I originally wrote this post on finding fashion on a budget for the Inspiring Interns page back in 2012.

Although it’s still relevant, the way we shop is different so I thought I’d give it a quick spruce. You can still find the original post here.

We all want (to some extent) to be smothered in designer labels and to have the latest accessories but what happens when you can’t afford it? Don’t cry or hide behind your Vogue magazine! Just get fashion savvy.

Find your style

As a woman in the 21st century, there are hundreds of different styles to choose from. On Boohoo alone, they have 7 trends to follow and none of them fit my personal style.

It’s ok if you don’t like the 90’s choker (I’m not a fan, either) and it’s ok if you want to wear every colour of the rainbow in one outfit. The hardest thing is finding your personal style, but once you do, you’ll know what you’re looking for.

Don’t dismiss the sale rail

I love a sale. You can get amazing things at any time of the season and you’re paying half the price that you would’ve spent before.

A lot of websites will have a dedicated sale section. Some of it may be tatt that they couldn’t sell the first time around, but there really are some amazing things.

When I looked at New Look’s sale section, I found this super cute mug for around £2. Alas, when I went back, it had gone back up in price, but still only £5!

eBay it!

Yes I know that people dismiss eBay as being a glorified charity shop, but there are some incredible things one there.

While I was re-writing this post, I found a pair of Lululemon shorts (with tags!) that went for less than £10 when they would’ve been around £50 from the retailer. How can that ever be a bad thing?

If you’re worried about the products looking worn, then filter the results so you only see items with tags. You’re going to find a bargain if you look in the right places.

Secret sales

I’ve always loved Secret Sales.

This pair of Sophia Webster shoes had 25% off or a pair of Miu Miu sandals had 59% off the original price (you can thank me later…)

It’s not all high-end designer products, there are Dune handbags and perfumes so you’re bound to find something you like on there.

The only downside to Secret Sales? Delivery costs £5.95, but it’s worth it!

Charity shops

What do you do when your favourite jeans don’t fit anymore? You give them to a charity shop.

If you go to an affluent area of your city (like Harborne in Birmingham), you’re more likely to find designer items. Donating old clothes is becoming more popular so their trash can become your treasure.


You don’t need a designer budget to wear designer clothes, you just need to know where to find them.

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