You Don't Have To Pay The Earth To Look A Million Dollars

12 July 2016

It is generally accepted that to look like the stars, you have to either spend a whole lot of money or stand far away. It's worth remembering that even the big stars quite often haven't paid for the amazing clothes they are wearing. As often as not, designers and fashion houses will gift or lend them great pieces. What's better for your brand than putting your clothes on the latest big star? It's free advertising for you and free clothes for them.

However, they don't give those same uber-expensive gowns to you and me. No matter how much we promise to wear them to the next big premiere, the answer is always the same: "I'm sorry, who are you? How did you get in here?" It's one rule for the rich, and another for the people pretending to be rich to get free clothes.

The simple truth is that you have a few options if you want to be like the stars. First, you can become a star. This has proven to be hit-and-miss over the years, and takes forever. Second, you can buy those clothes on a credit card. Assuming your credit limit goes that high, you'll pay as much again in interest payments by the time it's cleared. Or, and stay with me here, you could always cheat. This might be the best path.

Sure, people will always say stuff about how the clothes you are wearing are copied from the top designers. The best way to deal with this is to not care. Yes, they are duplicates. Which means they look like those more expensive clothes. Which means they still look better than a lot of mid-range originals. The key here is to get a good copy. "It's the same color" doesn't quite land in this respect.

Then there's the question of perfume. A really good perfume will turn heads as you walk past, and there are so many to choose from. And a walk through the perfume section at your nearest department store will show that some of the most popular scents of the season are yours to buy. For the very reasonable price of a lot more than it cost to make.

So why not cheat? All of the top perfume lines have what are called "dupes" - scents that are based heavily on them, indistinguishable to all but a sniffer dog. And a lot more reasonably priced, too.

Finally, jewelry. Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but they are a credit card's sworn enemy at the prices you'll see in most jeweler's stores. Thankfully, there is a middle ground with more affordable brands like ELF925 and similar, which can allow access to statement looks without the bills. Hey presto! You're looking and smelling like the stars without needing to appear in any films at all.

The bottom line here is that you will still want to buy and wear more expensive and stylish clothes and items from time to time. But "from time to time" is more affordable when you've kept a lid on your spending by making good choices.

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