Finding some solid ground in the sea of good (and ‘great’) advice can be a tricky thing. Most people will advise you to do this or that, but if you listen to them all, you’ll get nowhere. Such is the case with saving money on clothes as well – everyone seems to know the best possible way to save money when out shopping for new clothes, but to be honest, not all the things you hear make sense. These are some of the most useless advice given to people on how to save money on clothes.
How to Save Money on Clothes
#1 – Don’t get rid of your old clothes
One of the most pointless things I have heard came from my grandma; she told me to keep my old clothes in case things become fashionable again, so I won’t have to buy new ones. As good as this may seem at first, keeping your old clothes until they become fashionable again may take decades, and it will certainly waste plenty of space in your wardrobe. Instead, use your old clothes to make something new and fashionable so you don’t have to buy new things.
#2 – Stay fashionable
Being fashionable at all costs will definitely end up like that – you getting broke so you can be fashionable. It is more important to have your own, unique personal style than to blindly follow rules of fashion which change in a blink of an eye. If you try to keep up with all the latest trends, you’ll end up with a wardrobe full of outdated pieces and your wallet empty. And you will still have ‘nothing to wear’.
Planning is essential developing a unique personal fashion style. This type of planning also includes going to new stores, boutiques, malls and the like. While many of us don’t have access to interesting stores it can be important to plan for extra time when traveling to new cities to see what they have available for clothing purchase. It can be a good experience to have a short road trip to a bigger city to experience new clothing and the other things the city has to offer. You can also try and schedule trips around specific sales, especially for brands that have sample/warehouse sales. If you cannot make it to a bigger city, you can do a lot of the fashion planning online.
After you’ve planned out purchases go and buy it or sit at home and wait for it to arrive. That’s about it. Go buy that cool new piece! It doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s just about getting your feet wet and trying new things. When getting into a newer style there isn’t anything wrong with buying cheaper pieces to see if you would wear it at all.
#3 – Always wear matching accessories
Having matching belt, purse, and shoes is so 12 hours ago! You will only waste even more money in attempts to get matching prints and hues than you normally would. Moreover, you will be willing to pay more if you find the right one just because you will not be sure if you are going to find it for less someplace else. Instead of desperately trying to find shoes that are going to match your purse, save some time and money and buy accessories in plain colours easy to mix and match: black, white, red, even zebra or leopard.
There are many different ways to learn about collecting accessories. For example, collect pictures, quotes, fits, lookbooks, links, anything that you feel looks good or works. Do this as often as you can and try to label everything you can by brand or ideas so you understand what exactly you’re looking at. Utilize any website you can to help you collect/store the pictures! The purpose of having this allows you to get ideas for your own outfits and a goal of how you’d like to look.
#4 – Better to buy new than to wear something old
Another ‘golden rule’ of old days: having all new is always the best choice you’ve got. Think again: how much money will you be spending on clothes from stores every year? Even if you keep buying on sales, it is going to cost a small fortune to get fully dressed. Instead of doing that, check out some consignment stores which allow you to swap ladies clothing with other women whose mission is the same as yours: to stay fashionable and not overspend.
Research different brands and designers that you may be interested in. Try and learn about why they design certain things or why they use the materials that they use. See if you can find out how transparent they are regarding their labor and/or production methods. Spending a lazy day reading about how different designers can really open your eyes to new ideas, fits and styles.
#5 – Own similar pieces which you can swap around
This also may sound reasonable, but think again: how many knitted sweaters and button down dresses do you actually need? Just because you really, really, really like something, it doesn’t mean you need to pile up such pieces. Experiment a bit, try something different, buy a maxi skirt made of flowy materials instead of another tight one and see what you can do with it. Creativity is the key for staying stylish.
Remember, you are going to need a lot of practice in order to become good at something. The same goes for saving money – you are not going to wake up some day and stop spending altogether. You need to go slowly and find what works best for you, middle ground in all the things you hear. Finding your own way is the safest choice for the future, for the easiest way to do things is to stay true to yourself.