You walk into a store and see the perfect article of clothing. You have to get it! You walk a little too fast to the section it’s located in, just to see that it is above your budget. Ugh! You really want to get it, but you know you shouldn’t. Decisions….decisions. Don’t freak out though! Learn to find great deals and shop smart. The cost of that one article of clothing could buy you multiple fashion pieces.
1. Do You Really Need It?
Think to yourself “How often am I actually going to wear this?” If you’re only planning to wear it to a party and never again (unless it’s prom or you’re getting married), it’s not worth it. You probably have an outfit in your closet that can be worn already. Even if it’s a cool t-shirt, think about how often you will wear it. Other questions to ask are, “Does it fit with anything in my closet?” “Do I have something that is similar to this already?” “When and where am I actually going to wear this?” “Will it go out of season quickly?” All these are questions (and more) you should ask yourself.
2. Clearance & Sale Racks
We’ve all seen these racks. The “unwanted” section; clothes everywhere, not organized, etc. But! If you walk past this rack, you might be missing out on some amazing deals and pieces. If you have the time (and patience), it’s definitely worth it. Who knows, you may find something similar to the piece you were dying to have.
3. Shop Out of Season
This may sound strange, but let me explain. Think about this....Sales, Sales, Sales! Who doesn't love a sale? Try shopping for next year’s winter items at the end of the season. Usually the styles and trends don’t drastically change, so store it away and look fabulous next season with the awesome purchase that you made.
4. Shopping Lists
Lists are very essential when budgeting. Look through your closet and think about what it is that you need. Do you need new flats because that pair you currently have are worn out? Are you in need of better looking tops for work? Having lists will prevent you from impulse shopping. It will help you have a clear mindset of exactly what you’re looking for.
5. Get Creative
Maybe you bought a nice blazer at H&M a while ago and want to buy a new one. Do you really need to? Begin to let your creative juices flow. Maybe sew on funky new buttons to make it look edgy. Take some old distressed jeans you haven’t worn in awhile and bleach them to make them have an acid wash look or you could even cut the legs to make them shorts. Try watching YouTube or look on Pinterest for creative ideas!
6. The Importance of Fabric
Some fabrics last longer and look better than others. An example of this is tweed or linen. These fabrics tend to look expensive, even though you may have purchased them for cheap. Tweed blazers or jackets for example, look rich and classy. You can get them anywhere for as low as $30. You just have to look. You could also invest in a fabric shaver from your local convenience store. Shave the fuzzy parts of your knit sweaters and make them look brand new again!
7. Don’t Be Afraid to Thrift
So many great vintage and cheap options. Think of it as fashion recycling!
8. Think Long Term
Do you have bills to pay? Monthly rent for that expensive condo? If you have costly priorities, asking the question “Is this $115 jacket worth it?” will be very important. I’ll give you a hint, unless that jacket is going to pay that rent for you, I would suggest waiting until it goes on sale. It will be worth it then. And who knows, you might even find something much cheaper and nicer. Life is spontaneous, right?