Some people love to shop, while others are not interested, but we all have to own at least an outfit or two. Why not appear stylish without breaking your bank account? Below is a list of carefully selected tips detailing how to clothes shop on a budget.
1. Shop The Classics
List down the things that make up your dream closet. Remember that it’s far better to have a minimal collection of quality clothing that fits well, as opposed to a large closet full of old and impractical pieces. Do you need help with what you desire to purchase? Stick to standard items and combine them with the latest fashion trends.
For instance, a beautiful black dress can become a classic for a woman, with the ‘trend’ referring to the addition of an endless scarf, bracelet, necklace or collection of pin badges. For a man, well-fitting trousers and a wrinkle-free shirt can be combined with a tie or chain, depending on the setting.
2. Start With ‘Low-End’ Vendors
While on a budget, starting your shopping expedition in consignment shops, thrift stores and charity shops is a brilliant idea. There is a simple reason for this: individuals with more cash tend to give up their belongings before they show signs of wear. Why not benefit from this? Of course, you can browse these shops and find nothing that works for you. If you spend fifteen minutes searching for deals with no luck, it’s time to move on and try another location.
However, if you manage to find at least one item that suits your needs in a thrift store, the savings will be apparent immediately. From our experience, clothing and jewellery is approximately 75% cheaper in these second hand shops, making it well worth a try! In addition to saving money, you may pick up some original or even vintage pieces that are not available in popular retail stores.
3. Shop During Off-Season
Make it a habit to shop during the off-season. You might not want to think of winter coats or cashmere sweaters in mid-July, but that is exactly when you will make the largest savings.
Retail shops sell clothing at a significantly discount price long towards the end of each season. This allows you to purchase brand new, stylish clothes for a fraction of what they will cost in 6 months’ time.
4. Shop Online
Online shopping can be a quick, effective and hassle-free way to find clothes while also saving money. The only limitation is that you cannot try on the item. However, knowing your exact size and shopping with a reputable company can help to overcome this obstacle.
A great way to utilize online shopping is to try things on in a retail store, find out which one is the best fit for you, and then write down the precise model of the product you want. You can then search online for the same product at a lower price point. Be sure to check eBay auctions, as this is the largest and best-known place for finding designer gear without breaking the bank.
5. Buy Only What You Require
It may sound like common sense, however, when you begin saving money on your shop, you may just want to buy more things. While you may end up with more items, the total amount spent will not be reduced. Ask yourself whether you truly need what you are purchasing before you commit. Sometimes it makes more sense to make do with the clothing you already have!
There are many ways to develop your style and evade the temptation to go into debt while purchasing clothes. A few hours of smart shopping will go a long way, but keep in mind that a few high-quality items are better than a closet full of inferior ones. Begin with classics and style them however you can, while gradually purchasing new accessories over time.