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High Class Fashion On A Low Budget

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There can be special occasions when we all want to dress up a little more elegantly. This clothing can be expensive to buy, however there are ways to reduce these costs. Here are a few ways to afford luxury clothing.

Shop second-hand

Second-hand clothing is always much cheaper than brand new clothing. It’s unlikely you’ll find luxury dresses shopping at a thrift store or a charity shop, although you may get lucky. Consignment stores are often a better choice as they specialise in high end second hand clothing. On top of physical stores, you can use online second hand sites such as Preloved to find clothing – just make sure that pictures are included so that you have a good idea of the condition.

Shop online

There are many online stores such as Fresh Soul Clothing that specialise in affordable clothing with a luxury touch. These sites can sometimes sell cheaper than physical stores due to not having as many overheads. Just make sure to factor in the delivery cost when buying online. Most online stores now allow returns if an item of clothing isn’t the right fit, so don’t fret about the fact that you can’t try on these clothes first.

Hire expensive clothing

Buying isn’t the only option when it come to luxury clothing – hiring it from a company like Rent the Runway could allow you to get a luxury dress for a tenth of the price of buying it. Such companies dry clean and iron each dress so that it feels brand new when putting it on. Just make sure that you return the dress on time, as there could be a late return fee. It is possible to buy clothing from some of these companies if you’ve hired and don’t want to part with it, however you’ll be paying a premium to own it – more than were you to buy the dress from another retailer.

Borrow from a friend

If you know a friend or family member that’s the same size as you, it’s possible they may have an item of clothing that you could borrow when it comes to a one-off special event. This is ideal for most people – the idea that someone they know has worn it can turn a lot of people off – but if you’re skint and need an outfit, it could be a solution worth considering.

Swap clothes

Got a luxury dress that you’d be willing to swap with somebody? Sites like Swishing have become popular for clothes swapping and now have sections for boutique clothing. This could be a cheap way of getting a new luxury dress, whilst getting rid of an item in your wardrobe in the process. There may also be a clothes swap event near to you, however these events may not always have luxury clothing to choose from.

The Stuff Every Woman Needs in Her Wardrobe

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There are certain staples that every woman should have in her closet at all times because they build the foundations of a fantastic wardrobe. When you have them, no matter what the occasion, or what kind of look you’re going for, you’ll be able to make it happen without having to rush out and buy a completely new outfit (unless you really want to, that is). So, if you don’t already have the following items in your closet in good condition, now might be the perfect time to change that…

A Black Blazer

Never out of style, a simple black blazer can be used in so many ways, Pair it with jeans and heels for a smart casual look that’s also pretty sexy, wear it with a fitted skirt and blouse for a simple professional look or wear it with torn jeans and a band t-shirt for a laid-back rocker look – the options are quite literally endless. So, make sure you have at least one black blazer hanging in your wardrobe at all times.


Speaking of jeans, you should always have at least one good pair – a pair that fits you perfectly and makes your butt look amazing in your closet. Why? Because jeans are pretty much the one staple that most people wear all of the time and which you can quite literally pair with almost any kind of top and shoes to create a look that works.

A Crisp White Shirt

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The white button-down shirt is another classic. It works great in professional settings when you want to look professional and clean cut, but pair it with a humble pair of jeans and Converse hi-tops and you’ll look effortlessly casual. Ideally, your white button down should be made from natural fibres, and you should buy the most expensive one you can afford because this is one item of clothing where it really is easy to spot quality.

Black Heels

A good quality pair of black heels, the likes of which you will find at Billini Shoes are, of course, essential for any woman’s wardrobe. Why? Because black will go with pretty much any other colour and because a good pair of heels will make your legs appear more shapely and again because heels can be dressed up or down – wear with jeans and t-shirt for a casual look or a perfect fitting LBD for a smart, sexy and sophisticated look.

A Little Black Dress

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Speaking of the LBD, you know that your wardrobe needs one. Try to go for a classic shape, like a shift or skater, because it’s unlikely to go out of fashion, and consider having it tailored so that it fits you completely. Then, whenever a formal occasion calls, you’ll have a go to. You can make it look different by adding brooches or a statement piece of jewellery, adding a cardigan or switching up your shoes, for example, as long as you have the foundation of the LBD, there are millions of ways you can wear it.

How many of these pieces do you already have in your closet?

