I have always been a bargain hunter, especially when it comes to clothes. Last weekend I went shopping for the first time in forever and I realised as I was looking for pieces, I was always so conscious of the price and making sure I got the best bargain possible. In this process I picked up the below Bardot two piece, which was VERY popular on my Instagram page mind you, which of course means people like it right? It was $75 the top and skirt and I even got a discount for a pen mark. I also picked up a hologram Marc Jacobs IPAD case/clutch and a gold choker from David Jones for $2!
The point to my story is: Just because it's not expensive, doesn't mean it can't look good. It's the way you put it together. I have found amazing things recently and people always seem to comment on the pieces I buy that are from the cheaper stores. I do admit I look through everything and as a stylist I know what I'm looking for.
Here are some tips of what to look for:
1. Always look for interesting shapes- Now I'm not saying go look for a top in the shape of a love heart but asymmetric lines and interesting cuts always look unique and add a chic touch to an outfit. This top cost me $24.99, less than a meal.
2. Distressed is best- I know the older generation don't get the "ripped" jeans trend because every time I'm walking down the street and an older man walks past me they seem to ask if a rat ate my jeans. In saying that ripped jeans and a stripe shirt always seem to look simple but cool and you can pick them up for next to nothing. The above jeans from Cotton on are $49.95 and you can grab a stripe top for $20 from Supre.
3. If in doubt, wear gold- Jewellery that is! A gold choker and some staked rings add edge and street style vibe to your look. Below is a shoot I styled with Inka for Supre and the gold choker gives it a more finished feeling. Shop similar below for $3 at Colette.
4. Buy a black Barely There heel- They go with everything, make everything look more expensive and really are a staple. The below are on sale for $69 from ASOS.
Look at fabrics, prints you haven't seen in every store and also fit of pieces. Buying over sized pieces is something I always recommend as it can look cooler and less contrived.
Think about your hair and make-up when wearing cheaper pieces as that also adds to the look. A natural wave and a red lip always does the trick.
Faux leather skinnies and shorts go back with everything, always! so invest in some!
STORES TO HIT:
- CHICABOOTI- Good for basics, on trend pieces and a LBD.
- SUPRE- They have every basic under the sun for less than $20 and I always manage to find amazing Tran-seasonal pieces.
- THE $10 SHOP ON GEORGE STREET- Don't laugh because I bet you will find something in there that you want. Great for crop tops and clothes to party in, as well as cute little play suits. Located near Park and George Street.
- ASOS SALE- It's always on and it's always good. Your one stop shop for everything.
- MISSGUIDED- Want to look like Kimmy K for under $100? this is where you need to head.
- GLASSONS- Great trenches and knits and perfect for work wear.
- COTTON ON & COTTON ON BODY- Killer denim, cute tops, I always find something I want to buy in there. Cotton on body is my one stop shop for exercise gear and love wearing there crop tops for everyday wear.
MY TOP FIVE SALE PICKS OF THE WEEK
Off the shoulder top, $20, Bardot
Jumpsuit, $39.99, Hello Molly
|Shoes, $29.50, ASOS|
|Top, $15, Supre|
Skirt, $35, Tigermist