How To Have Great Style On A Budget

What if I told you that you could wear the same outfit every single day and no-one would notice. In fact, they might secretly be thinking “Geez, she always looks so stylish. I wish I had her closet.”

Would you think I lost my mind?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret… It’s all about the accessories. By upping your accessory game you can stretch your solid, neutral basics for a lot less than buying a new outfit or two.

Accessories tend to be a bit more affordable. They are also easy to mix and match, which will stretch your wardrobe even further – and fool everyone along the way.

There are a few key things to keep in mind to make it work…

  1. Choose bright colors and different patterns. But don’t forget a few neutrals in case you want to go with a monochromatic look every once in a while.
  2. For shoes, have a few fun pairs in bright, solid colors. This will make it easier when mixing and matching with your patterned accessories, as well as pairing with any patterned clothing you own.
  3. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. One of my favorite pattern combos is leopard and stripes. Just be sure one pattern is smaller than the other – think small check print with a larger floral print. If that seems too scary then you could pair a patterned scarf with a solid shoe in a shade that compliments the colors in the scarf (or a patterned shoe with a solid scarf).
  4. Choose fun jewelry. There are so many options for colorful jewelry right now. A brightly colored necklace could be used in place of a scarf during warmer months.

If you’re thinking “But I don’t have any colorful shoes or scarves in my closet. How will this save me money?” I am not suggesting an accessory shopping spree (although that would be fun). I am suggesting that if you find yourself shopping for a certain color top, maybe try buying an accessory in that color instead. Remember my dear, one brightly colored scarf can give new life to multiple tops, dresses, and coats. If you bought a new top to achieve that colorful look, then all you are left with is – a top.

Some of my favorite places to shop for accessories are: Target, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s, and outlet stores (my favorites are Banana Republic and J. Crew). And don’t forget about antique and thrift stores! Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry are hand me downs from my mom and grandmothers.

To get you started with some accessory inspiration, head over to my How To Accessorize Pinterest board. You will find everything categorized not only by accessory type, but also by cost – so if you are on a budget (aren’t we all!) it will make your life a little easier.

Now I want to show you how to create three different looks, with the same foundation outfit, using accessories. I did three for fall/winter and three for spring/summer.

Let’s get started!

For the first outfit I chose bright accessories for a fun, casual look.

The second outfit is all about neutrals. To jazz it up a bit, I used leopard prints.

Last but not least, we have a dressy look. Even though the foundation outfits are made up of basic black jeans and a skirt for the bottoms and long sleeve and short sleeve tees for the tops, you can see how easy it is to dress them up without it looking odd.

I hope this has inspired you to get out your accessories and style up some new looks!

Happy Friday and happy styling!

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