Myth #4 - 'You have to spend a lot of money to have a wardrobe you love'
A comment I often hear is that 'I don't have enough money to dress well', or something to that effect. When it comes to the cost of the clothes you actually buy, you can, but you don't have to, spend a lot of money.
Building off the previous myth on the value of investing in an image consultant we are going to talk about investing in the actual pieces. While yes, you typically get better fitting, better made, and better fabric when you spend more money (but that's not guaranteed), which all help in you feeling better, spending more does not mean you will feel amazing.
Some incredibly stylish people I've known over my lifetime have created their wardrobes on a very limited budget.
The most important thing is knowing your style. Who are you and how do you want to express yourself through the clothes you wear? This gives you so much focus when looking for clothing.
While I'm not a huge fan of fast fashion because it's not great for the environment, typically not good quality, and not great for the people who make the clothes, I'm also not a fan of buying in excess.
I have done this in the past, but have worked hard to make changes...one step at a time.
Here are a few ways you can look and feel stylish on a limited budget:
Shop your closet. On average people only wear 20% of what's in their wardrobe, so the least expensive thing you can do (and best for the environment) is to wear what you have. Wear things you already own in new ways. There is so much inspiration out there, find a picture you love and recreate the look with what you have. Then evaluate how you feel in that outfit.
Thrift! When you know what you want and what you are looking for, thrifting is so much easier because you're not aimlessly wandering and feeling overwhelmed. You have focus because you know what you are looking for or what you feel amazing in.
Attend or host a clothing swap. Sometimes what we are tired of could be amazing for someone else. So grab some girlfriends (and maybe a bottle of wine), have everyone bring things that are still in good condition, but don't wear anymore, and start swapping. Challenge each other to share the new ways they are wearing the pieces!
Have a plan. It can take time to build a wardrobe you love, but doing it one piece at a time will get you there before you know it.
It takes time to build your dream wardrobe (it can take years!).
Don't think you need to rush out and buy it all now. Get creative and take your time!