Love to shop, but have limited budget to spend on clothes? Here are few shopping tips that can help you save money.
Know what works for your coloring, body lines and personal style and resist buying unflattering items just because they are in fashion. If you think a color or silhouette analysis seems extravagant, compare the cost to that of the mistakes hanging in your closet.
Think “cost per wear” rather than just the price up-front. Quality garments which last well, in classic styles which will be wearable for years, and versatile styles and neutral colors which you can wear with many other items are your best investments. Remember that natural fibers shed stains and odors best and that dry cleaning will add considerably to cost per wear.
Use capsule wardrobing to maximize the usefulness of every garment. A capsule wardrobe consists of one or more jackets, two or more pants or skirts, and three or more tops which all work together to create a wide variety of outfits. It often pays to purchase coordinating items at the same time to make it easier to mix and match. Sticking to colors within your color “season” means that all your clothing colors will coordinate.
Remember that a great wardrobe does not have to be a large one. The average woman wears 20% of her clothing 80% of the time. Isn’t one perfect item better than several mediocre ones?
There are many discount stores where bargains can be found, although selections and sizes can be limited. Department stores often have great sales as well. Shopping at the end of a season can mean great bargains if you avoid the trendier items which will look passé next year. Also consider consignment shops, especially for special occasion items.
Occasionally browse in stores beyond your means to reacquaint yourself with higher quality merchandise. This will help you to recognize and choose better quality pieces on your budget.