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8 Useful Tips to Help You Shop For Clothes on a Budget

Shopping for new clothes is a hard job, especially when you are revamping your wardrobe for the first time. However, it can be even more difficult to keep track of your shopping expenses when you do not have a budget – it is very easy to find yourself overspending on clothes.

We can understand this struggle very well, especially with the advent of online shopping and credit cards. If you detest malls and crowds, shopping anonymously can be an alternative you have considered before – but a quick check of your spending costs leads you to the conclusion that you are actually spending more than you thought. The cost is even higher when you find out the clothes do not even fit you properly – either they are too big or too small.

If you are searching for ways to trim your clothes shopping spending, read on for some of our tips.

Examine your closet

While this takes quite a number of hours, it will be a good way to help you know what items you own and the clothes you need to let go of. You might actually find interesting insights – for instance, getting to know that you own more pairs of pants or more blouses in certain colors. Some of the clothes you have are simply gathering dust, and you may have bought items you did not even need.

Keeping track of what you already own is a good place to start, as you know what you need, what you have, and what you need to let go of.

Create new styles with what you have

If you interrogate the main reason you buy new clothes, it is probably because you are bored with what you already have. You might have amazing items that you can mix to create totally new styles, but they are just sitting and gathering dust – until you discover they can do you good.

If you have a fashionable friend, you can ask them to give you some help in creating awesome looks, or you can use style boards on Pinterest or Tumblr to give you some inspiration. At the end of it, the process will leave you feeling like you own an entirely new wardrobe, all without spending any money on new pieces.

Shop for clothes out of season

One trick to help you spend less on clothes is to buy them when they are not in season. Classic example: people will spend more on warm clothes when it is raining, or during the winter months. When you are a smart shopper, you will notice the prices of these items rises when demand increases, so you will instead shop for them in the summer or spring when demand is low and they are cheaper. Who knows, you can even get these items on offer, such as buying two for the price of one.

Shop in the men’s department store

This may seem like an unconventional approach, but it strangely always works. Men’s department clothing stores actually sell items at cheaper rates, such as hoodies, t-shirts, and mens hoodies and sweatshirts, so you can try these shops, or go to the boy’s clothing stores if you are petite.

Women’s departmental stores always tend to sell casual wear at insanely high prices, even if they are on sale. Save yourself the money – if the clothes you buy from the men’s store seem too long, you can always take them to your tailor to make some adjustments. In addition, they will be super comfortable – it is definitely worth the money.

Reduce the frequency of your clothes washing

While this does not obviously apply to everyone (depending on other factors such as how much you sweat and the environment you live in), it actually makes sense on some level – so you do not need to cringe. It is not about wearing stained or smelly clothes, but knowing when clothes are still sufficiently clean to wear, instead of washing them all the time.

An example is jeans – you do not need to wash your pair of jeans after only wearing them once – you can wash them after some time. The same case goes for heavier clothes such as sweaters, hoodies, and sweatshirts for women, and even other clothes you wear once in a while like dresses. The less you wash them, the fewer chances they have of tearing, and the less laundry you do.

Select a specific color scheme and maintain it

When building up your wardrobe, you might be tempted to go for various colors – but it does not help you create a cohesive sense of style. It is important to know the colors that look the best on you, and this will help you save your money in the long term. You will not buy an item you thought looks good like a teddy bear jacket, only to find the color clashes with your skin tone or looks bad under fluorescent lighting.

Select more basics and learn layering

Imagine you have two choices in front of you: a colorful accessory like a necklace and a cheap outfit. In this case, you would rather spend on the accessory because it will help you spice up even the most basic outfit in your closet. It even helps that accessories do not get stained easily, neither do they get worn out.

For instance, you might have the most basic blouse, but pair it with a colorful scarf and see the difference it makes. A simple t-shirt and pair of jeans can look funky when you add an interesting necklace, and a nice pair of earrings and a pair of bright shoes. 

For special occasions, rent or borrow clothes

If your calendar is full of black-tie events and you are certain you will not change your size, then you can spend money on new outfits. However, this is not the case for many people, so it makes more financial sense to borrow clothes for special occasions.

Final thoughts

It is important to learn how you can spend less on your clothes because it pays off in so many ways. You won’t feel like your closet is overwhelming you, and you can quickly dress for any occasion when you need to – plus it eliminates that awful feeling of spending too much on clothes you will never wear.