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How to Define Your Personal Style When You’re on a Budget

This article has been syndicated from The Happy Arkansan, an InfluenceHer Collective Member. Read the full post here.

Finding your personal style when you are on a budget can be difficult. How can you experiment with fashion when you have very little in your bank account? That’s why we’re featuring ten ways to define your personal style, even when you don’t have much money to do so.

1. Take a look in your closet for inspiration

First things first, we need to look in your closet. Unless you hate everything in your closet, there is a chance that there are at least a few pieces in your wardrobe that you love.

  • Any clothes you reach to all the time? What closet pieces do you gravitate toward frequently? What are the most worn pieces in your closet? Pull those out so you can examine what makes them unique.
  • What do you have multiples of? Maybe you have multiple flannel shirts or many black dresses. Whatever you have multiples of means that you like the way it makes you feel in some way or another. Get to the bottom of why that is.
  • Anything you haven’t worn in forever? Maybe you don’t like the color, the style, or anything in between. Think about the feelings you get when you skip over those pieces. Why do you do that?
  • What outfit makes you feel your best? If you could pick just one outfit to be your power outfit, what would it be? Pick the entire outfit out of your closet and rock it for a bit. Get to the bottom of why it makes you feel so special.

You may also want to do a closet challenge like the Be More With Less Project 333 challenge. This challenge asks you to bring down your wardrobe to just 33 items for three months. Doing a challenge like this will make you think about what clothes make you happy, figure out how you can style them in several ways, and be aware of what you like and don’t like when the three months is up.

2. Become a professional window shopper

I used to hate trying on clothes in stores, primarily when I was sure I wouldn’t buy anything. I soon realized that trying on clothes is a great way to take a peek at a ton of clothes and pick pieces that honestly speak to you. You can try on a bunch of different clothes from a wide array of sources, get out of your comfort zone, and do it all without actually spending a dime.

Don’t try on the entire store, but pick a few pieces you would never actually buy right off the rack and see how you like them on. Then, if you genuinely do like them, you can purchase them. Go to a variety of stores to do this, not just the ones that you usually frequent. We all know Old Navy is the best, but you gotta break out of your comfort zone and try new things!

3. Go for cheap, quality fashion

When you are on a budget, one of the best things you can do is find a few places that sell quality clothing at a low price. I recently picked up a few items from SheIn. I have to say that all of the clothing was quality. I purchased the cute scalloped pearl shirt from this post on SheIn!

There are so many sites out there that have cheap, quality clothing. It’s a great way to explore more trendy fashion without spending big bucks on it if you aren’t sure that you will love a trend.

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