Don’t you just hate it when you’re shopping for clothes and you find that perfect blouse – the one you know would look amazing with your cute mini skirt – but then you see the price tag and do nothing but put it back?
If you have experienced this thing in the past, then you need these ten tips too.
1. Recycle Clothes
Who said you need to buy new clothes to impress? How about recycling the clothes you already have? Ironing your clothes (yes, ironing) will give them that ‘new’ feeling again. With that, it will also makes you look very well presented. Sometimes adding different accessories such as a belt or a scarf can really tie your outfit together.
2. Thrift Shopping
I love op-shops! You can easily find nice clothing, shoes and accessories that are hardly worn and at really cheap costs (and sometimes, if you’re lucky, name brand items too). It’s a great way to get new clothes on a budget, and it can also be really fun with a friend. Flea markets are also a cool way to get cheap clothes.
3. Swap Clothes
If you and you friend have a similar style or you both like each other’s styles, it could be a really cool way to switch up your wardrobe for a total of zero bucks. That’s a pretty good deal, to be honest. You can also ask your friends if they have any clothes they’d like to get rid of and tell them you have some you don’t want as well. You can both search through the piles and see if there’s anything that catches your eye.
4. Sales For The Escape!
Keep your eyes peeled for sales! You can go online and check out the sales there too, because sometimes they are exclusively for internet shoppers. There are also certain times of the year when sales occur, such as on festivals, like thanksgiving. Shop for clothes when they are going out of season because that’s when stores are trying to get rid of their stock. Also, you can sign up for membership cards to get discounts (usually on your birthday).
5. The perks of shopping online
Websites such as eBay is super handy for shopping on a budget. Sure, waiting for deliveries to arrive can be a pain, but it’s worth the wait knowing you got it way cheaper. Also, your usual stores would have apps or online websites which you can access. Like I said before, you can get deals that are only available to customers shopping online. Be careful with your sizes though! Make sure you measure yourself and check their size guides since there are no changing rooms online!
6. Casual vs. Dressy
Why not both? Some items can easily be worn as both dressed up and dressed down, which is a good way to save bucks on outfit combos. Neutral clothing can be a particularly good investment. You get more use out of them in the long run. Items that we consider handy to be a must in your wardrobe for these exact reasons are: a day-to-night skirt/dress, cardigans, sunglasses, jewelry, headbands, flats, heels and clutches.
D.I.Y projects are an easy way for you to channel your inner creativity. There are plenty of guides and suggestions online. Make a Pinterest account and gather your ideas. Also, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram have awesome D.I.Y fashion tips; you just have to know where to look, so use hashtags and follow fashion gurus, style editors, and fashion magazines. If you know how to knit or sew, use those skills to your advantage by making your own clothes and accessories. If you are really good at it, maybe try your hand in selling your homemade items at flea markets or on web stores.
8. Find look alike items
If you can’t afford something you really like try looking for something that looks similar. Try using The Hunt, a community of fashionistas who help each other by hunting down cheap alternatives. It’s a really place for those who like shopping on a budget.
9. Be shoe-smart
You don’t need expensive shoes to impress. Cheaper alternatives exists and they tend to have similar styles to expensive brands sometimes as well. They can help set the tone for your outfit. What you need are some casual shoes and some nice going out shoes as a part of your basic wardrobe essentials. Black is great because it goes with anything and you don’t have to stress about it screwing up the entire outfit.
10. Start a shopping fund
Get a jar or a box and put your spare change in it. You’ll be surprised how much money you can actually collect over time. Use this money for whatever you like. You might not have the money for that expensive item you’ve been eyeing off right now, but eventually, thanks to your shopping fund, you will.
There are a variety of occasions where you’d want to dress to impress and who knew it could be under your budget as well!
Fortunately, there are ways dressing on budget can be easier!