5 Ways to Look Chic on a Budget

Hi ladies! It’s hard to believe it’s the last day of October! Bring on the holidays because they are here! Haha!

With the holiday season comes lots of parties, family get-togethers, and the list goes on. I love this time of year because we get to dress for different occasions. We get to add velvet, lace, and blingy jewelry to our outfits.

We can’t go out and buy all new clothes each season, but there are some tricks we can do to look chic on a budget. These will help us look stylish during the holidays

Here are 5 Ways to Look Chic on a Budget, and you have most of these pieces in your closet.

1. Wear All Black- There are so many great things about wearing all black. It always looks chic, you look slimmer, and it’s a blank canvas to add accessories such as a cute pair of leopard heels.

5 Ways to Look Chic on a Budget

Sleeveless Turtleneck (I’m wearing a small)//Leith Trousers (I’m wearing a small)//Leopard Heels (TTS)//Social Threads Bracelets (sold out, option here)//Gold Bracelet//Earrings//Necklace (similar option here)

Another all-black outfit and I added a plaid blazer.

5 Ways to Look Chic on a Budget

Plaid Blazer (I’m wearing an XS)//Black Jeans (I’m wearing a size 4, another option here)//Black Sleeveless Turtleneck (I’m wearing a small, similar option here)Vince Camuto Heels (less expensive option here)//Earrings//Bracelet

2. Add Leather (or faux leather)- Any time you want to look chic, add some leather to your outfit. A leather moto jacket is a perfect accessory to add to your outfit.

5 Ways to Look Chic on a Budget

Faux Leather Jacket (I’m wearing a small)//Black Mock Turtleneck (I’m wearing an XS)/Mid Rise Skinny Fit Jean (I’m wearing a size 4)//Black Booties (TTS)//Earrings//Bracelet//Crossbody bag

3. Add Sunglasses and/or add a Hat- Accessories can add glam to your outfit, and you don’t have to break the bank on these accessories.

5 Ways to Look Chic on a Budget

Target Sweater (I’m wearing an XS)//LOFT Jeans (I’m wearing a size 26)//Tan Booties (I ordered 1/2 size up)//Amazon Hat//Earrings//Bracelets//Bracelets (similar option here and here)//LOFT Sunglasses

4. Wear Dark jeans- Dark jeans also make you slimmer, they elevate your look and make you look more sophisticated.

5 Ways to Look Chic on a Budget

Red Blouse (sold out)//Modern Skinny Jeans (I’m wearing a size 27)//Nude Heel//Gigi Handbag (my color is sold out) //Earrings

5. Add pointy-toe heels- I know everyone doesn’t want to wear heels, but adding pointy-toe heels to your outfit is a classic look that elevates your outfit. Wear them with dresses, pants, and your favorite pair of dark denim jeans. I just purchased these gorgeous heels for the holiday season.

5 Ways to Look Chic on a Budget

Vince Camuto Dress ( Sold out)//Clutch//Earrings//Bracelet//Nude Heel//Ring

Bonus-

I wanted to add proper fitting undergarments to looking chic. It’s not something we always think about, but undergarments are important! A good fitting bra helps elevate (no pun intended!) our look, especially as we age. Make sure you get measured if you’re unsure about what size bra you wear.

Soma Intimates has amazing bras for every outfit. Here are some of my favorites. Also, I wear these Spanx under all my bodycon or tight fighting dresses.

 

 

Is there anything you add to your outfit to look chic?

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Beauty For the Heart~~I can’t share about looking chic without sharing what I think makes any woman, at any age, look classy, and that’s her inner beauty. What comes out of your mouth, and how you love people are so important.

As believers, we are called to live a life worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1). There’s nothing more chic or glamorous in my book than a woman who is shining His light!

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:16

Have a blessed day!

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  1. I enjoy your fashion and beauty tips as much as your Beauty for the Heart! Have you ever written a devotional book or Bible Study course? What devotional do you use? You are an inspiration in so many ways!

