If your home or you wardrobe is looking more shabby than chic, but you don't have the cash for a major makeover, a few changes here and there can give your home or your wardrobe a new and updated look. Whether freshening up your home or your wardrobe goal is the same, to spend cheap without the end result looking cheap. First start with an idea of how you want your home or wardrobe to look then identify what exactly it is that is cheapening the your look.
Pieces that don't relate to each other can make you and your home or wardrobe look cheap. For example in the bathroom a random hodge podge of mismatched towels that don't coordinate with each other or your shower curtain looks cheap. Like you bought whatever was on clearance and you bought it a long time ago. If your bath furnishing look worn and tired it's time to check out local white sales or hold out for a coupon deal like I did. I just bought two lush Turkish cotton towels at Kohls for only $3.00 each! I got a great deal because I received two $10.00 off coupons in the mail from Kohls and the towel was on sale to begin with. A new towel is a big upgrade from my old faded towels that were literally falling apart. As I come across more sales I will buy more coordinating towels in other sizes so eventually all of my bath towels will be the same brand and color.
I'm not a big fan of anything "distressed" whether it's furniture or fashion. I think any piece that looks like it was hit by a bus looks cheap whether we are talking about a wood table or designer jeans. If something is old, faded and falling apart and it's not a vintage piece, replace it with something that looks new because it is new. All you have to do is replace one piece at a time as your budget and bargain hunting skills allow and eventually you will have a much improved wardrobe or home decor. For example, replacing one pair of shredded and faded jeans with a new pair of flattering pants in a neutral color instantly transforms your look from slob to style setter.
The key to building a better wardrobe or decorating your home one piece at a time is to have a specific vision of what you want the end result to be. If I know that I want my bathroom to be a calming spa like oasis this influences the choices I make when I shop. I may buy towels in soothing colors like blue and buy a shower curtain in a soft neutral color that virtually disappears in the space. By keeping that specific vision in mind I will only buy pieces that harmonize with each other and the end result will be a bathroom that looks well coordinated and thought out. Even if I bought different pieces at different times they will end up working together to achieve the overall effect I was going for.
With my wardrobe my goal may be to aim for a casual chic look and transition out any pieces that make me look and feel frumpy. One way to get a more polished and pulled together look is to pay attention to silhouette. Shapeless silhouettes look sloppy. A loose fitting fleece sweatshirt says "I am a couch potato that doesn't care about my appearance. A waist length fleece jacket with just enough tailoring to fit properly and accentuate the lines of your body looks infinitely more flattering and stylish and it's just as comfortable as the sloppy sweat shirt.
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