Accessorizing Your Look on the Cheap ...

As the seasons change, the pressure is on us to update and reinvent our wardrobes. But few of us have a Kardashian fashion budget so we need to use our smarts and get inventive with what we do have.

A great way to get a whole new vibe with very familiar outfits is simply to change your accessories. Add a scarf, slap on some chunky costume jewelry or swap boots for flats and you’ll be looking fantastic without breaking the bank.

Whatever look you’re aiming for, you can definitely achieve without breaking the bank. Try these top tips on how to accessorise your look on the cheap, saving money and staying on trend.

1. Start with the Toes

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Every gorgeous outfit has its foundation in a great pair of shoes, sandals or boots so don’t skimp on good footwear as it will pay off in the long run. Boots are incredibly versatile and can transform an outfit – team them with jeans for casual daywear or go formal with a shift dress for evening. Invest in your feet and they’ll stand by you forever!

2. Flea Markets Are Your Friend

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Get down to your local market, haunt yard sales, and browse thrift stores for unexpected treasures that won’t cost the earth. Be patient and you are guaranteed to unearth some gems every so often. Look for shoes that have rarely, if ever, been worn, scarves from the likes of Versace and funky hats that are a terrific way of dressing up any outfit.

3. Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

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Department and mall stores are awash with affordable versions of the designer accessories that are way beyond most of our pocketbooks. Bags with a name such as Chloe or Burberry attached to it are way beyond the budget of most of us but the look and style is most definitely within our reach. Go for the imitations that give you the look at a fraction of the cost.

4. Make Costume Jewelry the Jewel in Your Crown

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Wearing one great piece of jewelry is often the most effective way to accessorize an outfit, but the trend for costume jewelry means you can have a lot of funky, colorful and interesting pieces for a relatively small outlay. Now you can team interesting earrings, bangles and bracelets with any outfit, changing your look every time you swap a piece.

5. That’s a Wrap

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Throwing on a scarf or wrap is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to accessorize on the cheap. You don’t have to be swathed in a cashmere pashmina. There are lots of shawls and scarves in cheaper fabrics that look every bit as stylish that will have the same positive effect on your style. Go for bright colors and intricate patterns for a bold style, or select solid colors to match your shoes and purse for a look that never goes out of fashion.

All it takes is a little thought and invention to learn how to accessorize on the cheap, and keep your wardrobe fresh and up to date no matter the season.

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