Dress Like a Star for Less

by Fashion Dude on July 30, 2012

celebrity suiting styleCelebrities have it all – looks, money, but most of all they have style.  You might think there’s no way to look like a star without their team of stylists and hideously expensive wardrobe, but that’s not the case.  If you click here, for example, you’ll see a wide range of fashionable looking clothes from the affordable brand Tesco, which at a glance shows you that you can find star-quality clothes without spending a fortune, but what else can you do to look good without breaking the bank?

For a start, if you have any designer quality clothes in your wardrobe already dig them out.  Pairing just one piece of designer wear with store’s own brand clothing can immediately make the store brand look much more expensive: consider how a supermarket brand suit jacket and white V-neck will look with a pair of beige designer chinos and brogues.  It’s unlikely anyone will notice the lack of label on your top half, but the high quality of your bottom half will shine.

Goodwill is a great place to find designer brands cheaply – people often give away last season’s labels, pieces with rips or minor imperfection.  Designer clothing that just needs a bit of TLC is a major find as all you need to do is have it repaired and it will be good as new.  The same goes for high quality shoes with soles looking past their prime – a trip to the cobbler for a resoling and you’ll have an as-new pair of shoes.

Online auction sites are also a goldmine of potential clothing finds.  Although labels can sell for ridiculous prices on these websites, if you’re smart about how and when you bid you can pick up clothing for a lot less than you would in the store.  When searching for finds here, don’t search the brand name: instead open the category of your choice and browse through what’s on offer.  You’re more likely to get a good deal on a designer label jacket simply being sold as “brown jacket size M” than “Tom Ford designer jacket, as new”.  Timing is also important: try to bid during commuting hours, late at night or very early in the morning for the best deals.

Dressing like a celebrity on a shoestring isn’t difficult when you’re armed with a little knowledge, so what are you waiting for?  Get thrifty!

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