How To Look Chic On A Budget

There’s nothing better than bagging a bargain but there’s also nothing worse than wearing something that looks cheap and tacky.  So I think the goal we always work towards is looking chic but still on a budget.  Here’s how:

  1. Shop in the sales

Make a list of designer or pricey items that you want and then hold out until the sales start.  I love making wish lists on ASOS for some of their high end brands and then as soon as they go in the sale I’ll know because I can see them get reduced on my wish list!

Trousers by 2ndDay, bought in the sale on ASOS and worn with a Zara jumper

  1. Mix high end with low end

This one I learnt from my mum as a little girl.  You don’t need a full outfit of designer pieces to look chic.  Just one or two items will do and then team them with high street pieces and no one will ever know the whole outfit is not designer.

  1. Shop high end high street stores

There are some stores that sell a happy medium if you can afford it.  Not cheap but not too expensive either; French Connection, Whistles and All Saints are good examples and always have great sales too.

Skirt by Sisley, bought in the sale on ASOS and worn with a blouse from New Look

  1. Seek inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest

Check out celebrity and blogger’s designer looks on the web and then try to recreate them yourselves.  Online stores such as Missguided, Boohoo and Pretty Little Thing are great for making dupes of celebrity looks.

  1. Invest in the classics

Sometimes you do need to get a bit spendy but as long as it’s an item that you know you’ll wear forever it’s worth it because it will also last forever.  Items such as jeans, leather jackets and a good white shirt.


Sandra jumper bought as an investment piece and worn with YAS trousers from the ASOS sale

What are your tips for dressing chic on a budget?

Lauren xx

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