Whenever we have an important event to attend such as a friend’s wedding or the newest godchild’s christening, we immediately reach for the latest fashion blogs to inspire us. We assume that we need to purchase a new outfit that in all probability will only be worn once. This is uneconomical and is a waste of your hard earned cash. Surely, there is a more wallet friendly way of retaining your fashionista title without breaking the bank. Take a look at these ideas to source a new outfit that will enable you to remain at the forefront of the latest fashion trends.

High Street         If you are a lover of the New York, London and Paris fashion shows, then you will be totally clued up into what’s hot and what’s not. Head to your local high street and see what items of clothing are on the shelf that take their inspiration from the catwalk. Often high street clothing is great quality and allows you to show off your fashion credentials at a fraction of the cost of designer wear.

If the event that you are planning your outfit for is at a time of year when there is an abundance of clothing sales, time your jaunt to the high street wisely. You may be able to pick up a bargain!

If an entire outfit consisting of clothing from high street retailers makes your skin crawl, consider accessorizing with something designer. Look for those Louboutins that you’ve been after for as long as you can remember or pop over to Chanel to grab the clutch bag that you’ve had your eye on. But be restrained. Remember, you are trying to save money.

Customize         If heading out to the shops is not an avenue that you are willing to go down, you could think about customizing an item of clothing that you already own. By sourcing the best tailor for your budget, you will ensure that your little black dress can be given a new lease of life through some clever alterations. If you’re not a dab hand with the sewing machine, employing the services of a professional will be money well spent.

More Bang For Your Buck           By recycling an outfit, whether customized or not, you are saving money. More importantly, you are getting to wear those items of clothing that you have cherished in the past but for some reason have found themselves languishing at the back of your wardrobe. If you feel confident and happy in your outfit, you will radiate that confidence in every room that you walk into. Your fashion choices are an expression of your mood and personality, so it’s vital that you feel content with your choice of outfit, whether it’s a flowing summer day dress or a sexy little black number.


Take a chance and divert your attention away from the catwalk for just one event. You never know, you may love the uniqueness of your customized outfit and designer / high street combinations so much that you’ll never return to the catwalk again.
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Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.