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I talk a lot about fast fashion and making fashion affordable around here, but let’s be honest…affordable fashion can look….bad. I’ve always bought affordable, inexpensive clothes but sometimes they just looked downright cheap. And nope, I’m not including any example pictures because it’s too embarrassing and also I don’t want to have to hunt them down. I’ve learned a lot over the past few years (and honestly, I’m still learning!) so here are some of my best tips for making your affordable, fast fashion clothes look their very best.
You might not agree with everything I say in this post. And that’s okay! This is just what works for me and hopefully it helps you out, too.
Watch: c/o BREDA (available here) | Shirt: Forever 21 via thredUP ($7; click here to get $10 off your first thredUP order) | Pants: Target (on clearance – I can’t remember what I paid but I know it was less than $20!) | Booties: Target (old, around $20) | Lips: ColourPop Ultra Satin Lippie in Marshmallow ($6; available here) | Photos by Taylor Gardner of Dallastyle Blog
Tip #1: Buy neutrals
For the most part, if you buy inexpensive clothes in neutral colors, they’re going to look more expensive. Cheap fabrics look even cheaper in bright colors. Of course I’m not saying you ONLY have to buy neutrals at fast fashion stores but if you’re trying to play it safe and keep everything as elevated as possible, go with neutrals. I gravitate towards black but lately I’ve been grabbing more camel colored items and I’m loving it!
Tip #2: Pair fast fashion with timeless statement pieces
This is one you probably already know but just in case – pair your fast fashion items with timeless statement pieces. Wear your faux leather leggings with the camel trench coat you’ve had for years, an off the shoulder top with your lived-in designer jeans….you get the idea. In my case, the simple, vintage-inspired handbag grounds the look so it’s not so overly trendy.
Tip #3: Accessorize!
Another way to make the most of your inexpensive clothing is to accessorize! Now I’m not saying to pile on all the jewelry you have but adding accessories is going to elevate whatever you’re wearing! In this outfit, I threw on my ol’ standby black fedora and this gorgeous BREDA watch. Both of these accessories will last many, many seasons because they’re basic enough to not go “out of style” too fast. Without the accessories, this outfit is okay, but the accessories bring it all together. BREDA has soooo many beautiful watches and they’re a local Dallas business so make sure to check out their website! Hello, early holiday gift!
Tip #4: Take care of your clothes
Not a whole lot to say here – just take care of your clothes! Wash and dry them properly, etc. Just do it.
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Tip #5: Get the proper fit
Ill fitting clothes are never good, y’all. If you thrift something you love, you can always get it altered! If you’re like me though, you probably never will so if it doesn’t fit properly just leave it in the store and let someone else love it later.
Tip #6: Buy expensive things secondhand
This tip is a bit of a tangent but I wanted to include it anyway – if you are looking to elevate your fast fashion you can thrift more expensive clothing to pair with them. It’s a little more time consuming but it’s a great way to balance out the fast fashion finds that will be rotating through your closet. thredUP is a perrrrrfect option for online thrifting and you can use this link to get $10 off your first order. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.
Tip #7: Nail your hair and makeup (if you’re into that sort of thing)
Polishing off a look can really perfect your whole outfit, so try to make sure your hair and makeup are on point. If you don’t wear makeup, no biggie! Just do whatever makes you feel most comfortable. When it comes to hair – same thing! Slick your hair back, throw it in a top bun, curl it, straighten it, do a twist-out….whatever you like! But having your hair (and makeup) on point will make you feel like a million bucks, even if your outfit only cost $10.
Tip #8: Be confident
I’m not going to tell you to smile, because no, but walking around with confidence can make a world of difference. Let’s be honest, sometimes I wear some weird stuff and I hear people say stuff like “I could never pull that off!” Which is just straight up not true. If you like something, just wear it with confidence and forget about it! You can pull off whatever you want, as long as it makes you feel good.
- How do you elevate your inexpensive, fast fashion pieces?
- Where are your favorite inexpensive places to shop?