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How to look great for less money

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If you know how to look great for less money, you don't have to break the bank

If you know how to look great for less money, you don’t have to break the bank

Not everyone has endless funds available for buying clothing, shoes and accessories. And, guess what? It isn’t necessary. Knowing how to look great for less money is not that difficult. The fact you are paying so little for an item means you can snatch up two or three things in one fell swoop.

You can find affordable and trendy clothing if you know where to look. Not all chic clothing is going to cost you a king’s ransom.


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Maxi dresses can be bought for as little as $20 and you will get a lot of mileage out of this purchase. Wear this dress in the evenings, or on the beach as cover-up over your bathing suit or while hanging out with family and friends in your backyard oasis. Maxi dresses are upscale enough that they can be worn to weddings or other formal social functions.

Maxis are comfortable, cool and hide a multitude of sins, including white, unshaven legs. They can be dressed up or down depending on how you accessorize and the shoes you wear. Maxis are available in backless and strapless styles. You cannot go wrong with a maxi.

Toss a shrug on when it gets cool and you will not only stay warm but look fashionable.



If you would rather go short, pick a very affordable yet extremely good-looking cocktail dress or little black dress (LBD.) The LBD isn’t what is used to be. It can be ruffled, one-shoulder, featuring studs or ethnic beading. Or try a baby-doll mini dress or a dress with a high-low hemline.

What is summer without a sundress? This type dress is multi-functional and can be worn day or night.

What about a jumpsuit or romper? This is the ideal outfit for the young-at-heart, particularly during the summer months when people are a bit more relaxed and adventurous. Rompers are not the exclusive domain of little girls anymore. Get a wide-leg jumpsuit or a strapless romper and head out on the town. You will be noticed.


For young women on an extremely tight budget, slip into your Daisy Dukes and top them off with a trendy top. Choose from tube tops, camis, peplums and tops featuring fringe or plunging necklines. If you like sparkle and razzle dazzle, purchase an ornate top that glitters. It is easy to have fun with clothing, particularly when you do not have to break the budget to do it.

Choose a chambray linen back tie crop top — perfect for strolling along the beach — or a classic embroidered button down peplum top. Couple a cropped lace back tied shirt with a low slung skirt.

If the Peter Pan collar style has been your favorite since childhood, slip into one and wear it with your jeans. The options are endless. Mix and match. Use your imagination.


Snag a pair of leggings in bold vertical stripes that look smashing with your nifty top. Another option is white pants, which go with most anything and every color in the rainbow.

When you pay $20 or less for an item, you can afford to buy accessories as well. Slip a bohemian cuff onto your wrist and hang eye-catching earrings from your lobes. Top the look off with a stylish hat or even a turban.

You are only young once so take advantage of your youth, your exuberance and a body that looks good in just about anything. Take advantage of apparel that is affordable but looks great. People are going to ask you, “Where did you get that?

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