Dressing on a Budget

fashionWhen it comes to dressing with an edge we all want to be on the pulse of fashion, but sometimes those designer clothes that we see advertised on the catwalks and in the magazines can seem simply beyond our means. The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank balance when it comes to looking good and feeling great! There are many exciting and resourceful ways we can keep our wardrobes looking hot: Follow these useful tips and you can’t go wrong…


  • Very vintage: If you are anything like me you know that vintage is one of the most diverse avenues within fashion. There are so many possibilities for being creative as well as pinching a few purse strings in the process. Charity shops like Oxfam Vintage, Scope and Cancer Research are ideal for stumbling across hidden gems and online shops such as Etsy, eBay, and Devoted2Vintage are great for handmade finds. There are also many vintage fairs and events which happen all over the country… don’t miss out, be sure to find one in your vicinity! I mean yeah, high street stores are excellent too but there’s something about vintage that adds that ‘one of a kind’ star quality to a look. If you want to stay trendy and get your money’s worth then by all means, go vintage.
  • Customizing is the perfect way to combine a love of art with fashion. If you are a fan of arts and crafts, all you need to do is visit your local haberdashery. Stores like Abakhans and Hobbycraft sell a wide variety of fabrics and trimmings to suit all of your needs. Whether you’re just being selective or perhaps looking for a whole range of nick-knacks such as buttons, ribbons, zips, charms, fastenings, safety pins and fabric swatches, all you need to have is a good eye for detail and lots of artistic flair! The rest is up to you.
  • Handmade accessories: If you love scouring the latest accessory trends and enjoy making things too then what could be more fun than inventing your own? Just research the web for How To guides or try buying some craft books for innovative ideas. Making Vintage Accessories by Emma Brennan and Beaded Treasures: Over 50 Beaded Jewellery Making and Accessory Projects by Dorothy Wood both have some fresh takes on homemade accessories – Enjoy!
  • Colour: Even if you’re sporting head to toe black, a dash of colour can add a burst of inspiration to an otherwise understated outfit. Bold colours like crimson red, plum and cobalt blue will work wonders for the new Autumn/Winter season.
  • And finally… Sales shopping: We all love a good bargain especially when it comes to our wardrobes! Sign up online to your favourite high street brands and receive their newsletters – these updates will let you know instantly when the sales are happening all year round. As we all know stores tend to have many sales throughout the year… not long until the Christmas period too when you can expect sales a plenty!


So there you go, handy hints to get you started. Why not experiment, mix ‘n’ match and see what works for you!