Often when choosing what to wear it’s the simplest option that is the most effective. As I get older I’ve realised that you don’t need a never ending budget to update your wardrobe, and I will go on the record as saying that friends of mine that have the littlest amount to spend on new clothes actually end up nearly always looking a million times better than girls who make shopping look like their job. I have actress friends who waitress to make ends meet who radiate style, and I know of other girls who can buy 5 designer handbags in a month but look no better. It’s not about the money – that may sound so trite, but when it comes to fashion I truly believe that you don’t need a big budget to look stylish.
One of my favourite outfits consists of a white t-shirt (mine is from Subdued in Rome but they also have a great e-commerce site), Topshop Leigh ripped jeans (I rarely wear jeans that aren’t Topshop), Adidas trainers and this little Nasty Gal biker jacket that retails for under £65. Of course I add a nod to some luxury with key investment pieces such as my Celine sunglasses (birthday present) and my Saint Laurent Sac De Jour handbag (Christmas 2014 present). You may not think it, but I’m actually quite a frugal girl and I like to save my money, I don’t see the appeal in buying things for the sake of it and if I do then it’s usually a more affordable Forever 21 spree, even Zara sprees can add up. I get a bigger thrill buying from the High Street, and you’ll find 90% of my clothes are from Zara or Topshop and the 10% that are higher end are nearly always bought in the sale, such as the Sandro jacket I got for my birthday. I think great style is the ability to mix and match a variety of brands to create a truly unique and authentic look.
I also think it’s a little sad when you lose the allure of special pieces, who really wants to be able to buy a new designer bag every month? The excitement would vanish and that’s no fun at all. Special items should be just that – special and cherished.
If you are on a budget and interested in a styling video I’d love to film a day shopping in vintage stores and Forever 21/Topshop and Zara to show you how to make vintage and high street pieces look just as (if not more) appealing than higher end finds. If you’d like to see this leave me a comment below – I’ll do handbag, jewellery, full outfit and shoes!
Buy my exact jeans here.
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