Accessorizing on a Budget
There is one way to overhaul your wardrobe without spending a lot: Buy new accessories! Investing in accessories will brighten your entire wardrobe, as those earrings, scarves and necklaces can add just the right pop of color to many different looks. Your funds stretch farther when you purchase these little things or make your own. Unsure where to get started and what trends to follow? Start with these basic categories, then get inspired to try new things.
Nail art is having a major moment now, and why not? There are so many fun and funky colors of polish out there. Decals, glitter polishes and stencils take nail art to the next level. Learning how to do your own nails will serve you well, because you’ll save on those manis and pedis you’re not getting.
Invest in basic polish colors that are professional — pinks, reds and neutrals — as well as fun and trendy accent hues. Browse nail art blogs and photos to get inspired and find tutorials that will help you create any look that excites you. Extend any polish look with a topcoat and shop for super-saver colors to build your hue library on the cheap.
Scarves are perfect four-season accessories. Heavy ones keep you fashionable and warm in winter, while breezy silk and cotton scarves add a touch of class spring through fall. In fact, you’ve probably already got a few fun scarves in your closet. Get more out of these by using them in fun new ways. Wrap a scarf around your head a couple times and it becomes a head wrap or headband. Swap a scarf or you boyfriend’s tie out for your belt and you’ve got a new statement piece.
Even if you’re on a budget, you deserve to spend now and then. Consider splurging on a couple pieces of classic jewelry, such as watches or rings. You’ll be able to wear them every day and gain satisfaction from seeing how they look on you. Plus, a bit of spending can make you feel better about buying everything else on the cheap.
Once you’ve made your big purchases, look for ways to find jewelry on the cheap. Trend stores often have inexpensive sale items, as do retail outlets and big box stores. If there’s one particular store you love, stop in to find out they’re planning a sale. Even $5 to $10 will get you a lot of discount jewelry. While it’s fun to scoop up the trendiest styles, do buy pieces in neutral colors too. You’ll get long-term mileage from these.
Making your own accessories is a win-win: Practical from a cash flow perspective and totally fun. You don’t need crazy skills to get started with easy-peasy tee short scarves, for example. But if you know how to sew, knit or crochet, you’ll extend your options for these.
There are many fun DIY necklaces and bracelets tutorials too. If you can macramé, why not kick it old-school with a friendship bracelet or create a personalized macramé charm bracelet? Both are super on trend. Braided hexagonal nut bracelets made a huge splash on the Internet over the summer and they’re still big. As a bonus, many of the online jewelry tutorials call for inexpensive materials or upcycled materials that you might have already!
Set your budget before you begin, then hit the stores to class up your wardrobe on the super cheap. Once you get started, you may find that you really get into the competitive deal aspect of scoring or crafting major trends for less!
Holly is an Indianapolis native with a love for fashion and writing. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging on behalf of Sears and other brands she loves.