The great Dolly Parton once said... what, are you saying she wasn't great? She was. Listen to "9 to 5" and disagree, I dare you. Anyway, she once said that "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap". And that's why she's simply, eternally cool. But if it costs a lot of money to look cheap, is it also possible that you can spend a little money and look expensive? Maybe that's one for the philosophers.
The truth of the matter is, unless you're set on a career as a shoplifter and the eternal fear of getting caught, it's tricky. You're not going to get Louis Vuitton for the price of a good book. You might get Liam Vuitton, Louis' black market knock-off disappointment of a brother, but people in the know can spot that a mile off. But if you've got limited funds, it's not so easy to get haute couture for every night out.
So we thank the gods of kitsch for the twin wonders of Cheap and Cheerful. If you can't have champagne, go for prosecco. It costs about a quarter of the price tag and it's still fun. The cinema is miles away and the tickets cost an arm and a kidney? That's what Netflix is for. And when it comes to dressing for fun, you don't always have to reach for the credit card (or buy something, wear it and return it).
An Outfit Fit For A Night Out
When you think about it, spending a lot of money for an outfit to go clubbing in is a high-risk strategy. There are people everywhere, and they are carrying drinks. They might have colds and they may be handling makeup without due care and attention.
It looked so expensive at the start of the night, and now it's a Jackson Pollock. Meanwhile, if you'd worn a snappy but affordable top and trousers, you'd be laughing it off right now. There are good outlet stores in every city and every town. Check them out.
The Jewel In The Crown
I have a confession to make. I will not wear expensive jewellery any time I'm going somewhere that might be busy. Precious jewel on a chain? That can break if you turn around too fast, and be gone without you even noticing. Diamond-encrusted ring? Not by the end of the night it isn't. Something pretty from a company like elf-925 looks every bit as good in that situation, and won't cost the Earth.
Make-Up Your Own Mind
Okay, so you definitely shouldn't choose the cheap make-up because it is cheap. Choosing some war paint on that basis is a recipe for streaks, smudges and probably a nasty skin condition. However, you also don't have to go for the expensive stuff every time. There are some more than decent mid-range options that will hold up well to a day at work or a night at play.
Of course, every once in a while it is nice to put on something that cost a little more and rock a stylish look. No-one's saying it isn't. But cheap can be cheerful, and that's what matters when it really comes down to it. Fun doesn't have a price tag!
Let me know your ideas for looking great on a budget!
Stay safe, x
*This is a collaborative post.*