Whatever your reason for wanting to look your best, it can be tough to feel like you look good unless you have spent a small fortune on a new outfit, or is it?
Looking your best does not mean you need to wear designer clothing, a custom-fitted dress, or expensive shoes. Sometimes, the best clothing choices don’t cost you a fortune, especially when you know where to look and what to buy.
It’s time to ditch the higher prices and boutique stores and start looking for alternatives that aren’t going to put a strain on your bank account.
Have a look at some of the tips below to help you dress to impress on a budget:
Sometimes, you will find everything that you need in your wardrobe already. So, before you head out the store or start online shopping, have a look at the items you already own. Chances are, you probably have plenty of outfits that never get seen.
It’s always good for you to audit your wardrobe every now and again, you may find some hidden treasures that have been long forgotten about. Thye may even look brand new or have the tags on them. Think about new ways to reinvent some of your classic pieces before you splash out. It couldn’t be easier to save money when it comes to reusing accessories like glasses, belts, and jewelry.
Check Out The Thrift Store
Yes, that’s right. Thrift stores can hold some incredible pieces that are just waiting to be found. You may feel slightly embarrassed the first time you check one out, but that will soon change and you’ll be rummaging through to find all the best pieces.
It’s amazing what people donate these days, you can even find designer pieces at times. Thrifts get the majority of their clothing from donations or from people who no longer fit in their clothes and want to get rid of a small fee. If you’re looking for a bargain then a thrift store is certainly one of the best places to do it.
Swap Clothes With Freinds And Families
If you’ve completed a clothing audit, get your friends and family involved too. Before thinking about donating anything, think about doing some swaps with friends or family. You will probably find that they often have the same problem as you, and struggle to find something new to wear with splashing out.
It can certainly create a fun afternoon that involves trying on clothes and decide what you do and don’t want to swap. Hell, why not crack open a bottle of wine, you’ll probably be surprised how many outfits you do find that you can swap. Once you’ve done this, think about others and donate the clothes that haven’t found a new home.
Look Out For Sales
Nearly every store has a seasonal sale, these can be an excellent time to find deals on a new outfit or two. However, the items you find in the sales can often be out of season, so you need to be mindful that you are buying something that can work throughout the year.
If you’re in a position to buy for the following year, seasonal sales can be great for this. But you do need to bear in mind that the trends may change, however, if it’s just a year people are hardly going to notice. Some of the best times to shop for clothes include the new year, Cyber Monday, and Black Friday.
Although it’s great to support the high street, unfortunately, you can often find deals online that can’t be beaten. Before you head out to the store, have a little look online. You can also take note of items you see in shops and take a coffee break to see if you can find it online for cheaper before you commit to purchasing it.
There is, however, a few downsides to shopping online such as no changing rooms, and having to wait for the items to arrive, so, if you want the outfit for a special occasion, make sure you shop with plenty of time to return or exchange if you need to.
Usually when shopping online, if you’re unsure about something it’s better to leave it rather than risk wasting your time and money.
Look For Alternatives To Premium Brands
Whether you’re thinking about a new designer pair of shoes, suit, or handbag, sometimes we have had to realize what we can afford rather than let desire drive us. There are, however, ways that you can look for dupes of designer brands or keep your eye out for designer flash sales. You could always look at the high street for a cheaper alternative, they often get their inspiration from designer brands so you may find a very similar design for a much friendly price.
Be Smart With Your Shoes
When it comes ot buying shoes, it can be really tempting to go overboard and purchase a pair every time you buy a new outfit. However, it is best if you avoid doing this, especially when trying to stick to a budget. Try buying a few pairs that you know you can mix and match between outfits instead.
Build Up A Shopping Fund
Clothing is something that we all needs, and therefore it deserves a place in our budget. If you can’t afford to include clothing into yout monthly budget at the moment then it might be time to make some changes to make sure it can happen. Whether you put some money to one side each payday or start to save your change in a jar, it will all add up quickly and can go towards your clothing needs.
Another way for you to find some more money in your monthly budget is to try and cut down on other expenses. Do you really need that cup of coffee every morning? How many times do you eat lunch out and about? Think about ways you can cut back on your daily living costs as it can all go towards a new wardrobe when you need it the most.
Have Your Needs Take Priority
When shopping for clothes, you need to make sure you focus on your needs first. It can be really easy to lose track of your shopping needs when you see something that draws you in. Maybe you went to the store to but a new dress, however, you came back with a new bag that you really didn’t need.
When you are shopping around, try not to dwell on the items that you don’t really need. Focus on buying what you went for instead. Those nice-to-have items may spark an impulsive buying decision, but make sure you buy what you need before allowing that to happen.
Buying things that you don’t really need can lead to you feeling remorseful or struggling to buy the things you need on top of the impulsive purchases.
You certainly don’t need to be wearing designer brands to make a statement and dress well. If you spend some time researching and implementing the above methods you are bound to find a few that become part of your clothing routine.
It can take some practice to become a savvy shopper, but it a skill that could result in thousands saved in the long-run.
Affordable clothing can look equally as good as designer gear. There are many people such as influencers who are pulling off bargain looks all the time.