I’m a big believer in investing in good quality, classic pieces, to last your wardrobe a lifetime – but that doesn’t mean you won’t find me rummaging the rails of Primark from time to time. There’s definitely a place for ‘fast fashion’ in my wardrobe, but inexpensive clothes don’t have to look cheap. When shopping in more affordable stores, I have a few rules I stick to.
Pick good fabrics. Anything thin, nylon, or scratchy is a no go. There are plenty of inexpensive fabrics that still look and feel nice, so make sure you have a good feel of the fabrics beforehand. Primark do some incredibly soft sweaters for around £10, and I always give leggings a stretch to check they don’t go see through. Pick dresses and skirts in heavier fabrics, they’ll hang nicer and look more expensive!
Be wary of buttons and hardware. Cheap buttons or dodgy zips and buckles can be a massive giveaway of price. I always steer clear of plasticky buttons or anything with a name printed on, and look for shirts with hidden or cute buttons. When it comes to handbags, I try to steer clear of anything with too much metal hardware, as it can fade, crack or look tired much quicker than it should.
Check the stitching. I always leave things with a wide stitch, not only does it look cheaper, but they tend to fray or come unstitched after a few washes. The hat I’m wearing in these photos, for example, has the tiniest little stitches you’ve ever seen, making it look and feel more expensive than the £9 it cost.
Match your metals. Because this dress had rose gold buttons, I opted for rose gold earrings, and a watch with rose gold details too. It helps keep things looking put together and purposeful!
What are your tips for buying inexpensive clothes?
WHAT I WORE
DRESS – PRIMARK // HAT – PRIMARK // SADDLE BAG – PRIMARK // BOOTS – ASH // WATCH – SKAGEN // EARRINGS – ACCESSORIZE // LIPSTICK – NYX MATTE LIP CREAM IN MONTE CARLO