Going out shopping and coming home with several bags full of clothes is often the dream of many people. The problem is that it’s also a pleasure that can be very expensive. Not buying clothes isn’t the solution, though, as more often than not, the problem isn’t so much the spending. But instead, it’s the way you go about doing it.
In many ways, saving money on your clothes is like getting into shape. The way to achieve this is by applying a series of habits to it, so you build up your savvy spending “muscles.” Below, we’ll give you some tips on how to preserve your style and buy the clothes you like responsibly – but without hurting your wallet too much.
The “basics” are those garments that you’ll use under your clothes to keep you warm or modest or a combination of the two. Typically, these items say nothing by themselves. Instead, they’re meant to draw more attention to the accessories you are wearing than the articles of clothing themselves. Given their repeated and constant use, they also stain or break easily.
So with that in mind, what’s the point of spending hundreds of dollars on them? If you buy basics, buy them cheap. The reason for this is because they’ll likely be of the same quality as the big brand ones but at a much lower price. Moreover, like clothes you’ll constantly change, it’s convenient for you to save on that side to invest in something better.
Fashions and trends can be so fleeting. Specific clothing only works for so long, and it definitely isn’t fun to look over your wardrobe each year and think everything is outdated. If you feel this way, then the frenzy of buying trendy clothes every year is probably harming your ability to save money.
If you constantly change your clothes and don’t wear them frequently, then they simply aren’t worth what you paid for them. So instead, choose clothes you know will stay in your wardrobe for a long time. Then, even if they are fashionable items, you’ll be able to make them a mark of your style once the trend has passed.
It’s difficult not to go shopping and fall in love with everything. Nonetheless, it’s highly recommended to think for a second before you pull out your wallet and try to pinpoint the reasons you may need an article of clothing. It’s not just about looking cute or cool, but also about the possible combinations with the rest of your clothing and making sure it fits your style.
Another tip for smarter shopping would be to buy certain clothes out of season. Sure, you may think that stocking up on a few pairs of designer jeans for women in the fall or winter is best, but if you decide to buy them in the summer, you’ll most likely find them at half the price. It’s rare to buy a piece of clothing only to wear it for the first time next year, but give this trick a try. Your pocket will thank you.
Now that you know how and when to buy new clothes, you don’t want to forget to take care of the items you already have, as well. Look at the labels and follow the care instructions to the letter to ensure the maximum lifespan of your garments. If they get stained, try to remove the stain as soon as possible. Be sure to search the internet for ways to clean the garment based on the type of stain.
Where do clothes get ruined the most, you may be wondering? In the wash, of course. So wash each item with care, then fold it and stack it neatly in your wardrobe. Don’t throw it in there haphazardly, or you’ll get wrinkles and even permanent creases. Some pieces might need hangers, so for them, you should get some with the right shape and texture that doesn’t damage your fabrics.
How’s it going with the needle and thread? Of course, we’re not talking about making your clothes, which is much more difficult. Instead, we’re referring to having a basic knowledge of how to fix torn or damaged garments. Because yes, no matter how much you buy from a certain high-end brand, there are accidents that you cannot avoid.
With a couple of video tutorials, you should start to get the hang of some handy techniques for mending your fabrics. What’s more, you can even go further and get creative with clothes you no longer wear as a way to keep bringing them back to life. If you learn to do cute embroidery, for example, you’ll be able to turn old pants into a skirt or a bag! The possibilities are endless.
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