Style Panel: How to look good without spending money

style panel look good without spending money
style panel look good without spending money

Tis the season for buckling down, tightening those purse strings and living vicariously through couture shows. And even as some of the best sales of the year rage on, we challenged our Style Panel to show us their best tried-and-true looks, all which required no spending at all. The results? Inspirational, to say the least.

Question 129: How do you freshen it up without spending a dime? Read the answers now! »


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Photography by Samm Fisher

Christopher Wolf, 23
Halifax | Wolf Musings

Winter is the perfect time to play with new silhouettes because we need to layer anyway, so why not try something different? I’ve mixed it up by playing with different lengths and textures. Tip: Neutrals will be your best friend when trying new silhouettes.

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Lara Cardoso, 21
Toronto | Lara Cardoso

Making the most of your existing wardrobe can be as simple as styling items in ways you’ve never tried before. There are many ways to style, wrap and wear scarves that I often even forget myself. In this outfit, I draped it over one shoulder only and immediately felt my look was different and fresh. Being creatures of habit, it’s important to both consider and execute new ways of doing things in order to stay creative. Try styling one or two items from your closet this month in a way you haven’t before.

Lara’s wearing: Jacket, Anthropologie. Blouse, Aritzia. Pants, Topshop. Boots and scarf, Zara.

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Kayla Short, 26
Halifax | Short Presents

Looking expensive doesn’t need to break the bank. I’m a huge fan of high and low dressing, as well as opting for solid colors. Black is always going to look expensive whether it’s cotton or cashmere!

Kayla’s wearing: Skirt, Banana Republic. Turtleneck, H&M. Scarf, Forever 21. Boots, Le Chateau. Hat, Joe Fresh. Jacket, Tahari via Winners. Bag, Sneha Varma.

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Becky Kung, 30
Calgary | Velvet & Vino

I love taking pieces in my closet and finding new ways to pair them, which is the best way to achieving style without spending money. New ways for pairing my clothing means not only changing how I pair each piece, however also adding a twist to the outfit.

For example, I most often wear this blazer open without buttoning it. For this look, I decided to change it up by buttoning it up and adding a belt over top. It completely changes the look and makes the blazer feel like new again.

Becky’s wearing: Blazer, H&M. Belt, Hudson’s Bay. Jeans, J. Crew. Boots, Aldo. Blouse, Topshop.

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Kira Paran, 29
Edmonton | Northern Style Exposure

This is the time of year you can pick up some amazing finds in the outerwear department for a fraction of the cost. Coats, jackets and vests can have higher price points then your the average T-shirt in your closet. My tip for not spending money? I hunted for next year’s coat for winter while the buying was good! If you go for a classic style and avoid trends, it will be on point next year. I snagged this cape coat I’m wearing 70% off in Boxing Day sales.

Kira’s wearing: Coat, Katherine Barclay. Sweater, J.Crew. Scarf, Zara.

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