How to be stylish on a budget

how to be stylish on a budget

Dress for Less – Style on a Budget

It’s the new year and your shopping hangover may still be lurking in the form of your credit card bill.

It’s time to get savvy about how you shop!

Shopping on a budget doesn’t mean scrimping on quality but it might mean paring back the quantity a little (or a lot).

Here are my 5 tips to dress for less in 2016.

Shop off-season

Hold off buying pricier items until the end of season. You will get better savings and your items will be fresh for the next year instead of feeling tired and worn when you pull them out again.

Shop online

All the greatest sales are online. It can be really scary to shop online (I know I still have phobias about online sizing). Start playing around with stores like ASOS, The Iconic and overseas retailers like Nordstrom for serious savings.

Shop your closet

Get into your own wardrobe and see what you really have. Try making new combinations using items you already own. You might just surprise yourself with your creativity. If you feel like a creative dunce then simply search your items on Pinterest for some fabulous instant inspiration.

Sales, rewards and points = big value

Get those cards and USE them! Using your loyalty bonuses and store cards can really add up. Try linking two people to one card to increase the value. I am an avid flybuys user (probably because I spend my life at the supermarket these days) and I use those lovely rewards points for cute new clothes or shoes at K-mart or Target.  It all adds up to serious style.

Save for the good stuff

Once you know what is in your wardrobe you can make a list of what you need. (or what you want to need.) If you are desperate for a quality item then feel free to splurge. With this condition… save for the item and pay with cold, hard cash! You will treasure this item so much more because you took the time to consider and save for the purchase.

In a world full of tap and go credit it is all too easy to get sucked into a shopping vortex. Make 2016 the year you get savvy about your shopping.

Stay stylish xo


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Bron is a Melbourne stylist and mum to three girls.She believes in the power of dressing up at any age and wants to empower women through their wardrobes.
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  1. February 2, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Great post. I feel like at the age of 44 I’m finally getting my style together – have pared back and determined to have fewer impulse purchases. Thanks for the advice.

    • February 3, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Our style definitely changes through the years, I often cringe at what I used to wear but vow never to turn into a dag that doesn’t really care! Good work for paring back, I reckon that’s the hardest part!

    • February 8, 2016 / 3:59 pm

      Alix, I think sometimes less really is more. I also think we find our own style with age. Bron x

  2. February 2, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    YES to all of those tips. I have never thought about clothing tips much since retirement and living near the coast. It is a very, very casual look up here. But, I have lost some weight (unintentially) and suddenly big, baggy and covering everything was actually doing nothing for me. I then found I could shop in ‘regular’ size shops and have found some styles and bargains along the way. I did try catalogue shopping once but had to send back stuff so I am a ‘try then buy’ person. Cheers, Denyse #teamIBOT

    • February 3, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      It is the absolute best when you find a bargain. I reckon the clothes feel even better on when you know you got it for a great price!

    • February 8, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Denyse, I agree about catalouge and online shopping. I like to try things on. Congrats on your weight loss. It makes a difference dropping a few kilos doesn’t it? I’m slowing working off my Christmas weight. Bron x

  3. February 2, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    unintentionally – sorry for spelling above! Teacher is bad…LOL

  4. February 2, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    Some great ideas there Bron! I particularly agree with shopping at the end of a season and also shopping your own closet. I know I often forget what is in there sometimes. I must admit I am scared to buy clothes online. I love online shopping and will buy homewares and other stuff that way – but scared about getting a wrong size or a bad fit if I buy clothes or shoes online.

    • February 3, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Buying online can be a bit risky, can’t it? I personally will never ever buy pants online because I am quite well endowed in my backside and always need to try them on! Eva. x

    • February 8, 2016 / 4:02 pm

      Min, the wardrobe becomes such a vortex doesn’t it? so easy to loose track of what we already own. So glad you enjoyed the post. Bron x

  5. February 2, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    I am hanging out for the end of winter already for all the gorgeous winter coats and boots on sale! I can totally justify the purchases as Canberra gets freaking cold!

    • February 3, 2016 / 3:16 pm

      That’s one thing I’d love to be able to do, buy lovely big coats. It just doesn’t get cold enough here in Qld and I love winter!

    • February 8, 2016 / 4:03 pm

      Emma, go for it! Nothing quite like a beautiful coat to help you survive winter. Bron x

  6. February 2, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Op shops all the way!

    • February 3, 2016 / 3:15 pm

      Oh, you’re an op shop diva too! I really really really want to be able to find a good bargain, but I’m yet to find one! Perhaps I should duck to an op shop now that you’ve got me in the mood!!!!!

    • February 8, 2016 / 4:04 pm

      Hugzilla, I adore a good op shop. I make sure i have loads of time though as you can’t just race in and expect to find the good stuff. Bron x

  7. February 2, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Great advice, Bron. I tend to shop off season too and keep an eye on those online sales. Winning!!

  8. February 2, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I hardly ever shop unless I need it. And even then I don’t love it. I’ll never be known as stylish, I don’t think.

  9. February 4, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Great tips, though I am not one for online shopping. I find I have such a difficult shape to fit, I am much happier when I can try something on first 🙂