How to Look Chic on a Budget - centinelle

How to Look Chic on a Budget

Feeling your best doesn’t have to break the bank.

Luxurious fashion isn’t about having the biggest closet or the trendiest brand names. Channel your confidence and creativity to look expensive on a budget.

If the rise of thrifting has shown us anything, it’s that owning your style with confidence is what makes or breaks your outfit. Fashion is incredibly diverse, and there’s no wrong way to look good. Different viewpoints, style inspirations, and backgrounds all amp up the creative energy in the fashion space - and we love it. 

If you’re here, you love style too -- and you also love sustainable, natural fabrics, fair wages, and ethical labor practices. That means that you know that well-made, eco-friendly clothing is going to cost more than your cup of coffee. 

So how do you protect the planet, express yourself, and stay chic, all without having to count 

your pocket change? We’ll tell you. 

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Kira Gregory @kiragregory wearing Moths and Squashes Twilly scarf 

Quality over quantity.

When you buy high-quality garments made with care, they last. That means that you can wear your favorite basics a million ways, a million times. 

Mindful shoppers are doing their best to end fast fashion consumption, because these cheap-to-make and quick-to-die style trends are killing our planet. 

Instead of wasting your money replacing worn-out fast fashion, choose high-quality versatile pieces with styling options from brunch to ballroom. Your wallet and your wardrobe will thank you.

Brands who care about our earth put love and detail into their garments, pushing the envelope and focusing on real style. 

When you support these ethical brands, you can carefully curate your vision with confidence that the pieces you choose will serve you well for years to come. If you’re new to the world of sustainable clothing, here are some affordable sustainable brands to check out! 

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Kira  wearing Ginkgo Medium Head Silk Scarf

Elevate your style with accessories. 

American decorator and fashion icon Elsie de Wolfe once said, “Good dressing is largely a question of detail and accessories.” 

Though she was most famous for creating beauty within the home, her keen eye for style made her a favorite in women’s fashion, and we think she knew what she was talking about. Accessories are everything. 

If you’ve been reading this article and wondering, “but how do I style one dress for a day trip or dinner? How do I develop my personal style?” Elsie has your answer: detail and accessories. 

They’ll be your best friend on the journey to looking expensive on a budget. Chic sunglasses can add a bit of mystery, while embellishments like jewelry, hair clips, scarves, and shoes change your entire vibe when chosen correctly. For those last details, grab your favorite tote, watch, and lip color! You’ve got this.

We love pattern mixing. It’s become more and more popular, and done right (read: with confidence), it’ll have you at the top of your fashion game. 

That’s why we specialize in vibrant, fun patterns for our silk scarves. Sustainable, natural fibers like silk are good for the planet and made to last, so you can feel confident that your new favorite foulard will never let you down. 

We believe in the power of non-plastics for our hair clips, too. Their pop of color and personality stands out when you let your hair down, holds scarves in place, and tamps down updo flyaways. 

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Kira  wearing Sprinkly Cactus Large Sill Square Scarf 

No matter your style, you can look expensive on a budget.  

When you invest in quality over quantity and accessorize with confidence, you’ll always stand out in the right way. We hope you take these fashion industry tips and keep looking phenomenal without breaking the bank!

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