If you tire of seeing outfits on Instagram that you could never afford, there's one influencer we always lean on for wallet-friendly outfit ideas: Alex Stedman is a fashion stylist who launched her blog The Frugality to show how she makes practical styling choices.
"I live off every penny I earn—my wage goes towards my mortgage, bills, travel and food," she explains on her blog. "But I don't set my sights low. I still want to look stylish every day, I still want Hay chairs for my house and a Gucci bag to carry my wares; I'm just sensible with money where I can be to afford the luxuries."
It's an attitude that's in line with the way most of us actually approach shopping, and every outfit on her blog is actually attainable in comparison to the rest of the influencer world. The majority of her wardrobe is from the high street, so she's the one to follow to discover the best new item from Topshop, Mango and & Other Stories. Keep scrolling to see nine of Alex's winning affordable outfit ideas.
Style Notes: This Sézane jumpsuit has been selling like crazy (you can currently get it in a cream colourway), but it's also Alex's Vans we're into.
Style Notes: These pink pointed Mango flats have now gone, but you should always look to Alex for top high-street shoe choices in the future.
Style Notes: Next time we wear a printed dress like this one from & Other Stories, we'll also pick out a colour in the pattern and highlight with our shoes. Alex's yellow flats are, again, from Mango.
Style Notes: Alex's M&S belted skirt is the kind of expensive-looking piece you can throw on and style a million different ways—here she's opted for a pink-and-red colour clash and a giant basket bag.
Style Notes: A polka-dot wrap blouse that looks this cute and is still available in a few sizes? Count us in! Alex found this flattering little number at Gap, and you can shop it below.
Style Notes: Tweed blazers and jeans are often spotted in Alex's repertoire, but we particularly love her mix-'n'-match approach to styling them here—with a great Wood/Grey wicker bag, ASOS baker-boy hat and Mango flats.
SHOP ALEX'S LOOK
How sweet is this?
It's also available in other dotted colours.
A surprisingly versatile hue for sneakers.
Alex's version has sold out, but this is a very close option.
These really don't look like high-street shoes.
This comes in so many different shades, we'd suggest stocking up.
Just the ticket for the warmer weather.
A modern styling essential.
See? There are so many ways to look expensive on a budget.