To dress well without having to spend a lot of money:

Know your own figure and your own style. Don’t follow trends that don’t suit you. Most clothes look great on models such as Kate Moss, but don’t look as good on us ‘normal’ women!

Go through your cupboard and make a list of things you already have and really want to keep. Then make a list of the things that you need. Buying from a list will keep you focused and minimise costly impulse buying.

Buy the best quality clothes and accessories that you can afford. They’ll look better, last longer and wash better than pieces of inferior quality that will have to be replaced frequently

For expensive items such as suits, dresses and coats, stick to classical styles that will stand the test of time. To bring you up to date, buy trendy, fashionable small items such as handbags and accessories

When up-market stores have sales, buy items for at least half of what the ‘celebs’ paid for them

Swap small items such as hats and handbags with your best friends (of course, those with good taste). There is no point in spending a lot of money on something you are only going to use once or twice. So share them with your friends

Dressing well does not have to cost a fortune. Take a little time and thought to plan your wardrobe and treat buying clothes as an investment.

Dress Well on a Tight Budget