For most people, a day spent shopping is a day spent buying cool, new clothing. Human beings love to get dressed up in the latest fashions. We use clothing to express ourselves and show the world the kind of person we want to project.
But unfortunately, clothing is very expensive. If you’re living on a budget you may find yourself frustrated every time you hit the mall by how pricey clothing has gotten. There are ways to shop and to have great clothes without spending money.
Here are 5 ways to look fashionable without breaking the bank.
Buy Quality Used Clothing
Before you roll your eyes, think about what clothing is. Clothing is washed thoroughly and easily. Buying a used shirt is not at all like buying a used mattress. You don’t have to buy used underwear, or even used shoes, but buying used pants, dresses, skirts, etc. is just smart—not to mention great for the environment.
There are plenty of people out there who get rid of clothes long before they have become worn out. You can find nearly-new items all the time, which you will get at a fraction of the price had you purchased them brand new.
Here’s how I see it: Would you rather buy a new $15 shirt at Walmart or a $15 used name brand shirt on eBay? I’ll take high quality fashion at an affordable price any day.
Consider A Capsule Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe is basically a planned out wardrobe for each season that is created in a way that all pieces work well together, which means you can have less pieces overall.
Capsule wardrobes have become very popular because it means you can create a wonderful wardrobe without spending a ton of money on items you ultimately don’t end up wearing enough to justify cost.
If this is something that interests you, here’s a handy guide to setting up your first capsule wardrobe.
Only Buy On Sale
Clothing stores know that people like sales, so they jack up the price of their non-sale items. It can be such a waste of money to buy non-sale clothing because most likely the store will put the item on sale within a couple weeks to even a couple of days.
When you find an item you like, try to hold off on purchasing it for a little while. Keep a lookout for a sale so you can get that item for the lowest possible price. Use the store’s schemes to your advantage.
Sign Up For Retailer Emails
I know. Junk email is the worst. But email providers have retooled their platforms to automatically separate the junk from the real stuff. This means you can sign up for retailer emails without worrying about it clogging your inbox.
These emails often contain coupon codes and sale information so that you can visit the mall or their site at the right time to get a good deal.
Buy High Quality Clothes
It may hurt to purchase expensive clothes at first, but they will last way longer than the cheap stuff, which will save you money in the long run. A $100 dress that you get to wear 100 times is way cheaper than a $25 dress you get to wear 10 times.
Think of your clothing as investments, and invest your money with care and consideration. You maybe have less clothing overall, but you will have clothing that is well made, chic, and long lasting, which is better.