Friday, May 8, 2009

How to Look Chic, on the Cheap

Current economic conditions have hit most fashionista's Prada wallets in a bad way. If you have 2008 champagne tastes, on a 2009 beer budget, then read on for tips to look chic on the cheap.

It's all in the details. Truer words have never been spoken, when it comes to fashion and beauty on a budget. Small details that won't break the bank can make all the difference.

Face Value:
Clear, radiant skin is the canvas for all beauty looks. That being said, buy the best cleanser you can afford. Use it. Acne is never in style.

Just Brow(s)ing:
Although thick, full brows are very now, unruly brows are never in fashion. To avoid looking like Groucho Marx, seek out your local Indian beauty shop. These shops charge far less than their salon competitors, but deliver a service that is unmatched by a wax-bearing intern at your typical hair salon. Having your eyebrows threaded for $7.00 a pop can do wonders for your overall look.

Hairy Situation:
Nix unnatural hair colours. That platinum blond bob may seem like a good idea on pay day, but 3 months down the road you'll be cursing the beauty gods for the 3rd hair salon visit in as many months. Roots are never chic, and monthly upkeep is a bitch.

Very Pressing:
Steer clear of anything that can be pressed or glued on. This includes:

Hair extensions- they look cheap on Paris, and they look even cheaper on you.

Nails- Acrylic nails scream cheap, not chic. Not only are they unhygienic, (think of all that crud lurking beneath that French tip), they are expensive to maintain with monthly fills. Remove them and hide the damaged nail with dark nail polish on your new short, chic set.

Eyelashes- Unless you can pay to have real ones applied at a salon, leave the thick, shiny glue-on set to the drag queens. That doe-eyed look isn't fooling anyone.

Chanel 2.56?
Can't afford the latest Chanel 2.55 handbag? Tempted to make a trip incognito to Chinatown? Remove the sunglasses and scarf, and forget it sister! Accept reality, and know that a true fashionista can sniff out a fake a mile away, and the truly fashion hopeless can't tell the difference anyway. This begs the question, “What's the point??!!”. Instead, buy the best you can afford. Stores like Nine West and Zara have great bags in rich leather, which are always more stylish than that Chanel imposter.

We've Got Sole
If you're going to splurge on one item, make it footwear. A good quality pair of leather shoes are invaluable, and really cannot be compromised when the aim is chic. So buy 2 pairs, a heel and a flat, and take care of them. Buff scuffs, polish and re-enforce the heel to make those babies last.

Photos provided by Google Images.
Writer: Lindsay Moir

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