Summer is well and truly here, and before it gives way to the gloomy gray of fall we still have a lot more people to see and places in which to be seen. But the skyrocketing cost of living (and the way our economy seems to prevent us from being able to handle it) mean that we can’t always dedicate as much of our hard earned money to looking good as we might like. There was a time when we’d sniff at all but the most prestigious of brands and the most authentic products, but in a capricious economy, we must make a simple choice; look good or pay the bills… Or must we? With just a little awareness and foresight, we can scythe down the cost of looking good without throwing our money away on inferior cosmetics or throwing ourselves headlong into the ethical black hole of fast fashion.
Here are just a few ways in which you can cut the cost of looking good…
Think twice about where you buy
High street retailers may be your go to when you want to get your fashion fix, but their enormous markups mean that you’re almost never getting good value for money. And even if you are lucky enough to find something good on sale, you have to elbow your way past the fervent hordes to get to it. Instead, consider shopping in online boutiques like Filly Flair, visit our website. Because online retailers have fewer overhead costs they’re able to pass the savings on to you. Thrift shops are also a great place to bag a bargain while doing some good for a charitable cause. Likewise, you’d be astonished at the bargains you can find on eBay for good as new clothes.
Make your own cosmetics and beauty products
“I don’t know from making my own cosmetics!”, you’re probably thinking. But you’d be astonished at how easy it is. WIth just a few common household ingredients and a little bit of patience, you’d be amazed at what you can create at almost no cost. You can make your own deodorant with a little coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda and some essential oils, your own makeup with cocoa powder and burnt almond and your own body scrub with table sugar. Wellness Mama has some great recipes which are easy to make and astonishingly effective.
Make combinations your greatest accessory
Before you buy something new take a good long look at your wardrobe and ask yourself, “Do I really need to buy something new?”. We all love the feeling of wearing something new. That subtle but indisputable feeling of renewal and reinvention… But you can actually get that by wearing your old clothes in new ways or in different combination. That advice the Queer Eye guys always give about layering? It’s not just for dudes. Just take a look at how zero waste pioneer Bea Johnson is able to make 50 outfits from just 15 articles of clothing.
Looking good needn’t be difficult and it certainly needn’t be expensive!