New Season New Look: Find Out What’s In for Spring 2018

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Whether you would like to refresh your wardrobe for the new season or want to try a new hairstyle for the warm weather that suits your tan and your mood, you should look through the latest trends for inspiration. From color choices to hairstyles and shoes, there are several things you need to pay attention to when it comes to planning your looks for the spring. If you would like to find out more about the new trends that are likely to be in this year, check out the below list.

Lilac Power

From lilac to other pastel colors, you can now shop again for feminine items in your local department stores. Some of the colors will be tricky, depending on your hair color and skin tone. Those with dark hair can wear almost all pastel colors, while if you have a light complexion, you might want to add some contrast, such as dark purple, navy, or black. Lilac is likely to be the main color of spring 2018, so make sure that you invest in a pair of pants and a dress that you can combine with your existing wardrobe items.

The Return of the Trench Coat

We always start guessing around February what type of spring coat to get. If you already own a trench coat, you are in luck. Any light colored version with a tie and large, bold buttons will be considered “in” this year. If you don’t yet own one, you can look through your local fashion store for inspiration. Light gray or purple, olive green are likely to be the best choice, and they can be worn over your dark jeans or black smart trousers, too.

Pink on Red

If you are one of the people who chooses their outfit based on the best match of color combinations, you might have a lot to forget. Nothing is too brave in spring 2018, and if you happen to put on a red blouse with a pink skirt, you will not be considered a rebel, but fashionable. Green with blue, red and purple, brown and blue; you can get away with any combination, given it is brave and bold.


If you are planning on attending a party or a social event this year, ditch the simple little black or red dress and add some sequins. The more the better. Shiny silver sequins on a short gray dress and sparkly shoes are likely to impress fashionistas this year. If you would rather take a step back, get a sequin bag instead and stay fashionable with a sequin hair band.

Dark Denim

When it comes to smart casual, you might want to invest in a few very dark denim pants and shorts. You can get a skinny or superskinny version, provided that it is closer to black than blue in shade. Wide ankle dark denim trousers are also likely to be worn with boho style tops and fringed blouses.


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Fringes are not only going to be dominating skirts and tops, but also hairstyles. You will have to think about a new hairstyle that involves bold and beautiful bangs. Straight bangs are the best for people with an oval face, but if you have a round one, you might want to get creative and talk to your hair stylist about the fringe that suits you the most.

Loose Fitting Trousers

We’ve had skinny for many years, and loose fitting, oversized baggy trousers with wide ankles are likely to return in the spring of 2018. You can make a statement choosing a bold shiny belt, and adding a bit of contrast. Wear a navy blue pant with a pastel pink top and a sequined belt, and add a sparkly shoe.

White in Accessories

Before you head out to buy your new handbags for 2018, make sure you look for white and pastel color ones first. Bags, belts, and even shoes in white will be your perfect companion throughout the spring and summer of 2018. Add a white hoop earring, and a headband, and you are ready to go out to the most exclusive cafe to meet and impress your friends.

Bucket Bags

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A must-have item for handbag-lovers in 2018 is a bucket bag. You might need to learn how to squeeze in everything and find them after, but they are definitely the new thing this year. A leather bucket bag in the same color as your jacket and a contrasting draw string will help you make a statement everywhere you go.

Off Shoulder Dresses

There is, of course, something for feminine fashionistas, as well. Off shoulder dresses with pastel colors and floral patterns are likely to have a comeback. The looser fitting the dress is and the lighter the material is the better. Fringes are a must-have; either on the shoulders or the bottom of the skirt. You can combine your off shoulder dress with a white sandal with a wedge heel or a canvas shoe in the same pastel color. Shop now for summer and spring fashion and get inspired by the 70s. Add a few flowers in your hair, and you have the perfect look.

Bold Hair Colors

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When it comes to hair colors, the more you have the better in 2018. Vivid shades, such as the burgundy hair color will have a comeback in the spring and throughout the year. To complement your light and pastel shades, you might want to opt for darker shades with plenty of life. Even Selena Gomez has experimented with reddish shades, and made them her signature look. If you have a lighter complexion, it might be time to get a tan before you try darker shades, or you will no be able to make the most out of your new look. When it comes to length and style, almost anything is allowed.

The Return of the Messy Hair

The good news for people who had enough of straightening their hair every morning is that you can not get away with any amount of waves in your hair. Not all hair has to be in the right place, and you can create a messy hairstyle using a half-updo or a simple bun. Hairs are less controlled and you can look natural and romantic at the same time. Uneven fringes are great, as well as layered or asymmetrical hairstyles.

