plonkee money an english-er's thoughts on personal finance

November 8, 2007

look better for less

Filed under: shopping — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

Ok, so this is inspired in part by Patrick at cashmoneylife‘s post last week on dressing professionally.

I think that one of the best ways of looking better on a smaller budget is establishing which colours look best on you. For me, it’s blues, pinks, lilacs and greys. For one of my friends, it’s mustards, olives and browns. In any case now that I know which colours look best on me, I make every effort to only buy clothes, jewellery, accessories and make up in those colours.

How does this save me money?

Well, firstly if I go to the shops and there is nothing in colours that look good on me then I don’t buy anything. That saves money in itself.

By sticking strictly to my colours, I ensure that more of my wardrobe goes together. All my work tops, go with my work trousers and suits. All my casual clothes go together. All my smart clothes go with my smart shoes, and so on. This means that the number of possible outfits I have that look good together is much larger and so I need to buy fewer things.

If all the colours I have in my wardrobe suit me, then the chances are that for most occasions I can find something in my wardrobe that looks good on me. This means that I am less likely to need to buy new clothes for a special purpose.

To take advantage of this, all you need to do is work out which colours suit you and stick to them.

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