If there are two things in life one cannot get enough, they are money and clothes. Unfortunately, quite often the acquiring/having one of the two, requires renouncing the other. Really, how many times have you caught yourself spending way more money than you should on new clothing pieces? We are all to blame for this sin, but the truth is that, once you get the hang of the art of shopping and maintaining your clothes, you will be able to save a lot of money, without skimping on your looks.
Find Your Style
Swinging between styles is kind of a teenager thing, so it is about time to find one and settle for it. This doesn’t mean that you cannot have both little black dress and fitness equipment, but you should have some basic pieces that will represent who you are.
Also, it is very important to be familiar with your figure and cuts, lengths and fabrics that work best for you. Focus on the elements you consider to be the most important (e.g. versatility, trendiness, comfort, etc.) and choose your wardrobe accordingly.
Choose Quality over Quantity…
… and classic instead of trendy. Some clothing pieces can be bought for a bargain, and those are usually the ones that you are planning to wear just several times, but if you are buying some fashion essentials (like skinny jeans) it would be best to invest in a quality pair just to make sure it lasts. Other clothing pieces that are well worth the investment are black trousers, pencil skirt, white shirt, topcoat, fitting blazer, little black dress, leather jacket, etc. Remember all of these pieces will last longer if you take proper care of them.
Hunt for Sales and Discounts
Sales have been ladies’ best friends for quite some time now, but you should know that the trick is not waiting for some sale to happen, but hunting for it. You should be well-informed about the sales in some of your favorite stores. Do that by subscribing to email newsletter. Out of season sales can also be a great way to save some money on clothes. It is not the most exciting way of shopping, but it is surely one of the wisest. Downloading coupon apps is another cool trick on your way to becoming a savvy shopper.
Second hand and consignment stores are no longer taboo topics, now that we know that even some red carpet stars, such as Julia Roberts and Zooey Deschanel, take pride in their consignment catch. In these stores you can find some great and unique pieces that are often of better quality than the ones you would get in a regular shop. If you are not a fan of trying out different combinations, there are many online second hand shops, where you can get amazing outfits for a silly price. This is good news for anyone who prefers to shop online.
If you need a fancy dress for a special occasion, instead of buying one you’ll wear just once, you can borrow it from a friend that wears a similar size. This is a good way to avoid unnecessary spending and you can return the favor if she needs something in the future. You can go beyond that and organize large clothing swaps, where the women will bring some pieces they don’t want to wear anymore and exchange them with each other.
This may sound too complicated, but start with the little things. You would be surprised how something as simple as sewing on new a button can refresh an old shirt. You can also dye your clothes using fabric dyes or sew on some interesting details. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn how to sew, and before you know it make yourself a beautiful gown?
Hopefully, now you see how even a lady with tremendous passion for fashion can save money on her clothes and still look fabulous.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.