    1. CherAnn thank you! I have not written a devotional book but it’s on my bucket list of things I would love to do. Right now, I am using a devotional book from my church that we are doing in our small groups. It’s not a published devotional book. I love the first 5 app from Proverbs 31 ministries and many times I use the plan in the back of my Bible that helps me read through the Bible.

  2. I would love to see a post about the things you mentioned today, the style tips, such as the right way to roll sleeves, etc. Thank you!

  3. Pantyhose or not to a semi-formal November wedding in the Midwest? Does anyone even wear hose anymore? I’ve thought about using self tanner too. If its already been covered, would someone please direct me to the post.
    I would also be interested in all the topics you mentioned as well.
    Thank you for such a lovely blog.

  4. Love following you!!
    Yes!! Tips would be great and I love when you mention trends!! So helpful and fun!
    Thank you and God Bless’nn

  5. I was hoping that you would do a post on shoe “must haves”. Basically, I am wondering, if you had to have only 4 pairs of shoes for each season (16 pairs) what would your top shoes be? As I age, I have been having more and more problems with my feet (from plantar fasciitis to achillis tendonitis) so I’ve had to get rid of many of my “cute” inexpensive shoes and stick with brands such as Vionic, Dansko, Birkenstock etc. These shoes tend to run on the more costly side (for me). If I am going to invest in a pair of shoes, I want to be sure that they are going to stand the test of time and also be stylish and versatile. For instance, I have a pair of leopard print Vionic flats but do I really need a leapard heel and mule as well? I’d love to see what you would choose for styles and colors! I appreciate you considering my request. Happy Thursday

  6. Please share those secrets with us! We always wonder wonder why a model/blogger looks so good in a simple outfit. It’s in the finishing touches.

    1. Please do a post on how to keep jeans neatly tucked into boots of all lengths, shortie , mid way between ankle & knee, to the knee high length tall boots. I dont wear skinny leg jeans, but wear tapered leg jeans. Would love to have jeans not look sloppy & bunch up coming out of boot top. Years ago there was clips with elastic that you wore over the sock to hold pants down in boots, cant find them anymore!!

    1. I am not a big fan of pointed toe shoes. When you have large feet they
      Make the foot look larger. I am a southern Belle we all love the round toe.

  7. So true, Cyndi! “Pretty is as pretty does”, as my mother and grandmother told me💕 The choice of shoes makes a major difference in any outfit!

  8. I can attest to your comments about a well-fitting bra…went to Soma on the recommendation of a chic co-worker. It turns out I’d been wearing the wrong bra size forever. My new bras give me more confidence and a better sense of good posture. And, yesss, hmm, they are elevated, which is a good thing when you’re nearing a certain age which I will not disclose. I certainly don’t want to feel and look as old as I actually am!
    I was traveling last weekend and saw a couple of older women at the rest stop I was at. Neither was standing up straight, and their stooped posture aged them. A visual is worth 1000 words as a reminder to stand up tall.

  9. I would love to see a post on the fashion tips! Also, can you tell me how you like the red color of the red turtleneck sweater dress you styled from Amazon recently? I’m looking at purchasing the dress to wear to church, but want to make sure it can be worn for more than just the holidays (is it a Christmas red?).
    I look forward to your posts and BFTH every day….thanks for being an encouragement to so many. Wish I lived close by so I could hear you speak! If you ever come speak in VA, I’ll be there! Have a blessed day!

