Fashion Tips: 10 Tips on How to Slay on a Budget.
How to Slay on a Budget By Goodluck Raphael.
Last week, we conducted a poll to find out which fashion related post or article our audience will love to read about and this topic, “How to Slay on a Budget” appeared in 80% of the results.
This week, we decided to honour their requests. So, shall we?
We all want to step out all looking swanky and dapper. We want to make heads turn, make people salivate while making some miss some steps that lands them in the gutter.
What if I told you that regardless of how weak your bank account balance might look, this is possible. What if I told you that you can achieve this without breaking your bank, liquidating your bitcoin wallet or doing anything at all that will cripple you financially.
Read on, as I show you “How you can Slay on a Budget”.
You don’t have to wear expensive clothes to look good.
– Zooey Deschanel
1. Bargain Prices:
Unless you are shopping at Kingsway, you should ensure to negotiate (bargain) what you are buying. Well, if you shop only at stores in the mall, then I guess this blog post isn’t for you.
2. Avoid Trends:
According to Vocabulary.com,
A trend is what’s hip or popular at a certain point in time. While a trend usually refers to a certain style in fashion or entertainment, there could be a trend toward warmer temperatures (if people are following trends associated with global warming).
Trends are like our childhood crushes, they come and go. Following trends is an expensive sport to indulge in, especially if you are on a budget. We know how alluring those neon gowns, cropped suit jackets, bucket hats, puffy sleeves and the rest can be, but don’t let them get to you. They’ll soon go out of trend and be replaced by another.
3. Get the Outfit Staples:
A staple – food, product, or activity is one that is basic and important in people’s everyday lives.
Staple clothes include dark blue jeans, t-shirts, black jeans, knee-length skirt, dress shirt, pump, white sneaker, simple flats, denim jacket, ankle boots, wrap dress, little black dress, blazer, among others
Staple clothes are to fashion what FAANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) are to stock investing.
They make up the fundamentals of the wardrobe. They are called the wardrobe essentials and can go effortlessly with any outfit.
The trick is to have them in minimal patterns and neutral colours (at least something less loud for persons who might not be big fans of neutral colours). This helps you to style them easily with any kind of outfit in your wardrobe.
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4. Don’t Ignore The Beauty of Thrift Stores:
In Nigeria, we have this condescending look towards someone that wears clothes/outfits gotten from thrift stores. This should not be so, as there are loads of affordable yet topnotch outfit one can get from thrift stores, whether on a budget or not.
5. Look for Discount Sales:
The other day, a friend was making jest of his cousin, saying that he is always looking for the next discount sale and that he was cheap. I couldn’t agree less.
It’s quite funny and ironic how we Nigerians look down on people who seek discounts/promo/sales when this is the norm in developed, saner climes like in the US, Canada, UK etc.
Whether you are on a budget or not, I’ll implore you to take advantage of the massive discounts (Black Friday already happened last month), promos and clearance sales happening this December.
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6. Buy Quality:
That’s right! The sole purpose of being on a budget is enough reason why you should buy quality clothes when you shop. This is because they last longer and will save you money. Fake or low-quality clothing are made with inferior/low-quality materials, does not last and will make you keep burning “the money”.
7. Wash Your Clothes Less Often:
Each time we wash our clothes, we subject the fabric to stress. When we do this regularly, we multiply the strain on the fabric and this shortens their lifespan and makes them wear out quickly.
The basic guide is that t-shirts, tank tops, camisoles, handkerchiefs and of course! Underwears – panties, boxers, tubes, vests etc., should be washed after each wearing. Outerwears like dress shirts, kaftans, agbada, bridal dresses, aso-oke, sweatshirts, hoodies, khakis, blazers/suits, etc., can be worn more than once before washing. The only exception to this is when it is scorching and you are sweating, or the atmosphere is dusty and your clothes are visibly dirty.
That’s not all. When you wash less often, you’ll be helping to reduce the negative impact of your cloth on the environment and at the same time saving yourself money you’d spend on detergents. Remember, we are on a budget.
Did you know:
That ironing is a great way to freshen already worn clothes.
8. Swap with Friends:
You can talk to your friends/siblings about swapping some outfits that you don’t wear frequently or don’t like anymore with them.
They probably will find this to be a welcome idea as they might have been coveting some piece from your closet while also having some clothes they want to do away with themselves.
This is a great way to spice up your closet without spending a dime, save for the cost of entertaining your friend over at your place or the cost of shuttling to your friend’s place.
9. Go for Accessories with Neutral Colours:
Going for accessories that do not select colours they’ll match is the best choice to make when slaying on a budget. The most versatile colours are black, gold, brown, silver.
10. Have A Budget:
We saved the best for the last. This is the most first and most important tip you should take note of. Ensure that you have a budget for your spendings, clothing inclusive. Remember the 50/30/20 rule by Senator Elizabeth Warren:
50% goes for your needs,
30% for your wants (This is where spendings on cloth come in) and
20% for savings and investments.
This could be altered according to personal preference. I usually advise on a 30/20/50 formula for teenagers and young adults who are still under their parents and have no serious financial burdens on their shoulders.
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