Gok Wan Yourself – DIY style!

pretty-girls-sunglassesExperts have said that when we think we look good, we also feel good. Taking the time out of your day to put on clothes or put some hair products in your hair can make you look better and feel more confident.

However, with the economic pressures facing us today, how can you continue to look good?

Here are five tips for both men and women to help you look good without destroying your budget.

Buy Basics

Spend your money on carefully chosen basics that can be worn many times.

  • White T-shirts
  • A decent quality pair of jeans
  • The unbeatable black dress
  • Quality and comfortable shoes

Jazz Up Your Outfits With Accessories

For women, this includes:

  • Jewellery
  • Nail colour
  • Bling your shoes
  • Bag
  • Perfume

For men, this includes:

  • Sunglasses
  • Jacket over your white shirt.
  • Watch
  • Fashion Glasses (Clear Lense)
  • Hat

Remodel Your Clothing

That jacket you bought will look brand new if you snip off the buttons and sew some new ones on. For a drastically different look, buy big, bold buttons. If you are looking for a more subtle change, simply use a different colour button or a different shape. Cut old jeans down to make shorts and hem a pair of khakis to make capris.

Dig in Your Cupboards

There’s no need to spend tons of money on expensive:

  • Face creams
  • Hair conditioners
  • Bubble baths
  • Soaps

You probably have what you need at home:

Plain yogurt or whipped egg whites both work wonders on your face, and a puree of banana and avocado makes a great hair conditioner. Pour a little olive or coconut oil in your bath for a natural path to smooth skin.

There are plenty of online resources with natural recipes you could play with!

Buy Used

Charity shops have become more commercial and therefore more expensive.

Instead, get clothes from:

  • Jumble sales
  • Car boot sales
  • Freecycle type websites
  • Friends throwing out clothes

People often get rid of items that have only been worn a few times and can make a great addition to your wardrobe.

You can find:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Jewellery
  • Bags

Follow 10 Great Fashion Brands & Download Their FREE Apps

The other option is to shop the clearance racks at your favourite clothes shop. Why not download brand applications to your smartphone to see the latest styles?  Items often go for £5 and less online and instore, so be on the lookout for these deals, as well as half-price sales that are regular events at such shops.

Start with these tips to look fabulous at a low cost. Once you get started, you will discover more great ideas of how to shop smartly within your budget.

H&M Hennes & Mauritzwww.hm.com – H&M (Hennes & Mauritz)  They offer fashionable clothes for men women and children.  You’ll be sure to get inspiration or even find an affordable bargain. Make sure you follow H&M on Twitter @hm

You can download their FREE application for Apple or Android

New Look Clothingwww.newlook.com – You’ll find the latest trends and hottest fashion in womens clothing, mens fashion, for teens and kids. Make sure you follow New Look on Twitter @NewLookFashion

You can download their FREE application for Apple or Android

River Island Clothingwww.riverisland.com – You can find all the latest clothing trends at River Island as well as the latest girls and boys clothes collection. Why not follow River Island on Twitter for the latest news or competitions they have running @river_island

You can download their FREE application for Apple

Top Shop Clothingwww.topshop.com – See the latest shop fashion styles for female clothing. You also be able to keep up to date with their designer collaborations. Follow Topshop on Twitter and they recon they can be your ultimate fashion fix @Topshop

You can download their FREE applications for Apple or Android

Abercrombie & Fitch Clothingwww.abercrombie.co.uk – In partnership with the best mills the Abercrombie & Finch brand will never disappoint you for quality, style or fit. Follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with treads @Abercrombie

You can download their FREE applications for Apple

ASOS clotheswww.asos.com – Fashion for women’s and men’s clothing. Look at over 40000 styles, together with dresses, jeans, shoes and accessories. Follow ASOS on Twitter for the latest news and fashion tips @asos

You can download their FREE application for Apple or Android

Superdry Clotheswww.superdry.com – Superdry fuses design influences from Japanese graphics and vintage Americana, with the values of British tailoring.  Keep up to date with trends and styles and follow Superdry on Twitter @Superdry

You can download their FREE application for Apple

Next Clotheswww.next.co.uk – I think most of us have queued for the Next sales! Lots of great clothes for men, women, and children. Right up there with fashion and quality. Make sure you follow them for the inside-track on all things fashion @nextofficial

You can download their FREE application for Apple

Miss Selfridges Clotheswww.missselfridge.com – Find the latest trends, going out fashion, dresses, blouses, trousers, skirts and petite clothing for women. Follow Miss Selfridge for the latest news and tips for gorgeous head-to-toe style @_MissSelfridge_

You can download their FREE application for Apple or Android

Burtons Mensware London Clotheswww.burton.co.uk – One of the UK’s leading men’s clothing & fashion retailers, with a range of men’s clothing designed to make you look & feel good. Use the hashtag #GreatBritishStyle on their Twitter account! @Burton_Menswear

You can download their FREE application for Apple

Really Useful Application (Watch The Video)

GoodguideGoodguide.com The goodguide website makes it fast and easy to find safe, healthy, green, and ethical products, instantly delivering the information you need, when you need it most — in a store and on the go. Although it doesn’t list EVERYTHING in the UK I have found it most useful. Follow Goodguide.com on Twitter @goodguide

You can download the FREE application via Apple or Android

Watch an interesting video about the goodguide application

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Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) , What Stationers (2007) and more recently, Peter Millikin (2018). Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment.

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