If your bank account took a real hit in December and your fingers are almost strained from inputting your pin code in again and again, get ready to commit these nine money-saving tips to memory. It's often assumed that money is the ticket to great style, but in reality, you can look just as fashionable and way more unique when working with a reduced budget. There are some simple ways you can cut back your spending, so you can add to your wardrobe without struggling to pay your rent. Keep scrolling to see our nine essential tips for the girl on a shoestring budget.
1. Look for Specific Things On Resale Sites
Go straight to resale sites like eBay and Depop, and be really specific with your searches. If you've seen something you love on Zara, for example, it's worth checking if it's available for cheaper secondhand. You can also set alerts on sites like eBay and Vestiaire Collective for all the items you wish you could afford full price.
2. Alter Items You Buy In Sale to Fit
The problem with final markdowns in sales is pieces are rarely left in your size—but it can pay to be imaginative here and buy dresses your dry cleaners can alter to fit.
3. Buy A Slip
Cheap fabrics tend to cling or look see-through as they aren't lined, so it's worth investing in a slip dress or skirt you can wear underneath all your high-street dresses. It instantly makes them look much more expensive and more flattering, and you can buy a pack of two for £20 at M&S.
4. Save On Your Layering Pieces
Layering is an easy way to add personality and a point of difference to your look, and Alyss Bowen, Byrdie's social media editor, explains that she saves on items that aren't the focal point of the outfit, buying her black roll-necks at Primark.
5. Look At Online Outlet Sites
6. Set Up Clothes Swap Evenings
If you can't handle the stress of trying to sell clothes online, set up a clothes swap evening with your friends. I have a friend who is the same size as me and has similar taste, and so every six months or so, we swap over pieces to borrow.
7. Sell the Pieces You Never Wear
If you're prepared to put in the time to sell your old clothes, however, you might have more money than you think sitting in the back of your wardrobe. See our comprehensive guide to selling clothes online for how to make it a pain-free process.
8. £2 Ribbons Can Make an Outfit
Many of the world's most stylish women have a signature, such as a red lip or a ribbon worn in your hair. These ensure that every outfit looks like "you," and a ribbon can cost as little as £2.
9. Menswear Is Often Cheaper
Menswear is often a lot cheaper than womenswear, so it pays to shop for basics in the men's department. For example, I buy my white T-shirts in multipacks from Topman for £28. Gucci's logo T-shirt is also significantly cheaper in the men's department, as the women's version is £560 in the women's department, which is £240 more than the men's style.