How To Look Luxe On A Budget

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!
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The right colours are important. Neutral and white tones will tend to look more elegant and expensive.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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

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  1. Roses for Fridays | by mia ? on August 16, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Beautiful tips and advice … and you Mademoiselle looking beautiful as ever! ????

    ??ROSES FOR FRIDAYS ??| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Aw thank you my lovely!!


  2. littlemissmonbon on August 16, 2018 at 10:28 am

    I wouldn’t have ever guessed you were in head to toe Primark (I love Primark)!! I also do a lot of op-shopping and I honestly find that the things people comment on most are the pieces I found in an op-shop (I have never spent over $25 on a single item in the op-shop and the $25 item was a pair of suede knee high boots) or the pieces that I found and didn’t even have 2 seconds to think about before I hit ‘buy’ because I loved them that much!

    xx Mon
    Little Miss Mon Bon

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      I love Primark too!! I know, it’s always the way babe!!


  3. simplementlui on August 16, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Very nice outfit that proves you don’t have to spend huge money to look great! Happy day xx

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Exactly babe, glad you liked the outfit!!


  4. Lisa Autumn on August 16, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with you girl! Btw you look STUNNING!

    x Lisa |

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      Aw thank you lovely!!!


  5. Shloka on August 16, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    These are amazing pieces of advice girl! You always look fabulous in every occasion!


    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you babe!!


  6. Ivana Split on August 17, 2018 at 12:44 am

    These are great tips. Considering vintage is something everyone should do! Clothes used to be made of long lasting fabrics in the past, so many really old vintage items look surprisingly new!!! I also agree that we shouldn’t splurge on the basics.

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Exactly babe!!


  7. Ivana Split on August 17, 2018 at 12:44 am

    I forgot to write how much I love your outfit….that yellow bag is so gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      Hahaha it’s amazing isn’t it!!?


  8. lilthoughtswithjen on August 17, 2018 at 12:51 am

    I am so in love with your shoes! They add such a cute pop of color to any outfit!
    xx jen

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you lovely!! Love adding a pop of color!


  9. Lovely Amusan on August 17, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Oh my how cute is this outfit, just loving it darling and that blazer is perfect!


    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Aw thank you babe!!


  10. La ilusión de Nina (@lailusiondeNina) on August 17, 2018 at 5:14 am

    OMG! I’m in love with your handbag!!
    Have a great day dear! xx

    La ilusión de Nina –

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you, it’s so cute!! Have a great day too!!


  11. Lauren Lindmark on August 17, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Love this post and your tips! Your outfits are always on point 🙂 so cute girly!

    Lauren Lindmark |

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you my lovely!!


  12. Janet Harrison on August 17, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Wow, you look so amazing! Love everything you are wearing! When my daughter and I were in London she bought so many clothes, boots and bags from Primark, its such a great shop. Love your tips!

    Janet xx

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you!! It really is great, they always keep up with the trends etc!!


  13. Corina on August 17, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    You don’t need to spend a fortune to be looking good all the time. These tips are so helpful! And you look gorgeous!

    xo Corina

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Exactly!! Thank you babe!


  14. Kara on August 19, 2018 at 2:52 am

    I am in love with your outfit and I would of never guessed it was all from Primark! That blazer is just perfection! These are all amazing tips for looking great on a budget. Feeling things is something I always do because the fabric really can make a big difference. And finding great pieces for a great price is such a wonderful feeling! x

    x Kara |

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you lovely, I am obsessed with the blazer!! Glad you enjoyed the tips!!


  15. polarbearstyle on August 19, 2018 at 5:32 am

    The tip regarding feeling the material is especially useful and something I implement all the time unless I’m shopping online.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Yes is a really good thing to do when shopping!!


  16. Racquel John on August 19, 2018 at 11:18 am

    This look is amazing!

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you babe!!


  17. Jessica on August 20, 2018 at 10:09 am

    I absolutely love this look dear! Great play of colors, from the plaid blazer, mustard bag, denim shors, and lemon sandals. Such a cute and sassy look!

    Jessica |

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you lovely!! Glad you love the look!!


  18. Ellese on August 21, 2018 at 7:30 am

    I am obsessed with this look babe! It looks so chic and put together. Xo, Ellese


    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you lovely!!


  19. Radi on August 21, 2018 at 10:16 am

    This outfit looks like a million bucks on you! You’re so right, classy pieces are the way to go. Plus, you can wear them over and over again with different looks.

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Aw thank you babe!! Exactly they are timeless!


  20. Lyndi on August 22, 2018 at 1:32 am

    This is a super cute look! Love the settings. So pretty!


    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you babe!!


  21. justatinabit on August 22, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Your outfits always look so luxe!!! You are the queen of blazers and shorts! And wow that back drop is absolutely beautiful!


    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Aw hahah, thank you lovely!!!


  22. Carmen Jenny on August 23, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Oh I absolutely agree on those points dear! So many great ideas 🙂 I always try to stick to classical items 🙂
    You look awesome, I love this colourful look <3
    xx, Carmen –

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you babe!!


  23. Shannon Seaback Snow on August 24, 2018 at 11:02 am

    You are so spot on with the correct sizing! It doesn’t matter how cute or expensive it is if it doesn’t fit! This whole outfit is so stinking adorable!
    xoxo Shannon

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Sizing is so important!! Aw thank you lovely!!


  24. BB Foxy on August 25, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Oh wonderful! I´m totally in love with your Look ♥

    Love BB Foxy

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you!!!


  25. FashionFlyLiveFree on August 26, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Absolutely love this post. So good to be stylish and still be within a reasonable budget!

    • Ashley on September 5, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you babe, glad you liked this post!!


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