How to Be High Fashion on a Low Budget

How to Be High Fashion on a Low Budget
These may be tough economic times that we’re living in, but that won’t stop us from wanting what we don’t have when it comes to what’s the latest and the greatest in fashion accessories. Truthfully, it’s pretty hard to ignore when those fierce fashion necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings are dangling on sky-high models on the pages of shiny ads, huge billboards, computers, and on the TV. But what if you’re short of funds, or have other responsibilities that are sure to keep you from going on a shopping spree anytime soon? By reading the tips below, you’ll find that you can be on trend and still have the cash to pay the bills.

Geode jewelry - that popular, jagged stone jewelry is definitely dominating the preview runways for this spring and summer. It’s a 2011 jewelry trend must-have, but it won’t come cheaply. Some pieces can run into the hundreds but here’s a great way to claim those beautiful stones for yourself. Purchase them in slices. Yes, you can get cut slivers and they’ll even be in different colors! Buy the ones with a hole drilled in the center and hang them on a chain and just like that, you’re suddenly in style.

Tassels and Fringe – the warm seasons won’t be the only things swinging in as fashionistas play up the trend of popular accessories that make the eye do a double-take. The only catch is that anything with tassels or fringe is probably going to cost you more because it’s so in demand. Here’s the solution, turn to vintage pieces from a flea market or your local thrift store. The saying that everything old is new again does ring true in this case.

Cabochons – Cabochons sort of look like gems and one side lays flat. The larger ones are all the rage, but again, if a jewelry piece has detail, it can cost you more. For the frugal consumer, I’d suggest that you check out online sellers such as EBay. Vendors sell loose crafting stones in bulk all of the time. Go for the large stones in the colors of the season of course; blues, greens, browns, and coral tones. Then get crafty with a little hot glue. You can adhere the stones onto bangle bracelets and give them new life.

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