Ok as much as I would like to rock Gucci from head to toe all day everyday, I just can’t. I don’t have millions of dollars to spare, it’s not financially practical. And if you wear high-end brands constantly, they won’t feel as special – I go mental (in a good way!) every time I buy a little luxury brand item, I don’t want to ever lose that feeling!
But this doesn’t mean you have to look cheap because you don’t have a lot of money to spend. And that’s one of the things I love about London. There is such a solid respect for people shop smart. If you can walk into the city with £100 or £200 to spend and walk out rocking an entire outfit that can inspire others, then you have instant street cred!
So the challenge I set myself was to go into Primark and dress myself top to toe in an outfit that would demand attention, for less than £150. I did a little better than ‘an outfit’ – I walked out with three pairs of jeans, a pair of shorts, 2 blazers, 3 pairs of shoes and 2 handbags!! Wooohooooo! That’s my autumn wardrobe done for just £150!
Anyway, here are some of my tips for all y’all lovelies who want to max out your wardrobes this Autumn!
- Pick classic pieces – there’s always a temptation to grab something random from a rack that you think, “Maybe I could make that work!?” – but a classic cut blazer, pair of denim shorts, some bold accessories are the types of things that you’ll get most bang for your buck from.
- Touch it and feel it! If it feels cheap, it’s going to look cheap. I go for materials like cotton, faux suede, faux leather, distressed denim. Choose wisely. Avoid Lycra and shiny materials, unless that’s really your thing.
- The right colours are important. Neutral and white tones will tend to look more elegant and expensive.
- Avoid any big logos or quirky prints – go for plain and simple, you don’t want your friends recognising something every time you wear it just because of an overt accent.
- Find your right size. Just as you can wear the most expensive item that will look bad if it’s too tight or too big, it will not work for budget conscious picks either.
- Make sure your luxe and budget pieces can be friends! You definitely don’t have to be rocking designer wear from head to toe. But I’m sure we all have some amazing key pieces that we love, and I love pairing those showy pieces with bargain finds – make an art of it!
- It’s all about researching. I get emails from most online stores and they have sales and discount codes on every single day! Buy things when they are on sale – fashion is a tough game, brands will fight for your business!
- Consider vintage. I love vintage pieces. There’s something about the quality of clothes that were made years ago and have stood the test of time that qualifies them as worthy. You can score some amazing pieces for a fraction of a price if you know where to look, get your butt down to Brick Lane or Camden Town and hunt around.
- Don’t splurge on basics. I don’t know if you will be able to tell a £200 white tee from a £5 white tee. I LOVE wearing white tees and most of mine are from Zara and Primark. I used to buy expensive ones, but now I see no point in doing that – save your money for the pieces that will grab attention.
Now ladies, go out there and rock it!! Budget or not. You need to rock your outfit with self-confidence. Smile and say to yourself, “You look amazing!!!”
Lots of love