How To Look Fashionable On a Budget

Happy New Year everyone! It’s already 2018 and I feel like it’s going to be a great year for me. I’m very keen on working towards my goals in every aspect of my life so I’m excited for it to all start. To update you on a few things in my life, I want to mention something that I’ll be doing every Friday until the end of March. I’ll be taking over the Her Campus Style Instagram story every Friday to cover their ‘3 Ways to Wear’ segment! I’m super stoked for this because I think my ‘1 Item, 3 Ways’ posts is one of the most useful posts on my blog so I’m excited to share something similar with a new audience. So be sure to follow their Instagram (@hercampusstyle) and follow along starting this Friday! Another huge thing that’s going to happen is the redesign of my blog. Yes, I know I changed it last year but I’m ready to really dedicate the time needed to have a fabulous blog design. That also includes me moving over to WordPress!


Throughout the last 2 (almost 2.5) years I’ve been blogging, I’ve learned countless amount of things. I’ve improved in web development, writing skills, networking via social media and in person, and so much more. On more of a fashion note, I started to be more creative with styling the same pieces in my closet. It’s obvious that I re-wear a lot of my items in my wardrobe but instead of wearing the same outfit over and over again, I’ve definitely started to experiment more with my wardrobe and I couldn’t be happier!
I’ve been asked many times about how often I have to buy clothes to do what I do and I’ll admit, it’d be so much easier if I could constantly buy new clothes but a majority of people aren’t fortunate that way. My boyfriend constantly hears me complain about how often I struggle coming up with new outfits without buying new clothes all the time. So for this post, I thought instead of having a $ outfit challenge post, I’d have a generic post about how to look chic on a budget first. I try my best to get great deals instead of paying full price. (I don’t actually pay for regular price a majority of the time, unless it’s an item I know I’ll be wearing constantly!)

TIPS & TRICKS FOR SHOPPING ON A BUDGET

1) Use apps like Honey to find coupon codes online

This is always a hit or miss because there’s not codes out there everyday but it’s worth adding the extension on Google Chrome. It takes less than a minute and even if you save 10%, it’s better than nothing!

2) Use Ebates to save – any bit helps and you’ll find yourself having money for an extra top or something

I haven’t bought much online recently but I did realize how much Ebates can actually help. There are so many stores that you can get money back from and even though it’s like 3% off your purchase or something minuscule like that, it adds up! As a kid, I always loved saving up coins in a piggy bank and then whenever I completed a roll of coins, I was so happy. It’s worth the wait!

3) Wait for sales if you’re not going to immediately wear the item

Zara is one of those stores that I constantly find pieces but I never could bring myself to invest in $60+ sweaters all the time. 90% of the time, I wait for their biannual sales because they’re always consistent with the timing (and the sale itself). For instance, I wanted a coloured sequin sweater from there recently but it was SO close to Black Friday. Instead of getting it then and there, I ended up getting it Black Friday (as a Christmas gift from boyfriend) and he was able to save 30% off of it. If I buy something from Zara, I usually shop the Special Prices section because the deals are great! Also, places like ASOS, Boohoo and Missguided ALWAYS have sales so you never need to wait that long.

4) Invest in pieces that you can style multiple ways

I have a tendency on buying statement pieces. I was cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago and noticed all of the statement skirts I owned but not enough generic ones to wear all the time (probably why you saw me in the same denim skirt all summer). The point is, if your wardrobe capsule contains a lot of good quality pieces, you’ll find that you’re able to have countless amount of outfits that look very different!

5) Accessories have a huge effect on changing up your wardrobe


I’ve always known how much accessories can transform your look; I even have two blog posts dedicated to it: How Accessories Can Transform Your Look and How To Have 5 Different Outfits Using the Same 2 Pieces. Recently, I have been investing in more accessories like hats, belts and earrings to help change your outfit. You also don’t need to spend a lot of money on them either! Places like Forever21, H&M, ASOS, etc. have such a good variety and great pricing!

6) Don’t underestimate places like Forever21 and H&M


A lot of people quickly dismiss places that are cheaper purely because they think the quality won’t be great. I mean, it’s true, you get what you paid for but places like Forever 21 and H&M do carry great quality items as well. For instance, at Forever21, I would shop the Contemporary section more often versus the other collections because I find that those items last longer in my closet. The photo above is actually a dress I got back in 2012! Another place where I am actually surprised with the quality, is SheIn! There’s a lot of different reviews with these sorts of websites but I’ve actually had a great experience (even before I worked with them). I will admit, there have been a bad purchase here and there, but for the most part, I’ve had great pieces that I wear all the time!

7) Become a master at layering


Layering is one of my favourite things to do. It’s the reason I love the A/W season so much. There’s so much more you can do with your outfits that way. I love getting pieces like pinafores and jumpsuits that I can wear with sweaters (especially with statement sleeves!) I wear the same black corduroy jumpsuit religiously during the summer and fall because it’s so versatile.

8) If you’re going to buy multiple items of something, think about getting different textures of it

Let’s be honest, you don’t need every colour of that exact same sweater. If there’s something I really like, I try to get different textures of it like with cabby hats. They’re one of my absolute favourites and one that I have is a basic black wool one whereas the other one is an emerald corduroy one. I also have a few berets but they’re all different: grey wool with rhinestones, light pink wool with a cluster of pearls and a velvet red one. I like to give myself a variety while being versatile at the same time. I mean, I won’t lie, if it’s a really good deal, I 100% would get multiple of the same item.

9) Statement but versatile jeans can spice up any outfit


Something I’ve been trying to do lately when I shop is buy jeans that aren’t the basic one wash, skinny, high-waisted fit. I mean, having a good pair will always come in handy but I feel as though getting other types of fits can really change up your outfit more so. After years of wearing the same type of jeans, I’ve really grown out of that type of fit and I don’t grab those immediately like I used to.

10) Pull colours from pieces of your outfit to make it look put together


A lot of the time people choose neutral colours that go with everything. That’s the point of it being neutral, it makes it easier to put outfits together. If you match your accessories (or another item) to a colour to one of the pieces in your outfit, it makes any look chic! For instance, the outfit I wore above could easily be worn with a different hat but tying in the bit of maroon in it makes the outfit so much better!

Another example is the outfit shown in the beginning of this post! Instead of opting for typical black sheer tights, I decided to wear bejewelled ones that had rhinestones with the same colours as the sequins in the sweater!

That is it for the first post of 2018! Hopefully these tips were helpful for you and if you have any others then let me know in the comments below 🙂 Also, take a look at my end of the year video that was posted on my channel!

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  1. January 3, 2018 / 4:27 am

    Thanks so much Makaela!! I'm glad you found it helpful 🙂

  2. January 3, 2018 / 4:28 am

    Thank you Austen!! SAME HERE, I find that the hats at Forever 21 are one of the best and affordable

  3. January 4, 2018 / 2:00 am

    I totally agree! Mastering layering is a really easy way to spice up a plain piece in your closet and rewear certain things without it being the same outfit! Also, yessssss to the Zara bi-annual sales. The best time to get your shopping done there, lol.
    -Francesca

  4. January 4, 2018 / 2:01 am

    Yessss Zara sales can be so overwhelming but so worth it!

  5. January 4, 2018 / 2:01 am

    Haha yes for sure!! Thank you 🙂

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