Fashion hacks to look expensively chic on a budget

The aspiration when you step out for a night out with friends, a date night or a party is that you look your classiest, most fashionable and of course, wealthy.

Some are lucky enough to be afford the uber expensive brands and luxury goods, but most of the working class cannot afford to splurge on high end brands just for one event or occasion, no matter how much of a shopaholic they may be.

In the era of inflation, the street smart way is to keep an eye out for fashion friendly items that don’t blow a hole in your budget but at the same time help you put together a look that is both fashionable, chic and elegant. Here are some tips to look like you’re dressed in expensive fashion but really, it’s smart fashion on a budget.

Structured handbags

The bag you carry speaks volumes about your fashion sense and investing in a structured bag will add oodles of classiness to your ensemble. Look for simple designs and solid colours and this will elevate your look. Also structured bags can be paired with all kinds of outfits. Big bags and bold colours are big fashion no no’s. Either a white or a black structured bag (if possible both) in the wardrobe is a fashion must have. Also, stuff them with paper when not in use, so the bags retain their shape.

Gold-toned jewellery

Jewelleries with gold-tones can completely transform the way you look. These are easily available in local markets and they are generally an affordable buy. Likewise, metal or gold chains in belt buckles and bags can also elevate your look. Always make sure the jewellery does not cause any irritation to the skin and don’t wear multiple pieces together as that becomes OTT (Over the top).

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Telfar is Benefiting From The Beyonce Effect

Photo:  Myung Chun (Getty Images)

Photo: Myung Chun (Getty Images)

Just one week after the release of Beyoncé’s latest album, Renaissance, Queen Bey is poised to become the first female artist to have a number one album on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2022. And while Bey should definitely be patting herself on the back, the folks at Telfar have a good reason to celebrate her success as well. Just one line, “This Telfar bag imported / Birkins, them s—t’s in storage / I’m in my bag,” gave the company a major boost and has a lot more people checking for the colorful designer bags.

On July 29, when the long-awaited album was released, fans everywhere played Bey’s 16 new tracks on repeat. But while they were dancing, they were also scouring the Internet for Telfar bags. According to Page Six Style, the company saw an 85 percent increase in views on the luxury consignment site TheRealReal and a 131 percent jump in views during “Renaissance’s” debut weekend compared to the same time last year.

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Although Telfar is benefiting from the Beyoncé effect, the bags, designed by Liberian-American fashion designer Telfar Clemens, were already a hot commodity. After earning a spot on Oprah’s highly-coveted telfar-bag-oprah-favorite-things-2020-list-2020-11″ data-ylk=”slk:“Favorite Things”” class=”link ““Favorite Things” list in 2020, Telfar bags have been seen on the arms of A-listers including Zoe Kravitz, Gabrielle Union and Megan Thee Stallion. Nicknamed the “Bushwick Birkin,” Telfar totes have enjoyed popularity that rivals the Birkin bag, a status symbol for “it girls” everywhere since the 1990s. But unlike the pricey Hermès totes, which can run you anywhere between $10,000 and $200,000, Telfars are way more accessible to cost-conscious fashionistas at $150 to $300. But good luck getting your hands on one. A quick check for the

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