Shopping, especially clothes shopping, is a big financial trap. Sure, there are many tips and tricks on how to save money when going grocery shopping or living on a budget, but clothes shopping is often where we splurge and binge!
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These days, everyone is fashion-conscious, which leads almost everyone to buy expensive branded clothes instead of going for the alternative generic basics. But how do you stay fashionable and save at the same time? Girls, pay attention: here are seven ways to save money on clothes that will surely surprise you!
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Boutiques and department stores usually hold end-of-season sales, or clearance sales at odd times of the year. Rain clothes in the warm season will cost you much less than if you buy them in the rainy season! Swimsuits in December or January will also be cheaper than during the summer.
Kids, Teens, and Men’s
Here’s a fun shopping tip: Ditch the gender binaries! Shopping in the women’s department can be very pricey, and men’s clothes are surprisingly much cheaper. Check out men’s t-shirts and button-downs, or even clothes from the children’s or teen’s department! Chances are, the smaller men’s sizes or the bigger kid’s or teen’s sizes can still fit you, and you still come out looking fabulous after spending much less!
Rule of 3
When shopping for clothes, remember this rule of three: If you can’t think of 3 outfits, 3 accessories, and 3 occasions to wear the piece of clothing you want, then drop it and don’t buy it! Your clothes should be as versatile as you are, and can shift through to any occasion or date by just adding or removing accessories–kind of like the little black dress!
A capsule closet is a minimalist closet where you keep only a few items that you mix and match with your accessories. Start by de-cluttering your closet. Keep clothes, accessories, and shoes in the style that fits you best and that you are comfortable with. Make sure you have the essentials and basics covered as well! If you’re a working professional, you might want to keep these dress-for-success tips in mind while trimming down your wardrobe. When you’re done with decluttering and minimizing your wardrobe, swap, sell, or donate the clothes you don’t need anymore.
One In, One Out
For every cloth you buy, get rid of one you already own. If you buy three new shirts, get rid of three old ones. No, don’t just throw them into the trash bin! If you have a younger sibling, she might appreciate your fashionable hand-me-downs. Better yet, donate them to charity!
Do It Yourself
So you might have to learn how to sew, but it’s an essential life skill so there isn’t anything to lose! Making your own clothes can be more cost-efficient than buying clothes. Clothes can be 2-3 times more expensive than buying the fabric itself! Getting sewing patterns won’t be too difficult either since some textile shops would have them, and bookstores also stock sewing magazines.
Repurpose Old Clothes
You don’t always have to make your own clothes, either. Knowing how to sew can help you remake some old clothes! Reuse and recycle old clothes and repurpose them to create new clothes, or turn them into hand-made accessories. There are millions of sites on the Internet you can use as guides. What’s more, you can even sell these hand-made clothes or accessories over the web for extra profit!
Follow these tips and you’ll be surprised at how much you WON’T be spending on the upkeep and maintenance of your wardrobe. You won’t even need to keep buying more clothes every time!
But it doesn’t stop there. Taking good care of your clothes can also help you save since you won’t have to keep buying clothes to replace them. Regularly clear out your wardrobe of things you don’t wear anymore and offer them up through a fashion trade between you and your friends, sell them at a garage sale, or just donate them to charity.
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