Sunday, June 11, 2017

Eight Tips to Reinventing Your Style - On A Budget

So, whether you’ve just landed a new job, moved to a new city, or just fancy a fresh look, the time has come to update your style. You’re ready to kiss goodbye to the combinations that held you up from freshman year to graduation. But there’s just one problem. How on earth can you pick up that slick new style, without spending a year’s salary in one go?

I’ve already covered how to tackle weight loss when you can’t afford to lose any more of your time - so here’s a guide to changing your style, without losing loads of money in the process.

1. Learn how to style your own hair

Your hair is one of the biggest style indicators going. It’s normally one of the first things people notice and says a lot about your standard of care and maintenance. So, it’s vital to keep it looking clean and healthy. If you want a simple enough style - try styling it yourself. You might need to go to a professional first to see how it’s done, but usually, you can find enough tutorials online to help you out. If you don’t own a brush and a blow dryer, it’s worth buying them now so you can style your hair the way professionals do. Or, if you’re brave enough, and you’re not doing anything too tricky, try cutting it yourself. Here’s a guide to help you out here.

2. Freshen up your facial hair

Just like the hair on your head is important for good first impressions, so is the hair on your face. Take the time to learn how to wet shave properly for clean lines and a sharp look. Or, if you’ve decided to grow a beard, learn how to look after it. There’s more to it than just letting it grow out! Read the manly guide to manscaping for more clues on how to look after your hair. Or, if you don’t want to bother with a beard - shave it all off! Just remember that whichever route you choose, you need to be dedicated to it. Don’t try to rock a new pattern half-heartedly - you need to stay on top of regrowth as soon as it appears.

3. Make the most of the online tutorials

Everything is online now - from how to exfoliate your skin to how to dress properly. So, make the most of these free tutorials. If you’re worried about what sort of clothes to suit your body type, there will be a tutorial. If you’re not sure how to pair up a waistcoat with jeans, there will be a tutorial. If you’re not sure how to keep your feet clean, there will be a tutorial. Honestly - whatever you want to learn, it’s all there for the taking. You just need to be willing to practice - and know that you’ll make a few mistakes when you first start out.

4. Get on Instagram

Decided that you want a change, but not sure what to? Well, Instagram can help. Check out hashtags like #ootd - this will show you all ‘outfits of the day’. Then, check out the accounts listed in this article. These guys are the pinnacle of style and fashion and know how to put outfits together. You’re sure to pick up a thing or two when you follow these guys, and they’re great inspiration if you’re feeling a bit lost as to how you want to dress. Once you know the way you want to dress, you can go about finding similar items for much less money.

5. Check out personal shoppers and stylists

If you still can’t make up your mind, it’s worth investing the time and money into a one-off visit to a personal shopper or stylist. Most big department stores offer this service, and it’s a great way to immediately understand how to dress for your body shape, and what suits you the best. They’ll know how to help you express your personality through your clothes, and you won’t need to worry about whether something is ‘too much’ for you - they’ll be brutally honest, so you leave looking your best. And because you’ll learn how to dress properly, you won’t end up spending loads of money on bad decisions.

6. Decide on a few key wardrobe staples

Now, while most of these points are ways to help you save money, this one requires you to spend a bit. All wardrobes are held together by a few key items. It might be a coat, a jumper or a pair of jeans, but these items are more expensive, more high quality, and more likely to enhance any outfit. By investing in these staples, you can let the rest of your wardrobe be a bit cheaper. If you work with a personal shopper, they’ll be able to identify these staples and explain how they can work for any occasion. To get you started, here’s a list of clothes you should definitely have in your wardrobe. And while some of these can be budget buys, you should ensure some are a bit classier.

7. Learn how to shop secondhand

So, you know what you need to buy to suit your style. You know what looks good on you, and what doesn’t. You know the brands you like and the colors you love. Now you can be scouring the internet and second-hand shops. Once you’ve invested in a few quality pieces, you can relax and start shopping for budget buys. eBay is great for this - you can normally pick up some big brand names for very little, as long as you’re happy to wear second-hand items. And sometimes you’ll get lucky - lots of people sell on clothes that have barely been worn twice! You should also check out your local second-hand shops. These will be full of hidden gems - and if you go in knowing what you’re looking for, the whole process is a breeze. This guide is a great place to start when you first start shopping for secondhand items.

8. Get ready for the sales

Now, in an ideal world, you wouldn’t want to change your style until the big retailers have their annual sales. But unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. So, keep an eye out for sales from retailers you like. They might only be once or twice a year, but they’ll give you a chance to stock up on the stuff you like!