8 Summer Style Tips That Will Have You Looking ‘Cool’ On A Budget


Summer is here, which means summer style can’t be far behind! Don’t waste your money buying completely new – make over with these smart summer style tips instead.

A simple truth I have learnt: fashion doesn’t last; one reason I don’t like investing in funky clothes and accessories. I prefer mix and match over buying a new dress for every occasion, but that doesn’t mean I stay away from style. I’ve learned a few tricks that have helped me to make a statement without over stocking my wardrobe. If you are a wise shopper, on a shoestring budget or in a mood to experiment, try these money saving summer style tips that are also high on fashion.

Dress it up with a scarf

Oblong, wrap, square or shawl style – a scarf is a perfect accessory for all seasons. And, there is no need to spend a fortune on it. Be a designer – go to a local dupatta shop, buy cotton prints and trim them as you like. Play with colours and designs. You can make two scarves from a dupatta. Keep one for yourself, gift the other to your friend. It’s a summer style statement around your neck, and you can use it to cover your head when you are out in the sun.
Cost – INR 150-200

Brighten up plain clothes with accessories

Add colour to your plain outfits by teaming them with the right accessories. Buy from roadside vendors, exhibitions and online sales. They are in-style and pretty affordable. While one neckpiece from a mall store costs around 500 rupees, you can buy 7-8 pieces from a roadside vendor at the same price. For a thousand bucks, you can change your look this summer.

Cost – INR 80-150

A tote bag makes for fun – and space

A tote bag makes for fun – and space
Want to make a statement with your bag? Buy a tote. It’s big, fun and relatively cheap. You can store all your summer essentials in it – sunscreen, wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses, umbrella, and still have room for more. Buy jute or fabric totes – washable, cheap and light. Choose a simple tote bag without too many embellishments.

Cost – INR 300-500

A spaghetti top adds grace and colour

Don’t upgrade your entire wardrobe this summer; just buy quality innerwear to bring grace to your old tees and shirts. Innerwear makes or mars your fashion statement. Cover old and worn-out shirts by wearing a quality spaghetti top inside. Opt for contrasting colours and create a funky look. Do the same by buying a slip. Cheap clothes don’t have good lining or support. Make old clothes come alive with this affordable purchase.

Cost – INR 200-350

Say yes to funky flip-flops

Do you know that flip-flops are comfy, fashionable and light on the pocket? Ditch shoes and buy them. Beat the summer heat and save money in one simple step. Flip-flops from any brand are cheaper than other types of shoes. They look chic with a skirt, denims or even with a dress. Buy 2-3 pairs, and walk with confidence and ease.

Cost – INR 150-250

Buy headgear, bands and back-clips

For an instant makeover, dress up your hair. Tie your hair and use hair accessories to style it up. There are cool hair bands, back clips and pins that can add fun to your look. Buy a few and change your look this summer.

Cost – INR 100-200

Go simple and natural

It’s summer – go natural! Stick to cotton, silk and jute. These fabrics give a rich look. Ditch bold prints or patterns, and buy plain or striped tops or kurtis. They are cheaper than embellished clothes. Opt for pastel colours, they give an expensive feel. And, unlike bright colours they don’t fade off with washing.

Cost – Under INR 500

Extra care for cheap and old clothes

Care goes a long way in summer fashion. We all itch to wear old, worn out and comfortable clothes. Use simple tips to wear worn out clothes well – iron them, cut the loose threads, fix the loose button, wear it with your favourite denims, skirt or shorts.

Cost – absolutely free!


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