Flower print blazer
45 CAD – blackfive.com
81 CAD – bardot.com.au
Ballet flat shoes
165 CAD – londonsole.com
Mango black patent handbag
48 CAD – mango.com
Chanel kohl jewelry
Georg jensen watch
1,470 CAD – selfridges.com
Tory Burch resin flower jewelry
73 CAD – toryburch.com
Pedro del Hierro ring
37 CAD – yoox.com
Italia Independent square sunglasses
230 CAD – shopbop.com
49 CAD – arbonne.ca
37 CAD – arbonne.ca
Do you ever feel like you’ve entered a fashion black hole? Like everyone you see looks amaze, and you are dowdy at best? I feel like this is something that even the most fashion-conscious individuals go through from time to time, especially when our budget is tight and does not permit us to indulge our inner shopaholic.
This is also problematic for the person who works somewhere that requires you to look half-decent 5 days a week, so then what’s a girl (or guy) to do when they experience wardrobe woes? A little style creativity that’s what! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again browsing through the recent street style photos or fashion week slides on Style.com is my favourite style pick-me-up (through if you are on a budget this may cause temptation for shopping). But if you are strong-willed enough to avoid an impromptu shopping spree, you can definitely use this inspiration to style the items already in your closet to create a new, never-before-seen (on you) look.
Another way to get out of a fashion rut is to do some thrifting (yes, I know this qualifies as shopping but it’s a cheaper option that satisfies that craving for new stuff without breaking le bank.) If you’re in Canada check out your local Value Village, Salvation Army or Goodwill. Thrift shops not your thing? Why not try a local consignment shop (quality, gently-used designer goods at a fraction of the original price) there are many in Ottawa such as Act II, Milo Mode, AMH Style, My Sister’s Closet, Snazzy Seconds, Bella, and Clothes Encounters of a Second Time, to name a few.
Another option to up your chic quota when you’re feeling blah is to get a hair cut, there is nothing like a good trim and blowdry to make you feel like a bazillion dollars! Or you can change you hair colour, albeit that’s a bit more of a drastic option if you’re just having an off day or week but to quote Clueless, “Cher’s main thrill in life is a makeover, it gives her a sense of control in a world full of chaos.” (Love that movie.) It really does give you a pick-me-up and a makeover can also make your once-thought boring wardrobe feel new again. You could also try some new make-up (another one that isn’t the most wallet-friendly, but we all need to treat ourselves every once and awhile). I’m loving the makeup primer by Arbonne (smooth as silk), paired with the Perfecting Liquid Foundation by Arbonne for a flawless but light-feeling, full-coverage look. Interested in Arbonne?
One last point to consider, if you look into your closet and don’t see much you want to wear, could it be that you are a bit behind on your laundry? Or that you forgot to do a pick-up from the dry cleaners? I know I’ve had this problem but once all the laundry was put away in my closet I was pleasently surprised at how much I had, some pieces of clothing that I had all but forgotten about. Another budget-friendly trick for a quick wardrobe pick-me-up is to go and get a few inexpensive tank-tops or t-shirts from your local Joe Fresh, Target, Walmart etc. There’s nothing like a new, soft, cotten piece of clothing to liven up your old faithfuls when you are wardrobe-bored.
Hope this helps anyone out there who is in the same downward spiral as me and happy weekend!