So, you’re trying to save money and you’re doing great. But then comes that wedding you have been invited to, or that work trip you have to attend and now you need to buy a couple of new outfits! On the other hand, maybe you are trying to save but you just happen to love fashion and struggling to keep within your monthly budget because those clothes are just too tempting. Whether you love clothes, or see shopping as a chore, there are a number of ways you can save on your next shopping trip. Here are some tips to help you save money on clothes, while still feeling confident in your outfit.
1. Buy out of season
Unless you come across someone like the pool guy from Legally Blonde (You know the one!), chances are no one will know that your clothing is last season! Buying out of season can reduce items up to 80%, meaning you can walk away with brand new clothes for a fraction of the price that you would have paid a few months ago. If the piece of clothing is weather dependant (i.e jeans), you could tuck them away in your draw and pull them out for the following winter. This will help you save money on clothes and save you having to fork out a ton of money each season!
2. Have a signature piece, or few!
Have you ever heard the expression that every woman should have a LBD (little black dress)? Well, although it’s been hammered into us, there is a lot of truth associated with that statement. Spending good money on a signature piece of clothing can make you feel great whenever you pull it out. The money savings comes from the other parts of your outfit. If you spend money on a dress that you just love, you can counteract that cost by purchasing items for the outfit from a discount store, such as shoes. By having a few really nice signature pieces of clothing in your wardrobe, you never have to feel like you don’t have anything to wear. You are able to dress your outfit down or up depending on your accessories, which can extend the life of the signature piece significantly. I like to have about 6 signature pieces in my wardrobe!
3. Op shops
Some of the best finds in my wardrobe are from thrift stores I have stumbled across with my friends. Think vintage designer clothing, for a pretty penny! It’s a good idea to plan out where you’re going to go on the map, grab a few friends and make a day of it. It’s one of my favourite activities! Browsing through thrift stores can be both exciting and hilarious. I still have a t-shirt that I found a few years ago that has a koala and bold colourful letters ‘Down Under’ written across it. It only cost me $2 but I love that t-shirt! But on the other hand, I also have a beautiful chiffon Vera Wang t-shirt that was only a few years old and I bought for $10, that I wear to weddings and out to dinner. My friend also scored some Jimmy Choo’s, so you will often come across great shoe finds as well! So, you really have no idea what amazing pieces of clothing your going to come across. I would highly recommend thrift stores in order to save money on clothes!
4. Read the labels
If you’re anything like me, you tend to assume that all clothing can be thrown in the wash together because “It will be fine!”. But in reality, each piece of clothing has it’s own needs and should be treated as such! On the little white tag, it will usually explain what it needs, whether it’s hot water or cold, or even sometimes hand washed, you don’t want to ruin, or shorten the life span of your piece! By treating it with love, you will keep it looking fresh for longer, which means you won’t end up replacing new items every few months.
When you’re trying to save money, clothing expenses can really add up. By taking steps to save money on clothes, you will likely end up with more money in the bank at the end of the year while still being able to feel great in what you’re wearing!