While it has become a trend of late to shop cheap chic I must urge that solid investments still exist. I am the first to jump at a bargain and to be perfectly honest with you most of my outfits come in under the $50.00 mark.
Penny Chic Blogger Shauna Miller is all the rage on news.com.au at the moment plugging Wal-Mart and Kmart for designer alternatives but one important factor that I believed she missed is investing in quality.
Paying a little extra for those staple Items should not be labelled a sin. Shoes, Underwear and Accessories are long term investments. You buy cheap shoes they wear as cheap shoes do. I'm not advocating dropping the big bucks on everything with a label on it I'm advocating quality over quantity. Do you want 10 pairs of shoes that will look good for one wear or one pair of shoes that will look good wear after wear?
Wittner has been a recent love affair of mine, having bought from them before, dressy wedges, and experiencing first hand their comfort, while shopping for new shoes for my working wardrobe I dropped by the Garden City store for a gander. This has been one of my highest value purchases, they offer comfort and support at work without making me feel daggy, they were reasonably priced at $109AUD and I wear them most days regardless of working.
Shops like Equip and Diva are popping up all through Australia's shopping centres offering cheap costume jewellery, bags, sunglasses and hats. Although they may look bright and pretty for a few days often the metals lose their coating, exposing the Nickel or Copper underneath. Both Nickel and Copper oxidize quickly, causing that gross tinge and skin irritation that we've all experienced. As well as these alloys having a chemical reaction they can also be a skin allergy that you aren't aware of - 15% of the population are allergic to Nickel.
Spending a little more to ensure your jewels not only last but aren't a pain wherever you wear them. Try to buy 18 Karat gold or Platinum Silver as even Sterling Silver uses Nickel as a strengthening alloy.
Now I love getting gussied up and playing doctor as much as the next girl but there is lingerie and then there is lingerie. Sexy lace numbers are a must in the bedroom but often the thin straps that are ever so delicate cut into your shoulders causing muscle soreness that could lead to headaches and back pain and a whole range of things that will be leaving you feeling a lot less sexy than before you put on this laced atrocity.
I recommend opting for the Playboy intimates range instead of other cheap alternatives. Playboy Intimates are available at Bras n Things, they are a lot sexier than other available supportive lingerie. Having a smaller frame and a larger bust I am always searching for something supporting and figure flattering, and I have found it in this range. Playboy Intimates bras retail at around the $50AUD mark and are worth more than a look, accommodating for women with both smaller and larger busts.