Cheap is not a nice word is it? But that is what most of the places I shop from are. HIghstreet and online, inexpensive shops that aren’t the best quality and are far from sustainable. If you shop right though, you can make cheap dresses look more expensive. If they look more expensive, you’ll wear the dress much more, and then it becomes more sustainable. Are you with me?
Choose Classic Cuts
Pinafore-style dresses will always look classic, and if you choose a neutral colour palette you’ll have it in your wardrobe until it literally falls apart. We’re all trying to be a little more (or a lot more) sustainable, and although buying from cheap online stores is clearly not sustainable, ensuring that you only purchase items that you know you will get lots of wear out of is the way forward. My rule is that if I can’t think of at least three different ways of wearing an item, I just don’t buy it. This pinafore dress could be worn with a white t-shirt underneath, or with a burgundy roll neck underneath, too. A black top underneath would also look great.
Choosing the Right Accessories
Accessories can make or break an outfit. That’s a fact. The belt this dress came with made it look cheap. It was the same fabric as the dress but it just didn’t sit right. It loosened up of its own accord, not a good look. I simply replaced that belt with my own black faux croc belt and it looks so much more expensive. I chose to wear a taupe bag with this dress as I found it matched the check print really well. Black leather knee-high boots with opaque tights keep the look classy, too. And of course, the gold hoops that I wear with everything.
How do you feel about making cheap dresses look more expensive? Do you have any other tips I’ve missed out?