Do you love to shop and always keep up-to-date on ever changing fashion trends but find funding your passion somewhat of a strain? Then why not check out these 5 simple steps that’ll see you looking great in designer gear and still able to afford to eat every month!
1) Shop Online – OK, I fully appreciate that nothing quite compares to a day at the mall with a girlfriend: ransacking the stores for that perfect outfit, trying on multiple items and enjoying a restful lunch midway through while you mull over your potential purchases. However, if you’re looking to cut back and get more for your money online shopping is the way. Websites such as http://www.gilt.com and http://www.renttherunway.com are amazing opportunities to get your hands on designer, current season, clothing for a considerably lower price. What is more, many of your favorite high-street stores’ websites will often offer promocodes for discounts and free shipping – this is a perfect way to shop as it allows you to go into the store, try on the desired item and then order it online at a cheaper price!
2) Consider Gently Used – Before you wrinkle your nose at the prospect of wearing somebody else’s old clothes, stop and consider how much you could be saving! Fashion reseller stores such as Buffalo Exchange not only sell gently used, good condition clothing but they will also buy your old items. This is a perfect solutions for the shopping addicts out there – chances are you have plenty of barely worn clothing gathering dust in your closet, so why not bring them along to a store such as Buffalo Exchange and make some of your money back…and then, you know, spend it on more clothes…you’re not fooling anyone – there’s no way you’re leaving that store without a new purchase! Outlets are another great way to save when you shop, especially for staple items that won’t go out of fashion fast.
3) Define Your Signature Look – Knowing your own style and how to work it is crucial to any fashionista out there but it is also important when it comes to scrimping on costs too. If you know what looks work for you, you won’t be sucked in by every advertisement telling you to buy those tight fitting tapered pants that will definitely cling to the wrong areas. You will find you spend considerably less if you hone in on your style and resist passing fads.
4) Invest in Core Pieces – This tip is my favorite and it may surprise you! Here I am actually telling you to spend more…However, this is strictly on good quality items that you know can be worn on a wide variety of occasions in a diverse range of ways. Things like a designer pair of black pumps that can be worn both formally and casually will help you save money in the long run as you won’t find yourself running out to buy a new pair of heels every time you’re invited to a party. Plus, with the higher price tag comes better quality, meaning your shoes will last you much longer than a pair for a third of the price – see where I’m going with the investment thing? Also, staple items like black pants and tank tops provide a foundation for many great outfits – so make sure you have them in your closet!
5) Know What You Have – Maybe this sounds silly, of course you know what’s in your closet…or do you? Too many times I’ve found myself buying a new shirt only to later discover I had a very similar one in my closet all along that I’d hardly worn! Regularly taking inventory of your closet will prevent you from wasting money on needless purchases and ensure you have plenty of space if there is a core item you must purchase!
Hopefully you’ve found these tips helpful, let me know in the comments section below and feel free to ask me any questions you may have!