shops, markets and thrift stores. As cheap as chips and surprisingly fashion forward, you might even find a few designer dresses amid the old books and second-hand jumpers.
So there you have it, just seven ways you can give your sartorial efforts a boost without bankrupting yourself in the process; you might not have tickets for London Fashion Week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look the part.
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