Budget Shopping Strategy

The Research Phase

As part of your transformation journey, it might be time to revamp your wardrobe and style. Not only is this a fun and exciting part of leveling-up, it also has a much bigger impact than most people imagine.

When you dress well, you feel confident. When you feel confident, you behave differently. And when you behave differently, people treat you differently and you attract a certain caliber of friends and dates. I’m not saying this is fair, but it is the reality, and I want to help you use these facts to your advantage.

But how can you benefit from all of this without breaking the bank? Redoing your entire wardrobe can certainly cost a lot of money, especially if you have more expensive taste or, as I recommend, you want to focus on quality. Thankfully, there’s a smart way to do that. You just need the right budget shopping strategy, which consists of three phases: research, planning, and implementation.

Let’s start with research. And I recommend you take notes so you can reference your research as you go along.

Step 1 – Figure Out Your Personal Style

Have you ever bought something on a whim that you never wear? That’s probably because it’s not your personal style. There are many gorgeous things out there that I want to buy but I know don’t suit me. And refraining from buying them allows me to put my money towards what works for me.

There are three things to consider when figuring out your personal style:

  1. Your body shape and what cuts work best for it
  2. Your skin undertone and what colors work best for it
  3. Your elegant style personality

Aim to buy clothing that fits all of the above.

Step 2 – Learn How To Check For Quality

Learning how to inspect garments for quality means you don’t have to always go for big name brands in order to ensure the quality is good. You can still buy midrange or local brands and get the best out of your money.

I recommend you go for more natural fabrics, such as linen, silk, leather, wool, and cashmere. Those look more expensive and are better for your skin than synthetic materials like viscose, PVC, or elastane.

But, there’s a trick to this, because many fabrics are a blend. You need to look at the label and see what percentage of the blend is natural. If it’s 95% acrylic and only 5% cashmere, that’s not too great.

Keep in mind that the color, cut, and production of the fabric can make it look more or less expensive. Neon colors can make natural material appear synthetic, and frayed seams or distressed/worn-out fabrics are a no-no. On the other hand, some synthetic blends look and feel quite nice because they’re well-made. They’re also sometimes easier on the wallet. So, use your creativity and find the right balance.

If you want a full breakdown of all of these tips, get my “How to Look Expensive” Cheat Sheet. And I’ll see you in the next part of the Budget Shopping Strategy series!


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Anna Bey is an educator in the elegant feminine empowerment space and the founder of an online finishing school for women. She can confidently call herself a pioneer in this genre because she was the first to be sharing content in this niche since 2012.

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Anna Bey is an expert on Modern Elegance™, upscale transformations, and leveling up, with over 150 million channel views. Since 2012, she has taught women how to develop a more refined personal presence and lifestyle inside the Anna Bey Academy, where she hosts her various classes and courses. Her publication features include The Times UK, Newsweek, New York Post, Cosmopolitan, and many more.

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