How to Feel (and look) Great on a Budget

20 September 2020



Every season there are new styles and fashions advertised that we can feel influenced to buy into in order to stay on-trend. But a lot of it is expensive, fast-fashion that is also unsustainable. 

A better idea is to use the trends as inspiration but to shop creatively and build a wardrobe based on principles that don't sacrifice any of the quality. 

Buy second-hand

Buying your clothing second-hand can be the most ethical and environmentally friendly way to buy "new" clothes for your wardrobe. It will help you save money and support good causes without sacrificing any of the quality – what is unwanted by someone else can be unique to you. It also saves  resources that go into the manufacturing of new clothing. 

For example, Cotton Cultivation. Cotton is used in almost all clothing and requires huge amounts of space and vast water quantities to produce. 

Fix your Posture

Over time some people can develop rounded shoulders that can impact the way you look and feel about yourself. This can happen because the shoulder blades – that are supposed to slide up and down over the rib cage – slowly move upwards and stay there. Luckily there are some ways you can help to naturally correct your posture, which in turn can hopefully help you to look and feel your best. Check out How to fix rounded shoulders with posture training for detailed instructions on how to get the best results. 

Make a capsule wardrobe

Creating a capsule wardrobe is an excellent way to always feel in control of what you wear, how you look, and feel, along with how much you spend on your clothes. A capsule wardrobe usually has under fifty clothing pieces that can all be mixed and matched together to create new outfits. The idea is to have combinations of clothing that can be creatively put together for any occasion. Making a capsule wardrobe can allow you to save money, look great, and support the planet by not supporting fast fashion.

Do some exercise

Sometimes we don't think we look good because we don't feel good on the inside and that can be more down to the lifestyle we're living rather than the clothes we're wearing. If you find yourself never feeling great in the clothes that you're wearing, exercising can be a great way to boost your endorphins. 

Walking in nature once or twice a week is an excellent way to start; swimming is also a pleasant exercise with various benefits. You don't have to go all-out to start to feel the positive effects. Introducing some light exercise into your daily routine can make a huge difference to how you feel.

Swap it

When we get a little bored with our wardrobe, the natural thing can be to go shopping in order to buy more clothing. However, this fast-fashion culture is not sustainable and can often be a quick way to lose your hard-earned money on clothes you may not wear that often. 

Instead, why not keep your wardrobe interesting by swapping pieces out and in now and again. These can be with new pieces, but it's more fun if they're second-hand or come from friends or family members. It can be entertaining, creative, and interesting to swap clothes with other people.

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