I love what The Glamourai has to say about fashion & affordability. Here is some of it:
"i think the greatest trend we've seen recently is the democratization of fashion. glamour is attainable every single day, whatever your lifestyle or means may be. i've never believed that true style comes just from a fancy label.
while there absolutely IS a difference between the quality of what you'll find at h+m versus dior, i don't think that either is necessarily more relevant than the other. feel distinctive and unique when i'm wearing my miu miu pants with a modcloth top, because my confidence comes from a strong sense of self, not from a ritzy receipt!
Don't go broke for fashion. i say purchase what you love, and what you can afford. train yourself to look at clothes objectively ~ never buy anything just because it's a bargain, or just because it comes with a designer label. learn what flatters your shape and your personality, have fun fine-tuning that, and you'll always look like a million dollars! it may sound like a total cliche, but over time i've learned that it is unequivocally true."