It may be a twinkle of an eye to overhaul an entire closet with a six figure salary and a stylist on speed dial, but the question for many of us is how do you go making changes if your bank account is more fruit juice than champagne?
Whether you feel the urge to smarten up or you are just fed up with being asked whose funeral it is everyday, here are 5 inexpensive ways to look money.
1. ASK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS
Saving money starts with being wise about what you invest in. You don’t need it, don’t buy it. You’re not sure about it, don’t buy it, Simple. That doesn’t mean you’ll indefinitely go away and come in a week to know how you feel about it. Think about your wardrobe, which would remain no matter how bored you are of it? Will the new purchase match your basics or will it require backup from an extra 3 new purchases?
The most internal debate worth having while shopping is whether what you’re buying will actually help you switch up your style.
2. SWITCH UP
New clothes are not the only way to escape the wardrobe gloom. An updated hairstyle or refreshed facial hair can dramatically change your overall look. If people are used to seeing a Mohawk on top of your head, ask for a French crop the next time you’re in the chair, or go for a clean shave rather than the bearded trend for few weeks or months.
3. KNOW YOUR SOULMATE BRAND
Know the brands that have your back. Know the brand that suits you. You do not want to buy on a budget and expect to buy some really expensive wears. You can buy a T Shirt with really good quality at low cost and afford to buy 3 of that designer compared to when you use more than the amount of the 3 shirts you bought to buy 1 other designer. You can try out new looks and trends without making a dent on your bank account.
To make your looks top notch and stop them from becoming stale, you need to accessorize to keep things fresh. Jewelry is the most obvious way to add a new accent to old outfits. When it comes to achieving an office overhaul, even suits and ties can grow dull. If that’s your usual uniform, swap traditional silk neckwear for something knitted or get into the habit of throwing a pocket square into the mix.
5. TAKE IT UP WITH YOUR TAILOR
When all fails, your tailor wouldn’t. Visiting a tailor can take a wallowing jacket and trouser substandard to outstanding, giving a subtle lift to your look in the process. Most dry cleaners have an in-house tailor that can take on trouser hems and sleeve lengths, but if your aim is to make even the most basic suit look like something you picked up from Mai Atafo, it’s worth consulting the experts. Alongside popular requests like changing buttons and letting out garments, tailors can also re-line old jackets and even copy your favourite pieces in a completely new colour or fabric.