Embrace Your Curves

One of the good news in 2018 is that you don’t need to squeeze yourself in skin-tight clothes and can use loose fitting clothes to emphasize your femininity. You can get a long maxi dress with no belt, or an A-cut dress for a night out. No matter which part of your body you are unhappy with, you can hide it from the view. The long skirts, loose fitting pants, and romantic dresses will help you embrace your curves and look more feminine in the new season. Don’t be afraid of expressing yourself using floral patterns, pastel colors, and bold geometric patterns.

If you like being prepared for the arrival of the new season, you might want to visit the latest fashion blogs for inspiration that will help you create your spring 2018 looks. Choose the items that help you express your personality. Leave the bold colors for contrast and your hair, and go for white accessories and pastel colors. Love lilac? Get a few tops in the color, a hat for the spring, and – of course – one for your vacations. Let your hair down, and set yourself free.

Little Ways to Look More Expensive

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We all want to look out best, and that can be quite challenging for those of us who are on a budget, but it really doesn’t have to be. It is perfectly possible to look very much put together, and even more expensive than the cost of our clothing and accessories might be, by doing a few simple things.

Sound good? Here are some little ways to look more expensive:

Invest in a Quality Handbag

Even if you have to save up for it, buying a quality handbag ( it doesn’t have to be a mega-expensive one) is a good investment because it will immediately elevate any outfit you pair it with by association.

What represents a quality handbag? One which is made from quality materials and has a highly-precise level of detail – there are plenty of handbags that fit the bill without breaking the bank. Just make sure that you choose a bag in a neutral shade so that you can use it with any outfit, and take good care of it, and you will always look a bit more expensive when you carry it.

Have Your Outfits Tailored

Most of us can’t afford to buy bespoke designer outfits, but we can probably stretch to paying a few bucks to have our clothing tailored by a company like House of Astor, so that it fits us perfectly. Doing this will immediately make you look more expensive because your clothes will fit better and this will also enhance your figure too.

Have Clothes Professionally Laundered

This is more important when you’re dealing with dry clean only clothing, but having your clothing regularly laundered is a good way to ensure that they’re as clean, crease free and well-cared for as possible, and this will make them appear more expensive and ensure that you look very well presented, even if you only paid a modest sum for them. So, find your nearest Master Dry Cleaners locations, and take your clothes there. Sure, it might cost a little more than home laundering, but you’ll soon see that it really is worth it.

Find Your Signature Scent

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It isn’t always the clothing, the hairstyle or even the designer bag that makes you appear more expensive; sometimes it’s the fragrance you choose to wear. Finding your signature scent – one that enhances the way you naturally smell – and using it sparingly on your pulse points will give the impression that you’re a sophisticated, well-groomed woman and this impression will extend to your appearance as a whole.

Choose Accessories Wisely

As you will probably know, accessories can elevate any outfit, but they can also bring them down. It’s perfectly possible to make even cheap costume jewellery look more expensive, but only if you make the right choices. First of all, you should avoid any very fake looking plastic gemstones, choosing clear, crystal styles instead. Secondly, when it comes to metals, the darker, the better – cheap, shiny jewellery can look tacky. Other than that, you can basically do what you want jewellery-wise.

Pay More for Your Coat

Depending on the weather, you might not wear a coat very often, but if you live in a place where wearing a coat is a necessity a lot of the time, it’s worth spending more on one or two quality ones because, a good coat, when it’s buttoned up can hide a multitude of sins and make a pretty standard outfit appear to be way more expensive.

Keep Your Shoes Clean

It doesn’t matter whether your shoes cost you $50 or $500 if you keep them clean and you regularly polish then to get rid of any scuffs and scrapes, they will look more expensive and they will add to the whole aura of your outfit instead of detracting from it in a big way.

The Devil is in the Detail

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Sometimes, it’s the little things that make outfits look cheap and worn out, such as loose threads, missing buttons, stains and bobbles, rather than the fact that the clothes were inexpensive in the first place. So. if you want to look more expensive, it’s a pretty good idea to learn some basic sewing and clothing care skills and to get diligent about removing any small imperfections as soon as you notice they’re there.

Steam It

Steaming your clothing instead of ironing them will not only ensure that they are even more crease free, but it will take up less of your time, and it will damage your clothing far less so that they look better for longer too.

