Ever since we watched “Sex and the City,” we’ve had an obsession with haute couture. Who doesn’t wish they could strut around in Manolo Blahniks the way Carrie did, or wear custom-tailored suits like Mr. Big. Unfortunately, we do not have the producers of the popular show to give the bottomless budget that the characters enjoyed. Instead, we must find unique methods to establish yourself as a fashion-forward individual.
Fortunately, there are a few ways you can enhance your wardrobe that will not cost a fortune. You can find unique items online, at thrift stores, and flea markets. You can create some of your own pieces as well. Accessorizing is key to turning your budget-friendly attire into something of which you can be proud.
Finding Second Hand Treasures
Finding accessories at flea markets and second-hand shops can be challenging. However, you may find a one-of-a-kind bauble that you will wear forever. The trick is to visit as many shops as you can. If you are vigilant and dig through bin after bin of discount bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, you may find something that will complement a solid-colored shirt or a little black dress perfectly.
A fun vintage bowling shirt will tell people that you love retro culture and have a good sense of humor. If you have a curvy figure, you may want to try on a dress from the ’50s. If you are a bit leaner, a flapper dress from the 1920s may be a good option.
You can also find wide belts, ties, and shirt dresses from the sixties and seventies which still cry so much fashion kudos. If you look hard and often enough, you could find something worth much more than you pay for it. Be sure to keep an eye out for watches. A lot of people will not know the value of a classic timepiece.
Create Your Own Accessories
There are limitless possibilities for making bracelets, necklaces, and other pieces of jewelry. You can make a piece of jewelry out of recycled materials or go to a bead store to get the materials you need.
You may want to take a jewelry-making class and learn how to create pieces out of metal.
A personalized necklace with birthstones or beads in your favorite colors is easy to make and will compliment many different outfits. You can make specific pieces to go with individual outfits.
Create T-shirts and Accessories Online
Let’s face it, creating jewelry and looking for antiques is awfully time-consuming. According to information from click printful.com, there are websites where you can design custom t-shirts, handbags, or pairs of socks online.
The better websites offer a tool on which you can create or upload a design or type in a word or phrase that you would like to appear on an article of clothing. You can then select an item on which your design will appear.
The company will print and ship it to you on demand. Some companies will even have advanced sewing machines that can create embroidered designs. You will definitely set yourself apart from the crowd when you show up wearing a hat with your family crest, a t-shirt with your motto, or a pair of socks with an image of your favorite pet.
Fashion accessories can let people know a little bit about you from the very first time they meet you. Adding something all your own to an ensemble will let everyone know how creative and wonderfully unusual you are.