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The 20 Best Budget Fashion Tips of All Time

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Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about the dos and don’ts of style. Depending on whom you listen to, you might stop wearing white after Labor Day or throw your combat boots away on your 40th birthday. In my mind, both of those decisions would be a sad, sad shame.

To sort through the style advice madness, here’s a list of the 20 best budget fashion tips of all time.

20 Ways to Be a Budget Fashionista

1. Don’t wear socks with sandals.

socks with sandals

Sandals are made for bare feet and socks are made for shoes. Do not wear socks with sandals. It looks goofy. Guys, this applies to you too.

2. Your tailor is your BFF.


Whatever you are wearing, make sure it fits you beautifully. If it doesn’t, have it altered.

3. Be picky about your jeans.

Woman wearing skinny jeans and red sweater

Take the time and money to find jeans that you adore. They are a staple, make you feel sexy and comfortable at the same time, and can be dressed up or down.

4. Buy multiples.

Puffer jackets in different colors

If you love a piece of clothing and it loves you back, buy multiples. Pick up different colors or multiples of the same color — just make sure the style is a classic one. A super trendy piece is not a great candidate for multiples, because you might feel awkward wearing that style in the next season.

5. If you must choose, it’s comfort first then style.

Woman wearing black and white dress.

Gilda Radner famously said she based her fashion sense on what doesn’t itch. Smart lady. If your clothing makes you feel miserably uncomfortable, no matter how stylish or cute it is, you won’t wear it.

6. Invest in bold accent pieces.

Woman with bold accessories

Pick accent pieces that stand out. You’ll love them, and they’ll add flair and personality to the blandest outfit.

7. It’s only a bargain if you wear it.

Snake skin boots

These Vetements snakeskin boots are 40% off at the moment. And that 40% off equates to a $772 markdown from the normal $1,930 price tag. Great deal, to be sure. But if you can’t work these babies into your rotation, the $772 savings is worth nothing to you.

8. Get your foundation garments right.

bra fitting

Go see a bra fitter today. Too many women wear the wrong size bra, and it impacts how your clothes look. The right level of support keeps your girls — and your confidence — from sagging.

9. Let opposites attract.

outfit of leggings and sweater

The best outfits have balance. Pair tight pieces with looser silhouettes. Surround a bold accessory with subtler neutrals. Always strive for balance in fit, color and style.

10. When in doubt, dress up.

Woman wearing gloves and fur coat

Enough said.

11. Invest in the classics.

Woman wearing blazer

There are certain pieces of clothing that will always be in style: the blazer, the pencil skirt, and the little black dress for example. For pieces that you can wear again and again, you can spend more if the premium gets you better quality.

12. Don’t chase the trends.

Woman wearing flared jeans

Know the trends and dabble in them to keep things interesting. If your clothing budget is tight, play in the trends in accessories only. And shop for these pieces at fast-fashion shops like H&M.

But resist the urge to overhaul your entire wardrobe every season. It’s too expensive, and you’ll never feel satisfied with the clothes you have on hand.

13. Know your measurements!

natural waist

Spare yourself some grief by knowing your measurements and using them to find well-fitting pieces. Take a peek at the sizing chart before you buy anything online. You’ll save tons of time and you won’t have to deal with pesky return policies that vary from store to store.

14. Use a lint roller.

Girl using lint roller

Remove lint and hair from your clothing. We love texture, but not the kind that comes from dog or cat hair.

15. Live well.

Woman doing workout

I’ll spare you the full “drink water, eat healthy” lecture. You know the deal — you look your best when you’re taking care of yourself. You skin glows and your clothes fit better.

16. Organize your closet! 

Messy Closet

If you don’t know what’s in the closet, all those clothes you bought aren’t getting used. And that’s when you start having those “I have nothing to wear” moments.

Keep your closet organized and you’ll have a better sense of when you actually do need something new.

17. Show skin strategically.

woman wearing short black dress

This is closely related to the point about keeping balance in your outfits. If your legs are bare and up to there, cover the cleavage. Or if you’re rocking the deep V neckline, keep the hemline conservative.

18. Buy classics with a twist. 

Animal print scarf

An animal print scarf or a bold red blazer or patent leather flats — these are fashion classics with a twist, and they are the mark of a true fashionista.

19. Borrow or rent or thrift.

thrift shopping

Sometimes you just crave something new. But that new piece doesn’t have to be just-out-of-the-factor new. You can get the same fix with a piece you borrowed or rented (try Le Tote!) or traded for or thrifted.

20. Confidence is your best accessory.

Portrait of cool young african girl standing with arms crossed

We talk a lot about fashion “rules” around here. But those rules are only useful if you’re not sure what to wear. In truth, what you wear is never as important as how you wear it.

If you want to break the rules and you can do it with confidence — then go for it. Be you.

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Wednesday 1st of April 2015

nice Great Wedding Party Dresses

Flirty Lingerie

Wednesday 22nd of May 2013

A good reminder of tips I have heard for some time but they are worth repeating. I love the "when in doubt, dress up". It has served me well. Also my inner voice often tells me "buy a couple of those jeans" or tops. I know to listen to that little bugger. She is always right, always.


Saturday 18th of May 2013

...just love the tip when in doubt dress up...i never buy things in bulk if they fit me right now i know thanks

Maggie May Ethridge

Sunday 19th of May 2013

One of my best moves ever was to buy three pairs of the jeans that I loved most. Never regretted that!

So Vain

Thursday 16th of May 2013

All 100% true! I seriously cannot stand men with Birkenstock and socks and unfortunately here in the U.K. it is impossible to make them understand that they are totally not sexy. It surprising also the fact that many girl do not understand the importance of a good bra and even those that are quite busty never go to get their measurements taken and learn the right tricks! Great post!

Stephanie from So Vain Magazine


Wednesday 15th of May 2013

Nice Tips

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