How To Look Expensive For Less

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

There is a way to get the look you want, and still be able to meet your savings goals. In fact, it has never been so easy to look on trend and fashionable while still sticking to a budget.  

And why is it suddenly ‘so easy’ to dress for less? Well, the explosion of online shopping means that we now have a seemingly endless array of style choices right at our fingertips.

There is a site for every budget; from the very affordable end of the spectrum (www.boohoo.com.au) all the way to high end (www.net-a-porter.com). 

Thanks to the internet, we can have the latest American and European fashion at our doorstep within days of its debut on the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris. Much better than being an entire season behind.


So, with all this choice, how do we shop smart and look expensive for less?


1. First things first, you should regularly clean out your wardrobe.

Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit and that you haven’t worn in the last year. We reportedly only wear about 30% of the items in our closet so cut the clutter and make some space for your new purchases.

TIP: Anything that has a decent brand label can be sold on eBay, and this money can periodically go towards your New Clothes Fund. For something a bit different, you could even organise a clothing swap meet, and re-home your pre-loved clothes while getting some fresh styles from your friends. 

2. Figure out what you actually need.

Want to really achieve looking expensive for less? Write a list of your 'must-haves' and include things like staples and on-trend fashion pieces so your look stays current and flexible. Clothing 'staples' are items like coats and jackets, and with quality pieces of those you will always look chic and stylish. 

TIP: There’s no point buying another white shirt or pair of black pants if you already have five! It’s a waste of your hard earned cash. Think hard about what you actually need; re-sell and resist wherever possible.

3. Set a budget.

You can afford to splurge a little on a quality basic item. Plan to make this purchase count: you'll want to have these pieces for years to come, so invest wisely. As for things you feel are particularly fleeting fashions, but that you still must have, aim for bargain purchases only. Tell yourself that realistically, you will only be wearing these for the next six months.

TIP: Head over to inexpensive shopping sites like www.boohoo.com.au & www.asos.com to pick up the current fly away trends. You can buy many of these pieces for under $30.

4. Do your research.

The proliferation of online shopping means you can arm yourself with the tools and knowledge you need to capitalise on great deals. Check out what’s available from your favourite brick and mortar retailers as well, and maybe even compare the two.

TIP: Sign up to your favourite store’s email updates. With such fierce competition in the retail market, most will offer some form of discount on new or sale items via this method, to keep you as a return customer. In today’s economy, you just don’t need to pay full price.

5. Stick to your list like eyelashes on a Kardashian.

There is no point buying another work outfit just because it’s a bargain! You’re on a budget, remember?

TIP: You don’t need to be draped head to toe in the latest trends to look in vogue, and one item can be enough to update your look. Team a colourful scarf with some winter neutrals that you already own and voilà, a low cost high end look!

6. Sit back and enjoy.

Relish in the well-dressed satisfaction that comes from knowing that you created an expensive look for less. Your reward is extra cash and a great wardrobe!

TIP: When shopping online always check the return policy. Make sure it’s easy to return items for a refund if you change your mind.


My Favourite Shopping Sites  


Bargain shopping:





Australian sites:





And don’t forget most of your favourite Australian brands have online shops as well! 

Happy shopping!