Bold or Black

Instead of going for earthy shades of brown, beige, green etc., if you want your wardrobe to look expensive, vibrant and luxurious, you should invest in jewel colours first and foremost, with a few pastels thrown into the mix for good measure. If, however, you are in any doubt as to what works, go for black because it’s much easier to make black look expensive than it is most other colours.

Keep Prints to a Minimum

In terms of prints, stick to the classics, like leopard print and polka dots because other patterns go out of fashion pretty quickly and they can make your outfit look a lot cheaper when that happens.

Get a Good Haircut

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A good haircut will instantly make you look more expensive. Find a style that suits your face and matches the kind of fashion you’re into and go to a reputable local salon to have it cut. Keep on top of maintenance and always have a stylist dye your hair – box dyes almost always look cheap – and you will be amazed by the results.

Bag and Shoes Should Match

Matching your bag and shoes is a great way to add a subtle touch of class that need not cost you very much at all if you are smart about what you buy.

If you do as many of these things as you can, and you hold yourself with grace, you will look more expensive, fashionable and sophisticated than you ever have before, and it won’t even have cost you very much in the great scheme of things – what’s not to love?

Feel-Good Clothes to Lift Your Mood

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When you’re feeling stuck in a rut or just can’t get yourself together, it is sometimes the trivial things that get you back on track. What you wear can actually have a real impact on your mood and energy levels so it’s worth having a long look in that full length mirror and then making a change.

Taking care of your appearance is a quick confidence boost that most of us forget about when we’re at our lowest points. At the end of a long week when you just can’t be bothered anymore, slipping into a gorgeous dress and doing you hair can be more rejuvenating than collapsing in front of the TV – you just have to believe it.

When you look good, you feel good, it’s as simple as that!

A Floaty Dress

Comfortable, quick and easy to wear all day and into the night. Florida style dresses will keep you cool while you’re running around all day and will easily transition into evening wear so you don’t even have to get changed before you go out. Really, you should have a few of these dresses in your wardrobe to keep you going throughout the week!

Floaty dresses are ideal because they suit most body shapes and will skim the wobbly bits you aren’t so fond of. The longer the dress the more likely it is you can pair it with pretty much all the shoes you own – even sneakers! – and enjoy a day on the beach as well as a day in the office.

Dresses don’t have to be expensive either. In fact, if you want to wear them all day every day, a cheaper dress will probably be more suited to your activities. However, it is worth getting a couple of more expensive dresses to wear on nights out when you just can’t be bothered getting dressed up. An empire line maxi dress will always look classy and mean that all you need to do is dig out some nude heels and throw your hair into a speedy up do. Add some lip gloss and get out there!

A Great Sports Bra

It’s crazy, but a brilliant sports bra makes such a huge difference and actually makes you want to work out! Getting the perfect fit will make sure that your running is pain free and should help your back as well. To find the perfect sports bra for you will take a lot of trying on in different shops but once you have hit upon the perfect one for you – get three!

You might think that stretchy bras will be more comfortable, but actually, since you are looking to increase motion control (or in other words, prevent too much flapping about!) you really need to find one with minimal stretch. Test this out before you waste time in the dressing rooms by tugging at the straps and the cups to see how much movement there is.

Once you have the sports bra to suit you, don’t you just feel like going out for a quick jog or playing a team sport? Feeling fully supported will really help you to regain your confidence and find your fitness, whatever size you are. If you feel good in what you’re wearing, it doesn’t matter how hot and sweaty you get – you’re on your way to athletic awesomeness.

Anything With an Elasticated Waist

Now you may be thinking that this is madness. How could anyone’s mood be lifted by an elasticated waist? Well, it’s simple: it’s all in the ability to eat a large, delicious meal without having to undo a top button afterwards. If there’s anything that’s going to lower your mood, it’s the realisation that your pants don’t fit after a plate of the most delicious pasta.

The thing is that a lot of fashion is actually quite restrictive. In our quest for the perfect silhouette that cinches in at the waist, we sacrifice the ability to sit comfortably. The elasticated waist on the other hand, knows no bounds. You don’t have to put it on show – just layer over a long top or put a belt on and nobody will ever know your secret.

It shouldn’t be hard to find the things that make us happy like this, but it a pressured world of fashion, choosing comfort is a confident choice. Feeling good in your clothes is the first step to feeling good in your skin. Lighter, roomier clothes will give you more space to breathe and move making you happier as well.

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