How smug on a scale from 1-10 do you feel when you utter the words “oh this thing? it’s from Primark”. Watch the spread of envy over your complimenters face within seconds and bask in the glory of your bargain hunting. Trust me we’ve all been there. However there is an art to perfecting making cheap clothes chic. Today I thought I’d share a few of my tips to help you make the most of your most barganious items!
Things as simple as buying some new buttons to sew onto a coat in place of the ugly ones that it came with to throwing away the ugly plastic belt that came with the dress. Those things can instantly cheapen the way and outfit looks and a few little easy customisations can totally change the way a garmet looks. Swap the freebies that cheapen a garmet and add your own elements to create your own looks.
Make sure it fits
Honestly, one of the thing thats gives away cheaper items instantly is something thats ill fitting and doesnt suit you. Pay those extra few pounds to get pieces that fit you in all the right places if they dont fit leave them or consider getting them tailored to suit.
Logo no go
Now going back to my Primark point from earlier the key is to not buy things that are obviously branded. Ignore things are emblazoned with cheap looking logo’s is the number 1 rule. Avoiding logos and obvious branding keeps things looking understated and not too in your face. And whatever you do don’t try and pass something off as real when it’s a knock off. You aren’t fooling anybody and just making yourself look like a fool. If you don’t have the budget for more expensive items seek out designer inspired highstreet items.
The best way to jazz up inexpensive items is to add some kick ass accessories. Adding some carefully selected jewellery can really elevate a whole look and take it from something boring to something really special. Add a statement necklace and some heels to a simple jeans and white tee combo and you have a perfect going out outfit. But at the same time avoid cheap looking jewellery. Ghastly oversized gemstones and overly yellow gold jewellery can look tacky so try and keep things minimal and classic.
Check how it’s made
When I’m bargain-hunting and see something I love, the first thing I look at are the buttons and zippers. Even cheap clothes should have sturdy workmanship, or you’ll risk ruined clothes, fallen hems, and loose threads. Something that looks poorly made runs the likely hood of it looking cheap.
Don’t let having a small budget for clothing make you feel like you aren’t stylish! Style isn’t something that can be bought. If you have a £10 or £10,000 budget for clothing it’s what you do with that not.
Pay attention to the details, invest in classic basics and choose things you know are going to last rather than just because they are cheap!
Let me know if you have any other tips on making cheap clothes look more expensive! Would love to know your thoughts!