You can save money on clothes and still have lots to wear. How? Well, you can spend hours browsing charity shops, dress agencies or browsing on eBay. Or if that sounds like your idea of hell why not use accessories to maximize your outfit potential?
There are so many advantages to wearing accessories and my favourites are:
Create More Outfits From Less Clothes
You do not need a wardrobe full of clothes to create more outfits! I know it sounds like an oxymoron but it’s true.
Save Money On Clothes
Wearing costume jewellery and scarves is a lot cheaper than buying a new outfit because you’re bored with your wardrobe.
Avoid Packing Nightmares
Heading off for a short break and don’t want to check in luggage. Use accessories to maximize your wardrobe choices. They take up less space and give flexibility. Another bonus: your clothes are less crumpled when you arrive at your destination.
Rescue Outfits In The Wrong Colours
You can ‘rescue’ outfits in the wrong colours by wearing scarves and necklaces in your colour palette.
If you’ve recently had a colour analysis done, a few scarves and necklaces is a lot cheaper than getting rid of clothes you love.
Repurpose An Outfit
Transform an outfit from day to night. With Christmas party time approaching and after work drinks invitations this is invaluable. So much easier than having to carry a change of clothes!
Dress Down An Outfit
Use accessories to dress down a smart look into something more casual. Wear an ethnic style necklace with a smart dress for example.
Create A Signature Look
If you are running your own business and are attending a lot of networking events accessories can help to identify you. They can also become a talking point.
Do You Really Save Money On Clothes?
You may argue that by buying a few scarves and necklaces your clothing budget has not reduced that much. Well that does depend where you shop. If you buy designer labels. I’d agree you might struggle to save money on clothes!
But I’d recommend popping into the various charity shops – you’ll find scarves and necklaces at ridiculously cheap prices. Okay so they may not be designer labels but it will help you build a wide selection at great prices. Most charity shops organize accessories in colours. This makes it so easy to check if they have anything in your palette.
Just A Word About Belts
I’ve mentioned scarves and necklaces at length, but belts are another way to transform an outfit.
Many women worry that belts will draw attention to the wrong part of your body. But in fact belts can be a great way to create definition and draw attention to the bits of your body you love.
Wear a top with a belt and then again without and you’ve already got two different looks for the same top. If you have narrow hips then wear a belt slung low across your hips to add definition to this area. A great bust and defined waist, wear a belt higher to show off your upper torso.
Just To Show You What I Mean
Here’s a case study of how I used accessories and a jacket to create a series of different looks from a couple of dresses.
If You’re Still Not Sure…
If you love accessories but are not sure how to use them to best effect? I’m about to launch an online course to help you to accessorize with style and confidence.