How To Look A Million Dollars On A Budget?

How To Look A Million Dollars On A Budget?

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Style is a priceless trait that you either have or do not have. A person of style would make a bunch of daisies look even more attractive in a cut crystal vase or, similarly, make a simple outfit look a million dollars with the right accessories. To “look the part” does not necessarily mean to dress head-to-toe in designer brands. On the contrary, attitude and personality make a person stand out. Unapologetic individuality is the source of style. Fashion season is a practical and inspirational guide for upcoming trends. Not everyone has the budget to purchase the latest, cutting-edge runway looks. High-street fashion, however, offers replica catwalk styles at affordable prices. Similarly, designer outlets facilitate ‘smart shopping’ for discounted investment pieces that complement high street brands. Here are five top spring/summer trends to shop for on the high street:

1. Classic Tailoring

The one-third golden rule stipulates that ‘every man should have at least one good suit and every woman at least one good jacket’ – both of which provide structure. Additionally, they are timeless wardrobe staples without which I could not live. Joe Browns stock a ravishing checked jacket priced at £75. The price of a classic Chanel jacket starts from £2,000. Plaid and tartan are essential SS21 and FW21–22 trends. Watch this fashion space.

Joe Brown Budget shopping
Ravishing Check Jacket by Joe Browns. RRP. £75

2. Floral Print

Floral pieces are super accessible and help tone down a masculine look. For example, a floral dress softens a leather jacket. Masculinity versus femininity is a predominant trend of FW21-22. The Burberry FW21-22 catwalk show highlighted the same trend in the guise of a skirt worn over trousers. If you prefer a traditional style, Paul Smith’s signature floral shirts may entice. They work well with a plain-coloured jacket and flat-fronted trousers. In terms of women’s fashion, Matalan has a bold floral print dress for £20 – the perfect style to wear at a summer barbecue.

Matalan Budget shopping
Matalan Floral Dress. RRP. £20.

3. Bumbag

The 1980s revival continues to dominate the world of fashion. The bumbag is back – a popular trend that will prevail through summer and into Fall-Winter 21–22. There is something nostalgically uber-cool about this unisex accessory. You can wear it across the body as seen on the catwalk or around the waist as part of a casual ensemble. A red rose adorns Joe Browns‘ bum bag and costs only £15 compared to Fendi’s bumbag at a staggering price of £1,090.

Joe Brown Bumbag Budget shopping
Joe Browns Funky Rose Bumbag. RRP. £15.

4. Jewelled Embellishment

Think bold and beautiful as we exit lockdown. A robust mindset will pave the way for bold fashion choices. Ideal of Sweden’s studded face masks are fashionable and provide safety against the virus. They come in five different designs priced at £39. If you appreciate a discount code, you may want to take advantage of #styleiconnat15 for 15% off everything; plus free shipping, on Ideal of Sweden’s website.

Primark and Very offer beautifully embellished shoes and accessories for shopping on a budget. Primark’s set of two combined necklaces costs £3. Very have a gorgeous pair of embellished sandals for £40, which would complement Matalan’s floral dress at £20. Based on a budget of £100, you would have an additional £40 at your disposal (now, that is a decent amount of spare change).

  • Primark Budget Shopping
  • Very. Budget Shopping

5. Power-Dressing

You may remember Dynasty – the hit American TV series from the 1980s – especially if you were born in the ’70s or ’80s. Everything about this series was ostentatious, opulent and outrageous; including the characters and fashion. Power-dressing has returned in the form of puff sleeves and oversized shoulders. The latter trend also reflects current times in which female empowerment and leadership play a significant role in cultivating diversity. Next, stock a puff-sleeve cotton boiler-suit for £62, which is thermodynamic and, as such, suitable for the summer season.

Puff Sleeve Boiler-suit. RRP. £62

How you dress, walk and talk reveal the hidden depths of your personality. Money can buy the hottest and most expensive fashion trends. A class act, however, represents intangible wealth; hence steals the show.

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Style Icon Nat

Award-winner of the 2020 UK Enterprise Awards for most innovative celebrity stylist & lifestyle writer, Natalie is London based. Additionally, she is known for her work as a content creator and launched her blog in 2017 - Style Icon Nat's The Lifestyle Collective. The latter consolidated her creative skills and supports lifestyle, fashion and beauty brands. Natalie's fashion journey began in Harrods and Browns - South Molton Street, where she worked as a fashion consultant. In 2004, Natalie continued her fashion career as a personal shopper in Selfridges and set up Style Icon Ltd (a personal shopping company) in 2005. This led to worldwide travel for private clients, red carpet styling, student mentoring, public speaking at LFW, Clothes Show Live and British Airways corporate events. The end goal is to inspire, motivate and educate people globally. Natalie has a BA (Honours) degree in social policy & politics, PGCE and creative writing certification from Central St Martins.


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