Tips on how to shop at less expensive stores: what to look for, what to avoid and how to get the look you want for less! Here are my tips on how you can be stylish and how to dress well on a budget! Give this video a thumbs up if you like it!

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hey guys! Today’s video is all about how to dress well on a budget! The best part about personal style is that you can get the look you want on any budget. You can have a stylish, high-end look without splurging on expensive, trendy pieces!

I’m sharing with you some of my best tips on how to shop + be stylish on a budget. Here’s what to look for and what to avoid in less expensive stores!

If you know the look you want / have a celebrity style you want to recreate, you can easily do it by breaking it down by piece. Think to yourself: what colors are in this outfit? what’s the fit? what’s the vibe? what are the main pieces? And you’ll be surprised at how inexpensively you can recreate the style.

These are my tips for how to shop on a budget / tips on how to dress well while still saving money. Hopefully this video can inspire you if you were looking for some quick tips on how to get the look for less / how to dress well on a budget!

How to be stylish, look good + how to get the look for less!

Outfits look much more sleek + put together when you’re working with solid colors. You can also get maximum use out of a piece that is a solid color vs a noticeable print. Prints can really highlight a lesser quality fabric / look cheap. You also get less wear out of something super noticeable.

There are some fits that can look cheap regardless of their price if they’re not done well. Super tight dresses, lots of cleavage, stretchy fabric, etc. If it looks like it could be worn to a club, pass.

stores that are catering to a large audience have a wide demographic- sometimes their ‘small’ fits more of a 12-13 year old small, vs an adult size. I generally go a size up to ensure a more fashionable fit

easiest to look great when you’re sticking to your wardrobe essentials. Stores like forever21/ target have great basic pieces that look just as high end as some designer pieces. Your best bet is to stick to basic pieces if you want to get a classic styled look on a tight budget!

The best way to build a wardrobe is to buy pieces that you can mix and match with each other. Spend your money on timeless pieces you can wear a ton of different ways vs on a few specific items that are hard to wear again

It’s easy to want to splurge on a new trend, but trends come and go so quickly. Wait a few months + a similar style will probably be available at a less expensive price point.

Accessories can really bring your look to the next level. You can get amazing accessories like hats, jewelry, etc at a great price at stores like target, forever 21, topshop etc.

Look for classic, simple pieces to really give your look a high end feel. Look for items like structured purses in solid colors with minimal hardware- the structure looks high end + expensive, and the minimal hardware doesn’t give away what it is. Items like this are great for a professional look!

Please give this video a thumbs up if you liked it / let me know if you want to see more videos on how to dress well on a budget!



  1. you have a beautiful house darling

  2. I have followed these tips and oh my goodness you have saved my life. started from the basics and now I know what to look for on not waste money.

  3. Please do a video with putting together clothes while shopping and how you mix and match.

  4. The way you talk reminds me of Jlaw. I love you!!!❤

  5. Can you define what "classic" means? Like a classic fit? I hear you say it often. But not sure what it means.

  6. I go to GoodWill to get brand name clothes for around 5 dollars at most!

  7. You are so funny and stylish love your videos 🙂

  8. hi everyone i hate to be super annoying but if you guys could check out my most recent video that'd be amazing! ill be doing things like crazy storytimes in the future because i have too many crazy stories to tell lmaooo ♡

  9. great tips, I'm loving your videos!!

  10. I'm new here and already love your channel! watching 328478248 videos now hahaha

  11. You forgot another fantastic tip: buy second hand!

  12. on my screen the background is all white and your skin is purple xD

  13. I'm really glad I feel upon your channel

  14. totally agree with the purse tip

  15. Really learned a lot from this video. Also helps me a lot since I'm a college student that doesn't have much spending money. Thanks!!! :3 <3

  16. Oh my gosh! I thought that baby was a doll until she moved.

  17. Unfortunately, going a size up only works well for really thin people :/

  18. Love the look of your videos and your personality too! x

  19. that child's facial expression was everything

  20. how about a video to look good when you have bigger size?

  21. Hey carly…..what if I have black hair…will neutral still look good on me???? please answer…thanks

  22. I feel like she's trying to tell everyone to buy only black and white and grey. That everything else looks cheap.

  23. Does anyone else feel like the bags at H&M look like straight up plastic ?

  24. Just wanted to say thanks for the great advice in this video! 🙂 I've just started making sort of similar videos to this but more UK-focused, but I love your tips about things like accessories in particular! In fact the Windsor bag you showed – I just got a bag almost identical to that from Primark here in the UK, for £10 (which I think is around $16-18 maybe) and it's currently my go-to bag, I absolutely love it!

    Really excited to go watch more of your videos now! 🙂

  25. Hi, I'm new to your channel and I just wanted to thank you for those great tips!

  26. You are right about the printed pieces at predominantly fast fashion retailers. The colors and prints tend to show the true quality of the fabric, whereas a neutral can mask it a bit more. Such a good tip for those on a budget!

  27. Hi how did you fix the back of your chocker?

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