This year will see many of us tightening our belts as the cost of living continues to rise, and money previously earmarked for the monthly new clothes, shoes, and accessories may no longer be there anymore. However, there are ways to continue to look your usual fabulous self, even on the tightest of budgets.
Use the tips, tricks, and hacks below to look great without breaking the bank!
Get Creative with Your Own Wardrobe
Firstly, you may have a wealth of unthought-of new looks hiding in plain sight within your own wardrobe and chests of drawers. Pull all your clothes, accessories, and shoes out and assess the situation. Now, the aim here is to put together some outfits by combining items you already own in ways you wouldn’t normally have thought of.
If you’re having trouble getting started, begin by sorting clothes and other items into their color groups. Now have a go at assembling an outfit using, for example, white as a base color combined with two shades of blue.
You could also create a fab new look by mixing up some of your formal and casual pieces; how about a strappy dress with trainers and a bangle stack, or your cargo pants with heeled ankle boots and a chain of pearls? Have fun mixing and matching to see just how many brand new outfits you can put together from the garments and accessories you already own for a fabulous and free restyling session.
Get a Stellar Smile
A megawatt smile can uplevel any outfit! Optimize yours by following an excellent oral hygiene routine: as well as brushing twice a day (for around two minutes a time), consider using floss and/or interdental brushes to get into the difficult-to-reach places in between and behind your teeth. You may also want to incorporate a mouthwash to further help protect against plaque and gum disease. Speak with your dentist, who will be able to give you more information about all of these options.
This could also be the perfect time to try teeth whitening: with the availability of at-home whitening kits, it’s never been as simple, convenient, and cost-effective to get a gleaming smile. Have a look at these Smile Club Direct reviews for an idea of how an at-home kit works and the experiences of those who have used them.
Treating yourself needn’t be expensive, and taking some time out to build self-nurturing practices into your daily routine can work wonders for your health, your looks, and even your stress levels.
Simple routines, such as removing your makeup every night before bed and taking a few extra moments to apply a toner and moisturizer, can help rid your skin of impurities and allow it to breathe during the night, meaning a more glowing complexion in the morning. Once or twice a week, apply a homemade face mask for a relaxing treat. Bananas are amazing for the skin: they contain Vitamin E for even tone and smoothness, Vitamin B to hydrate, and Vitamin A, which serves to reduce the appearance of blemishes and dark patches.
To make a banana-based face mask, simply mash a medium-sized banana until it has a smooth, paste-like consistency, then stir in two tablespoons of natural yogurt and one tablespoon of honey. Apply to the face and neck, leave for ten to twenty minutes, and then rinse off thoroughly with cold water.
Get Well Groomed
Taking the time to keep yourself well-groomed can ensure that you always look put together and fabulous, whether in jeans or a ballgown and can help you keep your personal style even if you’re unable to splash out on new clothes or accessories.
So, for example, after washing your hair, take an extra ten minutes to spritz some styling spray or serum through it and then blow dry it for a sleek, just-from-the-salon look. If you wear nail polish, as soon as it begins to chip, remove it and apply a fresh coat.
Carry some essentials in your bag so that you’ll stay looking your best even on the longest of days at the office or at the best of parties. These could include a comb, lipstick or gloss, facial mist, a small bottle of fragrance, mints, and tweezers.
Keep an eye on your posture, too: you’ll be amazed at the difference standing up straight, with your shoulders back and head up makes to how well your clothes hang on your frame. And best of all – improving it is totally free!
Friends’ Shop and Swap Sessions
And finally, the most fun item on our list of tips to look fabulous on a budget. Get an evening date in the diary with your friends, and ask everyone to bring some snacks and any clothes they have that they’d like to swap.
The idea is that everyone gets together, lays out their offerings, and guests can choose what they’d like. Hopefully, you’ll all come away with at least a few new and beautiful ensembles – and you’ll have had a great time, too.