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How to Mix Cheap Clothes with Expensive Pieces

Learn how to mix cheap clothes with expensive pieces like they do in NYC from fashion editor Verena von Pfetten in this Howcast video.


So one of the things when you're shopping is always managing your budget. Deciding when to splurge and when to save, and sort of, how to make sure you feel like you have all the clothes you wanna have, but in a way that is affordable. And one of the easiest things to do is to sort of mix and match. I love buying inexpensive clothes. You know, I buy my T-shirts and my blouses at H&M and Zara. I believe in expensive denim only because I think it's almost always more flattering, especially on women. I think that it's worth spending a little money on a pair of jeans, you know, maybe north of 100, definitely under 200. There's no reason to ever spend more than $200 on jeans. But invest in a pair of jeans that you're gonna feel comfortable in, and are gonna be flattering, and that way you can sort of wrap cheaper or more inexpensive clothing around it. Wear T-shirts, wear blouses, wear things that you found at Forever 21 or maybe at a sample sale. And that's a really good way to sort of have a baseline. And then you can save up and splurge on the statement pieces. You know, there's a lot of ways to sort of bring an outfit up or sort of spice things up a notch. But one of the best ways to do it is with an iconic classic style that's just not gonna go anywhere. Invest in a great pair of shoes, or a really nice bag. Or maybe even buy one off eBay or Etsy if you don't even have that big of a budget. You can buy an expensive piece at a discount. And that way you can mix it into your wardrobe in a way that feels really natural, and also doesn't look like you're trying too hard, and that isn't going to stress you out. You know you don't want to have like, a blouse that was $400 and needs to be dry cleaned all the time. It's not worth it. You wanna have the things that you wear every day and cycle in and out, have them be really easy and sort of affordable and stress free. And then bring in the accessories and the statement pieces as a slightly more expensive, the sort of splurge items in your closet.

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