So you have a passion for fashion and you love clothes shopping but you’re on a strict budget? No need to confess to any guilt; you can still have it all without disturbing your conscience. Most of us don’t have much spare cash to spend on designer clothes, so finding new ways to look stylish on a budget is a must.
Charity shops, jumble sales and dress agencies – to name but a few – are your Pandora’s box of shopping without spending a fortune. Pre-loved shopping can leave you more open to your personal style rather than being dictated to by what’s in the shops. Pre-loved jackets, dresses, tops and accessories can do wonders to your wardrobe if you know what you’re looking for and they won’t leave you feeling out of pocket.
Once you know your style – what suits you, the best colours and shapes for your body type – the opportunities you’ll find at your local charity shop or second hand clothes emporium are endless.
Gone are the days of any stigma attached to popping into your local charity shop and, quite frankly, who cares what anyone else thinks? When you’re complimented on that fabulous jacket, don’t be afraid to say where it came from and what a bargain it was. And don’t be ashamed to have a secret gloat when you get it home; I have a friend who says that’s the best part of all!
Vintage clothing has come into its own over the last few years and finding that special piece can often be a wise investment, not only because you love it but because it may well be worth more in the future if you choose to re-sell it. Think of it as a piece of art. The fabrics, the craftsmanship, the finish are usually far superior to today’s mass-produced stuff. Those timeless classic pieces can be as affordable as the cheaper brands found on the High Street. The quality and condition is usually guaranteed and will give you years of wear if looked after properly.
Dress agencies are springing up everywhere too. My local shop has rails and shelves full of beautiful clothes in great condition and I find it so satisfying to spend an afternoon there, to browse and try on things I could never afford to buy new. If designer gear is usually out of reach to you, don’t hesitate to give it a go. (And remember, dress agencies – and often vintage shops – sell on behalf of clients and have to factor in their own commission. In charity shops, the clothes are donated, so obviously prices are lower. Find a charity shop in an affluent town if you’re on a mission for something a bit special – but don’t forget your local one. There are gems to found there, so keep supporting them, too!)
As for your conscience, don’t forget it’s good for the planet to recycle; it’s good to give to charity and it’s good for your pocket – a great confidence boost on so many levels. No buyer’s remorse here!
Get yourself out there and let me know what you find – someone else’s throw-away could be your treasure. Your conscience and your budget can rest easy, knowing you have nothing to feel guilty about!
The way we present ourselves is an unspoken communication. My driving force is to empower real men and women to embrace their style and discover the confidence it brings. We are all getting older and the future can be whatever we want it to be.
Get in touch to find out how wearing your colours and dressing for your shape really can be life-changing and fun!