One doesn’t need to be filthy rich to love fashion. If your resolution this year is to finally step up your wardrobe game, then we’re happy to tell you that there are ways to do so without burning holes in your pockets. Herewith, a few tips guaranteed to upgrade your style without having to break that piggy bank.
1. Invest in quality basics.
We’ve said it time and again—invest in quality basics and you’ll be set for life. Think of it this way: years from now, you’ll look back at your OOTDs and cringe at the thought that you once had a closet-full of something you thought was so cool. Won’t you rather create classic fashion memories that you’ll be proud to show your kids in the future?
2. Fit is everything.
The reason your clothes sometimes look lousy or tacky is probably because it doesn’t fit you properly. It doesn’t matter whether that’s a Gucci skirt on you, or a pair of Zara trousers that you found on sale; if it’s not in your size, spare yourself the misery by either giving it away or having it altered.
3. Shop smart.
It’s not just about quality over quantity; it’s also about discovering new brands and boutiques to shop from. We will all have our favorite designers and go-to brands, but don’t confine yourself to what you've grown used to. There are a lot of noteworthy, bright, young, and not to mention local, talents that you can check out online! Instagram is overflowing with startups waiting to be noticed.
4. Mix and Match.
There’s nothing wrong with repeating outfits! They key is in finding ways to re-wear your go-to pieces. Go ahead and experiment by pairing two things you never thought could look good together (opposites do attract), or wear that button-down as a skirt, or that dress as a top. There are no rules when it comes to fashion.
5. Be stylish, not trendy.
Find your personal style and stick to it. You don’t have to keep up with each and every trend. Learn to curate and figure out which one best represents your fashion voice.
6. Be confident.
That said, be confident with your choices. People can tell the difference between someone who is trying too hard, and one who is just fashionable, natch. The secret, ladies, doesn’t require you to spend a cent. It’s all about confidence, really. Trust us.
This story originally appeared on Stylebible.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.