    1. Barbara:
      I hope you don’t mind my reply to your question… Try using Hollywood Boot Straps. They’re an elastic-y velcro strap that wrap around your ankle and keep your pant legs down. If your booties are too short, you may have to fold/roll your pant leg up and over the strap so it doesn’t show. I found them several years ago at Bed Bath & Beyond, but I know they still carry them. A winter boot season must have! 😉

      Bobbi Jo

      https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hollywood-Fashion-Secrets-Boot-Straps-1-pr/30371643?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=4623&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=42423897272&wl4=pla-51320962143&wl5=9029248&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=115059141&wl11=online&wl12=30371643&veh=sem&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpoXrmJjJ5QIVDNbACh3PGQOsEAQYAiABEgIKQfD_BwE

  10. This was timely as I just realized yesterday that I always gravitate towards lighter wash denim but not all the dresser tops look good with them ( doesn’t seem to look as nice) maybe a post on which denim wash looks best with different styles and colors of tops.. also when to cuff or not cuff based on your footwear.. it looks like we are in for rainy but mild Halloween here too. Have a wonderful speaking engagement and prayers for it’s outreach. So wish I was close enough to attend❤️
    Blessings
    Karen

  11. Yes! to sharing all suggestions! I too believe there are ways to look chic without breaking the bank – fit and accessories do up the game always.

  12. Would love to do the front tuck, but I want to hide the “lump”/stomach – any suggestions on that? I do love an empire waist, but I can’t wear those all the time 🙂

  13. I would like to see more ways to wear one item! I just donated 4 large boxes of clothing. Some were brand new! I would love to get down to a capsule style wardrobe, but still be up to date. I have way too many clothes, I just don’t wear! Less could be more.

    1. I agree with many readers about wanting to see what you’re sharing this weekend. And Kim had a great idea! I’d also love to get down to a capsule wardrobe. That’s been on my mind for months.

  14. Would love to see a tutorial on how to roll your sleeves, how to use fashion tape, etc. Wish I could hear you speak! You are such an encouragement to me.

  15. Just curious as to what you generally speak about when you go places. Do you have a platform like fashion and Christ or just what they ask you to speak on.

    1. Christe I do speak about fashion and Christ. I can speak on different fashion topics and different faith topics.
      I like to share focus my faith topic on inner beauty if possible because it think it fits well with fashion.

  16. Please share your tips and tricks here about rolling sleeves, tucking shirts, choosing shoes/ankle length of pants, etc. I’m always interested in make up and accessories also. Love your style. Thank you for sharing so much. Enjoy the moments this weekend.

  17. Love love the black dress with the leopard shoes I have it in my closet I’m going to try it never thought of putting the two together I love your ideas!

  18. All of your tips would be appreciated. As others have said part of looking good is proper fit. It does make such a difference in how you feel as well as look in an outfit!
    Have fun with your presentation this weekend!

  19. Good luck with your presentation! I’m sure you will be a terrific speaker. Wish I could be there! I am repeating the others comments about the tips and how to’s: would be nice to learn more about front tucks, rolling up/ pushing up sleeves, what type of bootie to wear (how much ankle should show), etc…. To quote Broadway actors prior to a performance: “break a leg” at your presentation. Sending you support from afar in case you get butterflies. 😀

  20. Yes I think your ideas for your talk will be a big hit–and they make me wish I were in the audience! I think they’ll love it.

    Your ideas here are really good, and I love the way you ended by speaking of inner beauty. Bless you for staying true to your message! Love you.

    1. I appreciate the style tips! Would you consider dedicating a blog to petite style? It isvery difficult to dress younger than 75 if you buy from the petite department. Many styles that are trendy right now make me look shorter or sloppy.

  21. Yes, please Cyndi do a series on fashion tips. Besides the ones you mentioned, I’d like to know how to tie a belted trench coat and some ways to tie a scarf. I’m sure it’s added work but short videos on the how-to’s would be so beneficial. A tip I have on looking chic in any outfit, is proper fit. Such as the placement of shoulder seams to the placement of pockets on the back of jeans to an outfits overall proportion ratio. A good fit certainly makes any outfit look great!

  22. Great post! I like you idea for future post too. I try to buy cute pieces but sometimes have trouble pulling them together in an outfit. Any help would via those types of post be appreciated.