Dressing Debonair on a Budget
Our appearance forms an intrinsic part of our self: it says we are strong, confident, professional, loveable and above all other things stylish. Feeling as if your outward appearance isn’t reflecting how you feel inside can have a huge impact on how we address situations and act towards others, so it’s important to feel as if we’re presenting ourselves in the best way possible. Looking good isn’t always cheap, but if you know where to shop and how to do so with a bit of savvy you can ensure you always look your best, whether you’re wearing men’s clothing from Tesco or from a designer boutique.
Your first point of call should be low cost clothing websites and shops such as Tesco mentioned above – although you might think that the price tag on these clothes is low because the quality is too, this isn’t the case. Often the price is rock-bottom owing only to the absence of a designer label: if you can’t afford to have a suit jacket tailored, these places are especially good.
For those with a deep-burning desire for labels, outlet shops are your best bet for cheap designer clothes. These shops once stocked mostly clothes from last season and factory seconds, but now you will usually find them replete with this season’s designer must-haves. These shops often buy surplus stock from designers, cut out middle men and pass any savings on to you, so you’ll pay bottom rung prices for top shelf products.
Whether shopping in high street shops or designer outlets, beware the sale. If a product is ill-fitting, or bad quality you would be better saving the money you’d spend on it and putting it towards one really phenomenal product, or paying full price for something better quality at a cheaper shop. This isn’t to say you should avoid sales altogether, but it can be easy to let spending get out of hand at them so make sure you really evaluate your purchase before heading for the check out.
The last piece of advice you should heed is that while the label sewn in your clothes may be the most financially valuable part of your outfit, it’s not the most valuable to your appearance.
Don’t be afraid to shop with up and coming designers rather than those already established – you’re guaranteed to get a better deal for the same or similar quality this way.