Buying clothes is something that is both a necessity and something that many of us do for fun. However, clothes shopping – whether you love a designer brand or not – can be an expensive habit, even more so if you have young children to look after.
Keeping ourselves in good, high-quality clothes is the best idea, but these items aren’t always cheap or kind to our monthly budget – Creditfix can help you keep on top of your monthly spends with this budget calculator – and when you’re trying to live within your means it seems more prudent to buy clothes that have a smaller price tag.
With this in mind, I’ve gathered 5 ways you can dress for less and save money on your clothing. Read on to find out more.
#1. Re-sell what you don’t wear!
We all have items in our wardrobes that we hang on to. Even though they no longer fit us. Or we feel good in them. What if it comes back into fashion? I’ll fit back in that one day…Sounds familiar, right? If you want to save a little money on your clothes then selling what you don’t wear and stripping your closet back is a great place to start. Not only will you have a little more money in your pocket, but you’ll be able to see what clothes you might actually need rather than simply buying the same old items.
#2. Don’t neglect charity shops
Rewind a few years and charity shops were considered places that only people above a certain age would frequent. A great place for books but not clothes, right? Wrong! Thankfully, the stigma attached to clothes in thrift shops is waning. And you’ll be amazed at what you can find in a charity shop. Believe it or not, most items are new or only gently used! You can pick up some great accessories there too.
#3. Take better care of your clothes
If your top instructs you to wash at a low temperature, then follow the advice given! Sure you could throw it into the machine with your other items to save time, but you’re only damaging your clothes and shortening their lives! Simply put, the more you take care of your clothes, the longer you’ll have them.
#4. Buy seasonal items – out of season!
Ok, so buying a swimsuit at Christmas sounds a little odd, but when you buy clothes out of season you’ll save an absolute bundle! Summer items are more expensive in the warmer months and winter items are more expensive in winter. If you buy, for example, a winter coat in July, then you won’t need to worry about spending a small fortune when the temperature begins to drop. As for summer clothes, buy them in winter and enjoy the savings next year!
#5. Don’t be pulled in by expensive workout clothes
We all want to look good when we hit the gym. It gives us confidence and makes us feel good. However, don’t be tempted into buying the brand that your favorite influencer is currently promoting. You can pick up high-quality gym wear and accessories in high street stores and discount shops.