December 10, 2011

How To Revamp Your Look On A Budget

Why is Kelly Osborne pouting?? I would be too if I just spent all that money on myself!!!

Okay, so maybe Kelly wasn't just shopping for herself, but you know what I am getting at. Have you ever left a mall with this much merchandise, bring it home and hang it up and still have nothing to wear?! It can happen to the best of us. And when you are on a budget, spending this much money is unthinkable! I am here to tell you that you do not, I repeat, DO NOT have to go crazy when you are trying to revamp your wardrobe. A few key pieces and some great accessories are all you really need! Keep reading...........;)

Ever wonder how some people just look great all the time?? I can tell you that it is because they are smart with accessories.
When revamping your look put most of your concentration on great accessories. What qualifies as a great accessory you ask? I can honestly tell you that it has nothing to do with the price tag. It has everything to do with actually wearing them and how you wear them. Do you believe that most ladies put their accessories last and some even forget to put them on! I'll put it to you simply. YOU MUSTN'T FORGET TO ACCESSORIZE! Otherwise you will be just wearing clothes and anyone can do that. It's your accessories that bring to life your style personality.
Changing up your accessories is a great way to completely revamp your look without breaking the bank. You can wear the same thing twice and no one will know if you accessorize completely differently than you did the first time you wore it. 
Hair and make up are just as important as your accessories. Actually, I take that back. Hair and make up are even more important. They are your best accessory

It's also all in how you style it. Notice the pushed up sleeves. Notice the scarf ties. So simple to do. So, do what Nike says and 
"just do it!"

THE GREAT WHITE BLOUSE is a must in every lady's wardrobe. Many people will tell you to go basic when it comes to purchasing a a white blouse. I say get one that is special and makes a statement. You will wear it the same way that you would wear a basic one, so why not go a little extreme. If your style tends to be a little more classic then just stay with the traditional style, but don't force yourself to go basic just because you feel you should have it in your wardrobe. If you lean towards being more of a traditional white blouse wearer, you could at least purchase one with French cuffs. That way when you want to revamp your look, you can just change out the cufflinks!

THE BLACK PENCIL SKIRT is another item that I reach for in my wardrobe when all else fails. It looks great with anything and can be accessorized to the max or worn very simple and elegant "a la Michelle Obama." With this item, I would say stay basic. And don't go too short. Figure out what your ideal length is and go with it. It will be your most reliable little friend.

A bat wing sweater or a poncho is a really cool item to have in your wardrobe. You can literally just throw it on with anything and it looks fabulous. It also will look completely different when you wear it with jeans, than when you wear it with a skirt or trousers.

Invest in cool scarves to change up your look. Even wearing the same scarf but in different was can revamp your look.

A great fitting pair of jeans is something that you need to own. I didn't say the most expensive pair. Just a pair that fits you like a glove. (Warning. This could be a challenge. Make sure you are operating with all four cylinders when taking this on.)

Last but certainly not least, have NO shame in shopping second hand!!! I will be the first to tell you that I DIE over designer labels, but I simply just cannot afford them. So what do I do? I look through my fashion magazines (I love big glossy fashion photos!) and I take a few notes. What is is about something a designer created that I love? Is it the color, the details, the fit? Whatever it is, I write it down and then if I happen upon a great resale shop I dig out the notes, have a flashback of the big glossy fashion photo, and I go on a hunt. I don't get disappointed if I don't find it though. My son once tracked snow across the kitchen floor and when I asked him to wipe it up he said "That's the good thing about water. It dries." Although I was a little upset by his comment and made him wipe up the cold wet puddles, I liked this statement. It made me think up one of my famous quotes! And that quote is "If you can't find what you are looking for or if you can't afford it at this time, don't worry! In fashion there will always be something new that you'll want and love just as much."
See the similarities.
They both make sense and they both naturally happen without you even doing anything :-)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great blog Laura!