It is a sad day for Aussie fashionistas because today is the end of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney.
The five days of countless runways, celebrity attendees and ultra-chic clothing has probably infected you with a bit of shopping envy.
But thankfully you can still put your best stilettoed foot forward, without breaking the bank, by following these simple tips to dress your best on a budget:
- Go Thrift Shopping
Take a page out of Macklemore’s book by popping some tags at your local thrift shop. The crammed racks of your local Vinnie’s and second hand markets are goldmines swarming with vintage Gucci handbags and Ralph Lauren denim – and most are under $50.
Mozo Hint: Shop mid-week. Most op shops receive the bulk of their donations over the weekend meaning the weekdays are the best times to get your hands on the newer stock.
- Buy High Quality Clothing
You might think paying a lot for quality clothing is counter-intuitive especially because there are cheap brands out there offering reasonably fab clothing. But think about how many washes you will get out of a $15 dress from H&M. Instead, fill your wardrobe with high quality timeless classics like the ultimate trench, LBD and white shirt – which are guaranteed to last longer and never stop being chic.
- Host a Clothes Swap Party
Breathe new life into your wardrobe by hosting a clothes swap. Get together with a group of friends and trade your unwanted (but wearable) clothes. Without spending a dollar you can snag a new outfit and have a great night in. Alternatively, you can swap your clothes with complete strangers online through platforms like the Aussie-owned Clothing Exchange. All you have to do is create a personal profile, upload your unwanted clothes and swap.
- Rent a Outfit
If you have a massive event coming up this year and don’t want to fork out for a new fabulous frock you’ll only wear once, rent your outfit instead. A quick search of the web will show plenty of websites offering designer gear for rent at a fraction of the original price. For example rentmyrack.com.au stocks designers like Bec & Bridge, Aje and Nicola Finetti for up to 70% less than the price tag.
- Shop Off Season
Summer is the perfect time to build up your winter wardrobe of jackets, coats and jumpers and the same applies in winter for purchasing tees and shorts. Shopping off season can often mean huge savings if you are willing to wait patiently for the clearance sales. On top of that you will never stress that you have nothing to wear for the upcoming season.
How do you do fashion for less?