How to Dress Better on a Budget

How to Dress Better on a Budget

The way you dress is more than just a fashion statement. Whether you like it or not, people judge you at a glance based on your clothing. As a type of nonverbal communication, it can be used to make assumptions about a person. Given these facts, it’s important to make sure you’re sending the right messages, whether it be in the office or out in the street.

On average, Australians spend $20.4 billion a year on clothing. However, you don’t need to spend as much to look good in your clothes. There are simple things you can do make even the most affordable outfit appear expensive.

Here are a few tips that should help you look great on a budget:

  • Dress for your body type.

Nowadays, nobody should feel ashamed about their size or weight. Everyone can appear stylish, no matter what their shape is. A lot of pressure is put on people to look a certain way. This is prevalent in fashion advertising everywhere. Although campaigns have been getting diverse, it’s still hard to find a model that looks like the average person.

The reality is even models don’t look like models! Whilst they’re naturally thin, they’re photoshopped to ensure the clothes look good on them. Don’t make the mistake of thinking clothes won’t appear great on you just because you’re more than a size 0. Remember, being confident in your body can do wonders in how you present yourself.

  • Always get a good fit.

Because you’re dressing for your body, you need clothes that complement your shape. Unfortunately, you’ll have a hard time getting a good fit for when you’re buying retail. Mass-produced clothes are made to fit a generic standard. As such, they usually select styles that are most flattering to a majority. This can be problematic because retail stores are also where you can find affordable clothing.

Getting tailored suits is an easy solution to get the best fit. A Brisbane men’s tailor can make any garment fit your body perfectly. This may seem like an intimidating idea to some people, especially if you’ve never had the service done before. It’s worth a try, though. It only costs a couple more dollars and you’ll end up looking like a million bucks.

  • Swap out cheap buttons.

Details are what make expensive clothes look better. Stitching, fitting and detailing help to create a more cohesive piece. Something as small as swapping out those plastic buttons from your retail blazer can really make a difference. It helps the piece look more streamlined. It also adds a unique touch to the garment, making it appear less generic.

You can easily buy ivory, bone or metal buttons online or at specialty stores. They’re easy to sew on with a simple kit. Alternatively, you can take your garment to an alteration shop. They’ll likely have more button selections for you to choose from. They can also suggest materials that would look best on the piece of clothing.

Author: Carrie Sze

Categories: Shopping

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