Staying fashion-conscious AND keeping your bank manager happy is something of a tricky combination to maintain. With every season comes a new array of looks and styles to stay on top of, and you may feel that the best way to be on-point when it comes to your wardrobe is to constantly invest in your clothing options. You’d be wrong.
Unless you have limitless wealth, as well as a disregard for the health and sustainability of the planet, it’s best if you try to work out ways in which to indulge your fashion proclivities in a way that meets your moral compass and your financial status.
The answer to this conundrum comes in the form of accessories. For many, mistakenly, accessories are used as a final touch, a flourish, or addition to which not enough attention is paid. If this sounds familiar to you, then maybe it’s time to turn things upside down.
Here are five reasons that accessories may be the answer to your fashion budgeting problems.
Sticking to Your Budget
We live in challenging times. Whether it’s the cost of living crisis, rising inflation, or personal circumstances that may not have been helped by a pandemic that created havoc for two years, now might not be the time to spend spend spend on new outfits.
However, now might be the time to adopt a sensible approach to your wardrobe, and a great way to stick to a budget is to invest in a handful of great accessories that offer new life to items in your existing wardrobe while also giving you additional options when worn with a new item or two that you plan to buy.
A tremendous new bag or a pair of shoes that you’ve had your eye on for months might be perfect for giving clothes in your closet a new lease of life. The best way to measure the effectiveness of an accessory you might be about to purchase is to think about how it will work with the outfits you have.
If the accessory is very specific and niche, then maybe it has less value than an item that is adaptable enough to work with almost everything you own. Accessories are far more versatile than clothes you have; therefore, thinking about the accessory as being far more than an afterthought is a great place to start.
Your Chance to Stand out from the Crowd
The right choice of accessories, especially when matched to the right outfit, can be a great way to make a real statement. The pairing of the right piece and ensemble will hopefully lead to you putting together a unique look.
A great way to achieve this would be with a stylish piece of personalized jewelry, like, for instance, an elegant mother-daughter necklace, which is simultaneously a luxuriously sophisticated item as well as one with a more profound significance to the wearer.
The added bonus here is that you can wear this accessory with various options in your wardrobe, and therefore it’s a far more financially viable option than buying a host of new clothing items.
Bringing an End to Fast Fashion
We touched upon this already, but it’s worth keeping this at the forefront of your mind. We now live in a world where fast fashion is damaging the very planet we inhabit, as well as causing a vast amount of harm in third-world and developing countries where much of the cheap clothing is produced.
Too many of us are buying clothes just because they are very low cost and not because we actually want these items. Often this means we don’t even wear the things we buy, and additionally, the life cycle of the fast-fashion items is very brief and, as such, offers very little value in any sense of the word.
As absurd as it may sound, in many ways, you would be better off buying a high-end item because it would last longer and you get more value from it; alternatively, you should consider buying accessories that offer you more value from the clothes you already have, thereby being more environmentally conscious from the outset.
Making More Room In Your Life
Think about the clutter in your house. The clothes bursting out of your drawers and cupboards, a lot of which you haven’t worn for ages, if at all. If you have the right amount of good-quality accessories, then you won’t need so many clothing items in the first place.
This will help you to bring order to your closet and perhaps your life as a whole, and you won’t spend an age every morning trying on outfit after outfit in the hope of finding a look that you are happy with.
Using accessories in a considered manner will help you better manage your fashion outlook, and if you start to think about each accessory in a more considered way, you’d be amazed at how much more organized your mornings and evenings will become.