Do you enjoy looking at magazines, watching TV shows, and surfing Pinterest to get inspiration for your look? There are countless sources of fashion and it can easily become overwhelming. Pinterest alone can make you wish for that perfect hair and flawless makeup. But thankfully, with the help of the internet, you can learn to accomplish just about any style goal you could come up with. And this doesn’t have to break your bank account. Over the years, I’ve learned when and where to shop for the best deals. From a teenager, to a college student, to a 20-something year old getting established, spending too much money on life’s extras can be damaging. So if you’re looking to revamp your current style trend, but don’t want to go broke in the process, check out these 5 ways to makeover your look, on a budget!
A New Hairstyle
Possibly my all-time favorite way to change up my look is with a new hairstyle. No matter what I do to my wardrobe and makeup, it never seems to change my appearance quite like a good haircut. Obviously, depending on where you get your hair done, you may end up spending a lot of money. Thankfully I’ve discovered a fantastic hair stylist working at my local Great Clips. Now I can get an amazing hair cut for a fraction of the cost of most hair stylists.
I’m a little amazed at how strongly people become attached to their hair. My advice: if you have long hair, try going short. Sometimes people had a bad experience with short hair. This time, find a good stylist and get it done right. You may just find out you like it short! On the flip side, if you’ve kept your hair short for a long period of time, try going a little longer. The change in pace is fun and gives you something different to look at. Trust me. It’s all about the hair!
Just be sure to find lots of pictures and examples of what you want. This will make your stylist happy and make the entire experience so much better. Whether it’s pinning or printing, be well prepared and know what you want. Oh, and once you find a stylist you like, stick with them! You’ll get more consistent results and will be happier with each haircut. Regardless of where you get it done, finding a good stylist is the starting point to a good hair style.
So, I have a confession to make…. My makeup routine kind of got stuck in a rut…for several years. And it’s not that it looked good. It was just easy, and really all that I knew how to do. But I was never very happy with it. That’s why about a year ago I decided to go a little bolder and add more pizzazz. And I have not regretted it.
As I mentioned earlier, Pinterest can be a great resource for finding helpful tips and tricks to make your cosmetics look professional. And don’t forget YouTube! Watching other people at work is how I learn the best. You’re able to watch the step-by-step process and even see the techniques used.
So back to changing up your cosmetics…. I would recommend trying to do the opposite of whatever you’ve been doing. Simple, right? If you normally wear very little and a lot of neutrals, try going to some smokey eye shadows and a little eye liner to define your eyes. However, if you’re used to wearing dark colors and heavy makeup, why not experiment with some skin tones and a fresh, natural look? I really enjoy buying eye shadow sets.
It gives me the opportunity to really change up my look on a daily basis. For some days I may want to go light and neutral, whereas for certain days or events I may want to wear something dark and elegant. If you give yourself some variety, you may be more inclined to experiment a little. Be sure to wear flattering colors and use the right amount that works for you and your lifestyle, but don’t be afraid to mix it up.
A New Wardrobe
Are you one of those people who loves shopping? Or would you do just about anything to stay out of the clothes department? I’d have to say I’m right in the middle. I have to be in the mood to go shopping. If I’m not feeling it, I will be bored before I walk into the store. Other times, I’m buying clothes and shoes left and right and spending way more money than I should be. I guess sometimes there’s just no in between. But no matter where you find yourself on this spectrum, here are a few ideas for the next time you find yourself shopping.
Different is the name of this game. If you’re not going to buy something different then you’re not really accomplishing anything. While you shouldn’t be buying something that you hate, don’t be afraid to buy some unique pieces for your wardrobe. I love it when I find something that’s unlike anything else I own. Finding some new textures, colors, and patterns are good ways to give a little variety to what you wear.
I remember when I was a kid I really liked the color blue. And it seemed like every time I went shopping for clothes and found something I liked, I would pick it in a shade of blue. It was a subconscious decision. But I also remember that one day I noticed several of my shirts were blue. Since then, whenever I go shopping, one of the things I consider is, “Do I have something that looks like this?” or “Do I already have something this color?” It’s a good practice to have if you want to liberate your closet from being blah. And just because something is a good price, don’t get 5 of the same item in different colors.
So where does your budget fit in? Clothes shopping is bad for your bank account, right? Yes, if you don’t have the spending money. And also yes, if you’re needing to shop for 50% of your wardrobe at one time. Instead, I like to combine buying a piece or two at a time with shopping at the right stores. Let’s start with the store.
Some of my favorite stores to hit up are Kohl’s, J.C. Penney’s, and Walmart. Yes, Walmart. It wasn’t until recently that I really started noticing that I liked some of Walmart’s stuff. I’ve managed to buy several shirts on clearance for $1-7. Sometimes they have some really great items for really great prices. Other retail stores are budget-friendly if you stick around the clearance racks and use extra discounts. Gotta love those sales!
Part two goes something like this: if you see clearance (usually 70% or more), take a look. I normally do not find more than 1-3 pieces that I actually like the style of; plus, clearance racks also make it more difficult to find something in just the right size. While this may be a little frustrating, it does help out your budget. If you shop these racks, you can usually find items for less than $10 each. It’s also helpful because many of these items are from a different season of the year. Stock up on some sweaters and other warm clothing and save it for the cooler months of the year; or vice versa, of course.
Some New Accessories
While maybe a little less noticeable, jewelry is still a girl’s best friend. Whether you wear 2 earrings or 20, having the right amount amount of sparkle or bling can really finish off your look. If you check out the jewelry selections at places like Walmart and Kohl’s, you can find some awesome pieces for less than $5. Whether you’re looking for something big and flashy or small and delicate, you should be able to find what you like for just a little money.
But jewelry isn’t the only accessory. Scarves have recently become a big favorite with all their textures and patterns, giving a nice finishing touch. It’s obvious that scarves aren’t just for the cold months anymore. Bags, sunglasses, and hair accessories are just a few other way to easily makeover your look. Accessories are perfect for complimenting your hair and outfit; however, they can also be great for contrasting your wardrobe, if done correctly. Pairing flashy accessories with a simple top is a fun way to get creative. Overall, just be sure to have some variety and try something new.
Finding Your Size
Possibly the most economical way to makeover your look is your weight. So many people (especially women) are unhappy with their current weight. While some are constantly battling to lose weight, others struggle to gain weight. Once you know your ideal, healthy weight, work towards it. Eating healthy, correct portions and exercising can put you on the fast track to being your ideal weight. While these may not be the only steps you have to take, making a few simple changes to your lifestyle can be easy and budget-friendly. Once you’ve reached your goal, you’ll feel more confident about yourself and your new style!
I hope these simple tips will inspire you find your style, or maybe even a new style. No matter who you are, changing up your look can be both easy and inexpensive! Don’t let finances get in the way. By using a little planning and a lot of clearance prices, you can makeover your look on a budget.