Getting that designer look for the new season for much, much less

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TIGHTS: A great way to prolong the use of summer clothes out of season.

AS September sees London, New York, Milan and Paris all host glamorous fashion week events – magazines, newspapers and television are all awash with images of tiny, but tall figures wearing the latest offerings from top designers.

The usual celebrity ‘fashionistas’ have also been photographed sitting in the front rows, looking oh-so-impressed with the shows, whilst clutching their over-priced designer handbags.

Yes, it may be exciting to look at all the new inspirations making their way onto the catwalk this year – many of us do love to see what the rich and famous are sporting in the name of high fashion – but it can also be a little depressing as most of us cannot afford so much as one designer item, never mind an entire outfit!

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But remember, dressing well doesn’t mean having to buy outrageously expensive gear. In fact, much of what is displayed on the catwalk would look completely out of place in everyday life, unless you happen to work in the Vogue offices, that is! So don’t feel pressured to go out and buy a new wardrobe for a new season. All you need to do is make a few quick tweaks and smart purchases and it’s possible to transition some of your favourite pieces of clothing from summer to autumn.

Use what you already have in your wardrobe, but simply make some alterations. Continue wearing your favourite summer tops, but just add a nice scarf on top to keep out the chill as cooler days approach. Or, similarly, make a summer outfit autumn-appropriate by throwing a blazer on top of it. Fashionable blazers, which sometimes even look ‘Chanel-esque,’ can be found for next to nothing in most high street stores like H&M.

Tights are your best friend when it comes to creating a new outfit without breaking the bank. So many of your so-called summer dresses – and shorts – can be worn again and again by adding a simple pair of tights.
And remember, online stores like www.asos.com deliver free to Spain and have a great selection of affordable fashion that won’t mean having to remortgage your house!

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