How to be Fashionable on a Budget
Clothing expenses can chew up the budget if you aren’t careful.
Whether you need to update your style, overhaul your wardrobe or all the kids have outgrown their clothes, these tips will help.
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1. Assess Your Wardrobe
How can you know what you need if you haven’t taken the time to assess what you have?
Set aside some time to go through your wardrobe and you might uncover some gems like those cherished polo shirts you haven’t worn in a while.
Try on everything to see how it fits, check the seams, and look for stains and holes, missing buttons or anything else that might need to be fixed.
Say goodbye to the items that have seen better days, do not donate them if they have any stains or damage as the charity will simply have to pay to dispose of them.
If you wouldn’t give them to a friend, just toss them or use them for rags.
Then think about what you need, what you have enjoyed wearing, the activities you enjoy and what you need for those.
Do you have a pair of jeans that make you look incredible or an outfit that would be ideal for your new job?
Taking into consideration what you have, what you need and what you want helps when buying new items for your wardrobe.
2. Set a Budget
Walking into a store knowing what you want but without a specific budget is a recipe for disaster.
Consider how you can allocate your clothing expenses in a way that won’t strain your finances much but will allow you to buy what you need and want.
Then stick to it!
It’s one thing to set a budget but it’s another to stick to it.
Don’t let those alluring store displays tempt you.
Whether you’re using cash, your debit card or a handy budgeting app it’s important that you stay committed to your plan.
3. Plan Your Shopping
Shopping during end of season sales a great way to save some cash.
You can try buying winter sweaters when it’s sunny outside and take advantage of summer deals when it’s snowing.
There are plenty of discounts around if you know where to look.
Stay alert for sale notifications or follow your brands on media to know when the best deals are available.
4. Explore Thrift and Secondhand Stores
Second hand stores or op shops are like caverns brimming with treasures.
You’ll come across rare items, timeless classics and prices that won’t break the bank but also great for our planet.
Each school holidays my teens go through their closets, sell off anything they don’t want anymore then use the funds to restock at the second hand shops.
Doing this, they essentially get their clothes for free but have a regular stream of new clothing.
Plus friends always ask where they got items because they are not the same as the generic things sold in stores.
5. DIY Fashion
Ready to tap into your inner fashion designer?
Transforming and giving purpose to clothes can bring a fresh perspective to your wardrobe.
Convert those worn-out jeans into shorts, turn and shirt into a cute skirt or similar.
I once turned a $2 satin sheet into a ball gown and was complimented all night on it.
My sister made her wedding dress for a few hundred vs the thousands the same style cost in a store.
One of my friends specialised in turning cute tableclothes from op shops into 1950s dresses.
Your creativity knows no limits and there are loads of tutorials online for refashioning items.
6. Get Clothes Free
You will be surprised at the ways you can get clothing for free if you know where to look and how to shop.
Loyalty programs, sign-up bonuses, free gifts etc can be combined to get you free clothes. I shared all my ways to get free clothes in this article.
7. Final Tips for Smart Shopping
Quality over quantity. This is the motto for most savvy shoppers.
It’s worth investing in pieces that will stand the test of time and accompany you throughout your life, one that you will wear over and over.
Curating a wardrobe that flatters you and can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits will help you save money and make you feel good.
Avoid fast fashion, look for quality, ethical brands and your wardrobe is likely to last longer.
It can be easy to save money on your clothes if you know what to do.
Sprinkle in some creativity, plan ahead and be smart with where and how you shop.