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Updating your wardrobe
Being a follower of fashion doesn’t come cheap. Every few weeks, there’s a new set of trends on display and magazines seem to showcase a never-ending series of must-have items. If you love fashion, it’s only natural to want to be trendy, but how can you make sure your wardrobe is bang on without spending your entire salary on retail therapy? The first thing to do is embrace online shopping. It’s so convenient and easy, and often, you can get really good deals on clothes, jewellery, and accessories. If you have favourite stores, make sure you join their mailing lists, so that you can get special offers and discounts sent straight to your inbox. The Internet is also home to a vast array of retailers and sites, and this means that there’s a much wider range of choice. If you find most of the stores on the high street too pricey, look for cheaper options on the web.
You don’t necessarily have to buy new items of clothing to refresh your wardrobe. Using accessories is a fantastic way of mixing up outfits, creating unique ensembles and enabling you to recycle your favourite pieces without repeating the same look. Check out sites like The Iconic for cool jewels, and have a look around for statement bags, shoes, and scarves. If you’ve got basic tees, you can create a range of different outfits using necklaces, scarves, and brooches, for example. You can also use accessories to make pieces suitable for different occasions. Take a plain black dress as an example. You can dress it up with delicate diamond earrings, a patent clutch, and some stilettos or go casual with flat sandals, mismatched bangles, and a cross-body leather satchel. Customising your clothing is another way of adding interest to items you’ve worn to death. Badges and pins are great additions to vintage denim shorts and jackets and plain white tees.
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Revamping your hairstyle
If you haven’t been brave at the salon for a while, consider taking the plunge and doing something different. You don’t have to go from flowing locks to a buzz cut, but think about adding highlights, going for more shape around the face, changing your parting or altering the length slightly. Arrange an appointment, chat about some different looks with your stylist and browse some magazines. Think about your skin tone and complexion when experimenting with colour and your face shape when modifying the cut. Your stylist should be able to make recommendations based on what they think will suit you best.
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Experimenting with makeup
Do you use the same two or three products every time you do your makeup? We all have cult favourites, but it can be really fun to try new looks and experiment with different products. If you prefer a very natural look, you don’t suddenly have to start walking around with heavy eyeliner, bright red lips and blue eyeshadow on. Try strobing or go for a very subtle contour. Switch mocha and taupe eyeshadow for bronze or gold. Go for a light peach blush instead of pink. Making simple changes can give you options, and you can use different looks for different occasions. If you’re not a natural and it takes you ages to get to grips with techniques, use video tutorials online, and read the beauty sections of glossy magazines. Choose products that complement your skin tone and enhance your features. Be particularly careful when buying foundation. It’s so important to get the right shade, so ask for advice and make sure you test the product in natural light. If you want to try bolder looks like bright lips or feline flicks, have a test run at home first. If it doesn’t work, you can simply wash it off, and nobody has to know.
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Are you in a style rut or are you bored of your hair? If you’re keen to refresh your look, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Shop around for bargains, have a look at online sites, sign up for discounts and play around with accessories. Chat to your stylist about trying new tones and cuts and be more experimental with your makeup.