Whether you’re on a tight budget or on a budget, shopping smartly is great to have fresh clothing that can spice up your style. Before you shop, read first our 5 sneaky ways to save money on your wardrobe.
- Do shop slightly out of season.
Most retailers get new deliveries of clothing at least every two weeks and are under constant pressure to turn over their merchandise. This means that season-specific items like winter vests, summer maxi dresses, summer shorts, winter hats, leather gloves, pea coats, fur coats and such hit the shelves a month, and are likely to be deeply discounted halfway through the season, despite still being the latest trend. So, you have to resist the urge to stock up on the new pieces you want for the coming season, and grab them when they’re marked down, but still wearable for months instead.
- Don’t be carried away with discounts and sales.
Though discounts are great for getting more than what you pay for, sometimes they just trigger you to shop unneeded items just because they’re sale. You may even think you’re being a smart shopper by always scoring new things at lower-than-retail value, but you’re really just falling into the trap to buy more often. Are you on the mailing list for all of your favorite stores because they offer insider deals and discounts? It’s time to unsubscribe from all of those email lists and the next time you’re tempted to buy a sale item, think first whether you’re going to pay its full value, or you’re just tempted to buy it because it’s on sale.
- Don’t “dry clean”.
Keeping your closet stocked with pieces you can launder yourself will keep the cost of caring for your wardrobe down considerably. For instance, if you’ve bought a timeless piece with a “dry clean only” label, keep in mind that the purchase price of that item isn’t the final amount that it will ultimately cost your bank account as you need to consider the cost of dry cleaning for every wear.
- Do pay attention to care tags.
Prevent your wardrobe-maintenance bills from racking up by checking care tags before you walk out of the store. Remember, just because you don’t need to dry clean a piece doesn’t mean it won’t need special care. Some of them need to be ironed, hand washed, or washed with cold water to extend the lives of your clothes.
- Do buy better basics.
When it comes to these basic pieces or ones you’ll wear over and over again, it makes more sense to invest in quality items. The cheap blazer or jeans and the more expensive one might not look so different on the rack, but paying a little more now will prevent you from having to constantly replace the lower-priced version, saving you money in the long run. By taking these tips into consideration, you’ll save more and get more than what you pay for.