In these recession-dominated times, it can be incredibly difficult to keep up-to-date with all the latest styles and trends. Trying to put together an ensemble that says ‘designer chic’, when your bank account is already suffering from the financial equivalent of diarrhea can be a near impossible task. However, by following just a few basic tips, you can stay up-to-date, and still have enough money left over to stock the fridge.
- First and foremost, it’s vital that you put thought into what you buy. Try to avoid making impulse buys, take some time to think about it. Go and grab a cup of coffee, and if after half an hour, you feel certain that the item is for you, then and only then should you go back and buy it. By doing this, you’ll quickly learn to become more discerning in your taste – an essential quality for any shopper to have.
- Look after your Clothes. When you’ve bought that perfect pair of jeans or killer jacket, it’s essential that you take proper care of them. Clothes don’t belong in a heap on the floor, so make sure that you hang them up properly if you don’t want them to lose their shape. Always read the washing instructions and follow them to the letter. If it says ‘hand-wash only’, then make sure that that’s exactly what you do if you don’t want your clothes to end up losing their colour.
- Glossy magazines are full of lots of great tips and ideas for getting all the latest celebrity looks without breaking the bank. They can lead you to some great bargains too so it’s always worth keeping an eye out.
- Don’t forget to check sale items and bargain bins, you never know what gems you might find. Some trends that were hot last season can still work for next, you’ve just got to be that little bit creative. Bead detailing and bohemian embellishment is going to be huge this spring, so why not save some pennies by giving last year’s dress a spring 2013 makeover? With the right accessories and a little creative flair, you can freshen up any outfit.
- Where you can, try to go for classic clothes – you can justify spending that little bit more if you buy something that’s unlikely to go out of style. Monochrome is going to be big this spring, so now’s the right time to get out there and grab yourself some black and white styles. Anything in black is a sensible investment – it’s flattering on all body types and incredibly easy to wear. It’s a color that you can pull out season after season, and with the right accessories, that LBD will look as new as the day you bought it.
So, keep these simple tips in mind next time you decide to indulge in a little retail therapy and you can stay up to date with all the latest trends, without worrying about ticking off your bank manager. All that’s left to say is, happy shopping!