Affordable Ways to Add a Touch of Elegance to Your Style This Summer

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It’s summer again, and that means that looking classy and fashion-aware can once more take priority over wrapping up for the colder weather! Whether it’s going to be a rainy or dry season for you, you’ll want to make sure that you manage to look good during it.

That’s why we’ve put together this short list of ways you can add a touch of elegance to your style over the summer period without needing to break the bank. Whether you’re a thrifty student, or you just enjoy having a large number of options for outfits at the lowest price, these fashion tips will help you on your way to creating the kind of impression you want when you’re out on the tiles.

Thrift Shops

Now immortalized in popular culture thanks to the Macklemore song, thrift stores are a fantastic way to find some amazing new outfits at incredibly affordable prices. Whether you’re on the hunt for a vintage coat, well-made boots that can survive a generation, or a lush handbag to compliment your latest look, it’s always worth checking out your local charity and used item shops.

In fact, buying used clothes is becoming increasingly popular; Goodwill reported back in 2014 that they had generated over five billion dollars in sales. Likewise, Crossroads Trading Company, who specialize in the resale of fashion goods, made over twenty million dollars in profit in 2012; so don’t be afraid to start hunting through the used merchandise in order to find that perfect finishing touch for your outfit!


Scarves are an incredible way to keep your dress-sense fresh and up-to-date. In fact, applied correctly, they can act as the central piece of an elegant and eye-catching summer look.

Our personal favorites come from Burberry, whose amazing plaid-based patterns are not only beautiful but can also provide some much-needed depth to tops and dresses which may not have a lot of detail.

However, they can be quite expensive. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a look on Amazon (or even your local thrift store!) for a light scarf that you’ll be happy to wear on those warm days. Unlike other clothing items, you don’t need to worry about the size or fit, so there’s not as much need to try scarves on before purchasing them.

Plain Clothes

If you’re on a tight budget this year, always remember that you should add a few plain tops to your wardrobe. Not only are they suitable for a wide range of occasions, but they can also be used to compliment a variety of styles.

For example, plain white tees can go well with jeans, skirts, blazers, scarves, shorts, and more! For those of you who are crafty, you can even use one of the many tutorials available on YouTube to add a custom design that looks professional using either bleach, purpose-blended paints, or even heat-transfer paper.

Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to start boosting your wardrobe without needing to invest too much cash. There’s always affordable ways to make sure that you dress tastefully while still standing out from the crowd, so be resourceful and use your imagination! For more great tips like this, don’t forget to keep checking back at MamaWantsThis!


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