Everyone wants to look fashionable, but with economics and budgeting it can be tricky to compete with ups and downs of contemporary styles and fashions.

Here are some basic guidelines for ensuring that you always look your best and stay fashionable without spending the earth and sticking to your budget.

First of all, assess what’s in your wardrobe. Get really honest with yourself. It might be that you have clothing in there you haven’t worn for years. Maybe you outgrew it, or it suited you a while ago, but not now. Or maybe you have a few snap purchases that didn’t really work when you got them home. Be ruthless. Take things to the charity shop, or give them away to friends. Then you’ll be able to see what’s really going on behind the cupboard door.

Next think about the types of clothes you feel comfortable in, and play to your strengths. Are you a jeans and t-shirt person? That’s great. Choose styles and colours that make you feel confident. Don’t try to be someone else. When that inner glow shows through, you’ll make the outfit work for you, rather than having to do it the other way around.

Now let’s talk accessories. They don’t have to cost the earth. A cheap umbrella in a beautiful shade that you can keep in your handbag will help you feel comfortable leaving the house without that heavy raincoat. Dress up an outfit with a few well-chosen items, like a silver bangle, or a jewelled necklace. Set off your hair style with some  earrings you love, and you’ll feel a million dollars.

When it comes to shoes, some people have hundreds but that’s not necessary when you’re working on a tight budget. Especially if you have a busy lifestyle and you’re on the move, have one comfortable pair for everyday use, walking around town in the rain, one or two pairs that you save for best, and maybe some running shoes or walking boots.

Fashions will come and go, and if you follow every trend with an expensive purchase, you’ll be always following behind. Instead, let your choices speak for themselves and people will be seeing you as a inspiring trend setter. Our nice and cheap umbrellas come in a range of colours and styles to go with everything!