If you're looking to freshen up your wardrobe but don't have a whole lot of extra cash to fund the project, you're not alone. Clothing is expensive, but with a few strategic moves, you can revamp your entire closet without breaking the bank. Check out the list below for our top tips for saving money on clothes.
1. Don’t conform to the trends.
Since fashion is always changing, sometimes it’s best to stick to the basics. You’ll often find yourself only wearing trendy clothes a few times anyway. Buying plain items of clothing can often be your best bet, and layering items like vests are also useful when transitioning your wardrobe from summer to winter.
2. Shop out of season.
Buying summer clothes in spring and winter clothes in autumn may seem like a good idea, but that's when you’ll usually be paying more. If you know you need a new coat, buy it during the summer sale, since this will allow you to get one much cheaper than usual.
3. Store clothes in sections.
Keeping all of your clothes in sections in your drawers and wardrobes can actually help you save money. By putting all your T-shirts in one section and your pants in another section, you can see how many items you have of each. This will allow you to keep track of something you might need, as well as items you already have enough of.
4. Hit charity shops.
If you’re determined to get a bargain, charity shops are the best place to look. You may not find hidden gems all of the time, but if you look regularly enough, you will no doubt spot something fantastic. While charity shopping is great, it’s important to not get carried away. Only buy things you need or that you know you’ll wear.
5. Use online auctions.
Sites and apps that let you buy things from other users are great. If you’ve wanted an item of clothing that you can’t find anywhere, simply search for it and someone is bound to be selling it.
Be careful when using these sites, though. Only buy from well-rated sellers and only pay for items through the app, because then you’ll be covered by buyer’s protection in case anything goes wrong.
6. Keep track of major sales.
If you love shopping, keep track of when your favorite stores have their annual sales. For most stores, there are usually two big seasonal sales a year and two mid-season sales.
7. Don’t be afraid to DIY.
Some people forget the beauty of DIY. Instead of buying new things every season, why not customize things you already own? This could be putting studs on your jacket collar, adding a tassel hem to an old skirt, or even bejeweling a forgotten T-shirt.
8. Count to three before you buy.
If you’re thinking about impulse-buying something, make yourself a list of three reasons as to why you’re buying it — and they can't include that you simply want it. Then, come up with at least three other items in your wardrobe that you can wear the new item with or think of three upcoming occasions when you can wear it. If you’re struggling to think of these, then it’s probably best that you don’t buy the item.
9. One in, one out.
Buy too many clothes? Use this simple rule: For every new piece of clothing you buy, give another piece of clothing to charity or sell something on an online auction. If you’re struggling to find something to get rid of, think about whether you’ve worn a particular piece in the past year. If the answer is no, then you’re probably holding onto it for no reason, so give it away.
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